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Henley Business School Africa Launches #HBR Podcasts

Henley Business School Africa is the only international school that boasts triple-accreditation status from the foremost accreditation bodies in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the USA, along with accreditation by South Africa’s Council on Higher Education. The school has announced that it has launched a new podcasting channel, #HenleyBusinessRadio (#HBR).

#HBR will produce two weekly podcasts designed to bring intelligent, informative, provocative and entertaining insights to a wide variety of topical subjects for the business world and beyond. #HBR will be broadcast via podcasts on its website and available for download via iTunes or your favorite podcasting software. The launch of the podcasts is a first for Henley Business School Africa.

#What’s Trending will be a topical look at important issues of the week. It is hosted by Dean of Henley Business School, Jon Foster-Pedley. The podcast will offer listeners the opportunity to develop a comprehensive, 360 view of what is going on in the world, and will feature analysis from top leaders across the fields of business, education, arts, culture, and science as guests.

#AskAnExpert is a tie-in with regular breakfast discussions such as the Africa Series and Leaders for a Future World, which are held at Henley’s Sunninghill, Johannesburg campus. Speakers at previous events include comedian John Vlismas and entrepreneur Stafford Masie. Listeners will be encouraged to submit questions to experts via social media which will be answered during the podcast.

AMI-audio Podcasts Now Available on iTunes

Accessible Media Inc, (AMI) is a non-for-profit multimedia organization serving more than five million Canadians who are blind, partially sighted, deaf, hard of hearing, mobility or print restricted. AMI-audio has announced that AMI-audio shows Live from Studio 5 and Kelly and Company will now be available to download as podcasts on iTunes through the podcasting app.

Research conducted last year indicated that AMI’s core audience, the blind and partially sighted community, regularly incorporates podcasts as part of its media consumption. More than one quarter surveyed participants confirmed that they spend approximately one hour listening to podcasts each day – and that number is growing.

Vice President of Programming and Production at AMI, John Melville, encourages feedback from their audience.  He said:

Whether it be through research or direct feedback through social media, our audience is telling us that podcasting on their mobile device is one of the best says to access their audio information and entertainment wherever they go. By subscribing to AMI podcasts listeners can count on receiving their favorite AMI audio shows on their timetable and can listen back to the AMI audio shows they may have missed, wish to share, or play again.

Live from Studio 5 on AMI-audio is AMI-audio’s daily live morning program. Listen for news of the day, technology and current events. Hear regional information from the blind and partially sighted community as well as segments with political commentator Craig Oliver, environmental commentary with blind fisherman Lawrence Gunther and described video picks with TV, eh?’s Greg David.

Kelly and Company is AMI-audio’s daily live afternoon program. Listen for interviews and discussions about arts, entertainment, and lifestyle information directly affecting the blind and partially sighted community. Contributors from across the country share information on everything from parenting and finance to fashion and gaming. Plus, catch live performances from Canadian musicians, comedians, and actors.

Now Hear This 2017 Will be in New York City

Now Hear This Fest 2017 will be held at the Javits Center in New York City on September 8-10, 2017. There will be 25 live podcast performances headlining the second annual Now Hear This podcast festival.

Some Featured Podcasts include:

  • Comedy Bang! Bang! – Scott Aukerman and Special Guests
  • How Did This Get Made? – Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas
  • Lovett or Leave It – Jon Lovett and Friends
  • Criminal – Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spoher
  • Politically Re-Active – Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu
  • StarTalk All-Stars – Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • The Cracked Podcast – The team from
  • Who Charted? – Kulap Vilaysack and Howard Kremer
  • Found – Davy Rothbart

Set times for the performance schedule at Now Hear This Fest 2017 will be released at least a month before the festival. The reason for waiting is because performer’s schedules change, production requirements shift, and the Now Hear This Fest would hate to tell people a set schedule and then have to change it later.

Tickets for Now Hear This Fest 2017 are available. At the time I am writing this blog, the Super Early Bird 3 Day GA Pass is $110, and the Super Early Bird 3 Day VIP Pass is $260. Those prices are going to increase on May 29, 2017.

The Super Early Bird 3 Day GA Pass gives you general admission seating to all performances, and allows you to participate in select autograph opportunities.

The Super Early Bird 3 Day VIP Pass gives you speed-line access into all podcasts, preferred seating for main stage performances, and group meet and great photo opportunity with select talent. It also gives you access to the VIP Lounge with complimentary food and beverage service, and 2 vouchers for alcoholic beverages.

Construction Companies Launch Radio Show and Podcast

Jack Cox, president of Halfacre Construction Company, and Jeff Charlotte, president of J.E. Charlotte Construction Corp., have announced that they are launching a radio show called Business Spotlights with Jack and Jeff. Listeners will be able to stream the audio online.

Halfacre Constriction Company is located in Sarasota, Florida. It is the area’s oldest, most established, locally owned and operated private commercial construction company. J.E. Charlotte Construction Corp. is located in Venice, Florida. It is among the top 50 contractors on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

The Business Spotlights with Jack and Jeff radio show will broadcast weekly on Sarasota’s News Radio 1320 AM, 1450 AM and 103.9 FM every Tuesday from noon – 1 p.m. Listeners can stream the audio online every Tuesday at  Each show will be archived on the website for podcasting after it has aired each week.

The first radio show will air on June 6, 2017. It will highlight the state of Sarasota County Schools with BJ Ivey, Sarasota County’s 2017 teacher of the year, and Superintendent Todd Bowen.

Ricochet Adds More Podcasts

Ricochet is a website for conservatives. The goal of Ricochet is simple: to provide the best center-right conversation on the planet. Ricochet has added more podcasts to the Ricochet Audio Network.

In a press release posted on the Ricochet website, Ricochet announced that The Weekly Standard and The Washington Examiner podcasts will be joining the Ricochet Audio Network.

Beginning May 1st, The Weekly Standard’s The Daily Standard podcast and the Washington Examiner’s Examining Politics Daily will be available on the Ricochet Superfeed and on, along with the popular pop-culture podcast, The Sub-Standard.

Examining Politics is a daily podcast from The Washington Examiner. It includes the hottest stories of the day and features talents like Byron York, David Drucker, Sarah Westwood, Phil Klein, Susan Ferrechio, Tim Carney, and Emily Jashinsky. In addition, Thursday is Salena Zito’s “Main Street Meets the Beltway,” produced in conjunction with Sirius XM radio.

The Daily Standard describes itself on iTunes as “Your conservative source for analysis of the news shaping US politics and World events”. It is hosted by Michael Graham who leads an all-star roster of the best conservative thinkers including: Bill Kristol, Fred Barnes, Stephen F. Hayes, Andy Ferguson, Jonathan Last, and more. The Daily Standard podcast comes from The Weekly Standard.

The Sub-Standard is also from the Weekly Standard. It is hosted by Jonathan Last, Sonny Bunch, and Vic Matus. The podcast is “a nerdcast for fans of films, videogames, pop culture, and general geekdom.” New episodes are posted every Thursday before noon.

Parsec Awards 2017 is Seeking Podcast Nominations

The Parsec Awards are a celebration of speculative fiction podcasting. They are seeking nominations for the 2017 Parsec Awards. The nomination period is now open and will continue through June 1, 2017.

The Parsec Awards were founded by Mur Lafferty, Michael R. Mennenga, and Tracy Hickmen in 2006 to celebrate Speculative Fiction Podcasting, under the banner of Farpoint Media. Podcasts shows are nominated by fans, and finalists are chosen by a yearly steering committee. Those finalists are then voted on by an independent panel of judges from outside podcasting.

You can nominate a podcast for the 2017 Parsec Awards. Make sure that podcast is appropriate for the Parsecs. Choose the general category that the podcast best fits into. Make sure that the podcast you want to nominate has not already been nominated.

The Categories are:

  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Long Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Video Story
  • Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast
  • Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)
  • Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation
  • Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast
  • Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

Podcast Movement 2017 Speakers, Panelists, and Session Leaders

Podcast Movement 2017 has revealed who some of their Keynote Speakers, Speakers, Panelists, or Session Leaders at the 2017 event in Anaheim, California. There will be over 150 speakers and panelists in all.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dan Carlin – Hardcore History and Common Sense
  • Shannon Cason – Homemade Stories
  • Rabia Chaudry, Colin Miller, and Susan Simpson – Undisclosed
  • Aaron Mahnke – LORE

Session Leaders:

  • Amanda Kingsmith and Ryan Ferguson – The World Wanderers
  • Cliff Ravenscraft – The Cliff Ravenscraft Show at
  • Elizabeth DiAlto – Untame The Wild Soul Podcast
  • Fred Dews – The Brookings Cafeteria podcast (The Brookings Institution)
  • Hernan Lopez – Founder and CEO if Wondery, A Network of Storytellers
  • Jay ‘PodVader’ Soderberg – Head of Content at BlogTalkRadio
  • Jennifer Briney – Congressional Dish
  • Jessica Kupferman – She Podcasts
  • Joel Sharpton – Always Listening: Podcast Reviews
  • Larry Rosin – President of Edison Research
  • Marcus Garrett and Rich Jones – Paychecks & Balances
  • Rob Walch – VP of Podcaster Relations for Libsyn
  • Shahara Wright – owner and Lead Attorney of The Wright Firm, PLLC
  • Stephen A. Hart – Trailblazers.FM
  • Tammy Terwelp – General Manager of an NPR member station 91.5 KRCC
  • Tracy Pattin – Hollywood & Crime (Wondery)
  • Winnie Sun – Renegade Millionaire

Panel Moderator:

  • Elise Escobar – She Podcasts and Libsyn’s The Feed
  • Glenn Rubenstein – founder of ADOPTER Media
  • Jonathan Messinger – Executive Producer of The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
  • Mark McCrery – CEO of Authentic
  • Seth Resler – 20-year broadcasting veteran
  • Steven Goldstein – CEO of audio innovation firm Amplifi Media (He will also be a Session Leader for Podcast Movement 2017)


  • Chris Hill – MarketFoolery and MotleyFoolMoney (by The Motley Fool)
  • Chris Peterson – Senior Vice President of Podcasting for iHeartRadio
  • Chris Tarry – The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel (Panoply)
  • Christy Gressman – Producer of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) podcast (Night Vale Presents)
  • Cristina Haro – Director of Brand Partnership at Wondery
  • Dean Cappello – Executive Vice President and the Chief Content Officer at WNYC/New York Public Radio
  • Jenni Skaug – VP of Business Development at Cast.Plus
  • Jennifer Ferro – President of KCRW
  • Kelli Hurley – VP Digital Sales, Westwood One
  • Kitty Felde – Book Club for Kids
  • Kris Smith – Founder of Palegroove
  • Michael Blaes – The Small Business Podcast Puzzle
  • Mignon Fogarty – Grammar Girl
  • Polly Hall – Ear Snacks
  • Roddy Swearngin – EVP of Content at ART19
  • Sanden Totten – Co-Creator of Brains On! Science podcast for kids
  • Tamar Charney – Managing Editor for NPR One
  • Tim Murphy – Vice President of Digital Strategy & Enterprise Platforms for Entercom
  • Tom Leykis – The Tom Leykis Show

Winners of the 2017 British Podcast Awards

The winners of the 2017 British Podcast awards have been announced. The winners were chosen by over fifty independent judges working in podcasting. The British Podcast Awards website has the full list (with links to the winning podcasts.)

audioBoom Podcast of the Year 2017: Fathers & Sons – Radio Wolfgang with Mr. Porter

Listeners’ Choice Awards 2017: Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review – Somethin’ Else for BBC Radio 5Live

Podcast Champion 2017: Adam Buxton

Best Review:

  • Gold: Song by Song – Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay
  • Silver: The Penguin Podcast – Somethin’ Else
  • Bronze: Soundtracking with Edith Bowman – Edith Bowman

True Crime:

  • Gold: They Walk Among Us – Benjamin Fitton and Rosanna Fitton
  • Silver: Body on the Moor – BBC Radio
  • Bronze: Untold: the Daniel Morgan Murder – Peter Jukes and Deeivya Meir

Branded Content supported by Create:

  • Gold: Fathers & Sons – Radio Wolfgang with Mr. Porter
  • Silver: Sound Matters – Third Ear/Quincey Sound production for B&O Play
  • Bronze: The National Trust Gardens Podcast – Fresh Air Production

Best Comedy supported by Podiant:

  • Gold: Beef & Dairy Network Podcast – Benjamin Partridge
  • Silver: The Adam Buxton Podcast – Adam Buxton
  • Bronze: Do The Right Thing – Fuzz Productions


  • Gold: Tracks – BBC Radio
  • Silver: Wooden Overcoats – Wooden Overcoats Ltd.
  • Bronze: Beef & Dairy Network Podcast – Benjamin Partridge

Smartest supported by Whistledown Studios:

  • Gold: Coffee Break Italian – Radio Lingua Network
  • Silver: Sciencish – Radio Wolfgang
  • Bronze: Sound Matters – Third Ear/Quincey Sound production for B&O Play

Represent supported by Upload Radio:

  • Gold: Melanin Millennials – The ShoutOut Network
  • Silver: Farmerama – Jo Barratt and Abby Rose
  • Bronze: Lunar Poetry Podcasts – David Turner

Best Radio Podcast supported by UK Radioplayer:

  • Gold: Short Cuts – Falling Tree Productions for BBC Radio
  • Silver: 50 Things That Changed The Modern Economy – BBC Radio Current Affairs for BBC World Service
  • Bronze: Ollie & Si – Ollie Gallant and Simon Alexander, Quidem Radio

Best New Podcast supported by the Radio Independents Group:

  • Gold: The Cinemile – Dave Corkery and Cathy Cullen
  • Silver: The Untold – BBC Radio 4
  • Bronze: Everyone Else – Eva Krysiak


  • Gold: Fight Disciples – Fight Disciples
  • Silver: Hornet Heaven – Olly Wicken
  • Bronze: The Big Interview With Graham Hunter – Neil White

Best Interview supported by ipDTL:

  • Gold: Scientists not the Science – Stuart Higgins
  • Silver: What Goes On Here – Sam Walker
  • Bronze: Getting Better Acquainted – Dave Pickering

Current Affairs:

  • Gold: The Inquiry – BBC Radio Current Affairs for BBC World Service
  • Silver: The Economist asks – The Economist
  • Bronze: Weekly Economics Podcast – New Economics Foundation

International Award:

  • Gold: How To Be A Girl – Mario Mack, The Heard
  • Silver: Radiolab – WNYC
  • Bronze: Homecoming – Gimlet Media

Entertainment with Maple Street Studios:

  • Gold: Hip Hop Saved My life with Romesh Ranganathan – audioBoom
  • Silver: Probably True – Scott Flashheart Elliot
  • Bronze: Soundtracking with Edith Bowman – Edith Bowman

‘Other’ (AKA Most Original Podcast):

  • Gold: Between the Ears – BBC Radio
  • Silver: Mountain – Christopher Sleight
  • Bronze: Weird Tales and the Unexplainable – Bob Shoy

Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame Inductees 2017

The Academy of Podcasters is a group of influential contributors to the podcast community who come together every year to vote on the winners of their annual Awards. These contributors are also in charge of voting annual inductees into the Hall of Fame.

The Academy of Podcasters Awards recognize and honor the best podcasters in their given niches and categories of podcasting. This event will also include annual inductions into the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame for podcasters who have revolutionized the podcasting space.

The 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees are:

Brian Ibbott is best known for his podcast Coverville.  Coverville is a podcast that started in 2004, produced every Wednesday, that focuses on cover songs of a previously written song. Coverville is also one of the longest running podcasts in the iTunes Store, and is in the top rankings for overall episode numbers. The show has won multiple awards over the years, and has been nominated as an AofP Awards finalist for Best Music Podcast.

Dan Klass has been releasing the award-winning The Bitterest Pill since 2004. Dan also co-wrote Podcast Solutions: The Complete Guide to Audio/Video Podcasting. Dan has produced and consulted for companies like Speedo, Grey Advertising, and Big Brothers/Sisters under his company Jacket Media, since 2005. He is a proud member of the Academy of Podcasters, and is a podcast instructor at UCLA university.

Elsie Escobar is a die hard podcast junkie who lives and breathes podcasting, and has worked in the medium for over ten years. She, like many of us, started as someone who barely knew what a digital recorder was, and has since grown into the co-host of the popular She Podcasts and The Feed: The Official Libsyn podcast. Elsie is currently the Community Manager at Libsyn, and is the founder of Podcasting School for Women.

Luria Petrucci (aka Cali Lewis) is a pioneer in the podcasting and live streaming world, known for her shows GeekBeat.TV and GeekBrief.TV, among others. Since 2005, she’s grown an audience of 2 million social followers, and has produced and hosted video & live streams for her own communities, Samsung, Panasonic, AT&T, OnStar, DISH Network, Verizon, FiOS, Bausch + Lomb, BBC Click, and more. You can find the majority of her work now on Geeks Life.

Rob Greenlee is the Head of Podcast Content at Spreaker and Adore Podcast Network. Rob was formerly with PodcastOne as EVP/CTO, and for six years was the Business Manager and Content Manager for podcasts at Microsoft Zune, Xbox and Windows Phone. Rob currently hosts the Spreaker Live Show and co-hosts the New Media Show.  He is also the former lead host of WebTalk World Radio Show; recognized as the first nationally syndicated radio program in the world to begin podcasting, on September 15th, 2004.