Alpha Voice Seeks Podcast Producer

Alpha Voice converts your audio files into an interactive voice experience. It enables podcasters and marketers to instantly experiment on emerging audio channels. Alpha Voice is seeking a Podcast Producer.

We have an excellent opportunity for a skilled Podcast Producer to join the Creative Team at Alpha Voice. In this role you’ll ideate and conceptualize with our team on new show opportunities and productions. Our initial concept is an interview based podcast that captures the interests of our customers, marketers, and podcasters, and which also captures our journey as a company and your journey as a full time podcaster.

The role as a Podcast Producer combines storytelling, copywriting, and audio production. Alpha Voice describes a successful candidate as someone who “will help to oversee and create the highest quality production, from project inception to delivery and beyond.”

Responsibilities include:

  • Partner with their team on Podcast production
  • Drive show production from inception through post mortem
  • Direct captures and interviews
  • Ideate and conceptualize with partner teams on new show opportunities and productions
  • Drive copywriting and audio production needs
  • Identify and secure additional creative partners when appropriate
  • Edit audio content to fulfill creative vision
  • Review and vet incoming requests
  • Organize workflow and define key success metrics.

For full details, please visit the ad on the Audio Voice website.

Patreon Decided Not to Roll Out its Fee Change

Last week, Patreon announced that it would be applying a new service fee to patron’s individual pledges. Today, after receiving plenty of feedback from creators and patrons who strongly disliked the fee change, Patreon apologized and decided not to roll out its fee change.

CEO and cofounder of Patreon, Jack Conte, wrote a post titled “We messed up. We’re sorry, and we’re not rolling out the fees change.” If you are on Patreon, you probably received this post in your email.

We’ve heard you loud and clear. We’re not going to rollout the changes to our payments system that we announced last week. We still have to fix the problems that those changes addressed, but we’re going to fix them in a different way, and we’re going to work with you to come up with the specifics, as we should have done the first time around. Many of you lost patrons, and you lost income. No apology will make up for that, but nevertheless, I’m sorry. It is our core belief that you should own the relationship with your fans. These are your businesses, and they are your fans.

Jack Conte pointed out that “Your feedback has been crystal clear.”

  • The new payments system disproportionately impacted $1 – $2 patrons. We have to build a better system for them.
  • Aggregation is highly-valued, and we understand that.
  • Fundamentally, creators should own the business decisions with their fans, not Patreon. We overstepped our bounds and injected ourselves into that relationship, against our core belief as a business.

Jack Conte also acknowledged that it will take a long time to earn back the trust of creators and patrons. He states that Patreon is “utterly devoted to your success and to getting you sustainable, reliable income for being a creator.”  It remains to be seen whether or not this apology will bring back the creators and patrons who left Patreon specifically because of the fee change.

Discover Pods Reveals Mt. Rushmore of Podcasting Winners

Discover Pods was created by Kevin Goldberg to solve the problem of discoverability. His goal is to create an unbiased medium to discuss established and popular podcasts, new upcoming podcasts, and podcast news. Discover Pods has revealed the 2017 Mt. Rushmore of Podcasting winners.

Discover Pods put out a survey in which one of the questions was: “Which four individuals should be enshrined in the 2017 Mt. Rushmore of Podcasting?” The winners are:

  • Sam SandersNPR Politics Podcast, It’s Been a Minute
  • Roman Mars – Co-founder of Radiotopia, 99% Invisible
  • Paul F. Tompkins – The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Comedy Bang Bang, Doug Loves Movies, Pod F. Tompkast, and Spontanionation
  • Helen Zaltzman – Podcasters Support Facebook group, Allusionist

The winners of the rest of the categories in the Discover Pods Awards are yet to be determined. You can cast your vote now for your favorites among the podcasts that are finalists. Make sure you cast your vote before December 14, 2017. Each category has several podcasts to chose from.

Some of the categories are:

  • Best Overall Podcast 2017
  • Best New Podcast of 2017
  • Best Individual Podcast Episode
  • Most Innovative Podcast
  • Desert Island Podcast Award
  • People’s Choice
  • Best Podcast Production Company
  • And more!

Marvel is Releasing a Wolverine Podcast

Marvel New Media and top podcast listening service and content network Stitcher announced Wolverine: The Long Night. It is the first-ever Marvel scripted podcast, and it will launch in 2018.

Wolverine: The Long Night is a 10-episode series. It will be available exclusively on Stitcher Premium until Fall of 2018, after which it will see a wide release across all podcast platforms. Those that use Stitcher Premium will be able to start listening to Wolverine: The Long Night in Spring of 2018.

The “Wolverine: The Long Night” story is a captivating hybrid of mystery and the larger-scale fantasy of the Marvel Universe. It follows agents Sally Pierce (Celia Keenan-Bolger) and Tad Marshall (Ato Essandoh) as they arrive in the fictional town of Burns, Alaska, to investigate a series of murders and quickly the town lives in fear of a serial killer. The agents team up with deputy Bobby Reid (Andrew Kennan-Bolger) to investigate their main suspect, Logan (Richard Armitage). Their search leads them on a fox hunt through the mysterious and corrupt town.

The rest of the cast includes actors Zoe Chao, Chaske Spencer, Jordan Bridges, David Call, Michael J. Burg and Lannon Killea. Chris Gethard, host of the popular Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People podcast will make a cameo appearance.

PRX is Seeking a Distribution Associate

Public Radio Exchange (PRX) is an online marketplace for distribution, review, and licensing of public radio programming. PRX is also a growing social network and community of listeners, producers, and stations collaborating to reshape public radio. PRX is seeking a Distribution Associate.

PRX is looking for a talented Distribution Associate who will provide critical support to PRX’s ongoing broadcast and distribution platforms. It is a full time entry level position located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Distribution Associate will be responsible for assisting our users, producers, stations and partners get their programs out to public radio stations. You will be assisting in implementing communication strategies to keep our partners up to date about any technical issues. Additionally, you will: provide training (ongoing), onboard stations and producers to our platforms, and monitor systems on a regular basis. We are looking for someone who shares our sense of purpose, is excited about our opportunities for growth, and is ready to jump into the fray to make good things happen.

Some qualifications include:

  • Excellent communications skills
  • Two+ years in an administrative role and/or bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated success with multi-tasking and project management
  • Experience working in an ever-evolving, energizing environment
  • Customer service experience
  • Interest in public radio and podcasts a plus
  • Interest in public radio and podcasts a plus
  • Comfortable using Macs, Google Apps, Project Management tools, CRMs, Slack or other messaging systems

Visit the PRX website for more information about the Distribution Associate position.

Forecast is a Podcast MP3 Encoder with Chapters

Forecast was created by Marco Arment. It is a Mac MP3 encoding and tagging tool for podcasters. It started out in beta, and is now available to everyone. Forecast is a tool that can save time for podcast producers.

The last thing podcast producers need is more tedious, manual steps to publish each episode. Forecast automates common workflows and saves time even if you never use chapters. And if you want to add chapters, it has never been easier.

Forecast has an autofill function that embeds artwork, title, and description in each MP3. Name your input files with the same prefix and numbering system each time (for example: atp100.wav, atp101.wav) and Forecast will automatically fill in the title, artwork, and episode number.

Forecast has a chapters function. Podcasters do not necessarily need to use Chapters if they do not want to. It is possible to use Forecast just for the autofill function.

If you do use the Chapter function, Forecast will remember and autofill the most recently used URL and/or image for each chapter title, saving you a bit of time if you have repeating chapters over multiple episodes or between multiple shows.

I recommend visiting the Forecast website to get the full details of what it can do. I listed just a couple of things here in this blog. Forecast is free. The latest version for macOS is Version 0.9 (123). You can download it from the Overcast website.

Shortcut is Now Available for Any Podcast to Use

As you may recall, This American Life, from WBEZ, created Shortcut. It was designed to allow people to share a short clip of a This American Life episode with their friends. Now, Shortcut is available for all podcast creators to use.

Stephanie Foo, a This American Life producer, explained more about Shortcut in a blog post. She points out that Shortcut was made to allow This American Life listeners to turn their favorite podcast moments into videos that can be shared online. It’s like making a GIF, but for audio.

Thanks to funding from The Knight Foundation and the developers at Feel Train, Shortcut is now open sourced. What that means: If you’re a podcast creator, you can set Shortcut up to let your own listeners share their favorite moments of your show.

Feel Train has put together a blog post with a log of helpful information for podcasters who want to allow their listeners to use Shortcut. There is a wiki for podcasters who want to get their bearings. Another link is for developers who want to jump right in with implementation. Those who try this out, and have support questions, can reach Feel Train on Gitter.

This American Life wants podcasters who use Shortcut for their shows to let them know about it, so they can spread the word. You can do that by tweeting @ThisAmerLife.

Gumroad is Changing Their Fee Structure

Gumroad tweeted on December 8, 2017, that they plan to drop their transaction fees entirely in the coming months. That tweet included a link to the Patreon tweet where Patreon announced they were updating their fee structure. It appears that Gumroad was influenced by Patreon to make their own changes.

Those who receive email from Gumroad may have already gotten their email that has details about upcoming changes. If not, then you are likely to get that email soon. A portion of what was in the email was posted in a tweet on Gumroad’s Twitter account.

In the email, Sahil and the Gumroad team note that Patreon’s changes “caught a lot of creators off guard”. The purpose of the email is to share what’s coming up on their roadmap.

First off, we’re working to disentangle payments from Gumroad. Currently, customers pay us and we pay you. That means: weekly payouts, a higher fee (we need to cover our operational costs), and no flexibility (if PayPal offers a lower fee, you can’t take advantage of it directly.)

Going forward, we will allow our premium creators to plug in their own Stripe (credit card) and PayPal accounts. Then, we’ll stop taking a transaction fee, so all you will pay us is the $10 (or so) a month.

Simply: you will get paid instantly for every transaction the second it happens, and Gumroad takes nothing from you.

In addition, they plan to open source Gumroad. It is a long-term project, so I wouldn’t expect that to happen soon. Gumroad also pointed out that they are profitable now, and that the last three months have been the best three months in Gumroad’s history.

It is clear that there are a lot of people who are displeased with Patreon’s changes to their fee structure. Gumroad appears to be making it known that they are an option for people who are leaving Patreon or who want an additional resource for monetizing their content.

The NFL Films Podcast Combines Sports and Movies

The NFL Films Podcast is the perfect crossover between movies and sports. It builds on the legendary archive of NFL Films, which is unparalleled in sports for capturing the dramatic on-the-field history of the game.

The NFL Films Podcast is hosted by NFL Films producers Keith Crossrow and Paul Camarata. Each conversation features exclusive clips, rare mic’d up sounds and that unmistakable music, interviews with legends, and an exploration into the subject matter and storytelling of NFL Films’ latest works. Those works include NFL Network’s A Football Life, and The Timeline, Amazon’s All or Nothing, HBO’s Hard Knocks, and more.

At the time I am writing this, The NFL Films Podcast has released a Introduction and two full episodes. In the first episode, NFL Films Producers Keith Crossrow and Paul Camarata dive deep into the making of Emmitt SmithL A Football Life with Emmitt Smith himself. In episode two, Coach Jerry Glanville joins the show and the discussion is about the ’91 Falcons.