Warner Media Seeks Team Coco Podcast Producer for Unscripted Podcast



Warner Media is seeking an audio producer to lead unscripted podcast production across Conan O’Brien’s Team Coco Network. This is a full time position.

Conan O’Brian is TV’s longest running late night host and one of the most successful, respected comedians in America. He’s currently the host of CONAN on the TBS television network. An Emmy award winner, O’Brien began his career as a writer for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons where he developed his own brand of comedy, living at the intersection of smart and silly, that has inspired a generation of comedians and writers who came after him.

The Team
Team Coco is an omnichannel digital media company that both expands and diversifies Conan’s fanbase and capitalizes on new business opportunities. These new initiatives include a successful touring and live events business, hilarious and effective branded digital content, and the world’s top comedy podcast Conan O’Brian Needs A Friend.

The Job
Team Coco is looking for a versatile audio producer to lead unscripted podcast production across the Team Coco Network. The network has already created several successful podcasts (scripted and unscripted) with aggressive plans increase output in 2020 and beyond.

The Unscripted Podcast Producer will work with the COO and the rest of the podcast team to expand an existing slate of podcasts and content with an emphasis on diversity (diversity of talent and a diversity of formats). Candidates will demonstrate a passion for comedy and enjoy working with comedians in a fast-paced, friendly, startup environment.

A strong candidate will have 4+ years of experience in audio content development and/or production for production for podcasts, radio, TV, or live events. Candidates will work seamlessly and communicate with multiple departments such as development, programming, marketing, business development and legal etc. With a battery of projects already in progress and more in the pipeline, the Unscripted Podcast Producer will be elemental in overseeing and shaping new series from pre-production to production.

For more information about this job, and to apply for it, visit the Warner Media website where the position is listed.


Yang Speaks is a Podcast by Andrew Yang



Less than two months after his presidential bid ended, Andrew Yang has announced the launch of his new podcast, Yang Speaks, slated to launch this spring with Cadence 13, a leading premium podcast company.

The show will air weekly and feature thought-leaders on a variety of topics, including technology, entertainment, policy, sports, pop-culture, and anything on Yang’s mind, with a general outlook towards the future of our economy and society.

The Yang Speaks trailer has dropped, with the official series launch slated for May 2020.

“The ideas of our campaign have always deserved more airtime than a 60-second answer on a debate stage or a 3-to-5 minute TV hit,” explained Zach Graumann, Yang’s former campaign manager and senior advisor to the project. “We’re excited to launch Yang Speaks and have in-depth longform conversations with some of the smartest and most interesting people in the world, and to discuss the ideas that cam make our future and society a more human place for us all.”

“Andrew Yang’s passionate ideas and vision for the future resonate with millions of people,” said Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer, Cadence13. “We’re thrilled to welcome him to Cadence13, and to the entire podcast universe.”

At the time I am writing this blog, a trailer and an episode of Yang Speaks have been released. The trailer is called “Introducing: Yang Speaks”.

There is also an episode titled “A Conversation with Andrew Yang” that is about coronavirus, the need for Universal Basic Income, and our future. This episode includes host Andrew Yang and co-host and former Yang2020 campaign manager Zach Graumann.

It does not surprise me that Andrew Yang has a podcast. He has appeared on over 100 podcast episodes including: Adam Carolla Show, The Axe Files with David Axelrod, The Breakfast Club, Washington Post Live, The Daily, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Ears Edition, Chapo Trap House, Pod Save America, Stay Tuned with Preet, The Basic Income Podcast, and The Joe Rogan Experience.


NPR Seeks a Production Assistant for Pop Culture Happy Hour



NPR is seeking a Production Assistant for the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. Those who are interested can apply for the position on the website where the NPR want ad is located.

Pop Culture Happy Hour is one of the best and most popular entertainment podcasts around. Its cast of panelists get together to review the latest in television, film, and more – through a lively, engaging format – all for an incredibly loyal audience. The podcast is ramping up to being published five days a week, and we are expanding our production team.

NPR is looking for a creative and versatile Production Assistant with a passion for pop culture news and analysis to help produce the podcasts. They are a small and agile team based in Washington, DC. The production assistant will be required to occasionally work weekends and evenings for award shows and other events, and must have a willingness to be flexible about scheduling.

Qualifications include:

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

Required Skills:

  •  At least one year of radio production experience on broadcast digital audio workstations (MTE/DAVID, Dalet, ProTools or similar)
  •  At least one year of experience working with daily deadlines
  •  Experience with journalism-related research and demonstrated ability to collect, organize and disseminate information
  •  Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions
  •  Ability to work independently but also work well as part of a team
  •  Ability to work a flexible schedule

Preferred Skills:

  •  Knowledge and interest in arts and entertainment news

Those who want to know about the responsibilities of the position, or who wish to apply for the job, can do so on the website where the NPR want ad is posted.


Third Coast International Audio Festival Calls for 2020 Entries



The annual Third Coast / Richard H Driehaus Foundation Competition is here! Since 2011, the Competition has celebrated masterful, experimental, groundbreaking, and radical works in audio storytelling, and has awarded over $300,000 in cash prizes to many of the most innovative makers of the past two decades.

This year, they will award eleven winners in the following nine categories: Best Documentary (Gold, Silver, Bronze), Best Serialized Story. (NEW) Best Documentary: Short, Best New Artist, Best Documentary: Non-English Language, Impact, (NEW) Audio Unbound, Director’s Choice, and Best News Feature.

The Early Deadline (your chance to enter with reduced rates) is May 1, 2020, at 5:00 pm CST. The final deadline is May 25, 2020, 5:00 pm CST. Winners will be notified and announced in Fall of 2020.

This year, Third Coast has restructured their pricing to make the TC/RHDF to make competition more affordable for independent and freelance makers (entry fees starting at $45), as well as first time entrants working in countries underrepresented in their competition (entry fees start at $10).

Audio Unbound is a new category. It is described this way: “We’re breaking audio out of the podcast feed & the broadcast airwaves! It’s time to honor audio work that experiments with embracing other mediums, and artists from other mediums embracing audio.”

Best Documentary: Short is a new category. It is described this way: “We hear some of our favorite audio storytelling in short work – 10 minutes or less. We believe short documentaries are just as powerful as the rest, and deserve a bigger platform and spotlight”.

This year, for the first time, Third Coast will publicly honor finalists of the Competition in addition to the cohort of award-winners.

In 2020, Third Coast is taking the judging process completely virtual. (More details about this year’s panel of 2020 Competition Judges will be revealed later this month). They will also be featuring standout works from the Competition through their virtual programming.

Those who are considering entering the competition should visit the Third Coast website for more details about categories, pricing, deadlines, and more.


Podpage Offers Podcast Websites Made Easy



People who are under “Stay at Home” orders might be thinking about starting their own podcast. Recording episodes is relatively easy. All you need is a microphone and some audio software. The part that some podcasters don’t want to mess with is their podcast website. Podpage is offering podcast websites made easy.

Podpage makes creating a gorgeous web presence for your podcast effortless. Build a direct connection with your listening audience, grow your distribution, create professional looking social media assets, and more.

Podpage says using its service is “10x easier than setting up a WordPress site”. That may be true for people who are brand new to podcasting and who have never had a WordPress blog.

Personally, I prefer to have my podcast on my own WordPress website that I have complete control over. That said, I understand that there are podcasters who feel differently and would prefer to just let someone else handle the website of their podcast for them.

Podpage website is specifically designed for podcasts. Your Podpage site is automatically structured to have episodes, categories, custom pages, sponsor links, player links, and everything else a podcaster needs. Your Podpage website will be automatically updated by your podcast feed. Your website will be search engine optimized (SEO) to have it show up properly in Google.

The Basic plan is $5/month and includes:

  •  Custom Domain
  • Episode Pages
  • Automation
  • Media Players
  • Daily Backups
  • Web Hosting
  • Subscribe Links
  • Google Optimized
  • Categories
  • Convenient Links
  • Mobile Optimized
  • Built for Sharing
  • Accessible
  • Pretty Links
  • Security
  • Lightning Fast
  • Clean Design
  • About page

There is also a Professional $15/month plan, which gives you everything in Basic and more. A Network plan is $50/month and is a solution for networks of Podcasts.


PodFavs Helps You Find Your Next Favorite Podcast



PodFavs is a community created for and by podcasters. Their mission is to help podcast listeners find their next favorite podcast. This might be very useful for people who are under “stay at home” orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, and who have already listened to all of the podcasts they downloaded before the crisis started.

We want people at a glance to see a new podcast, learn about new podcast, discover new podcast or be reminded of a podcast that has been forgotten. And with only a glance, our visitors should be able to see whether or not a podcast is worth the time investment. We also hope to connect the passion of podcasters with the passions of podcast listeners and enrich the lives of both. We’d like to provide “easy to understand” ratings for all visitors.

The unique thing about PodFavs is the way it rates podcasts. They continuously scour the internet and compiled a list of various podcasts that they then run through their formula that comes up with a total “temperature”. The formula weighs popularity and longevity and pairs that with classic dedication to the craft of podcasting.

Visit PodFavs to see a list of podcasts along with their “temperature” and whether they are trending up or down. You can also start by clicking on a category: Under My Roof, Culture Casts, Pod Money, Today’s World, Sports and Competition, and Crime and Punishment. Podcasters can submit their podcast to PodFavs by sending them an email.


Podcross Wants to Help Podcasters Promote Their Shows



Podcross believes that promoting your show on other podcasts is the best way to grow your audience. They want to help you to do that by providing marketing tips and more!

Podcross explains how it works this way:

This website is a tool for podcast producers to advertise and market their shows on other targeted podcasts. Producers can join the Podcross network for free to search, reach out and collaborate with other registered producers. Producers can also take it up a notch and pay to gain access to large audiences on some of the world’s biggest podcast networks via our PRO section. Podcross can also help you execute your trailer. Awesome, right?

To begin, a podcaster needs to fill out a form on the Podcross website. It asks for your podcast title, podcast genre, a summary of your podcast, the name of the producer of the podcast, contact details, number of listeners per episode, an ideal collaborator for cross-promotion, and your URL.

Pocross also has a page filled with tips from “people who know a thing or two.” Those tips come from: Discover Pods, Castos, Blubrry, Spreaker, and PodNews.


Rebel Base Media Introduced One-Click Sponsor Kits



Rebel Base Media has introduced one-click sponsor kits for Captivate users. They also have invited every Rebel Base Media podcaster into a very special and private Facebook group.

There isn’t a ton of information about one-click sponsoring on the Rebel Base Media blog post. But, sometimes, “short and to the point” will do! From the blog post:

This is something we’ve been wanting to do for a long time! Being growth focused means that our goal is to make it easier for you to achieve your own version of success as a podcaster. Knowing exactly how to work with sponsors is something that so many indie podcasters are concerned about and one of the vital, early-stage conversations with potential sponsors is around whether you’re both a good fit.

As of March 13, 2020, Rebel Base Media has made it easier for podcasters to start that conversation with sponsors by introducing the initial version of their one-click sponsor kits. Rebel Base Media podcasters can find it inside the marketing section of their Captivate dashboard. They will now see a “Sponsor kit” tab and space to enter their listener avatar.

Once done, hit the generation button and a beautiful PDF will download itself ready to send to sponsors. This is only the first version of this tool that Rebel Base Media is releasing. They would like you to lookout for more and more as they develop it.


Chartable Launched The Chartable Top 200



Chartable, the podcast analytics and attribution company, is pleased to announce the launch of the Chartable Top 200 podcast charts.

The Chartable Top 200 is the podcast industry’s first global, weekly industry chart, powered by Chartable’s IAB Tech Lab-certified analytics platform. The Top 200 ranks podcasts by audience size, while the Trending chart offers a view into which podcasts have made large gains in audience in the past week. The company is also launching over a dozen genre-specific charts, from Arts to True Crime, ranked on audience size.

Participating publishers at launch include NBC News, Wondery, and Vox Media, plus more than 4,000 independent creators and networks. In addition to a global chart, launch countries include the US, Brazil, India, and China, with more country-based charts launching in the near future.

“We are truly excited to offer a new set of charts to the podcast industry that go far beyond what’s currently available,” said Chartable cofounder and CEO Dave Zohrob. “Orur charts will help everyone in the podcasting world make better decisions – including indie publishers, large media companies, and both first-time and experienced advertisers. And we’re especially proud to offer unique insight into growing markets like Brazil and India.”

The Top 200 charts are live now. The new charts can be used by podcasters to see how they compare to their competition in their genre, as well as by advertisers and media-buying agencies to make buying decisions based on both current popularity and future trends via the Trending charts.

Publishers wishing to participate can opt-in for free by signing up for an account at chartable.com. Future updates will be published every Monday – sign up to receive them via email here.