Podpage has Added Voicemail



Podpage had added Voicemail. It is a way for podcasters to connect with their audience on a deeper level. Podpage announced that every single Podpage (free and paid) gives listeners the ability to leave you voicemails! There is no extra cost for this, it comes with your Podpage membership.

One of the main reasons we built Podpage was to strengthen the podcaster/listener relationship. And the best way to do that is to make it a two-way relationship. To help with that, we’ve previously added commenting, contact forms, email collection. Today, we’re adding Voicemails.

Here are some more details about Voicemails:

  • Podcasters can go to their website to see a small microphone icon in the lower right. Click it!
  • Voicemails can be up to 30 seconds in length (120 seconds for Pro users).
  • You will get an email every time someone leaves a voicemail. It will also be available in your inbox, which is in a new Ping Voicemail section on the dashboard.
  • If you’d like to customize the text and colors, or turn this feature off, log into Podpage and click Voicemail on the left. Then go to the Widget Settings.
  • All voicemails can be downloaded and included in your podcast. Some podcasters are using this feature to ask users to leave their opinion, and they play them on the following episode.

Personally, I can see some good things about this voicemail feature. It sounds like adding a listener’s voicemail into your next episode can be easily done. This would help podcasters make connections with listeners who send voicemail, especially if the audio becomes part of a public conversation.

My concern is that the voicemail feature could be abused by people who use it to threaten or harass podcasters they don’t like. Allowing podcasters to turn off voicemail is a good start. It would be better if Podpage set up a system where podcasters could report harassing voicemails to Podpage.


Wilson Sonsini Advises Chartable in $2.25 Million in Funding



Wilson Sonsini represent “the technology pioneers and disruptors associated with market-changing innovation”. They have supported Chartable in its recent seed funding transaction.

On September 11, 2020, Chartable, a start-up known for its authoritative podcast download charts, announced it had raised $2.25 million in seed funding, led by Initialized Capital, which also contributed to Chartable’s $1.5 million round last year. Other investors include Naval Ravikant, Greycroft Partners, The Fund, Weekend Fund, Jim Young, and Lukas Beiwald. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati supported Chartable in the transaction.

TechCrunch reported that Chartable founders Dave Zohrob and Harish Agarwal previously worked together at AngelList, and they also created Hacker Daily, a podcast recapping the headlines from Hacker News. Dave Zohrob told TechCrunch that their experience hosting a podcast convinced them to create an analytics product. This is why Chartable was built.

Chartable offers IAB-certified podcast analytics and attribution tools to help publishers grow. It allows podcasters to track podcast charts and all their podcast reviews from Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher, across over 150 countries.

It helps podcasters connect their Apple Podcast analytics, hosting platform, Spotify for Podcasters, and more to track relationships between podcasters and advertising efforts. It also lets podcasters use consumption analytics from Apple Podcasts and Spotify which can be used to guide editorial decisions on future guests or topics.


iHeartMedia Announced The Black Effect Network



iHeartMedia and Charlamagne Tha God, one of the most influential and authoritative voices in media, announced The Black Effect Podcast Network. It is a joint venture partnership.

The Black Effect Podcast Network is positioned to become the world’s largest podcast publisher dedicated to Black listeners, bringing together the most influential and trusted voices in black culture for stimulating conversations, around social justice, pop culture, sports, mental health, news, comedy, and more.

The multi-genre venture will feature a luminous roster of marquee talent and culture-shifting voices committed to enlightening, educating and entertaining audiences curated by Charlamagne himself. The programming will provide a bridge to understanding and interaction rooted in diverse perspectives.

The Black Effect Podcast Network creatives will include comedian/actress Jess Hilarious, Social Justice Activist Tamika Mallory, American attorney and TV host Eboni K. Williams, and many more. The Black Effect Podcast Network has also partnered with other widely successful podcasts like All the Smoke, Drink Champs, and The 85 South Show, and will debut with 18 podcasts this fall on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are available.

The Black Effect Podcast Network will also produce exciting limited series podcasts in conjunction with various high wattage creators and talent, musical artists, actors, actresses, sports and literary superstars to support their upcoming films, music releases, and related projects. All shows on The Black Effect Podcast Network will be distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network.

The Black Effect Podcast Network launch lineup will include:

  • Drink Champs with N.O.R.E and DJ EFN
  • All The Smoke with Matt Barnes
  • The 85 South Show with Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly and Chico Bean
  • Whoreible Decisions with Mandii B and Weezy
  • Dropping Gems with Devi Brown
  • Holding Court with Eboni K. Williams
  • Carefully Reckless with Jess Hilarious
  • Street Politicians with Tamika Mallory and Mysonne
  • Hot Happy Mess with Zuri Hall
  • Untitled with Bonang Matheba
  • Hello Somebody with Senator Nina Turner
  • P.O.D. with Ashley and Tammy
  • Straight Shot No Chaser with Tezlyn Figaro
  • Laugh and Learn with Flame Monroe (executive produced by Tiffany Haddish)
  • Checking In with Michelle Williams
  • Cut To It with Steve Smith Sr.

NAB Show Rescheduled for October 2021



National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) President and CEO Gordon Smith announced that NAB 2021 will be postponed. It was previously scheduled for April 11-14, 2021. The new date will be October 9-12, 2021, in Las Vegas. The decision was made with consideration given to health and safety concerns, economic indicators, industry developments, and travel restrictions.

Through all of this we have witnessed growing concern and uncertainty over what the next six months will bring; enough that there appears to be a good deal of reluctance around participating in large events in the first half of next year. The pandemic remains a significant threat and the evidence suggests it will be well into next year before it could be under control in the U.S. We also have our own concerns around being able to deliver the type of event in April that will not only drive results, but one that can be produced safely for all involved and without significant limitations on the experience.

Taking all of this into account and in the interest of supporting the business, health and safety concerns of our show community we have decided to move the 2021 NAB Show, previously scheduled for April 11–14, to October 9–13, 2021 in Las Vegas.

Podcasters who were intending to attend NAB in April – in person – will need to change their plans. It sounds like NAB is giving people plenty of time make plans for NAB in October of 2021.

Typically, what comes out of NAB becomes the main focus for tech podcasters. In the past, tech podcasters went to the event in-person and streamed live video content while they interviewed people from companies who were introducing exciting products and services. It is unclear to me if NAB in October 2021 will be a live event – or a virtual one.


Westwood One and Imperative Entertainment Launch TRUE



CUMULUS MEDIA’s Westwood One and Imperative Entertainment premiered TRUE a weekly podcast that features often weird, but always true stories of strange events and unforgettable moments. Each episode explores unusual, obscure, sometimes funny, sometimes creepy stories. Stories that you won’t believe that they’re real… but they are, because they’re TRUE.

The podcast series debuted on September 9, 2020, on all major podcast platforms. Westwood One partners with Imperative Entertainment to distribute, market, and monetize all their existing and forthcoming podcasts.

New episodes include topics such as:

  • ‘Balloon Boy’ – In October 2009, the Heene family claimed their six-year-old son was trapped in a homemade helium-filled gas balloon shaped to resemble a flying saucer.
  • ‘Pigeon King’ – The story of how Arlan Galbraith used pigeons to scam millions of dollars from small town farmers, mostly Mennonites, Amish, and Hutterites, across Canada and the U.S.
  • ‘Real-life Superheroes’ – Batman. Superman. Wonder Woman. Spider Man. The Avengers. The Fantastic Four. When we think of superheroes, these are usually our go-to figures from popular culture. In recent years, a unique cohort of concerned citizens from around the world has drawn inspiration from the big screen and comics alike.

Erik Krosby is the creator, host and producer of the series and Jason Hoch, President of Imperative Entertainment’s Podcast Division, is an Executive Producer.

TRUE marks the seventh series from Imperative Entertainment’s podcast division. Podcast series include In the Red Clay, The Syndicate, American Skyjacker: The Final Flight of Martin McNally, The Baron of Botox, Boomtown, and Gangster House.


iVoox Launches iVoox Plus – First Spanish Language Podcast Subscription Service



The leading Spanish language audio on-demand platform launches a new pioneering subscription model in the podcast world, with the most exclusive content in Spanish.

The more than 5 million iVoox users will be able to access a catalog of more than 10,000 exclusive episodes from the best shows, which will increase every week.

With this new service, that generates income for podcasters regardless of the number of listeners they have, iVoox complements the rest of the monetization initiatives already developed by the platform. iVoox will have already have distributed close to one million USD among the podcast producers at the end of the year.

Maintains the company’s commitment to lead the professionalization of the podcast ecosystem, which began 3 years ago, offering a wide and diverse quality content.

The Spanish audio on-demand platform launches iVoox Plus the first podcast subscription service for listeners allowing the podcaster to generate revenues from its content. This new service will add to the podcasters’ revenue already generated thanks to the audience direct support in the Subscriptions for Fans scheme.

By launching iVoox Plus, the platform adds access to Premium features and all the exclusive content in a single subscription. So far, this content could only be accessed individually.

Unlimited entertainment

iVoox Plus has the best selection of exclusive podcasts in Spanish. Through a subscription payment of USD 9.99 / month, users will be able to access all the platform free content, as well as a catalog of more than 10,000 extra episodes. New content will be added every week.

Offering more than 20,000 hours of unique content, iVoox Plus includes all the exclusive audios of the successful shows from iVoox Originals, such as La Tercera Hora of Días Extraños by Santiago Camacho; the episodes of La Órbita de Endor; the mysteries of Iker Jiménez in Cuarto Milenio and Milenio Live; the content of Casus Belli; the best audio stories of Noviembre Nocturno or the political analysis of the journalist Díaz Villanueva, in La ContraHistoria and La ContraCrónica.

iVoox Plus also features extra episodes from other shows with a successful background in the platform, such as ‘NFL en estado puro’, with all the news from the largest American football league; ‘Histocast’, covering geopolitics and history or ‘Noches de Terror’, based on horror and mystery stories.

A new monetization source for content creators

iVoox is the only podcast platform that allows podcasters to grow their revenues as well as their audience, since episodes reach a user base of more than 5 million recurring users. The platform currently offers the iVoox Originals acceleration program and Subscriptions for Fans, a monetization scheme where more than 1,200 podcasts participate today and which by the end of the year will have shared-out close to 1 million USD among podcasters.

From now on the content creator benefits from a new monetization tool without being forced to choose between money or audience, unlike models offered by other platforms. This reward model aims to benefit all podcasters based on their effort and involvement with iVoox. Therefore, the revenues from iVoox Plus will be shared equally between the company and the content creators. Content creators will receive an individual amount despite their plays, and another amount proportional to their audience and the amount set in the price of their content for fans.

Thanks to this revenue share scheme the podcasters included in iVoox Plus will generate revenues automatically. In this sense, not only programs with millions of listeners will be able to earn money, but also those new high-quality shows that are looking for their niche market, even if they have a limited audience.

Juan Ignacio Solera, founder of the company, explains that ‘in iVoox we continue working to facilitate that podcasters can live off from their passion’, and this new tool is ‘an important step to achieve it’. “aPodcasters will continue to receive revenues from their supporters, and from now on ‘they will also generate revenues from iVoox Plus coming from the long queue of listeners who also like a show, but not enough to give it direct economic support.”

Enjoy iVoox to the limit

In addition to access to the largest exclusive catalog of Spanish-speaking shows, iVoox Plus includes all the Premium features available so far:listening without advertising, listening point synchronization among devices, enhancing sound quality and volume and car mode access.

These advantages are added to the unique functionalities that the iVoox app already offers on its free version, perfect for discovering shows according to the user’s tastes and through its recommendation system, curated playlists of episodes, smart lists updated daily with new content and much more.

In addition to listening to shows and live radio, the platform encourages communication between podcasters and listeners through comments on episodes and publications. Also being able to enrich the content with videos, references, presentations and other complementary materials that can only be found through iVoox.


Frequency Podcast Network Announces Fall Slate of Original Podcasts



Whether you’re tuning in to tune out or listening in to learn more about what’s happening in the world today, Rogers Sports & Media’s Frequency Podcast Network unveils new original series this Fall for every taste.

Building on its critically-acclaimed and award winning podcasts, Frequency Podcast Network launches seven new beginning on Sept. 7, including Canadian Politics is Boring, Beyond Style Matters with Jeanne Beker, Parkdale Haunt, The Hopeful, Possibilities with Hina Khan, The Big Story + The Narwhal, and Paradigm.

All series and exciting extras can be found on Frequency Podcast Network, Apple, Spotify, and everywhere podcasts are available.

2020 FALL SLATE

Canadian Politics is Boring – Or is it? Launched on Monday, Sept. 7, join the hilarious journey through Canada’s political history as new Canadian Rhys Waters attempts to convince his friend Jesse Harley, an average Canadian who dislikes politics, that our political history is actually a fiery rollercoaster full of murder, double crossing, and infamy. Who knew?

Beyond Style Matters with Jeanne Beker – Are you having trouble navigating the fashion world? Launching Monday, Sept. 14, join Today’s Shopping Choice host and fashion icon Jeanne Beker as she explores the many reasons why your “Style Matters.” Beker covers a wide range of topics including ageism in fashion, creating a signature style, and the history of handbags – but not without a few expert guests. Joining Beker on the series are actress Kim Cattrall, fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, celebrity stylist Brad Goreski, TV host and make up artist Jay Manuel, former model and judge of Canada’s Next Top Model Stacey McKenzie, and more!

Parkdale Haunt – Launching on Monday, Sept. 28, Parkdale Haunt invites thrill seekers to listen in on a scripted-horror podcast about friendship and identity, trauma, demons, rituals, and – most frightening of all – the Toronto real estate market. Ever since Judith Antoni’s lifelong best friend, Claire Sterback, inherited a house from a biological family she never knew, things began to change. As Claire gets closer to a secret at the heart of the old house in the Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale, she is also getting closer to losing herself. Catch two new episodes each week, with the finale on Friday, Oct. 30 – just in time for Halloween (Boo!).

The Hopeful – The Hopeful is a narrative long-form podcast that tells the true story of an Iranian-Canadian who leaves Iran amidst the revolutionary crisis in 1982 hoping for a better life elsewhere. Amir Omidvar narrates his journey with his daughter (and the show’s host), Shayda Omidvar, taking listeners through the perils and setbacks of his thrilling escape, and eventual arrival and new beginning in Canada. Launching Monday, Oct. 5, The Hopeful, at its core, is a love letter to the Canadian Dream.

Possibilities with Hina Khan – A perfect show to help you find balance in difficult times. Hosted by success coach and psychotherapist Hina Khan, this series helps listeners realize their potential through workshops that focus on fostering the tools people need to live happier, healthier lives. Launching on Tuesday, Oct. 13, Possibilities with Hina Khan brings a new lesson to each episode to help listeners progress in their journey towards personal and professional growth.

The Big Story + The Narwhal – Frequency’s flagship podcast, The Big Story, is partnering with The Narwhal, a team of investigative journalists that tell stories of Canada’s natural landscape, to produce a series focusing exclusively on climate change and the stories of reporters, advocates, and workers who have seen the world shift on the frontlines. Hosted by Jordan Heath-Rawlings, The Big Story + The Narwhal’s five-part special project launches on Monday, Oct. 19.

Paradigm – Hosted by Stefanie Phillips, each episode of Paradigm features a different producer, to take listeners inside a different world – and potentially changing their minds on an issue they thought they understood. The stories are their own personal and intimate tales that highlight big topics, including a look at the ways race impacts education experience among young Canadians, a touching story about one family’s experience after a loved one seeks medical assistance, and more. Launching Thursday, Oct. 22, Paradigm invites listeners to step through the doorways into these unique worlds.

The new series complement Frequency’s diverse collection of returning popular podcasts, including such titles as The Big Story, Moms in the Middle, Black Tea, Roz & Mocha, #CitylineReal on Race, Heaven Bent, The Safe Haven, The Biggs & Barr Show, and The Gravy Train.


NOVA Entertainment and Acast Announce End of Partnership



NOVA Entertainment and Acast announced the end of their partnership, with both companies set to pursue broader business ambitions.

NOVA and Acast have enjoyed a successful three-year partnership with NOVA representing and selling Acast’s audio-on-demand inventory in the Australian market since 2017.

Effective from Monday 7 September, both businesses will manage sales of their respective podcasting inventory in-house.

Henrik Isaksson, Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand at Acast, said: “As the local podcast industry continues to go from strength to strength, now is the time for Acast to be an independent player, to offer further podcast-specific strategy, insight and reach opportunities to brands and agencies.

“NOVA has been an incredible partner to work with and we leave on really good terms. The split is simply about the incredible growth of the podcasting market and the huge opportunity Acast can offer to brands both in Australia and globally.”

Peter Charlton, NOVA Entertainment’s Chief Commercial Officer said: “Our partnership with Acast has delivered in all the ways the right partnerships do – insight, experience and importantly, shared success. There’s a lot to be proud of, but now’s the right time for us to build on that foundation independently.

“As in everything we do, NOVA has big ambitions to further develop our digital audio offering, and the work we’ve done with Acast stands us in good stead to realize those. It’s an exciting time, and I wish Henrik and the team the very best.”


No Compromise Podcast Looks at a Far-Right Gun Movement



In April, the Dorr brothers made the front page of the Washington Post as the organizers of anti-lockdown protests in a handful of states. But reporters Chris Haxel (KCUR) and Lisa Hagen (WABE) of the public radio reporting collaborative Guns & America knew them from covering a seemingly different movement.

No Compromise, now available, is a limited-run investigative series about a movement of gun rights advocacy to the right of the National Rifle Association, one that’s more absolutist and gaining momentum in the gun rights world.

Through the story of brothers Aaron, Chris, and Ben, No Compromise traces both the movement’s origins and the family’s roots in anti-public education, anti-gay and anti-abortion efforts in the Upper Midwest. The podcast looks at how the brothers have updated their father’s political playbook by combining its strategies with the influence over their nearly two million Facebook followers across a dozen states.

New episodes of the limited-series podcast will publish each Tuesday.

Hosts Lisa Hagen and Chris Haxel first heard the Dorrs described as charlatans by the type of long-time gun rights activists who lobby state legislatures. But as they dug deeper and followed the money, it became clear that there is more to the story than the way the brothers spend their donations, weaponize outrage and commodify alienation.

“The NRA is struggling, and there are plenty of pro-gun groups eager to fill any real or perceived power vacuum. Examining those groups — and the people who lead them — may provide a glimpse into the future of a debate that won’t be going away anytime soon,” said co-host Chris Haxel.

No Compromise shows the larger ideological connections in the Dorr brothers’ network of friends and fellow political mercenaries, and reveals how their tactical playbook is being used by other anti-government actors, including anti-vaccine, anti-quarantine and white nationalist movements.

“The lessons we learned reporting this story apply to a much bigger spectrum than just gun rights,” said co-host Lisa Hagen. “Mistrust and anger are so easy to manipulate no matter what the issue is. And that’s something we have to become more aware of regardless of how we feel about guns or anything else.”

“This important and compelling project takes us deep into a world that many people know little about,” says Anya Grundmann, senior vice president for programming and audience development. “We’re proud to be showcasing top of the line journalism from our partners across the public radio network.”

This podcast was developed with support from NPR’s Story Lab, a creative studio at the heart of NPR that cultivates new voices, new approaches to storytelling, and the evolving sound of public radio. Guns & America is a national reporting collaboration created by WAMU with support provided by The Kendeda Fund, a private Atlanta-based grantmaking foundation that invests in transformative leaders and ideas, empowering communities to enhance equity, vibrancy, resourcefulness, and resilience.