#2PodsADay is a 30-Day Campaign to Promote Independent Podcasts



2PodsADay logoSeparating signal noise can be a challenging task in the internet age. There are so many outlets producing various types of media that it’s impossible for any one person to keep up. With an estimated 300,000 currently active shows, podcasting is still somewhat small in comparison to other digital mediums. But 300,000 of anything is more than one person could hope to process. That’s why it’s helpful for podcast listeners when someone steps in to provide a little guidance.

That’s just what podcaster Josh Hallmark is doing with his #2PodsADay project. #2PodsADay highlights two independently-produced podcasts, handpicked by Hallmark, and features them on the #2PodsADay website. The #2PodsADay campaign began earlier this month, on May 15th, and will run for 30 days until June 13th.

In a recent article on the campaign, Hallmark explained his inspiration for the #2PodsADay campaign:

When Josh Hallmark, the host of Our Americana and The Karen and Ellen Letters, started podcasting a year ago, he didn’t realize how hard it would be— both to produce a show, and to gain an audience. “It is very much a 1 percent industry,” he says. “ You go onto iTunes and everyone that’s featured is people who are associated with networks that have tons of money and tons of leverage. It’s really hard if you’re an independent podcaster to break through that.”

To keep track of the #2PodsADay campaign, click the website link above, join the campaign’s Facebook group or follow the campaign on Twitter.


Blubrry Launches ‘Turnkey’ PowerPress Sites Deluxe Podcast Publishing Service



Blubrry logoThere might be as many different podcast hosting/publishing platforms these days as there are podcasts. This kind of competition is good for podcasters, and for the podcasting space overall, as it provides lots of different options for creators. Blubrry, one of the industry’s longest-running providers of podcasting services, recently launched its PowerPress Sites Deluxe service, which the company is describing as a “turnkey” solution for podcast publishing:

PowerPress Sites Deluxe is a full turn-key solution for podcasters and includes hosting, statistics, and a managed WordPress website. The Deluxe option includes additional WordPress templates, themes, plugins and most importantly, the ability for podcasters to use their own domain for their website. Domains are purchased separately and are added to the site during setup.

PowerPress Sites Deluxe is the second stage in the rollout of Blubrry’s PowerPress Sites service that was first announced in the summer of 2015. The “PowerPress” part of the PowerPress Sites name might sound familiar to many podcasters, as the service relies on Blubrry’s PowerPress plugin to create podcast RSS feeds. Prior to the launch of PowerPress Sites, podcasters had to run self-hosted WordPress installations along with the PowerPress plugin in order to create a fully functional podcast site. A PowerPress Site is also a WordPress site that comes with PowerPress built-in. The big difference is that all PowerPress Sites are fully hosted and managed by Blubrry. That means things like security, updates, and backups are all handled directly by Blubrry.

The new Deluxe version of PowerPress Sites specifically offers:

The Deluxe Site is for podcasters who may want to use their own domain and those wanting enhanced Search Engine Optimization / Discovery with an SSL certificate. It includes the most popular plugins and multiple site templates, as well as a variety of themes to choose from.

A Blubrry media hosting subscription is required in order to use the PowerPress Sites service.

Disclosure: Blubrry CEO Todd Cochrane is Executive Editor of Podcaster News and I work part-time with the Blubrry support team.


Instrument Builder Moniker Guitars Launches Podcast



Moniker Guitars podcast artMusicians spend a lot of their time listening to audio. And while a lot of that listening time is probably devoted to music, even the most devoted music consumers have to sometimes take a break. That’s why it’s a smart move when companies that provide products and services geared towards musicians get into podcasting. That’s exactly what Austin, TX-based instrument builder Moniker Guitars has done with the launch of its new podcast.

Moniker Guitars explained its thinking behind the podcast in a recent e-mail blast:

We’re excited to bring you Episode 1 of the Moniker Guitars podcast. And just like Star Wars: Episode 1, we have our own version of Jar Jar Binks, producer and engineer Rick King of King Sound Studios. Just kidding Rick!

Kevin and Steve from Moniker sit down with Rick to talk about his amazing studio, King Sound, in Peducah KY (where?!), and his approach for recording bands such as Hit The Lights, Alta View and many more.

Moniker Guitars seems like a natural fit for producing a podcast. It’s somewhat surprising that more musical instrument and/or audio equipment companies aren’t producing their own.

The Moniker Guitars podcast can be found thru the link at the top of this article. The show is also listed on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, and Stitcher.


TV Show Based on Startup Podcast Releases First Trailer



Alex IncStartup, the podcast that documented the beginnings of podcast production house Gimlet Media, has reached a new level of notoriety. TV show Alex, Inc. will air this fall on the ABC network. The TV show gets its namesake from main character Alex Schulman, who is based on Startup host and Gimlet Media cofounder Alex Blumberg.

Alex will be portrayed by Zach Braff (Scrubs, Garden State). The show’s cast also includes Tiya Sircar (Star Wars: Rebels), Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos), Elisha Henig, Audyssie James, and more.

Braff will also have a hand in the writing and production of Alex, Inc. The show’s first trailer definitely makes Alex, Inc. look more like a sitcom than a documentary series. Anyone familiar with Startup will recognize certain elements that have carried over to the TV show from the podcast. And of course, there are plenty of things in the trailer that have been embellished for the sake of comedic TV.

Major television networks (including ABC) are in the midst of their advertising upfronts for the Fall 2017 broadcast season. No word yet on how much interest has been generated by Alex, Inc. Regardless of the show’s potential success, it’s still a banner moment for podcasting to have a primetime TV show based on a podcast. Time will tell if Alex, Inc. sets off a trend or goes down as a novel idea.


Seattle PodCon is Crowdfunding for Planned December Dates



PodCon logoIt takes a lot of resources to put on a successful podcasting conference. And by “resources,” I mean “money.” That’s why the organizers of Seattle PodCon, planned for December 9th and 10th of this year, are raising money thru crowdfunding to get their conference off the ground.

PodCon is the brainchild of YouTuber and podcaster Hank Green, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor of Welcome to Night Vale, and podcast producer Travis McElroy:

They wanted there to be a place where people got together to really just /get into/ podcasts together for a couple days. That’s going to include discussions of what is oh-so right about podcasts, but also some of the issues we have to face. It’s going to include live performances and mashed-up podcasts. It’s going to feature podcasters from tons of genres including fiction, news, science, comedy, drama, crime, interview and more.

We just love this stuff, and we want to celebrate it.

The producers of PodCon are still working on getting all of the details together for the conference. So far, they’ve confirmed live podcast recordings of the shows Dear Hank and John, My Brother My Brother and Me, and Alice Isn’t Dead (a separate, ticketed production of Welcome to Night Vale will be held adjacent to, but not automatically included with PodCon). The conference will also host panel discussions and workshops that will cover a wide range of podcasting topics.

PodCon has currently raised 16% (just shy of $50,000) of its $300,000 flexible crowdfunding goal. Contributors can gain access to PodCon with a $90 contribution. A remote access pass can be had for a $25 contribution. Remote access attendees will receive a special podcast feed that will contain recordings of many of the events happening at PodCon.

To learn more about PodCon and contribute to the Indiegogo campaign, click the link at the top of this article.


Parsec Awards 2017 is Seeking Podcast Nominations



The Parsec Awards are a celebration of speculative fiction podcasting. They are seeking nominations for the 2017 Parsec Awards. The nomination period is now open and will continue through June 1, 2017.

The Parsec Awards were founded by Mur Lafferty, Michael R. Mennenga, and Tracy Hickmen in 2006 to celebrate Speculative Fiction Podcasting, under the banner of Farpoint Media. Podcasts shows are nominated by fans, and finalists are chosen by a yearly steering committee. Those finalists are then voted on by an independent panel of judges from outside podcasting.

You can nominate a podcast for the 2017 Parsec Awards. Make sure that podcast is appropriate for the Parsecs. Choose the general category that the podcast best fits into. Make sure that the podcast you want to nominate has not already been nominated.

The Categories are:

  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Long Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Video Story
  • Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast
  • Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)
  • Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation
  • Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast
  • Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

Podcast Movement 2017 Speakers, Panelists, and Session Leaders



Podcast Movement 2017 has revealed who some of their Keynote Speakers, Speakers, Panelists, or Session Leaders at the 2017 event in Anaheim, California. There will be over 150 speakers and panelists in all.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dan Carlin – Hardcore History and Common Sense
  • Shannon Cason – Homemade Stories
  • Rabia Chaudry, Colin Miller, and Susan Simpson – Undisclosed
  • Aaron Mahnke – LORE

Session Leaders:

  • Amanda Kingsmith and Ryan Ferguson – The World Wanderers
  • Cliff Ravenscraft – The Cliff Ravenscraft Show at PodcastAnswerMan.com
  • Elizabeth DiAlto – Untame The Wild Soul Podcast
  • Fred Dews – The Brookings Cafeteria podcast (The Brookings Institution)
  • Hernan Lopez – Founder and CEO if Wondery, A Network of Storytellers
  • Jay ‘PodVader’ Soderberg – Head of Content at BlogTalkRadio
  • Jennifer Briney – Congressional Dish
  • Jessica Kupferman – She Podcasts
  • Joel Sharpton – Always Listening: Podcast Reviews
  • Larry Rosin – President of Edison Research
  • Marcus Garrett and Rich Jones – Paychecks & Balances
  • Rob Walch – VP of Podcaster Relations for Libsyn
  • Shahara Wright – owner and Lead Attorney of The Wright Firm, PLLC
  • Stephen A. Hart – Trailblazers.FM
  • Tammy Terwelp – General Manager of an NPR member station 91.5 KRCC
  • Tracy Pattin – Hollywood & Crime (Wondery)
  • Winnie Sun – Renegade Millionaire

Panel Moderator:

  • Elise Escobar – She Podcasts and Libsyn’s The Feed
  • Glenn Rubenstein – founder of ADOPTER Media
  • Jonathan Messinger – Executive Producer of The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian
  • Mark McCrery – CEO of Authentic
  • Seth Resler – 20-year broadcasting veteran
  • Steven Goldstein – CEO of audio innovation firm Amplifi Media (He will also be a Session Leader for Podcast Movement 2017)

Panelists:

  • Chris Hill – MarketFoolery and MotleyFoolMoney (by The Motley Fool)
  • Chris Peterson – Senior Vice President of Podcasting for iHeartRadio
  • Chris Tarry – The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel (Panoply)
  • Christy Gressman – Producer of The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air) podcast (Night Vale Presents)
  • Cristina Haro – Director of Brand Partnership at Wondery
  • Dean Cappello – Executive Vice President and the Chief Content Officer at WNYC/New York Public Radio
  • Jenni Skaug – VP of Business Development at Cast.Plus
  • Jennifer Ferro – President of KCRW
  • Kelli Hurley – VP Digital Sales, Westwood One
  • Kitty Felde – Book Club for Kids
  • Kris Smith – Founder of Palegroove
  • Michael Blaes – The Small Business Podcast Puzzle
  • Mignon Fogarty – Grammar Girl
  • Polly Hall – Ear Snacks
  • Roddy Swearngin – EVP of Content at ART19
  • Sanden Totten – Co-Creator of Brains On! Science podcast for kids
  • Tamar Charney – Managing Editor for NPR One
  • Tim Murphy – Vice President of Digital Strategy & Enterprise Platforms for Entercom
  • Tom Leykis – The Tom Leykis Show

Winners of the 2017 British Podcast Awards



The winners of the 2017 British Podcast awards have been announced. The winners were chosen by over fifty independent judges working in podcasting. The British Podcast Awards website has the full list (with links to the winning podcasts.)

audioBoom Podcast of the Year 2017: Fathers & Sons – Radio Wolfgang with Mr. Porter

Listeners’ Choice Awards 2017: Kermode & Mayo’s Film Review – Somethin’ Else for BBC Radio 5Live

Podcast Champion 2017: Adam Buxton

Best Review:

  • Gold: Song by Song – Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay
  • Silver: The Penguin Podcast – Somethin’ Else
  • Bronze: Soundtracking with Edith Bowman – Edith Bowman

True Crime:

  • Gold: They Walk Among Us – Benjamin Fitton and Rosanna Fitton
  • Silver: Body on the Moor – BBC Radio
  • Bronze: Untold: the Daniel Morgan Murder – Peter Jukes and Deeivya Meir

Branded Content supported by Create:

  • Gold: Fathers & Sons – Radio Wolfgang with Mr. Porter
  • Silver: Sound Matters – Third Ear/Quincey Sound production for B&O Play
  • Bronze: The National Trust Gardens Podcast – Fresh Air Production

Best Comedy supported by Podiant:

  • Gold: Beef & Dairy Network Podcast – Benjamin Partridge
  • Silver: The Adam Buxton Podcast – Adam Buxton
  • Bronze: Do The Right Thing – Fuzz Productions

Fiction:

  • Gold: Tracks – BBC Radio
  • Silver: Wooden Overcoats – Wooden Overcoats Ltd.
  • Bronze: Beef & Dairy Network Podcast – Benjamin Partridge

Smartest supported by Whistledown Studios:

  • Gold: Coffee Break Italian – Radio Lingua Network
  • Silver: Sciencish – Radio Wolfgang
  • Bronze: Sound Matters – Third Ear/Quincey Sound production for B&O Play

Represent supported by Upload Radio:

  • Gold: Melanin Millennials – The ShoutOut Network
  • Silver: Farmerama – Jo Barratt and Abby Rose
  • Bronze: Lunar Poetry Podcasts – David Turner

Best Radio Podcast supported by UK Radioplayer:

  • Gold: Short Cuts – Falling Tree Productions for BBC Radio
  • Silver: 50 Things That Changed The Modern Economy – BBC Radio Current Affairs for BBC World Service
  • Bronze: Ollie & Si – Ollie Gallant and Simon Alexander, Quidem Radio

Best New Podcast supported by the Radio Independents Group:

  • Gold: The Cinemile – Dave Corkery and Cathy Cullen
  • Silver: The Untold – BBC Radio 4
  • Bronze: Everyone Else – Eva Krysiak

Sport:

  • Gold: Fight Disciples – Fight Disciples
  • Silver: Hornet Heaven – Olly Wicken
  • Bronze: The Big Interview With Graham Hunter – Neil White

Best Interview supported by ipDTL:

  • Gold: Scientists not the Science – Stuart Higgins
  • Silver: What Goes On Here – Sam Walker
  • Bronze: Getting Better Acquainted – Dave Pickering

Current Affairs:

  • Gold: The Inquiry – BBC Radio Current Affairs for BBC World Service
  • Silver: The Economist asks – The Economist
  • Bronze: Weekly Economics Podcast – New Economics Foundation

International Award:

  • Gold: How To Be A Girl – Mario Mack, The Heard
  • Silver: Radiolab – WNYC
  • Bronze: Homecoming – Gimlet Media

Entertainment with Maple Street Studios:

  • Gold: Hip Hop Saved My life with Romesh Ranganathan – audioBoom
  • Silver: Probably True – Scott Flashheart Elliot
  • Bronze: Soundtracking with Edith Bowman – Edith Bowman

‘Other’ (AKA Most Original Podcast):

  • Gold: Between the Ears – BBC Radio
  • Silver: Mountain – Christopher Sleight
  • Bronze: Weird Tales and the Unexplainable – Bob Shoy

Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame Inductees 2017



The Academy of Podcasters is a group of influential contributors to the podcast community who come together every year to vote on the winners of their annual Awards. These contributors are also in charge of voting annual inductees into the Hall of Fame.

The Academy of Podcasters Awards recognize and honor the best podcasters in their given niches and categories of podcasting. This event will also include annual inductions into the Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame for podcasters who have revolutionized the podcasting space.

The 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees are:

Brian Ibbott is best known for his podcast Coverville.  Coverville is a podcast that started in 2004, produced every Wednesday, that focuses on cover songs of a previously written song. Coverville is also one of the longest running podcasts in the iTunes Store, and is in the top rankings for overall episode numbers. The show has won multiple awards over the years, and has been nominated as an AofP Awards finalist for Best Music Podcast.

Dan Klass has been releasing the award-winning The Bitterest Pill since 2004. Dan also co-wrote Podcast Solutions: The Complete Guide to Audio/Video Podcasting. Dan has produced and consulted for companies like Speedo, Grey Advertising, and Big Brothers/Sisters under his company Jacket Media, since 2005. He is a proud member of the Academy of Podcasters, and is a podcast instructor at UCLA university.

Elsie Escobar is a die hard podcast junkie who lives and breathes podcasting, and has worked in the medium for over ten years. She, like many of us, started as someone who barely knew what a digital recorder was, and has since grown into the co-host of the popular She Podcasts and The Feed: The Official Libsyn podcast. Elsie is currently the Community Manager at Libsyn, and is the founder of Podcasting School for Women.

Luria Petrucci (aka Cali Lewis) is a pioneer in the podcasting and live streaming world, known for her shows GeekBeat.TV and GeekBrief.TV, among others. Since 2005, she’s grown an audience of 2 million social followers, and has produced and hosted video & live streams for her own communities, Samsung, Panasonic, AT&T, OnStar, DISH Network, Verizon, FiOS, Bausch + Lomb, BBC Click, and more. You can find the majority of her work now on Geeks Life.

Rob Greenlee is the Head of Podcast Content at Spreaker and Adore Podcast Network. Rob was formerly with PodcastOne as EVP/CTO, and for six years was the Business Manager and Content Manager for podcasts at Microsoft Zune, Xbox and Windows Phone. Rob currently hosts the Spreaker Live Show and co-hosts the New Media Show.  He is also the former lead host of WebTalk World Radio Show; recognized as the first nationally syndicated radio program in the world to begin podcasting, on September 15th, 2004.