Category Archives: Podcast News

Buzzsprout Introduced the Wave Podcast Player

Buzzsprout has introduced the Wave Podcast Player. It is a brand new podcast player for all Buzzsprout customers. It builds off of what Buzzsprout learned since they launched the Minimal Podcast Player in 2015.

The Wave Podcast Player gets its name from the waveform that is front and center on each embed player. It adds a cool visual component while letting people know they’re about to listen to an audio file.

Those who use the Wave Podcast Player can customize the colors, artwork, and type of player. It is possible to customize the colors to match your podcast’s unique branding.

You can also customize the artwork that is displayed on the Wave Podcast player. You can pick to use your podcast artwork, episode artwork, or to leave artwork off the player altogether.

You can also decide if you want to embed a single podcast episode or create a playlist of multiple episodes. If you decide to include multiple episodes you’ll have the option to filter episodes by guest, tag, or by a number of your most recent episodes.

Buzzsprout users can customize their own Wave Podcast Player now. It is now available in your Buzzsprout account.

Glitch is Hiring a Producer and a Podcast and Video Editor

Glitch describes itself as “the friendly community where you can find the best stuff on the web”. Glitch is hiring a Producer, and is also hiring a Podcast and Video Editor. You can apply for either position directly through the want ad. Both positions are based in Glitch’s office in Lower Manhattan.

Glitch is looking to hire a Podcast and Video Editor to work with their brand new media network and their inclusive and diverse growing portfolio of podcasts, videos, and livestreams.

As a podcast and video editor, you’ll work with our Media team and be directly responsible for taking raw audio and video and polishing them into any number of finished packages for distribution – podcasts, creator videos, audiograms, and more.

The Podcast and Video Editor will:

    • Follow detailed edit notes from producers, including adding additional audio and footage when necessary
    • Edit raw audio and video mixing and rendering them into different packages, such as podcasts and YouTube and videos for social media
    • Repackage current media into new formats (e.g, videos to podcasts, podcasts to videos)
    • Collaborate with Marketing, Partnerships, and other departments and external partners on media-related tasks
    • Contribute to editorial discussions with the Media team and external partnership

Glitch states that the compensation for this position is $65,000 – $75,000 annually in addition to equity and a full suite of benefits. For more information, visit the Glitch want ad.

In addition, Glitch is also interested in hiring a Producer. Glitch says it has one of the top tech podcasts in the world, and one of the most recognized design podcasts ever. The Producer will join a team that will help continue that streak of creating high-quality, well-produced media for Glitch’s audience.

The Producer will:

      • Identify, pre-interview, and book potential guests
      • Pitch story ideas and decided on editorial angles of stories and interviews
      • Record interviews, coordinate tape syncs (when necessary), and provide coaching and input to the host and guest(s)
      • Provide detailed edit notes on stories at different stages of production
      • Write and edit scripts for show hosts (including ad reads), show notes, transcriptions, captions, and audio and video descriptions

The compensation for the Producer position is $75,000 – $85,000. For more information, visit Glitch’s want ad about the Producer position.

Podcast Brunch Club Focuses on Disability this January

The Podcast Brunch Club (PBD) is a community of engaged podcast listeners. Every month, PBD posts anywhere between one and five hours of podcast listening. It works kind of like a book club, and participants are encouraged to meet in face-to-face PBD chapters. 

In January of 2019, the Podcast Brunch Club has selected podcasts that fit the topic: “Community Responses to Disability”. The listening list was curated by Sarah from the Baltimore chapter of the Podcast Brunch Club.

It is estimated that one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability. Over the years, there has been some progress in recognizing the importance of accessibility and inclusion, but our governments and workplaces and communities still have much to do to embrace and empower people with disabilities.

The podcast selections are:

The Memory Palace– Outliers (9 minutes long – from March of 2018)

99% Invisible– Curb Cuts (45 minutes long – from May of 2018)

Joyriding in Autismland– Andrew Solomon (21 minutes long – from February of 2014)

She and Her– Disability is Her Beast (15 minutes – from June 2018)

Visit the Podcast Brunch Club website for more information about each of these episodes and to find out where to get them. 

NPR Student Podcast Challenge Returns!

The NPR Student Podcast Challenge is back! The contest is for teachers with students between fifth and twelfth grade. Each podcast should be between three and twelve minutes long. 

We are inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then – with the help of a teacher – compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR.

Submissions are open now through March 31, 2019. Teachers and students may want to read the official rules before starting this project. One thing to keep in mind is that submitted podcasts may not include music.

The winners will be publicly announced on or about April 23, 2019. Winning podcast submissions will be featured in segments on Morning Edition or All Things Considered.

NPR has put together a curriculum guide for educators called Teaching Podcasting. The guide can be downloaded. Lessons are broken into stages and each has an estimated amount of time that it takes. 

NPR also has a starting guide for students who are new to podcasting. It includes answers to frequently asked questions about podcasting, information about things that should make up their toolbox, and more.

Judges will follow criteria to narrow down and choose the winners in two age groups – middle (fifth grade through eight grade) and high school (ninth grade through twelfth grade). 

Just Listen Podcast App Serves Random Podcast Episodes

Just Listen is a podcast app that was created by Wenbin Fang. It serves up random podcasts for you to listen to.

Just Listen is a simple podcast app for iPhone. This podcast player is designed for the 99% audio listeners instead of podcast veterans.

Features include:

Just Listen is episode oriented. Expand your area of podcast listening. There are a lot of fabulous podcasts for you to discover, ranging from self-care and education, to comedy and music, to politics and cultures, to true crime and storytelling, and even more!

One episode at a time: Conquer the audio overload. Don’t let the long podcast playlist destroy your podcast listening experience.

Random episode every time: Chance on different podcast episodes that you didn’t know you were interested in. No need to regret if you miss some podcasts. You’ll always find more interesting ones.

Dismiss to discover: Say goodbye to an uninteresting episode, you will discover a new one which is more likely to hit you. You can keep away from the episodes you don’t like while avoiding similar audio content. Burst your ideological bubble, keep an open mind, and embrace democracy.

Engage to better discover: The more you engage in Just Listen, the more you will discover your undiscovered interests. Discover your interests in audio content and discover yourself.

Life, Listened Podcast Seeks Pregnant Talent

Life, Listened is a podcast created by Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers, the creative team behind The Mom Hour. They are seeking pregnant talent to help with a podcast project. Life, Listened is creating a new podcast focused on the journey to motherhood – and they want to feature your story.

We are seeking a diverse cast in the first and second trimesters of pregnancy, with an EDD no earlier than April 1, 2019. Our project will share stories from diverse backgrounds, locations, lifestyles and socioeconomic status, both first-time and veteran parents. Chosen participants will receive a stipend to compensate them for telling their stories. Women of color especially are encouraged to apply.

Those who are interested, and who fit the criteria, can apply on the Life, Listened website by filling out a form.

Here are a few things to know before you apply:

Life, Listened will provide the audio recording equipment (microphone and headphones) as well as coaching on how to get great sound in a home studio. You need to provide a laptop or desktop computer (no tablets or mobile devices) and be willing to download free software in order to capture your recordings. You will also need a good Wi-Fi connection for recorded interviews.

This project will require you to create a 10-20 minute recording weekly (on your own schedule) documenting your pregnancy journey, as well as participate in bimonthly hour-long interviews throughout your pregnancy. Life, Listened will also ask you to check in during your first two months postpartum with an interview and 2-3 solo recordings.

For full details, visit the Life, Listened website. If everything there sounds good, then you should submit your application and sample recording no later than January 16, 2019.

Backpack Studio Allows Studio Quality Recording

Backpack Studio (the new replacement for Bossjock Studio) is for podcasters, broadcasters, and DJs. Backpack Studio enables easy studio quality recording, anywhere. It can be downloaded from the App Store.

Backpack Studio allows you to create professional sounding quality recording – from anywhere in the world. It mixes your show for you, so you can focus on being creative. From the developer of the former bossjock studio, based on years of refinement and user feedback. Backpack is a must have app for all podcasters, broadcasters, and DJ’s and voiceover artists. 

Features include:

  • Automatic Mixing: Record from your mic while simultaneously triggering sounds – intros, background music, and sound effects. The sounds automatically duck and adjust their volume in real time.
  • Infinite Soundboard: A first of its kind scrolling soundboard with unlimited pads. Pads can be rearranged and pinned to appear on every page.
  • Pad Editor: Completely control each individual sound pad. Configure the size, color, and playback behavior.
  • Effects Engine: Studio quality compression, limiting and eq algorithms are automatically applied to the live mix. Just press record and backpack does the rest. (Voice effects coming soon.)
  • Mic Support: Works with all USB/external mics like the Apogee Mic, IK Multimedia iRig Mic, Cast and Blue Mikey. Backpack also enables you to mix the left and right channels or disable the iOS built in gain control (AGC).
  • Accessibility: Full VoiceOver compatibility for visually impaired producers.

Patreon Removed Creator who Engaged in Hate Speech

The New York Times reported that Patreon removed the Patreon account of Carl Benjamin for using racist language on YouTube. Carl Benjamin (who also goes by Sargon of Akkad) is a YouTuber.

According to The New York Times, the removal of Carl Benjamin’s Patreon account influenced Dave Rubin, host of The Rubin Report, and Jordan Peterson, host of Jordan B. Peterson Podcast, to leave Patreon as a protest. Sam Harris, host of Waking Up, chose to depart from Patreon. 

Patreon, as you might expect, has Patreon Community Guidelines. A portion focuses on Hate Speech. Part of that section reads:

Patreon connects creators to their platform all over the world. We are a global platform built on promoting creativity, which makes us a very inclusive group. Therefore, there is no room on Patreon for hate speech such as calling for violence, exclusion, or segregation. Hate speech includes serious attacks, or even negative generalizations, of people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or serious medical conditions.

The New York Times reported that Patreon has taken a “highly personal approach” to policing speech. Their Trust and Safety team has human moderators who investigate complaints about any content posted on Patreon and other sites like YouTube or Facebook that violate Patreon’s Community guidelines.

If a Patreon creator has broken the Community Guidelines, the Trust and Safety team reaches out to them with a specific plan. That plan usually involves asking for the content to be removed and for a public apology. In short, Patreon doesn’t use an algorithm that automatically removes the accounts of creators who break the rules.

Jacqueline Hart is the head of Patreon’s Trust and Safety team. She wrote a post on Medium that explains more details about what Carl Benjamin said on YouTube that led to his removal from Patreon.

As you may expect, the medium post includes a quote from Carl Benjamin, and contains inflammatory language. She provides a clear explanation of how Carl Benjamin’s words broke the Patreon Community guidelines. 

As a reminder, freedom of speech means that the government cannot throw you in jail because you said something it disagreed with, or because you criticized the government. Private businesses, including websites like Patreon, are not part of the government. They have the right to create community guidelines and to enforce them.

Spreaker Introduced Listening Evolution Statistics

Spreaker has introduced Listening Evolution statistics, which are now available in you Spreaker show’s statistics page.

Your Listening Evolution statistics enable you to see your episode’s cumulative plays and downloads over a maximum of 30 days from its release date. This gives a much clearer picture than your daily trending charts which don’t give an overview of your individual episode performance. Also, you can track how well your episodes are being received and therefore make adjustments to release campaigns.

The Listening Evolution statistics can help you find ways to improve your podcast’s success. Spreaker points out that this is particularly interesting for those who are using the Spreaker Monetization Program. Improving your episodes’ lifespans will also help you increase your revenue.

Visit the Spreaker blog post about Listening Evolution statistics for examples of how to use them. It also has instructions that walk you through how to find your Listening Evolution statistics. The Listening Evolution statistics is available to all Anchorman and Station plans, which have Full Statistics as part of their accounts.