Category Archives: Podcast News

Castbox Launches Livecast



Castbox announced the launch of Livecast, a free audio streaming service that lets podcasters go live with the tap of a button. Available on Castbox mobile and desktop apps, the new feature allows podcast creators and influencers to host interactive audio shows and engage with fans and listeners in real-time.

With Livecast, creators can create public or private channels and go live with a single tap. Each Livecast session supports live audio chat for up to eight simultaneous speakers and unlimited listeners. The feature enables one or multiple hosts to drive the session and allows listeners to call in to ask questions, share their opinions and stories, and provide live feedback. Audience members can also interact with hosts and other listeners via in-room messaging, which encourages listeners to take an active role in the discussion.

Hosts can auto-record their Livecast shows and upload them as standalone podcast episodes to further extend the value of the content. Livecast also provides detailed metrics, including listenership, donations, and engagement, so hosts can improve their future Livecasts.

To give independent creators and studios new opportunities to monetize their brand and content, Livecast features a virtual gifting mechanism that lets listeners support their favorite podcasts. Users can purchase in-app currency to send hosts emoji-like virtual gifts such as an applause, roses, or even a golden mic. These gifts can be converted and cashed out for real world money via PayPal.

In July, Castbox announced Livecast. At that time, their description of the monetization system confused me. Now, it appears that Castbox has simplified things. The getting started page on the Castbox website says: Virtual gifts are converted into Stars, which can be cashed out by going to “My Wallet” under the “Personal” tab.

This explanation is much easier to understand than before. I still have some questions, though. How many stars does a Livecast podcaster have to accrue before they can cash out for real world money via PayPal? I’m also wondering if the podcaster gets all the funding that comes from Stars and/or the virtual gifts that listeners give them – or if Castbox takes a cut.


Backspin Podcast Digs into Milwaukee’s First Hip-Hop Recordings



Burning curiosity about who recorded Milwaukee’s first hip-hop song led the 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (88.9 FM) team down a path that started with a 1980s’ movement, through hip-hop icons such as Speech of Arrested Development, Darryl McDaniels of RUN-DMC, and Milwaukee DJs and MCs – and ultimately to finding that elusive, first hip-hop record.

In Backspin, 88Nine’s new podcast series (released on July 15, 2019), hip-hop expert and DJ Tyrone Miller (DJ Bizzon) teams up with 88Nine’s Music Director (and resident omnivorous music nerd) Justin Barney on a quest to definitively answer the question – who exactly recorded Milwaukee’s first hip-hop song, and how did Milwaukee create a hip-hop scene.

In six, 30-minute episodes, the pair document their months-long quest with interviews from national and local artists, DJs and historians who witnessed the birth of Milwaukee hip-hop firsthand – and of course, with lots of music. Along the way, the podcast provides an insightful view into Black America in the late ’70s and early ’80s through the lens of hip-hop.

“The series is about so much more than the first song,” Miller said. “It’s about the journey of getting to that song.”

Miller said that the birth of Milwaukee’s hip-hop movement is a microcosm of what was also happening around the country. Music was fundamentally changing. Nationally, Black artists were experimenting with new sounds and techniques, creating an entirely unique form of musical expression. As disco morphed into something else entirely, a musical and cultural phenomenon was underway, leading to what we now call hip-hop. And it was more than music. It was a movement – both musically and culturally, he said.

Backspin is a fun journey of discovery and celebration of hip-hop, a tale that takes several surprising twists. The podcast is full of great music, fascinating stories and the voices of musicians and others who were deeply embedded in Milwaukee’s emerging scene. From MCs, to DJs, to radio personalities, to historians, to the original recording artists themselves, 88Nine pieces together a nearly forgotten musical story, both unique to Milwaukee and emblematic of the national hip-hop movement.


The Washington Post to Launch Spanish Language Podcast



The Washington post announced it is expanding its editorial offerings with the launch of two Spanish-language products to provide news and analysis for Spanish speakers in the U.S. and around the world. Beginning this fall, The Post will produce a twice-weekly podcast and create an online destination for original and translated Spanish-language Opinions content.

Produced from The Washington Post newsroom, the podcast will be hosted by Juan Carlos Iragorri, an Emmy award-winner Columbian journalist and author with more than 30 years of experience in print, radio and television. He will be joined by internationally renowned journalists Dori Toribio, Washington correspondent for Spain’s Mediaset, and Jorge Espinosa, radio journalist and podcast director of Columbia’s Caracol Radio.

The podcast will feature contributions from Post reporters and explain top news stories through a fresh, multicultural lens, allowing listeners to experience the intersection of Washington and the Spanish-speaking world.

In addition, the Washington Post is investing in a Spanish-language experience through a new Opinions initiative. A digital section under Opinions will offer columns in Spanish and translations as part of its Global Opinions offerings, providing timely commentary on news of interest to Spanish-speaking readers globally.

InsideRadio reported that the Washington Post’s Spanish-language podcast will be launched in September of 2019.


Stitcher Seeks a Partner Success Director



Stitcher is seeking a Partner Success Director who will identify, plan and execute initiatives that build relationships with their podcast partners. They are looking for someone with a demonstrated passion for the media and podcast industry and how it intersects with both technology and the broader entertainment business.

This team functions as the entry point for how Partners interface with Stitcher’s internal operations.

What you’ll need:

  • BA/BS degree or higher
  • 7 to 10 years of experience in the podcast, broadcast media, audience engagement, talent management and/or business development
  • Experience working with creative talent in high stakes scenarios
  • Project management experience, with experience leading and handling multiple time-sensitive, cross-functional projects on deadline and with a great attention to detail
  • Communication and presentation experience, and experience summarizing issues
  • Experience working cross-functionally with all levels of management, both internally and externally

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a changing environment
  • 1-2 years of talent agency experience, preferably with at least 1 year on a desk

Those who are interested in Stitcher’s Partner Success Director position can find out more details about it on the Scripps website where the job is listed. It is possible to apply for the job through the Scripps website – if you have a Scripps account (or want to make one).


TalkShoe has a Pop-Up Podcast Studio in Toronto



TalkShoe announced that they have a pop-up podcast studio at Stackt Market in Toronto. They invite people to come and sit in their recording studio, which has a mic ready for you to express yourself. It is the perfect opportunity to try podcasting and see if you like it.

Talkshoe’s pop-up recording studio, which is inside a shipping container, was made in partnership with Remeyni House of Music and Electrovoice. The studio is outfitted with the latest and greatest equipment tailored to every podcaster’s need.

With a soundboard, headphones, speakers and computer system all hooked up and ready to go, the TalkShoe recording studio is made complete with heavy duty telescopic mic stands, and high quality, smooth sounding microphones provided by Remenyi and Electrovoice, respectively.

Talkshoe is a free all-in-one podcast platform that gives anyone the ability to produce, stream, record, host and share. The community-centric approach is the perfect place for people to learn more about the craft of podcasting and how to do it. Plus, it’s super simple.

Podcasters who want to give TalkShoe’s pop-up podcast studio a try can schedule a date and preferred time in TalkShoe’s calendar. Each session is 60-minutes with all the equipment at your fingertips to put out a hit podcast with top of the line gear. Every podcaster gets their picture taken and hung on the wall.


PRX Seeks a Digital Content Director



PRX is seeking a Digital Content Director. It is a unique marketing opening at PRX. The person selected for this position must be willing to work in Boston, Massachusetts.

Reporting to the Chief Marketing Officer, the Digital Content Director leads a team of professionals in the strategic development and day-to-day management of PRX’s marketing content and digital platforms. The Director builds and executes marketing campaigns leveraging content as the key asset.

In addition to strong design and marketing campaign concepts, they will have solid understanding of how to navigate across PRX’s platforms across audiences including listeners, donors, potential partners, and media. This position is seated at the cross-section of digital/social content and marketing teams and its an integral role to forge new pathways for building awareness and driving conversations with PRX’s brands, especially around its Radiotopia Network.

PRX says that preference will be given to those candidates who can tangibly demonstrate successful experience building impactful digital campaigns for mission-driven organizations and thrives on understanding best practices and trends across digital channels.

Qualifications include:

  • 5-7 years of experience in content marketing or social media marketing
  • Deep understanding of digital and social media metrics
  • Experience in executing successful branded content campaigns, a plus
  • Knowledge of public media and podcasting
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Digital media or relevant field
  • Good knowledge of Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Audacity or other media editing software

For more information about the PRX Digital Content Director position, including the requirements for the position, or to apply for the job, please visit the PRX want ad.


Spotify Acquires The 500 with Josh Adam Meyers



The 500 with Josh Adam Meyers is now a Spotify Original. The podcast will also continue to be available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Stitcher, SoundCloud, YouTube, and other podcast platforms.

The 500 with Josh Adam Meyers counts down Rolling Store Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time with comedians, actors, and musicians, using facts from the albums and song meanings as a road map to interview each guest. Previous guests include Bill Burr, Jim Jefferies, Wanda Sykes, Kevin Nealon, and Bert Kreischer, all sitting down with Josh to talk about the album and life.

The 500 describes itself in interesting ways. It is “the first Music Album Book Club representing the next decade of his life’s work talking to creatives about the greatest recorded music in history.” It also is the only podcast where you know when it will end, on May 31, 2028.

Hollywood Reporter says that Spotify acquired the nine-month-old Josh Adam Meyers-hosted show and is turning it into a Spotify Studios Original. The first episode to be released as a Spotify Original will be R.E.M.’s Document and will be streamed on Spotify beginning July 31, 2019.

Previously, Spotify launched Jemele Hill is Unbothered (hosted by Jemele Hill) as a Spotify Original. Topics include intersectionality between the worlds of sports, politics, music, identity and culture.

The Joe Budden Podcast is also on Spotify. This show is a go-to listen for hip-hop and rap culture enthusiasts. It is hosted by Joe Budden, and co-hosted by Rory and Mal. They discuss hip-hop music and news, conduct interviews with artists and cultural luminaries, and touch base on cultural events.


Revision Path Podcast Selected for the Smithsonian’s NMAAHC



Episodes of the award winning Revision Path have been selected for the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). This is the first podcast that has been acquired for the museum’s permanent collection.

The weekly interview podcast was launched in February 2013 by entrepreneur, web designer, and host Maurice Cherry, to showcase some of the best Black designers from all over the world. Over the past six-plus years, the show has released over 300 episodes and has gotten over 225,000 downloads worldwide.

Guests have includes graphic designers, web designers, software developers, creative and art directors, illustrators and animators. On each episode, listeners hear their stories, processes, experiences, insights, and the creative inspirations of these creators.

The eleven episodes selected for NMAAHC’s collection are:

  • Gail Anderson, Educator, Designer, Author and Creative Director
  • Hannah Beachler, Academy Award-winning Production Designer
  • Darhil Crooks, Creative Director
  • Jon Daniel, Creative Director
  • Emory Douglas, Former Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party
  • Cheryl D. Miller, Visual Artist, Designer, Author and Theologian
  • Andrea Pippins, Artist, Educator, Designer and Author
  • Dori Tunstall, Dean, Faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto
  • Craig L. Wilkins, Architect, Author and Academic
  • Hadiya Williams, Art Director
  • The Design of Black Panther, a roundtable discussion.

Revision Path podcast releases episodes every Monday at 10 am ET and is available for free on all major podcast platforms. Revision Path is part of the Glitch Media Network.


Southern California Public Radio Launched LAist



Southern California Public Radio has launched a new podcast division called LAist Studios. Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public media network that operates across the region, reaching from Santa Barbara, down to Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and out to the Coachella Valley.

LAist Studios makes shows for the new mainstream. Our listeners are diverse and inclusive, people who crave stories and conversations from a multitude of voices. LAist Studios was created in 2019 in Pasadena, California. We’re part of Southern California Public Radio, which has run hundreds of regional and national awards for its audio storytelling.

LAist Studios says it won’t be limited by geography. “LA is a state of mind, not just a city, and our work will be made by and for people of all description around the country and the globe.” Right now, LAist is seeking your best and most creative ideas for new podcasts, new talents, and new brands.

Here are some criteria they want you to consider:

  • We will serve and feature the New Mainstream, the diverse and inclusive populations of LA (and that LAs around America) – young, underrepresented and attracted to stories and conversations from a multitude of voices. This is the first priority.
  • We will also make work for and about the LA-minded, those who look to the West for energy, inspiration, progress, and a sense of purpose.
  • We love ideas and people with big ambitions. So bring us your best thinking about what to create for the large and hungry audiences listening to multiple podcasts every week.
  • Don’t be afraid to break molds and invent new ones. Boom and busts define the California experience and we want to work with Angelenos who aren’t afraid to invent their own realities.
  • We’re looking for talented people who embody LA. So bring ideas with texture and grit and a possibilities beyond one short series. Think ongoing series. Think multiple seasons.

Those who find this interesting can submit a pitch to LAist Studios by filling out a form on their website.