Spotify Launched Sound Up LatinX



Spotify announced Sound Up LatinX. It calls for LatinX podcasters in the United States to sign up to tell their stories.

Earlier this year, we shared we’d be launching Sound Up LatinX to directly address the disparities present in the podcasting community. Today, we invite aspiring U.S. LatinX podcasters to apply for the program.

Fernando Spuri, Manager of Sound Up, had a lot of say about it. One of the key points was: “We’re looking for creators with powerful ideas that want to tell whatever stories on whatever subjects that resonate with them best. Of course, those subjects are an intrinsic part of almost all LatinX, but how and with what intensity they want to address them is up to them.”

All LatinX U.S. residents age 20 or older – regardless of immigration status – are invited to apply to Sound Up U.S. LatinX now. Sign-ups close October 1, 2021. Please apply as an individual, rather than as a show or a group. Spotify can’t wait to hear what you have to say.

Sound Up LatinX is divided into two parts. First up is a virtual training program in 2021, which will take place over the course of eight weeks. The 10 participants who are short-listed by Spotify will attend workshops for a comprehensive introduction to the art of making a podcast. Ultimately, participants will create and submit a podcast trailer and pitch proposal for the opportunity to be selected as a finalist to attend part two: in-person Sound Up sessions in 2022.

Maria Murriel and Isis Madrid, co-founders of Pizza Shark will be facilitating Sound Up U.S. LatinX. Maria has been a Sound Up facilitator for the U.S. program already in 2020 and 2021, after participating as a speaker in 2019. Maria and Isis have both delivered Spotify’s global training in how to deliver the curriculum to new Sound Up facilitators in new markets globally.


NAB Show Cancelled Their 2021 Event



NAB Show has canceled its 2021 event. They posted some information about this on their official website. From the information:

To Our NAB Show Community:

For more than a year we have worked tirelessly to bring our industry together safely in Las Vegas at NAB Show. Unfortunately, the pandemic and surge of the Delta variant has presented unexpected and insurmountable challenges for our global community.

As we have always kept the best interest and safety of the industry as our priority, it has become apparent in the face of these challenges that we can no longer effectively host NAB Show or our co-located events, the Radio Show and Sales Management Television Exchange, in person.

NAB Show is the premier destination for the media and entertainment industry and we will not move forward with a show that delivers anything less than the excellence our community has come to expect and deserves from us.

While we are disappointed that we will not be together again in person next month, we look forward to converging in Las Vegas at the 2022 NAB Show, April 23-27, 2022, to reignite our passion for our business and focus on a bright future ahead.

Stay tuned for details regarding virtual options for accessing select 2021 NAB Show content through NAB Amplify.

Obviously, this short notice from NAB Show is going to pose problems for podcasters who were planning on not only attending the show but also streaming (and/or recording) interviews with people who are presenting new products. There goes your plans for content!

I think NAB Show could have done this better by making their announcement earlier. Waiting to make the announcement could cause a lot of people to lose the money they already spent on travel, hotel rooms, tickets, and whatever else was required.

Overall, it is wise for NAB Show to consider the Delta variant and decide not to risk the health of those who would have attended this year’s Show. Nobody wants to be the convention that turned into a super spreader event.


Blubrry Podcasting Releases Brand New User Interface



The Blubrry Podcasting publishing interface is now easier than ever to navigate with the release of a new user dashboard and enhanced management tools for podcasters. Blubrry’s Podcast Dashboard has undergone a complete transformation for easier content creation and episode promotion.

Podcasters are now able to create and manage their episodes and website directly from the dashboard. With access to their latest episodes and statistics, users can keep track of trends while managing their shows. Marketing tools to grow and promote shows from Headliner and Audioburst, which are integrated into episode sharing options, are more accessible than ever before.

New users or those adding a new show to their account will be led through a simplified and easy-to-use onboarding experience that focuses on getting them to the finish line: creating their first episode.

“We’ve created a new user experience that will allow new and existing Blubrry customers to easily navigate our platform,” said Todd Cochrane, CEO. “Focus is directed toward seamless management and publishing, followed by show promotion for audience growth. We look forward to seeing an overall improved experience for all of our podcasters.”

Billing and managing account information are also more straightforward, ensuring customers can effortlessly update their plan; an essential feature for those with unexpected episodes or circumstances.


Mamamia Hires Marie Joyce as Head of Audio Sales, Melbourne



Marie Joyce has joined Mamamia’s Melbourne office, in the new role of Head of Audio Sales for Victoria, having previously been Head of Agency Sales at Nova Entertainment. The role reports into Mamamia’s National Head of Audio Sales, Belinda Cook, and is part of Mamamia’s continued rapid growth in the medium.

Belinda Cook, Mamamia’s National Head of Audio Sales, said: “Marie was an immediate stand out when we were recruiting for this role – her reputation in market is exceptional and together with her extensive leadership and client service experience we knew she would be a great asset to our growing team. To have someone of Marie’s calibre join us is a testament to Mamamia’s strength and leadership in podcasting and our desire to continue offering best in market opportunities for our clients to connect with Australian women.”

Marie Joyce said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Mamamia and to work alongside such powerhouse women in commercial and content creation. As a BIG listener of Mamamia Out Loud and a bunch of Mamamia pods, I can’t wait to play a part in the network’s ongoing growth, helping brands benefit from the ‘friends in our ears’ connection and integration craft that Mamamia uniquely offers. David Cordner, and the Melbourne Commercial team, have an outstanding reputation for service, creativity, and campaign effectiveness. I’m very excited to become part of the Mamamia team.”

Mamamia is Australia’s #1 women’s media brand across written, video and podcast content. Its stable of over 40 shows makes it the world’s largest women’s podcast network. Mamamia’s founding purpose is to make the world a better place for women and girls.


Wondery and Tinkercast Announce New Strategic Partnership



Wondery and Amazon Music, announced a strategic partnership that will begin by focusing around an exclusive licensing and ad sales partnership with all new existing content from Tinkercast, the leading kids and family podcast company.

Starting in September and expanding into 2022, Wondery will gain exclusive rights to Tinkercast merchandise and exclusive distribution and ad sales rights to podcast content, including hit shows Wow in the World, Two Whats and a How, Camp WeWow, and more to come.

Tinkercast will launch two new shows in the coming months: Who, When, Wow! and Flip and Mozi’s Guide to How to Be an Earthling. Created by Tinkercast and hosted by Rebecca Sheir (Circle Round), Who, When, Wow! is an auditory journey into the lives of unsung heroes, unknown heroines, and amazing humans. Each episode immerses kids and their grown-ups in a historical narrative around one fascinating figure you might not hear about in school but brought WOW to our world!

The second new Tinkercast Original follows alien travel guides, Flip and Mozi, who crash their UFO into Earth and have to call a “tow ship” from their home planet. So they do what any good travel writer, blogger, or ponder would do, and decide to wait out the 3,000 lightyears it will take to arrive learning How to Be An Earthling! Flip & Mozi’s Guide to How to Be an Earthling features Tinkercast’s signature “cartoon-for-the-ear” audio animation and The Pop Ups award-winning stylings to inspire today’s kids to find harmony with the earth and be caretakers of all our animal earthlings! Flip & Mozi are curious and not-so-courageous reporters that encourage listeners to explore their own world and submit “field reports” of animals they observe to be featured on the podcast!

New Tinkercast content will be released one week early, exclusively available on both Amazon Music, and ad-free on Wondery+. New episodes will continue to be available on all podcast services after the one-week exclusive window. Additionally, Amazon Music and Wondery will expand Tinkercast’s merchandising business with new products and Prime shipping, and its availability to even more listeners through voice with Alexa.

“Tinkercast has led the way in engaging the hearts, minds and imaginations of young listeners, creating fun ways to educate and enrich their lives,” said Jen Sargent, Wondery CEO. “ We are thrilled to partner with the leader in kids and family audio content as we continue to build our slate of content for everyone to enjoy.”

“We are beyond proud to have our kids and family content live alongside Wondery and Amazon Music shows and we can’t wait to wow audiences with our new original podcasts through this partnership this fall.” said Meredith Halpern-Ranzer, Tinkercast CEO.

Wondery is home to family storytime podcast Little Stories Everywhere hosted by Academy Award Nominated Actor Virginia Madsen and celebrated voice actor Robbie Daymond. Little Stories Everywhere brings you magical, adventurous, fantastical tales for the entire family. And first-of-its-kind immersive storytelling podcast Imagined Life Family, with the same hosts, will take you on an immersive journey into the life of someone who has made a positive impact on the world, from Lin Manuel to Jane Goodall. This new partnership with Tinkercast signals Wondery’s intent to expand even more into the kids and family content space.


Hot Pod is Joining Vox Media



Nick Quah announced that he is bringing his run at Hot Pod to a close, after working on it for seven years. That said, Hot Pod isn’t going anywhere. Here is part of what Nick Quah had to say about this:

I’m pleased to inform you that I’m entering an agreement to pass Hot Pod onto Vox Media, where it will become part of The Verge. Ashley Carman, with whom I’ve collaborated a bunch in the past and whose work is cited frequently in these pages, will be taking over as lead writer. Those plans were announced in Variety as well as the Vox Media/New York Media press room earlier this morning.

Starting next week, Nick Quah will be joining Vulture as a full-time podcast critic. He will be starting another newsletter called 1.5x Speed. Outside of that, he “is also going to tinker around with a few side projects.” One of them is a Substack.

Here are some other things to know:

Hot Pod will go completely dark for the next few weeks as they set up for the relaunch.

Paid Hot Pod subscribers will get a free three-month subscription to New York Magazine. If you’re already a paid subscriber, expect a promo code to be in your inbox in the coming weeks, where you can sign up. If you are already a subscriber to both Hot Pod and New York Magazine, you’ll be getting a different gift as a token of their appreciation.

Existing subscribers who joined Sidechannel (Discord) that Hot Pod has been a part of, will continue to have access, though the channels specific to Hot Pod will be archived. Nick Quah will be discontinuing Hot Pod’s unique Sidechannel sign-up link.

You should expect continuity when Hot Pod returns in a few weeks.


Australian Podcast Awards Returns for its Fifth Year



Following unprecedented entries and industry support in 2020, the Australian Podcast Awards (APAs) will return for its fifth year with the official 2021 program announced on August 24, 2021.

This year’s APAs will feature a total of 31 award categories, including four new categories. New award categories include the Spotify Rising Star Award, recognizing the success of new creators, as well as Best Sales Team, Best Commercial Campaign, and Best Marketing Campaign.

The Awards also announces its first wave of partners, including Gold Partners Spotify, iHeartPodcast Network Australia, Nova Entertainment Podcast Network, Podfollow and Podnews. Omny Studio from Triton Digital joins as a category partner.

Matt Deegan, Director of the Australian Podcast Awards, said:

“2020 was the biggest year ever for the Australian Podcast Awards – and we’re committed to making 2021 even bigger. We know that people are turning to podcasts now more than ever before, and the content coming out of Australia is truly world-class. We’re thrilled to be launching this year’s awards as a way to further the industry’s innovative and emerging podcast content that’s helping push the industry forward.”

The Australian Podcast Awards launched in 2016 as a way to showcase the amazing podcast talent and content Australia has to offer. Now in its fifth year (and second pandemic year), the awards continue to recognize the industry’s most innovative and emerging content across its varied categories.

In 2020 winners includes Bird’s Eye View, Life Uncut with Brittany Hockley and Laura Byrne, Matt & Alex’s All Day Breakfast, Spotify’s Search Engine Sex, That’s Incredible from Mamamia, The ABC’s Unravel and 7am amongst others.

Prithi Day, Senior Partner Manager at Spotify, said: “The Australian Podcast Awards is such a great time to celebrate our diverse local talent from across the country and Spotify is excited to support for a second year.”

Corey Layton, Head of Digital Audio for ARN’s iHeartPodcast Network Australia, said: “The Australian Podcast Awards is such a great time to celebrate our diverse local talent from across the country and Spotify is excited to support for a second year.”

While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the creative industry, podcasting content and listen numbers continue to skyrocket in Australia and around the world. Celebrating that content and its creators remains the core focus of the Australian Podcast Awards.

Submissions for the Australian Podcast Awards are now open, find out more at australianpodcastawards.com. Nominees will be selected by a judging panel of industry experts before the category winners are announced in November.


Professional Podcasting Available for Blubrry Podcasters



Blubrry has been leading the way in advanced features for podcasters since 2005 and has provided professional hosting for close to a decade. Now, it is available for direct purchase online, without assistance from a team member.

Professional Hosting is designed for commercial podcasters, business shows that require significant amounts of storage, and those looking for professional dynamic advertising insertion and a network showcasing tool for shows in and out of your network. All of Blubrry’s services and features integrate smoothly with any publishing platform to include WordPress with an optional managed website available for each individual hosted show in the account.

Blubrry’s Professional Podcasting plan is highly competitive in the podcasting space offering everything a growing show or network will need to sustain continued growth. The Network showcasing tool as an example allows a podcast network to feature all shows and the latest content available. Ad insertion to run promotions and or advertising dynamically scheduled and inserted.

“We’ve created a faster, more efficient way for podcasters to get started with their professional plan, including easier management for adding and deleting shows and add-ons,” said Todd Cochrane. “For those with special circumstances, we are continuing to offer personalized plans, not limited to the online signup.”

Pro Hosting is available to any podcaster, upgrade or purchase on Blubrry.com. Click here to learn more or purchase.


Shure Announced as Headline Partner for IWPA



The Skylark Collective are pleased to announce Shure, a leading global manufacturer of premium audio equipment, as Headline Partners for this year’s inaugural International Women’s Podcast Awards. The IWPA is a unique event celebrating female-led moments in podcasting of the last year, where recognition will be given to women in podcasting, both behind the mic and behind the scenes, who have created incredible audio moments and intimate listening experiences.

Naomi Mellor, founder of the International Women’s Podcast Awards, said: “I am so excited to announce Shure as our Headline Partners for the awards. Their passion for creating great microphones and audio electronics has been recognised by podcasters the world over, making them a staple of the podcasting community. Their support for women and non-binary podcasters at the International Women’s Podcast Awards helps us provide an opportunity for women from all over the world to showcase their work, and we can’t wait to bring the event to life.”

“We are extremely proud to partner with The Skylark Collective for the first ever International Women’s Podcast Awards, championing inspirational voices from around the world. In supporting the podcasting community since the beginning, we’ve witnessed the importance of diversity to leverage creativity in the industry. For this reason, we are sponsoring the Award for Changing the World One Moment at a Time, which we believe will give women and non-binary podcasters the visibility and recognition to continue their impressive work, while inspiring the podcasters of tomorrow” said Paul Crognale, Senior Manager, Global Marketing at Shure.

The International Women’s Podcast Awards will be hosted at the Allbright in London on 23rd September 2021 by acclaimed presenter, author and journalist Vick Hope of BBC Radio 1, with additional support from Acast, Blubrry, Captivate FM and Redhead PR. Entries are open to podcasters worldwide until Friday 13th August 2021, and the ceremony will be live-streamed internationally.

The International Women’s Podcast Awards aims to help level the playing field for women in this exciting and evolving industry, by rewarding and elevating the unsung podcast hosts, editors, producers and writers out there whose work deserves recognition.
To many, the joy of podcasting lies in its intimacy, in the atmosphere created between the host, guest and listener, and in the moments of incredible sensitivity, humour or honesty that keep people engrossed.

The International Women’s Podcast Awards celebrate these intimate moments of podcasting brilliance, and the women that make them happen. It doesn’t matter if they’ve had 100 downloads or 100 million, the awards are open to everyone in podcasting that identifies as a woman or non-binary.

Nominations are now open and will be accepted in eight categories of wonderful “Moments”, which are:

  • Moment of Comedy Gold
  • Moment of Raw Emotion
  • Moment of Cliffhanging Drama
  • Moment of Touching Honesty
  • Moment of Behind-the-Scenes Brilliance
  • Moment of Entrepreneurship Inspiration
  • Moment of Badass Business Advice
  • Award for Changing The World One Moment At A Time

The awards ceremony will be held at Allbright, Mayfair on Thursday 23rd September.