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Two Orlando Podcasters Meetups Coming Up

Orlando Podcasters Meetup logoAre you a podcaster who lives in Florida? You might want to get involved with the Orlando Podcasters group. They have several meetups a year where they talk about podcasting, podcasting technology, setups, software, services, techniques, tips and tricks.

The Orlando Podcasters meetups are for people who are podcasters and who want to meet other podcasters from their area. The meetups are also a good place to learn more about podcasting. There is an official website, but it appears that at least some of the organizing and information about each meetup is posted on their Facebook page. If you don’t use Facebook, you may have difficulty getting involved.

One upcoming Orlando Podcaster meetup will take place on Thursday, February 18, 2016. It will be at 460 E. New England Ave. Winter Park, Florida. It is called “Talk About Podcasting – #CFPod”. This one is the Central Florida Podcasters monthly meetup and RSVP is required. If you cannot attend this meetup, don’t worry. It repeats on the third Thursday of every month.

There will also be Monthly Orlando Podcasters Meetup that will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2016. It will take place at the Tech Center in Melrose Center Orlando Public Library, at 101 East Central Blvd., in Orlando, Florida. RSVP is required if you want to attend. There appears to be a discussion thread on Facebook that provides more details. If you cannot attend this particular meetup, you might be able to go to another one. This meetup repeats on the first Saturday of every month.

Podcast Movement 2016 Adds Speakers from Startup, Criminal, and The Sporkful

Podcast Movement 2016 logoIt is kind of exciting to watch Podcast Movement 2016 slowly announce more speakers. It feels as though they have new podcasters to announce every week. Some are keynote speakers, others are additional speakers, and some are podcasters who are involved with business topics. Podcast Movement 2016 certainly isn’t slowing down as we get closer to the days the event will take place!

Podcast Movement 2016 will happen in Chicago on July 6-8, 2016. Earlier this month, they announced that Alex Blumberg will be a keynote speaker for this year’s event. Alex Blumberg has had a long career in public radio as a former producer of This American Life and co-founder of Planet Money.

In addition, Alex Blumberg helped co-found Gimlet Media which is a for-profit podcast network. The first show produced by Gimlet was Startup. The first season of Startup focused on what it is really like to get a business off the ground (that business being Gimlet Media). Startup is now in Season 2, which focuses on a business called Dating Ring. It is founded by two women in their 20’s who are outsiders in the male-dominated world of Silicon Valley.

This week, Podcast Movement 2016 announced a plethora of interesting speakers that you can see at the event. Two of them are from the Criminal podcast. Criminal is a podcast about crime. Phoebe Judge is the host of Criminal (and also a host at WUNC North Carolina Public Radio.) Lauren Spohrer was a producer, director, and editor for The Story with Dick Gordon. She also runs the online literary magazine Two Serious Ladies.

Dan Pashman is the creator and host of WNYC’s The Sporkful podcast. It is an award nominated food podcast where Dan and his guests obsess over the details of eating to uncover truths about food – and people. The Sporkful isn’t a podcast for foodies, it is a podcast for eaters. Dan Pashman is also the host of the Cooking Channel’s James Beard award nominated web series You’re Eating It Wrong. Dan Pashman will be a speaker at Podcast Movement 2016.

Podcast Movement 2016 will be announcing more speakers each Monday between now and when the event takes place. They will also be giving details about some panels that will take place at the event.

WAMU Launches “The Big Listen” Podcast

The Big Listen logoWAMU 88.5 is the leading public radio station for NPR news and information in the greater Washington D.C. Area. It is member-supported, professionally-staffed, and licensed to American University. WAMU is launching a podcast about podcasting.

The Big Listen is a new one-hour broad cast show that stitches together the smartest, funniest and most offbeat offerings from the ever-expanding podcast universe. In short, it is yet another podcast about podcasting. This rather meta category of podcasts appear to be growing. The Big Listen website says there are some 20,000 actively hosted podcasts about podcasting (and counting).

Lauren Ober is the host of The Big Listen. Previously, she was an award-winning radio producer for WAMU’s weekly newsmagazine Metro Connection. In addition, Lauren Ober is currently the producer of Orbital Path, a podcast from PRX about the cosmos and our place in it.

Each episode of The Big Listen will be hand-curated by Lauren Ober. The podcast will bring listeners an inside scoop on the podcasts that they already love. It is described as “a show for podcast junkies, podcast newbies, and everyone in between”. The Big Listen will feature interviews with creative podcasters, clips from their shows, and listener recommendations.

The Big Listen will premiere on Sunday, January 31, 2016, on 88.5 FM or streaming on You can learn more about The Big Listen on its website or by following the show’s Twitter account: @hearbiglisten.

Night Vale Creators Start Podcast Platform

Welcome to Night Vale book coverThe popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast is a fiction podcast that consists of dispatches from a surreal Southwestern town where creepy, unexplained, things are happening. The show has tons of fans, many of who have been inspired to create art based on the characters in the podcast. Now, the creators of Night Vale are branching out with their own podcast platform.

Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor are the people who created “Welcome to Night Vale”. They are starting their very own podcast platform called Night Vale Presents. The first podcast on the platform is called “Alice Isn’t Dead”, which is written by Joseph Fink.

“Alice Isn’t Dead” is another fiction based podcast. The show is about a truck driver who travels the United States in search of her wife. The idea appears to have been inspired by Joseph Fink’s experiences as he travels across the United States doing live editions of “Night Vale”.

The Night Vale Tumblr has further details. “Alice Isn’t Dead” is written and produced by Joseph Fink, but is preformed by Jasika Nicole (who played a major character in “Welcome To Night Vale”). “Alice Isn’t Dead” will have a completely new original score for each episode, written by disparition (who did the music for “Welcome to Night Vale”.)

The story in “Alice Isn’t Dead” is said to be darker than the story was in “Welcome to Night Vale”. The two podcasts are not related to or connected to each other. The first season of “Alice Isn’t Dead” will have 10 episodes and begin being released on March 8, 2016. It will be available for download from iTunes and other podcasting services as well as a Libsyn RSS feed.

The Night Vale Presents platform is intending to introduce more podcasts in the coming year. Right now, there isn’t any specific information about them. In addition, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor are writing a sequel to their “Welcome to Night Vale” novel.

Podcast Movement 2016 Adds More Speakers

Podcast Movement 2016 logoPodcast Movement 2016 will take place in Chicago, Illinois, on July 6-8, 2016. The event is for anyone who is interested in podcasting. Seasoned podcasters and those who are considering getting into podcasting for the very first time are welcome. There will be plenty of speakers to listen to – and more have just been added.

Attendees of Podcast Movement 2016 will have the opportunity to participate in their choice of over 75 breakout sessions and panels, including sessions on the Technical Track, Creators Track, Business Track, Industry Track, and more. Keynote speakers will kick off and close out each day.

Podcast Movement 2016 recently announced that two of the world’s best story-telling podcasters will be at the event. Glynn Washington is the host and executive producer of Snap Judgment (which is part of WNYC Studios). The podcast is described as “Storytelling, with a BEAT”. It dares listeners to see the world through the eyes of another.

Before creating the Snap Judgement Radio Show, Glynn Washington worked as an educator, diplomat, community activist, actor, political strategist and more. He has composed music for Kunst Stoff dance performances in San Francisco, and performed live spoken word poetry in Detroit.

Aaron Manke is the creator, writer, and producer of the hit podcast Lore. It is an award-winning, critically acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Each episode of Lore looks into a uniquely scary tale and uncovers the truth behind it. Aaron Manke is also the author of a number of supernatural thrillers, including Indian Summer, Consumed, and Grave Suspicion.

In addition to these two amazing storytellers, Podcast Movement 2016 has also announced that Dan Miller will be there. He is an author, magazine contributor, and host of the 48 Days podcast. Dan Miller specializes in creative thinking for increased personal and business success.

Podster is a New Magazine About Podcasting

PodsterPodster is a new digital magazine about podcasts and podcasters. It comes from Shelf Media. The very first issue has been released, and you can check it out for free. So, I did.

The first issue is a total of 53 pages. It felt like the right length as I was reading through it. The cover is eye catching and they used nice font for the name of the magazine. If Podster was sitting on the magazine rack at a Barnes & Noble, I’d probably pick it up and start flipping through it.

Of course, I rarely find myself at a Barnes & Noble nowadays, so its good that Podster is a digital magazine. If it were print-only, it would be much less likely that I’d have heard of it or that I’d make the effort to go out into the world to find a paper copy of it. (As far as I can tell, this magazine is digital-only and doesn’t exist in print.)

It stands to reason that a magazine about podcasting is presented in digital format. After all, once you get involved in creating and producing one or more podcasts on a regular basis, posting the show notes for each episode, and sharing links to it on social media – the internet becomes your neighborhood.

I found the content of the magazine to be interesting, well written, and incredibly relevant for podcast creators as well as podcast listeners. The January 2016 issue includes interviews with Alex Goldman from Reply All, Gretchen Rubin from Happier with Gretchen Rubin, and Elaine McMillion Sheldon and Sarah Ginsburg from She Does. Each interview includes easy to spot links you can click on to hear one of their episodes. Alongside the interview is a list and brief description of the podcasts that the interviewee listens to.

There is a section where an excerpt of an individual podcast episode has been transcribed (with permission from the podcaster, I’d assume). Again, there are links that take you directly to whatever podcast caught your attention. No need to “Google it”! There is also plenty to enjoy of other content that I haven’t described here.

I could not help but notice that this first issue of Podster is rather ad heavy. To my surprise, I was not annoyed by the ads because all of them were very relevant to podcasting. As a result, I was shown ads that were actually interesting to me. I hope Podster keeps that up. Overall, I liked Podster well enough to subscribe to it and am looking forward to see what comes next.

WBEZ will be at Podcast Movement 2016

Podcast Movement 2016 logoPodcast Movement 2016 will take place in Chicago. It seems very fitting that three of Chicago’s own WBEZ podcasts will be at this year’s Podcast Movement. They are the most recent additions to the lineup of speakers who will be part of the event.

Podcast Movement is the premier international gathering of podcasters. It happens in a different location each year. According to the Podcast Movement website, Chicago is one of the best podcast cities in the world. They feel that much of the credit for turning the city into one of the preeminent locations for podcasting can be given to WBEZ.

WBEZ has added a number of niche and pop-culture podcasts to their family of digital shows. This American Life leads the pack of the world’s most popular podcasts, drawing nearly 3.5 listens a month. WBEZ’s podcast umbrella also includes Sound Opinions, where WBEZ’s Rock Doctors hold court on everything musical, and Filmspotting, a unique film review show.

Podcast Movement 2016 has been slowly revealing the speakers and panelists that will be at the event. They are planning on having more than 100 of them. The exact schedule of when each will speak has yet to be released. What is clear is that Podcast Movement 2016 will take place on July 6-8, 2016.

Three WBEZ podcasts, and their hosts, have been added to the list of speakers. Shannon Cason is the host of Homemade Stories. He is a powerful voice in the storytelling front, and a Moth GrandSLAM winner. In the podcast, he lays out his life for the listener, blemishes and all. Some stories are insightful and true, and others are works of fiction.

Keith Ecker and Erin Kahoa are hosts of Pleasure Town. It is a serial podcast about the people who live in PleasureTown, Oklahoma, as told by a mix of eclectic residents. The podcast is a mix of old-time radio show and dark contemporary drama.

Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnson are the hosts of Nerdette. It is a show where they talk to people about their obsessions, from science to science fiction, great lady nerds of history, to Beyonce. Their podcast can be summed up as: “It’s not about what you love. It’s about how much you love it.”

Asia Pacific Podcast Conference Happening in February

Asia Pacific Podcast Conference logoThe inaugural Asia Pacific Podcast Conference will take place in Auckland, New Zealand, from February 12th – 13th, 2016. Attendees from across the Asia Pacific Region and beyond are invited – including (but not limited to) Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong, USA, China, and Malaysia.

The Asia Pacific Podcast Conference is for existing podcasters, and people who are broadcasters and media. It is for marketers, bloggers, and those who are yet to launch the first episode of their podcast. The event will feature the best podcasting experts to ever speak in the Asia Pacific region.

Speakers and Panelists include:
* Cliff Ravenscraft – He and his wife founded the Generally Speaking Production Network. In 2006, he launched the “Podcast Answer Man’ podcast.

* Kaitlyn Swarey – She is the Editor of Hack Digital, which is an online team to support triple j radio’s current affairs program “Hack”. She helped create ABC Radio’s experimental podcast “First Run” and the highly successful “Science Vs” podcast with Wendy Zuckerman.

* Megan Whelan – She is RNZ’s (formerly Radio New Zealand) community engagement editor. She’s worked as a journalist for over a decade and has been heavily involved in much of RNZ’s digital transformation.

* Michelle Dickinson – She is also known as Nanogirl. She is the co-founder of the charity OMGTech!. She holds the Member of New Zealand Order of Merit and was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Leadership in 2015.

* Paul Spain – He is the founder and CEO at Gorilla Technology, and is coordinator of the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference. He is also involved with the “NZ Tech Podcast” and the “NZ Business Podcast”.

* Natalie Cutler-Welsh – She is also known as “the Go to Girl”. Her podcast is “Go to Girl Social Media & Networking” and she is the co-host of “Inspire Higher”.

* Will Fleming – He has over 8 years in the New Zealand Television industry. His podcast is called “My Kiwi Life”.

* Josh Neilson – He is the founder of Zencastr, a podcasting production tool.

* Jono Hutchinson – He is the Head of Digital News at MediaWorks and has been with the company for 11 years. Last year, he was the executive producer of “Newsworthy”.

The agenda for both days of the Asia Pacific Podcast Conference is available on their website. You can also purchase tickets and register for the conference via their website.

Off On A Tangent – PCN Show 026

PCN iTunes artworkShawn and Jen got into a lively discussion about podcasting that ended up going off on a tangent. They tried to rein things back in after that.

The tangent was actually related to podcasting, so it could have been worse.

Links mentioned in this episode:

* Data confirm that podcasting in the US is a white male thing
By Josh Morgan on Quartz

* The End of the Dark Ages of Podcasting
By Stephen Lacey on New Republic

* We’re Not In The Podcasting Renaissance. We’re In The Age of Discovery
By Stephen Lacey on The Timbre

* How We Got Em Rusciano’s Podcast to the Top of the iTunes Charts and How You Can Do It Too
By Omny Studio on Omny Studio Blog

* 8 Podcasts Prove That Women Dominated The Podcast Game in 2015
By Courtney Lindley on Bustle

* Making Story-Driven Podcasts on a Budget
By Wooden Overcoats on Medium