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Podcast Movement 2018 Announces 16 Speakers

Podcast Movement 2018 will take place on July 23-26 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. They made their first round of speaker announcements by pointing out 16 Speakers – and why you won’t want to miss what they have to say.

There is a detailed listing about each of the 16 Speakers on the Podcast Movement 2018 website. Last year, Podcast Movement made Speaker announcements in a slow trickle, so it is refreshing to see so many Speakers announced at once. Here is a list of the 16 Speakers and the title of what they will be presenting.

Speakers include: 

Andrea Klunder – The Creative Imposter Studios – “Power Your Story: High School, Autism, Diverse Learning & Podcast Mentorship”

Christine Blackburn – Story Worthy – “So You Think You’re a Storyteller?”

Colin Gray – The Podcast Host – “9 Ways to Cut the Time it Takes you to Ship a Show”

Fred Dews – Brooking Institution; M.J. Altman – Hacking Hunger Podcast – “Storytelling for Wonks: Podcasting the Facts” – panel

Jon Savitt – Writer, Comedian – “From Comedy to Copywriting”

Lee Uehara – The House of Lee NYC – “Mistakes No Podcaster Should Make: Journalism Basics That Every Podcaster Should Know and Love”

Natasha Che – Soundwise Inc. – “How to Build a Profitable Podcast Without Selling Ads”

Rabia Chaudry – Undisclosed – “Audience Acquisition” – panel

Ravi Jayagopal – SubscribeMe.FM – “Premium Podcasting: How to Monetize Your Podcast, Promote It And Build A List With a Premium Podcast, Members-Only Audio & Listeners-Only Bonus Content and Deliver it Securely via a Membership Site in 4 Different Formats”

Rob Walch – Libsyn – “Yes that Marketing Advice for your Podcast is Still BS – 2018”

Stephan A. Hart – Trailblazers.FM Podcast – “Riches are in the Niches: Why It’s Impossible to Monetize Your Independent Side Hustle Podcast By Targeting Everyone”

Tammy Terwelp – 91.5KRCC – Southern Colorado’s NPR Station – “The Listener Bill of Rights”

Todd Cochrane – Blubrry – “Proven Social Media Strategies for Podcasters – Act II”

Tracy Goodwin – Captivate the Room – “Your Voice, The Most Powerful Tool You Have, If You Know How To Use It”

Yann Ilunga – The Podcaster Lab – “Automation for Podcasters: Winning Back Time By Putting Parts of Your Podcasting Workflow on Autopilot”

NAB 2018 has a Podcasting Pavilion

NAB Show is an annual trade show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters. This year’s show will take place on April 7-12, 2018, in the Las Vegas Convention Center. NAB 2018 has a Podcasting Pavilion.

The existence of a Podcasting Pavilion at NAB is exciting! It indicates that podcasting is being recognized as part of the broadcasting industry. This not only shows that podcasting could create a revenue stream for an individual or a company, but also that a career involving podcasting can be a legitimate profession – on the same level as radio and television.

A manifest of companies providing podcasters with the tools to create and commercialize audio content. Whether you have an established podcast and are looking to improve audio quality or listenership, or looking to start your own podcast, you’ll find everything you need here.

The NAB Podcasting Pavilion will house an Ask the Expert Area, powered by the Podcast Engineering School, where attendees can gain professional insight on audio production, content, marketing, audience growth, and monetization.

The list of exhibitors that NAB attendees will see in the Podcasting Pavilion include:

  • Airbroad
  • Blubrry Podcasting-pavilion
  • CoreCodec, Inc.
  • Libsyn
  • Podbean
  • Stream Station, Inc.
  • TuneVu
  • VoxNest
  • Zype

The Podcasting Pavilion will be in the South Upper Hall. It has All-Badge Access. There is a conference, and an attraction, that feature podcasting.

The conference is called “Content Strategies for Podcasting”. It is open to Flex, 3-Pack and 6-Pack Pass Holders. This program spotlights the expanding podcast medium, which is fueling revenue streams and rabid fan engagement. Explore various content creation, distribution and promotion opportunities in the fast-growing podcast market.

The attraction is the M.E.T. 360 Studio. It is a new addition to the “NAB Show Live” and is built with an IP infrastructure running the latest audio, video, and streaming technologies. It has All-Badge Access.

Amazon Polly WordPress Plugin Makes Blogs into Podcasts

Amazon Polly for WordPress is a service that turns text into lifelike speech. It can create audio versions of your blog posts. That audio can be played from within the blog post itself, or it can be accessed in podcast form using a feature called Amazon Pollycast.

With dozens of voices across a variety of languages, you can select the ideal voice and build engaging speech-enabled applications that work in many different countries. The Amazon plugin for WordPress is a sample application that shows how WordPress creators can easily add Text-to-Speech capabilities to written content with Amazon Polly.

The Amazon Polly speech engine launched with 47 male and female voice and support for 24 languages. Since launch, Amazon added support for Korean, another 5 languages, and made Amazon Polly available in all regions in the AWS partition.

Amazon Polly allows you to generate an audio feed for text-based content and insert it into an embedded player. Doing so can increase the accessibility of your WordPress site. People who are blind, or visually impaired, and who cannot read your blog post can listen to it instead. It also allows speech-enabled products to read your blog post to someone.

The sample code also enables you to publish podcasts directly from your site and make them available for listeners in the form of podcasts. To do this, you send the text you want converted into speech to the Amazon Polly API. Amazon Polly immediately returns the audio stream to your application so you can play it directly or store it in a standard audio file format, such as MP3. It is possible to publish your Amazon PollyCast to the iTunes iConnect directory.

You can cache and replay Amazon Polly’s generated speech at no additional cost. Amazon Polly lets you convert 5M characters per month for free during the first year, upon sign-up.

Amazon Polly also has a Pay-As-You-Go model. You are billed monthly for the number of characters of text that you processed. Amazon Polly is priced at $4.00 per 1 million characters for speech or Speech Marks requests (when outside the free tier).

Amazon Polly for WordPress is open source software. The following people have contributed to the plugin: awslabs, WP Engine, tstachlewski and Steven Word.

According to TechCrunch, Amazon Polly is only available for those who are running their own installation of WordPress on their own infrastructure (hosted or managed) or on AWS. It required a bit of configuration. Once you set it up, the plugin makes calls to Amazon Polly whenever a blog post is saved or updated. For podcasters, the plugin includes a feature called Pollycast.

Playapod is a Free Cross Platform Podcast App

Playapod is a free cross platform app for Android and iOS devices. It was introduced in February of 2018, and has been featured on the Google Play store. It is also available at Apple App Store and Amazon Appstore.

Playapod syncs your podcasts to the cloud so you can pick up any device and go. App features cross-platform device syncing, episode tracking down to the second, time-coded bookmarks, remote media controls, offline listening, new episode notifications, fast performance, no ads, and more!

Playapod is free to download and has no ads.

Benefits of Playapod include:

  • Push Notifications: Fans will be notified as soon as your next episode drops.
  • Easy to Share: Users can easily share your podcast across all their social networks.
  • Ranking Up: Playapod’s popular list of podcasts is based on total time listened to your show. The more users that listen with Playapod will result in your show ranking higher up the list!

Some Playapod App Features include:

  • Playlist: Create a custom playlist of podcast episodes for all-day playback. Drag and Drop reordering makes it easy to organize your favorites.
  • Listen Offline: Download entire podcasts and listen on the go without a network connection or cellular data charges.
  • Remote Control: Toggle playback, navigate your playlist, seek forward and backwards quickly with lockscreen and bluetooth controls.
  • Bookmarking: Bookmark your favorite parts of any episode so you can quickly go back and listen again. Bookmarks are time-coded and cloud synced across all your devices.
  • Import Podcasts: Quickly bulk import a list of podcasts with OPML files (Outline Processor Markup Language XML Files)

iHeartMedia Filed for Bankruptcy

In a press release, iHeartMedia announced that it has filed for bankruptcy. The press release said that day-to-day operations will continue as usual during the restructuring process.

On March 14, 2018, iHeartMedia announced that it reached an agreement in principle with stakeholders of more than $10 billion of its outstanding debt and its financial sponsors. The agreement reflects widespread support for a comprehensive balance sheet restructuring that will reduce iHeartMedia’s debt by more than $10 billion.

To implement the balance sheet restructuring contemplated by the agreement, iHeartMedia and certain of its subsidiaries, including iHeartCommunications, Inc., have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc., and its subsidiaries did not commence Chapter 11 proceedings.

The press release says that iHeartMedia filed with the Bankruptcy Court a series of customary motions seeking to maintain business-as-usual operations and uphold its commitments to its valued employees and other stakeholders during the process. iHeartMedia believes that its cash on hand, together with cash generated from ongoing operations, will be sufficient to fund and support the business during the Chapter 11 proceedings.

The Whickers Radio and Audio Funding Award

The Whickers were established in 2015 to fund and recognize original and innovative documentary. They seek to use the generous legacy of their namesake, pioneering broadcaster Alan Whicker, to support emergining film and audio documentary-makers in the production of authored programmes and to recognize exceptional audio that has already been broadcast.

Podcasters might be interested in The Wickers Radio and Audio Funding Award (RAFA). The deadline for applications is May 1, 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be notified at the end of July 2018. Shortlisted applicants will pitch their projects to the judging panel at Open City Documentary Festival in September 2018. Award-winners will be announced at the Open City award ceremony.

The Radio and Audio Funding Award (RAFA) is awarded to an emerging audio producer based anywhere in the world to produce an original radio or audio documentary which fulfills the core criteria detailed below. A main award of £7,000 is awarded to an audio documentary-maker to produce a feature-length programme. £3,000 goes to the runner-up.

Some Criteria Includes:

Authored Story:

  • A story-teller with demonstrably strong interviewing skills
  • Demonstrates passion for the subject whilst retaining fair-mindedness
  • Demonstrates a real sense of independence
  • Personal but not partisan
  • Wry humour welcome
  • Strictly no “Whicker impersonations”


  • Spirit of inquisitiveness that leaves viewers wanting more
  • Tells us about something new and unexpected about the world
  • Excites wonder
  • Understands how wit can illuminate the toughest or most nuanced real life drama

Original Use of Technology:

  • Playful with story-telling means – breaking new ground and/or using old ground to re-invent new style

Those who are interested in entering The Whickers Radio and Audio Funding Award should visit their website for full details. There are other criteria to be aware of.  They also have put together a very informative FAQ.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Now has a Podcast

It was only a matter of time before goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s “lifestyle brand” launched its own podcast. The goop Podcast will likely attract people who are big fans of goop and who regularly make purchases of goop products. In my opinion, the podcast might also attract people who strongly dislike goop and who want to make fun of the podcast.

Gwyneth Paltrow and goop’s Chief Content Officer Elise Loehnen chat with leading thinkers, culture changers, and industry disruptors – from doctors to creatives, CEOs to spiritual healers – about shifting old paradigms and starting new conversations.

New episodes will be released every Thursday. At the time I am writing this blog post, The goop Podcast has released a trailer on February 23, 2018, and its first episode on March 8, 2018.

In the first episode, Gwyneth Paltrow talks with Oprah Winfrey. The description of the episode says “Their wide-ranging and honest conversation spans everything from Oprah’s favorite acting role to her perspective on the MeToo movement and “the culture of enough” to be the one life truth she knows for certain.”

They also talked about books, and the show notes on goop helpfully link to a page in the goop shop where you can purchase books that Oprah says you need to read “if you’re going to be a human being.” Right away, I can see the potential for The goop Podcast to be a marketing/sales tool.

As you may have heard, goop has been involved with at least a few controversies. Gizmodo reported on June 22, 2017, that goop was selling Body Vibe stickers that it claimed were “made with the same conductive carbon material NASA uses to line space suits so they can monitor an astronaut’s vitals during wear”.

Gizmodo also reported that a representative from NASA’s spacewalk office told them that they “do not have any conductive carbon material lining the spacesuits”. Body Vibes later made an apology for mischaracterizing their product. This is not the only product goop sold that has been criticized for its dubious health claims.

Dear Media Seeks a Podcast Producer

Dear Media, a podcast network powered by Digital Brand Architects (DBA) believes that media is changing. They are on the front wave of that sea change. With an emphasis on female hosts and voices, Dear Media will place women, their stories and narratives, at the forefront of conversation. Dear Media is seeking a Podcast Producer.

We are currently looking to hire a full-time podcast producer with experience in the podcast space. We are looking for a producer to help record and produce multiple shows per week with multiple talent/hosts. The office and studio is in West Hollywood, California and we are ready to hire.

Some Responsibilities Include:

  • Schedule time with Dear Media studio and Talent/Hosts
  • Record in studio and edit podcast on a weekly basis
  • Work on multiple shows each week
  • Provide mp3 file or recording to upload to host account
  • Communicate with sales team to make sure advertisement schedule for each show is seamless
  • Provide talent/hosts with “reads/advertisements” each week before and during recording session

Qualifications Include:

  • Bachelors degree
  • Past podcast production experience is preferred
  • Minimum of 1-2 years of full editing audio experience
  • Minimum of 1 year video editing
  • Proven experience producing and editing audio files using Adobe Audition

Software Skills Include:

  • Adobe Audition
  • Skype
  • Photoshop (preferred)
  • Adobe Premier and After Effects (video & audio a plus)
  • Proficiency uploading to podcast hosting platform

Those who are interested in this job should visit the Dear Media want ad on LinkedIn to find out more details. It was posted 40 days ago (at the time I am writing this) and is still up. My best guess is that Dear Media has not yet filled this position.

Accusonus Launched the Audio Tech Podcast

Accusonus builds next generation audio repair and music creation software. They develop their own patented Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence technology in order to enable previously unimaginable sound processing workflows. Accusonus has launched the Audio Tech Podcast.

Get the most important audio headlines in less than three minutes. Each week, veteran audio and DJ journalist Markkus Rovito spotlights the top stories from the industry. Now you can stay up to speed on the gear and tools you love and use everyday.

The Audio Tech Podcast brought to you by Accusonus is described as a NewsFlash podcast. The first episode was released on February 13, 2018, and the most recent episode (at the time I am writing this blog) was released on March 12, 2018.

The first five episodes cover highlights starting from the 2018 NAMM show and include headlines from Ableton, Avid, LANDR, Output, Splice, Teenage Engineering, and more.

NAMM stands for National Association of Music Merchants. The 2019 NAMM took place in January at the Anaheim Convention Center. There’s always a lot going on at NAMM, and it is easy to miss things.

I think starting the Audio Tech Podcast by covering some of the more interesting parts of NAMM is an excellent idea. It is the perfect podcast for those who experience “fear of missing out” on audio and music tech news.