Category Archives: Podcast News

ShoutOut Live Third Annual Festival will be in London



ShoutOut Live is pleased to announce the third annual ShoutOut Live Festival. It will take place in London on May 18, 2019. Early Bird Tickets are available now.

This year ShoutOut Network is pleased to announce the third annual ShoutOut Live Festival: Content is Queen Podcast Festival. This year’s theme focuses on developing the next generation of podcaster (#GenerationPodcast). Hosting some of the UK’s finest female voices, the festival will create a space to celebrate podcasting and its power to highlight the intersectional experiences of all women in the UK’s broadcasting industry. It’s the UK’s first and only women’s podcast festival, taking place on Saturday 18th May at Huckletree in Shoreditch.

Speakers for this year’s event will be announced “very soon.”

The Agenda for the event has been released:

Talks and Panels:

  • Industry Overview: What’s Pushing Podcasting Forward?
  • Show Me The Money! The Ultimate Guide to Funding Your Podcast
  • How Did She Do It? The Secret Sauce Behind My Podcast Success

Accelerator Workshops:

Beginner

  • How to Find Your Audience
  • How to Find Your Voice (Mic Training)
  • How to Launch a Successful Podcast

Intermediate

  • Gripped! Simple Storytelling Techniques
  • Follow the Story – Audio Journalism Best Practice
  • How To Script An Audio Drama

Advanced

  • Developing Comedy Podcasts
  • Creating Proposals For Podcast Commissions
  • Develop Your Idea Into A Serialized Podcast

Pandora Announces Voice-Enabled Ads Powered by Instreamatic



Pandora announced an agreement with Instreamatic.ai, the platform for voice-enabled ads that allows media companies and advertisers to measure, manage, and monetize audio content by utilizing interactive voice AI technology. The two companies made an agreement to test interactive voice advertising.

Instreamatic explained how their voice-enabled ads work:

One of Instreamatic’s capabilities is voice AI that harnesses natural language understanding (NLU), enabling customer conversations to go far beyond “yes or no” interactions. Instreamatic’s AI functionality is also designed to study, interpret, and understand user intent, and continuously refines this understanding through deep learning mechanisms.

In this way, the platform continues to learn and increase its vocabulary and predictive power. By anticipating intent – sometimes even before the user speaks – the platform is built to iteratively improve both consumers’ ad experiences and the performance of ad campaigns.

In addition, Instreamatic’s technology enables each interaction to be carefully measured in order to deliver meaningful ad metrics that inform campaign strategy and drive ad spend decisions.

TechCrunch reported that Pandora’s new voice ads will allow listeners to respond by speaking aloud – either to get more information about the product being advertised, or to skip the ad if it’s not of interest.

The beta test of Instreamatic’s platform for voice-enabled ads will launch sometime later this year.


Vox Seeks an Executive Producer of Recode News Podcast



Vox is looking for an executive producer for the Recode News Podcast. It is a full-time position based in New York City.

Recode is launching a first-of-its-kind, thrice-weekly podcast to explain the most important tech news of the week. Grounded in Recode’s personality and authority, the show will deliver in-depth stories on how technology is changing everything. We simply can no longer escape the future hurtling toward us, which is why understanding the technologies shaping our lives – and the companies creating and profiting off them – is fundamental to understanding the world we live in and the way we live in it.

What you’ll do:

  • Establish daily editorial agenda in consultation with staff
  • Create daily program rundown
  • Set assignments for show staff and freelancers
  • Work with producers and host to facilitate on-time delivery of high-quality stories and segments
  • Work with host on script and oversee host tracking
  • Provide final editorial sign-off on each day’s show
  • Coordinate with engineers on booking and use of studios and production equipment
  • Facilitate regular evaluation and feedback of show’s format, structure, and sound with show’s staff
  • Establish a culture of experimentation, lead evolution of the show’s sound over time
  • Set objectives for audience growth in conjunction with senior leaders
  • Assist Vox.com’s Executive Editor and Vox Media’s EP of Audio with staff recruitment and hiring as needed
  • Oversee the show’s budget, staff scheduling, and staff evaluation

Take a look at the website where the Recode News Podcast Executive Producer want ad is posted. It includes information about what they want to see on your application.


Beyerdynamic Creator Bundle Pairs DT 240 PRO and DT 770 PRO with FOX Microphone



Beyerdynamic, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and conferencing products, announces Creator Bundles, combining the FOX USB-C Studio Microphone with professional headphones DT 240 PRO and DT 700 PRO.

Beyerdynamic’s Creator Bundle features the Fox USB paired with the DT 240 PRO, a mobile stereo headphone for monitor and recording purposes. The DT 240 PRO features clean, deep bass, vivid mids, and defined highs.

Designed to provide studio quality in an environment, the DT 240 PRO’s high noise attenuation prevents the penetration of ambient sound, making it an ideal product for producers, podcasters and filmmakers. Featuring a lightweight, yet rugged design, the DT 240 PRO is built with a padded headband and soft, replaceable earpads for a comfortable fit.

The Creator PRO Bundle pairs the FOX with a studio legend, the DT 770 PRO, which is recognized as the most frequently used studio headphone in the world. The DT 770 PRO is a closed, dynamic headphone with exceptional sound quality, long term comfort and accurate performance.

The DT 770 PRO is the perfect monitoring headphone for recording studios, post production, and broadcasting studios. Built with a low mass coil and diaphragm assembly, the DT 700 PRO produces a transient performance for the most demanding professional and audiophile applications. The DT 770 PRO features a carefully tailored frequency response to highlight natural and balanced sound, meanwhile, it’s soft earpads and adjustable earpieces creates unparalleled listening comfort.

Beyerdynamic’s FOX USB-C Studio Microphone is a high-quality, 24-bit, 96k Hz professional microphone. FOX USB-C boasts a cardioid polar pattern with a pressure gradient operating principal. Featuring a large-diaphragm condenser capsule, FOX USB-C is designed for vocals, dubbing, and musical instruments, including acoustic guitars, amplifiers, grand pianos, string instruments, wind instruments, drums and percussion.

FOX USB-C includes an integrated headphone output to allow listening in real-time, with zero latency monitoring. The sensitivity of the microphone can be adjusted from loud to quiet sound sources through the gain-switch. FOX USB-C is compatible with Mac and Windows PC to create a flexible recording solution for studio and home recording.


Slate Seeks Podcast Producers



Slate is hiring two podcast producers. One position is for a Narrative Podcast Producer, and the other is for a Business and Technology Podcast Producer.

Here are some details about the Narrative Podcast Producer position:

Slate is looking for an experienced podcast producer to help them make future seasons of their smash hit Slow Burn and other scripted narrative shows.

The person we’re looking for has a keen grasp of all aspects of storytelling. They can identify the best tape from hours of interviews, and spot what’s missing while the interview is still in progress. They’re happy spending hours scouring news archives for the perfect clip. They can move adroitly between booking, recording, editing, project managing, and troubleshooting. They can track and integrate notes from multiple sides and turn around careful, sensitive edits and mixes on tight deadlines. The position can be located in Brooklyn, New York, or Washington, D.C.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with writer-hosts to tell compelling stories in audio
  • Find archival footage and negotiate with rights-owners for licenses
  • Arrange interviews and oversee recording sessions, sometimes over remote connections
  • Edit and score recordings quickly and sensitively

Here are some details about the Business and Technology Podcast Producer position.

The person we’re looking for is a deft and speedy audio editor and adept booker and guest-wrangler. They have a sense of what works and what doesn’t in audio, an interest in technology, business and journalism, and a wealth of ideas. Ideally they’d have experience with and insight into both conversation-driven and scripted shows.

Responsibilities include:

  • Book guests, schedule and run recording sessions, edit, and mix complete episodes of some of our biggest podcasts
  • Work with writer-podcasters to bring scripted shows from conception to release: booking, recording, managing tape, editing, scoring, mixing
  • Work with editors and hosts to develop formats for new shows

For more details about either of these positions, visit the Slate websites where the job listings are posted.


Acast Launches in France



Acast announced its expansion into France. The French business will be led by Yann Thébault, former managing director of Continental Europe for Spotify, who joins Acast with the mission of establishing Acast France as the go-to podcast company locally.

This will include supporting independent publishers, working with media groups and brands on their audio strategies and helping to develop the French podcast market.

The launch of Acast in France is in response to the rapidly growing popularity of podcasts in the region, as well as demand for support for podcasters. According to Médiamétrie’s Écoute des Podcasts study (April 2018), over four million people in France listen to podcasts every month. 25% of these are new listeners to the medium.

Ross Adams, CEO of Acast said: “Launching in France is the natural next step for Acast – it’s a market where the appetite for podcasting from a creator, listener and advertising point of view is starting to explode. We have big plans – global expansion is a real focus for Acast in 2019 and beyond, as well as working with content in many different languages as possible. Yann’s rich experience and love for audio means he is the perfect person to take us into such an important market for Acast.”

Yann Thébault, managing director of Acast France said: “France is a dynamic market that has historically been known for its high radio consumption. The podcast market is now booming and represents a real growth opportunity for Acast. With our ability to address every need of both independent podcasters and publishers – including hosting, distribution, marketing, measurement and monetization – we are able to bring innovative and tailored solutions for podcasters, advertisers and listeners.”


Twitter’s Character Count Podcast is About Advertisements



Twitter has launched its first podcast. It is called Character Count and it is about Twitter’s most interesting advertising stories. It is a @TwitterBusiness podcast, and its target audience appears to be companies who either want to post ads on Twitter, or who already are posting Twitter ads.

Effectively advertising on Twitter isn’t always easy. On each episode, we’ll feature a different brand who is creative, surprising, and effective with their Twitter Ads campaigns. Listen and subscribe for world-class marketing inspiration straight from the source – Twitter.

TechCrunch reported that Twitter is testing the waters with Character Count. The company intends to get the crowd’s reaction to the first few episodes so it can make adjustments if need be.

Character Count is hosted by Joe Wadlington. TechCrunch reported that he is a marketer at Twitter who’s specifically supporting Twitter’s Business initiatives.

At the time I am writing this podcast, there has been a teaser episode, and two full episodes. The first one focuses on the Monterey Aquarium (@MontereyAq) which uses memes to raise ocean awareness.

The second episode focuses on Dropbox (@Dropbox) and how they build warmth with their customers. An upcoming episode will feature Simon and Schuster (@SimonBooks) and discusses how the company brought a legacy brand online.


Blubrry Podcasting Partners with Audioburst



Blubrry Podcasting and Audioburst announced an evolutionary partnership that will allow Blubrry hosting customers to have access to Audioburst’s suite of tools and the Audioburst library of searchable voice “bursts.” This library uses technology to listen, understand, segment, and index the content to be searched and generate new cross-platform distribution.

“Our mission is to empower podcasters and radio professionals with a robust solution for monetization, distribution, and discovery,” said Amir Hirsh, co-founder, and CEO of Audioburst. “The integration of our Audioburst Creators platform gives Blubrry thousands of creative community members of the unmatched tools to transcribe, increase exposure and earn money.”

Blubrry hosting customers will be able to obtain full transcripts, create short clips called “bursts” of their audio or video content and then share those bursts on social media platforms. This extends the life of their content using modern AI programming to highlight specific segments that can further earn Blubrry creators revenue and listenership.

“This partnership with Audioburst is exciting for our Blubrry customers as I’ve been a big fan of their technology for some time,” said Todd Cochrane, Blubrry CEO. “The audio bursts, automated transcripts and indexing of audio content will allow Blubrry customers to reach new listeners and engage with a wider audience.”

Blubrry hosting customers can sign up for Audioburst free within their podcast dashboard and have their personalized content created within minutes. Bursts, transcriptions and new content can be found on any one of Audiobursts distribution platforms where users specify topics and categories for results.


She Podcasts Live has a Kickstarter



She Podcasts Live is the women’s podcasting event. Whether you just love to talk or want podcasting to be your career, you belong here. She Podcasts Live is on Kickstarter. At the time I am writing this blog post, it has 21 days to go.

Join your fellow women podcasters for a weekend of learning, camaraderie, and belonging as you learn the core skills and aspects you need for every stage of podcasting. You’ll hear from women who have been successful podcasting ON THEIR OWN TERMS, who have done things THEIR way and will teach you how to do the same.

The event is intended to take place in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 11-13, 2019. She Podcasts is seeking a $25,000 goal.

She Podcasts is a network of over 12K podcasters that identify as women and may or may not be career podcasters, or “corpcasters”. She Podcasts wants to host this first event to provide a space “for all of us side-hustling podcasters navigating our work in a male-dominated industry.”

Any gender identity and/or expression is valued and this event is targeting those that don’t fit the dominant avatar of podcast hosts, aka men. She Podcasts will provide a safe space for non-binary podcasters, cisgender women as well as trans women to thrive in a safe space.

They are planning on having three to four separate tracks for women in all different parts of the podcasting journey. Those tracks are called Start, Refine, Grow, and Accomplish. Each track will include sessions that speak to the skills for each phase as well as the mindset and energy that needs to be present in order for that phase to be conquered.