Planet Money’s Jacob Goldstein Joins Pushkin Industries Team



Veteran journalist, writer, and podcast host Jacob Goldstein joins Pushkin Industries as Executive Producer. Goldstein spent more than a decade as co-host of Planet Money, NPR’s incredibly popular business podcast, reporting stories that make economic journalism approachable. He’s also the author of the book “Money: The True Story of a Made-Up Thing”, which the New York Times called “a history of currency full of astonishing tales you might tell a friend in the pub.”

Before discovering podcasts, Jacob worked as a staff writer at the Wall Street Journal, the Miami Herald, and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. He has done stories for the New York Times Magazine, This American Life, and All Things Considered. Goldstein joins the executive team at Pushkin, the audio company co-founded by Malcom Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg in 2018, where Goldstein will head up a new business department.

He will also be developing his own business show to launch in 2022 and executive producing Hot Money which will be a partnership between Pushkin and the Financial Times. Goldstein will be reporting to Mia Lobel, Pushkin’s VP of Content and Production.

“I’ve admired so many Pushkin products over the past few years,” Goldstein says. “I’m delighted to be joining the ranks of Pushkin hosts and to be part of the amazing production team. I can’t wait to start making shows here.”

“Whenever I hear Jacob Goldstein on the radio or a podcast, I know I’m in for a great ride. He tells stories about money that entertain as much as they inform,” says Jacob Weisberg, Pushkin’s co-founder and CEO. “We’re thrilled that he’s bringing his unique and delightful voice to Pushkin.”

This Fall, Pushkin will release a wide range of new podcasts, including Bad Women, which uncovers the truth of the five women said to have been killed by Jack the Ripper, hosted by award-winning historian and author Hallie Rubenhold; Some of My Best Friends Are…, hosted by interracial best friends Harvard professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad and journalist Ben Austen, exploring the absurdities and intricacies of race using pop culture and history; and Backstage Pass with Eric Vetro, vocal coach to the stars, featuring intimate interviews with his students, from Ariana Grande to John Legend, about their singing process and careers. The rest of 2021 will bring new seasons of A Slight Change of Plans, hosted by Dr. Maya Shankar and Lost Hills, hosted by the New Yorker’s Dana Goodyear.


NFL and iHeartMedia Announce NFL’s Podcast Network Lineup



Earlier this year, the NFL and iHeartMedia announced an exclusive partnership to launch the NFL’s Podcast Network which includes the distribution of NFL Media’s existing podcasts, certain Member Club podcasts, and co-production and distribution of two dozen new original shows with the iHeartPodcast Network. All podcasts will be available wherever podcasts are heard.

“We are excited to bring this new slate of podcasts to NFL fans everywhere, representing the best storytelling, access and talent from NFL Media and NFL Films,” said Meredith Battin, NFL, Vice President, Head of Business Operations & Club Media. “Through the NFL’s partnership with iHeartMedia and the launch of the NFL’s Podcast Network, it will be even easier for fans to discover great new podcasts from the NFL and participating Clubs.”

“We are proud to team up with the NFL to roll out an incredible lineup of podcasts,” said Will Pearson, Chief Operating Officer, iHeartPodcast Network. “Just as this football season kicks off, we’re thrilled to introduce such an expansive slate of shows featuring amazing talent across the NFL that will appeal to both casual and diehard fans around the globe.”

New podcasts coming to the NFL’s Podcast Network include:

NFL explained: NFL explained, hosted by Aditi Kinkhabwala and Mike Yam, is a new original podcast series that takes fans behind-the-scenes of the inner workings of the NFL. From how the regular season schedule is made, to the evolution of the Super Bowl, NFL explained looks to answer the NFL’s biggest questions. NFL explained debuted on August 25 and new episodes are available each week on Thursday.

NFL Inside Report: Don’t miss out on the top NFL stories provided by NFL Media’s wide array of talent. Hosted by Rhett Lewis, NFL Inside Report takes you beyond the headlines with NFL Media’s reporters and experts providing game recaps, the biggest news and in-depth storytelling. NFL Inside Report launched on Wednesday, September 8 with new episodes available each week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Tape Heads: Hosted by Dan Orlovsky, Bob Wischusen and Scott Pioli, Tape Heads is a twice-weekly, in-season X-and-O’s podcast giving the fans the “whys and the hows” of each week’s NFL action. In each episode, Dan, Bob, and Scott detail the biggest moments of the NFL weekend based on their tape study of the All-22 coaching film. Conversations fueled by observation and analysis give fans the insight and information they crave. Tape Heads launched on September 14, and new episodes will be available each week on Tuesday and Thursday.


Ad Alliance Becomes Magellan AI’s First Partner in the DACH Region



The audio and podcast market is booming and is now an integral part of advertisers’ media planning. As demand grows, the industry will require more transparency and access to insights, specifically for organizations selling ads and advertisers planning their campaigns. With that in mind, Ad Alliance is teaming up with Magellan AI as the US provider’s first partner in the German-speaking region.

Magellan AI uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to analyze over 100 podcasts on the German-language podcast advertising market, providing comprehensive data and facts about advertisers as well as the number and scale of ads.

Ute Henzgen, General Director Sales responsible for Audio & Podcast at Ad Alliance says: “We’re very excited to be the first advertising sales house in the DACH region to collaborate with Magellan AI. We see podcasts as an integral part of campaign planning, and with the fascinating insights we gain from Magellan’s analytics we’ll be able to offer our advertising partners services that are even better suited to their needs and tap into the podcast market even more effectively.”

Cameron Hendrix, CEO and Co-Founder of Magellan AI, says: “As we extend our services to non-English language podcasts, we’re thrilled to be partnering with Ad Alliance. We’ve proven how valuable these tools can be for advertisers, agencies, and publishers in the US, the UK, Australia, and Canada. This expansion into the German-language podcast advertising market will help drive the industry forward.”

The partnership between Magellan AI and Ad Alliance is also underpinned by the positive development of the market and the growing impact of podcasts. A third of all Germans now regularly listen to podcasts, the available content has tripled in a year (up 233 per cent), and advertising expenditure is also rising (up 220 per cent). What’s more, native integration means that podcast advertising is seen as a very credible option for reaching customers.

Ad Alliance sells around 120 podcasts spanning various genres for clients including Audio Alliance, SPIEGEL Media, and Wondery. It handles campaign conception, design, and production for a wide range of audio formats. Ad server-based campaigns in particular are a huge advantage of the audio market, which is opening up new marketing avenues for advertisers and in which Ad Alliance is a driving force.


Cleanfeed Launched New Studio Tools for Podcasters



Cleanfeed, a collaboration tool for high definition, live audio and recording in your browser, takes feedback and experiences from the professional radio industry and launches its enhanced studio tools, improving the service for podcasters and broadcasters globally.

Cleanfeed has become an established go-to service for broadcasters, podcasters, journalists, radio and just about anyone that requires the need to broadcast or record in high-definition audio, straight from their browser. Striving to continually improve the user and guest experience, Cleanfeed announced the launch of their enhanced studio tools. The tools, all housed in your web browser with no requirement for any external hardware or software include: enhancements to Cleanfeed’s existing Clips feature, and a new Player for longer cuts of audio.

The tools give podcasters and broadcasters the functionality of a professional radio studio, straight out of their laptop. Features now give users the opportunity to give their listeners and guests a finished production experience, including the ability to play intro and background music, host a panel show or quiz with sound effects, review music, have guests comment on interviews or even play voxes from the public.

Cleanfeed continues to be everything you would expect from their service, high quality audio, very responsive yet straight forward in appearance and incredibly powerful.

Marc Bakos, co-founder of Cleanfeed comments: “As business owners we are continually striving to take feedback directly from our users, as well as industry professionals, to ensure we are servicing our community with the best user experience possible. The new enhanced tools really reinforce that creativity is only ever limited by our imagination and we are excited about the possibilities that these features open for everyone who uses them.”

Mandy Morrow, Director at Crew Radio, comments: “Cleanfeed has been powering our radio station and it keeps getting better! The new Player and updated Clips allow us to produce our recorded shows as if they were live, giving us a finished sound which our audience loves. Its simplicity and ease of use means we’ve not had to look elsewhere to integrate audio into our remote shows, we can do it right from inside Cleanfeed!”


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.