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Zillow Group CEO Launches “Office Hours” Podcast

Office Hours logoOffice Hours is a new podcast that has been launched by Zillow Group CEO, Spencer Rascoff. He oversees the company’s portfolio of real estate and home-related brands, including Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads, and Naked Apartments. Episode 1 features the very first guest of Office Hours, Entrepreneur and former CEO of Twitter, Dick Costolo.

In the first episode, Spencer Rascoff and Dick Costolo discuss leadership tips and secrets. Dick Costolo taught a management class at Twitter.

In the episode, Dick Costolo says the key to being a successful leader is “listen, decide, then communicate” (which should not be confused with “decide, listen, communicate”). The first episode of Office Hours has been released on Zillow’s website and on iTunes, where it will be released monthly.

Upcoming episodes will include:

* Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat

* Ellevest CEO Sallie Krawcheck

* Mod Pizza CEO Scott Svenson

* Trello Co-Founder Joel Spolsky

Office Hours was introduced with a question: “When a couple of CEOs get in a room together, what do they talk about?” The podcast lets you listen in as Spencer Rascoff “has the kinds of conversations that can only happen when peers get real: tackling tough questions, sharing hard-won insights, defining what leadership means in the digital age.”

Lance Armstrong Launched a Podcast

The Forward Podcast logoLance Armstrong, a former professional cyclist, has launched a brand new podcast series. It is called The Forward Podcast with Lance Armstrong. It is a weekly show that will feature a variety of guests – who will be interviewed by Lance Armstrong.

Lance Armstrong was a triathlete before he turned to professional cycling. In 1992, he began his career as a professional cyclist with the Motorola team. His career was halted by testicular cancer. After recovering, he returned to cycling and won a record seven consecutive Tour de France races.

In 2012, he was stripped of those titles due to evidence of performance-enhancing drug use. He later admitted to doping throughout his cycling career. In 1996, Lance Armstrong founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation for Cancer (which is now called LiveStrong). In 2000, he authored a book titled It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life. In 2003, he authored Every Second Counts.

The Forward Podcast will involve Lance Armstrong interviewing people from the fields of sport, business, music, and more. The first episode has been released. He interviewed CEO and Founder of the Alamo Drafthouse, Tim League.

In the episode the two discuss many topics. One is gun control. (The episode was recorded the morning of the Orlando shooting). They also discuss what it is like raising twins girls. Both Lance Armstrong, and Tim League, have twins. Other topics include movies, beekeeping, live music, and more.

Say Goodbye to Spreecast

Spreecast logoThose of you who are using Spreecast need to prepare to say goodbye to it. CEO of Spreecast, Jeff Fluhr, announced on June 15, 2016, that he has “made the difficult decision to shut down the Spreecast product.”. The reason Spreecast is shutting down is because they were unable to make it a viable business.

In his post, he points out that Spreecast was launched in late 2011 “as a destination for people all over the world to connect and converse about shared interests, current events, and educational topics.” The Spreecast community included a diverse group of users including life coaches, podcasters, media companies, think tanks, social groups, religious groups, and celebrities.

The Spreecast site will be shutting down, forever, on July 14, 2016. Some changes have already taken place in preparation for the shutdown. For example, you can no longer create new Spreecast events. All events that were scheduled to occur after July 14, 2016, will be canceled. If you have events already scheduled between now and July 13, 2016, you will still be able to use Spreecast for those events.

Those who used Spreecast can download all of their archived events free of charge. (Directions for how to do that are explained in Jeff Fluhr’s post). People who are subscribers of Spreecast, and who do not have any events scheduled, are asked to log into Spreecast and cancel their subscription. All subscriptions will be canceled on June 14, 2016.

Podcasting is DOOMED! – PCN Show 033

PCN iTunes artworkIn this episode, Shawn and Jen discuss the latest “podcasting is doomed” scenario by reviewing two articles that touch on it. Are they right? Or are they being overly dramatic? You decide!

We also talk about that list of most influential podcasters that received a lot of negative comments, point you toward good sources for music in your podcast, and wonder why someone would think that voicemail in podcasts is a new thing.

Links mentioned in this episode:

* E.W. Scripps Buys Podcast Company Stitcher
By Jon Gruber on Daring Fireball

* Large Podcast Advertising Company Buys Large Proprietary Podcast Player
By Marco Arment on

* Find great music for your podcast
By AudioBoom on AudioBoom Blog

* The 22 Most Influential Women in Podcasting
By Alex Laughlin on Medium

* For its new personal finance podcast, FiveThirtyEight set up voicemail to hear from listeners
By Ricardo Bilton on NeimanLab

WeWork Teams Up With iHeartMedia to Create Work Radio

WeWork logoWeWork has a mission “to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living”. They have teamed up with iHeartMedia, which is a global media and entertainment company. Together, the two are creating Work Radio – which appears to have some room for podcasts.

The WeWork Team posted some information about this collaboration. Work Radio will be a live station on iHeartRadio that features an original mix of music and exclusive content centered on entrepreneurship and creating your life’s work.

Work Radio will feature a universal music channel that will be streamed across their locations nationwide. The music channel will also be available under a “Perfect for Work” label through the iHeartRadio app and website.

Later in the summer of 2016, Work Radio will begin streaming episodes of an original podcast on Work Radio. It will feature “honest conversations between entrepreneurs and creators to inspire our community of almost 60,000 members and iHeartRadio’s more than 85 million registered users.”

AdWeek says that the companies are building a new studio in WeWork’s headquarters in Manhattan which will be used for livestream interviews, concerts, events and performances. The studio will also create original podcast series.

Since the partnership will tailor all the content and music for WeWork locations, iHeartMedia and WeWork are trying to attract brands that want to target entrepreneurs around the U.S. And internationally. One of the first brands to sign on is Dell, which will be a part of the official launch.

AdWeek reports that the partnership will be officially launched next week with an event featuring “4-hour Work Week” author Tim Ferriss and Spotify executive Troy Carter. There may be some unannounced music guests who will preform at the launch.

After the first studio is built at WeWork’s headquarters, the plan is to build additional studios at other WeWork locations. The goal is to allow members to record and broadcast podcasts and other content.

“Engage – The Official Star Trek Podcast” Will Launch on

Engage The Official Star Trek Podcast LogoCBS Radio, CBS Local Digital Media, and CBS Consumer Product have announced the launch of Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast. It is going to be exclusively hosted on the podcast platform

The first three episodes of the hour-long podcast will be available on June 15, 2016, via Play.It, iTunes, and New episodes will be released weekly starting on June 22, 2016. The podcast is a celebration of Star Trek and is aimed at both old and new fans.

Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast is hosted by Jordan Hoffman, who is a film critic and writer of the “One Trek Mind” blog on Interestingly, this year is when Star Trek will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. What a great time to release an official Star Trek podcast!

The first three episodes will feature some special guests, including “Weird Al” Yankovic and Adam Nimoy (son of the late Leonard Nimoy). Episode zero of the podcast has already been released. In it, host Jordan Hoffman is interviewed by Entertainment Weekly’s Darren Franich about what to expect from the podcast. They also share their favorite Star Trek moments.

AudioBoom Signs “Undisclosed” to Exclusive Ad Sales Deal

Undisclosed logoUndisclosed is a podcast that has been compared to Serial. The two podcasts do not have the same creators, and are not actually connected to each other. People liken the two of them because both focus on stories about people involved in complex legal matters.

Undisclosed examines possible wrongful convictions. Its first season dove into the Adnan Syed case that was first investigated by Serial. The Undisclosed podcast is produced weekly and includes supplementary “Addendum” programs following each main episode.

Rain News reported that Undisclosed has selected audioBoom to exclusively represent the podcast in an exclusive premium ad agreement. Jon Cryer (who was in the Two and a Half Men TV show) is the new cohost of Undisclosed.

AudioBoom allows podcasters to join for free. The free version comes with unlimited posts (max duration 10 mins), full social integration with media cards and easy sharing to other podcast platforms. AudioBoom also offers an upgrade that costs $10 a month, that comes with all of the above plus full iTunes integration and audioBoom distribution and syndication.

The second season of Undisclosed will launch on July 11, 2016.

Podquest Reveals Ten Semifinalists

Radiotopia Podquest logoEarlier this year, Podquest called for story-driven podcast ideas. They were looking for Radiotopia’s next podcast. Radiotopia is from PRX and is a curated network of extraordinary story-driven shows. Podquest recently revealed their ten semifinalists.

Podquest says that it had 1,537 people respond to their call for story-driven podcast ideas. Ten of those people’s ideas have been selected as semifinalists (which Podquest is calling PQ10). A total of three will be chosen as finalists.

The PQ10 are:

* Dear & Sincerely – by Genevieve Kersten. “Unemployed, depressed, and living in her parent’s basement, Genevieve decides to ask the smartest person she knows for advice, herself.”

* Do Over – by Kelly Jones, Chioke l’Anson and Claire Tacon. “Do Over is the real fake story of how your life could have turned out if you’d just done that one thing differently.”

* Ear Hustle – by Earlonne Woods, Antwan Williams, and Nigel Poor. “Ear Hustle brings you the hidden stories of life inside prison, told and produced from the perspective of those who live it.”

* Meat – by Jonathan Zenti. “Meat is a podcast about our bodies and the lives we live because of them.”

* Reflected Message – by Jon Tjhia. “Perched at the edges of music and radio storytelling, Reflected Message is like an update of ‘folk’ – pop-sized experiments with voices, memory, repetition, and the everyday.”

* The Difference Between – by Jerico Saria and Hadrian Santos. “The Difference Between dives into the world of “information dopplegängers” – the stuff you always confuse for that other thing – to find out what makes them truly unique”.

* The Stoop – by Lelia Day and Hana Baba. “The Stoop is a space where race, identity, fun, funk, and journalism come together in a tightly produced podcast that will go deep into issues about black identity that aren’t always openly discussed.”

* Third Culture – by Naima Sakande. “Third Culture celebrates those who are from everywhere and belong nowhere, unearthing stories of juggled identities”.

* This Isn’t Working – by Susie Cagle. “This Isn’t Working is a show about “making a living” in the U.S. in an age of corporate domination, industrial transition, and general labor wierdness.”

* Villian-ish – by Vivian Le. “Villian-ish is a show about gaining perspectives on dubious figures that we’ve been taught to revile, and exploring the hidden details we may have never considered.”

Each of the PQ10 semifinalists will receive $300, office hours with Radiotopia producers, free Hindenburg editing software and a year-long membership with the media talent network AIR. The three finalists will be announced July 6-8 at Podcast Movement 2016 in Chicago.

Werk It Festival Has Added Speakers

Werk It a Womans Podcast Festival logoWerk It is a podcast festival bringing together innovative women working in audio and digital media. It is hosted by WNYC Studios and will take place on June 15 – 17, 2016. Werk It has added more speakers to the event and revealed the schedule.

Werk It is intended for women who work in audio and digital media. It is where they can hone their skills, meet other women in their field, and learn from peers and experienced industry professionals.

The event includes “uncomfortable conversations and invigorating debates”, mentoring, networking, and immersive training sessions. There will also be three straight nights of live podcast tapings from some of the most provocative and inspiring women hosts in the biz.

In April, Werk It had announced only a few speakers. They have since added more.

Speakers include:

* Jessica Williams & Phoebe Robinson – Co-hosts of 2 Dope Queens

* Manoush Zomordi – Host of Note to Self

* Molly Webber – Features Producer & Guest Host of Radiolab

* Jessica Chaffin & Jamie Denbo – Co-Hosts of Ronna & Beverly

* Kate Bilinski – Mix Engineer / Music Editor of Serial

* Mitra Kaboli – Senior Producer of The Heart

* Kelly McEvers – Host of Embedded

* Megan Tan – Host of Millennial

* Julie Shapiro – Executive Producer of Radiotopia

* Jenna Weiss-Berman – Co-Founder of Pineapple Street Media

* Tracy Clayton – Host of Another Round

* Amanda Aronczyk – Reporter for Only Human

* Marlo Mack – Host of How to Be a Girl

* Maria Hinojosa – Executive Producer and Anchor of Latino USA

* Kelsey Padgett – Producer of Radiolab

* Brittany Luse – Host of Sampler

The schedule, for all three days of Werk It is available and can be viewed on the event’s website. Space is limited and applications for the 2016 Werk It Festival are now closed.