September 30, 2020, is International Podcast Day

Have you listened to a podcast today? Have you perhaps recorded an episode yourself? If so, you’d be one of millions of people who have downloaded, listened to, or recorded a podcast today.

As podcasting becomes a more integral aspect of entertainment, education, and self expression, the public needs to be more aware of the power of podcasts. This is where International Podcast Day comes in.

“September 30th will be a day to celebrate podcast producers, a day to celebrate podcast listeners,” says Steve Lee, co-founder of International Podcast Day, an event featuring podcasters from around the world. “The podcast community deserves a day to celebrate the art and impact of serialized audio.”

International Podcast Day seeks to celebrate the expansive power of podcasts through a free livestream event featuring 60 podcasters from 26 countries, showcasing their voices, talents, and messages. Podcast enthusiasts around the world are also finding unique ways to observe the day by hosting virtual meetups, live broadcasting across social media, conducting podcast workshops, and releasing special episodes.

Dave Lee, the other co-founder of International Podcast Day, believes that podcasting has a particular community-building power: “Podcasts expose us to people, ideas, and parts of the world we never thought we’d meet. It naturally creates international communities. Words have tremendous power to heal, persuade, damage, bring meaning, bridge understanding, mend, and educate. Words have power. Podcasting allows us to use them for good.”

The podcast, a downloadable and streamable digital audio file, continues to grow in popularity and continues to present itself as a powerful format in the media industry. Tens of thousands of independent content producers are creating new podcasts and releasing episodes by the week.

Commuters now own vehicles with fully integrated entertainment systems that stream podcasts. Airlines have stocked their in-flight entertainment options with various podcasts flyers can listen to at 34,000 feet. Even universities and colleges have created courses and material focused on podcast and audio production.

And with just about everyone carrying a smartphone or behind a computer screen, listening to podcasts and producing podcasts has never been easier. Consumers now can listen to shows while working out, driving to work (or working from home), cooking in the kitchen, or doing chores.

The Lees want all podcasters, podcast listeners, and audio enthusiasts to spread the word about the power of podcasts. Get ready to celebrate on September 30th.

International Podcast Day 2018 has Begun!

International Podcast Day is on September 30 every year. At the time I am writing this post, there are Australian podcasters participating in the live stream event. Anyone who is interested can watch 30 plus hours of free online sessions.

International Podcast Day is September 30th and is an international celebration of the power of podcasts! The celebration is a great opportunity to connect with fellow podcast listeners, podcast enthusiasts, and leaders in the podcast industry.

There are several ways to get involved with International Podcast Day:

  • Use #InternationalPodcastDay to engage with others worldwide talking about the event
  • Grab your mic and camera and ask someone about their favorite podcast. Share the response on social media!
  • Join in numerous events in your region and around the world
  • Promote by posting the official banner image on your website
  • Explain to someone what a podcast is and get them hooked
  • Subscribe to a new show and talk about it using #InternationalPodcastDay

There is an official International Podcast Day streaming schedule you can check out.

Saturday, September 29, 2018:

  • 9:00PM – 10:00PM PDT – Freedom of [Creative] Speech – Taku Mbudzi – Australia
  • 10:00PM – 11:00PM PDT – India, Podcasting and Change – Chhavi Sachdev – India
  • 11:00PM – 12:00AM PDT – Forget About the Email List… I have a WhatsApp List that Subscribes to my Podcast – Bijay Gautam – India

Sunday, September 30, 2018:

  • 12:00AM – 1:00AM PDT – How to Monetize Your Podcast in an Underdeveloped Podcast Scene – Giorgio Minguzzi – Italy
  • 1:00AM – 2:00AM PDT – Podcasting the World’s Museums – Hannah Hethmon – Poland
  • 2:00AM – 3:00AM PDT – Building the Middle East Podcast Scene for the First Time – Hebah Fisher – United Arab Emirates
  • 3:00AM – 4:00AM PDT – Podcasting Politic: Bringing People and Politics Together – Cláudio Fonseca – Portugal
  • 4:00AM – 5:00AM PDT – Let’s Have Brunch! Using Live Events as a Podcast Growth Strategy – Ileane Smith – United States
  • 5:00AM – 6:00AM PDT – Life Behind the Mic – Why I Can’t Live Without My Podcast – Joanne Sweeney-Burke – Ireland
  • 6:00AM – 7:00AM PDT – Global Platform, Local Focus – Ian Farrar – United Kingdom
  • 7:00AM – 8:00AM PDT – Building a South African Podcast Network – Tayla Welsch & Quintus Potgieter – South Africa
  • 8:00AM – 9:00AM PDT – Why International Brands Should be Paying Attention to France’s Growing Podcast Scene – Lory Martinez – France
  • 9:00AM – 10:00AM PDT – GOLD SPONSOR – PODCAST SUCCESS ACADEMY – Top Tips for Growing Your Show You Haven’t Thought Of Yet – Jessica Kupferman from Podcast Success Academy – United States
  • 10:00AM – 11:00AM PDT – The Unexpected Benefits and Value Gained from Podcasting – Rob O’Donohue – Ireland
  • 11:00AM – 12:00PM PDT – PLATINUM SPONSOR – BLUBRRY – Podcast Best Practices and Common Mistakes – Todd Cochrane from Blubrry – United States
  • 12:00AM – 1:00PM PDT – 5 Pillars to Creating The Ultimate Podcast Brand – Stephen Hart – Jamaica/USA
  • 1:00PM – 2:00PM PDT – La Fraternidad del Podcasting en Español – Pato Lopardo – Argentina
  • 2:00PM – 3:00PM PDT – The Power of Podcasts in Education – Chris Nesi – United States
  • 3:00PM – 4:00PM PDT – Reasons to Podcast – Brian Crawford
  • 4:00PM – 5:00PM PDT – How to Conduct Better Podcast Interviews – Annamarie Cross – Australia
  • 5:00PM – 6:00PM PDT – 13th Annual People’s Choice Podcast Awards Ceremony – Todd Cochrane – United States
  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM PDT – PLATINUM SPONSOR – BLUBRRY – Growth Focus for your Community – Todd Cochrane from Blubrry – United States
  • 7:00PM – 8:00PM PDT – Podcasting is Just the Start … How to Market Yourself & Your Podcast – Sean Callanan
  • 8:00PM – 9:00PM PDT – Audio Fiction as a Diverse Gateway to Podcasting – Elena Fernández-Collins – Puerto Rico
  • 9:00PM – 10:00PM PDT – How Podcasting Has Exponentially Grown in the Phillippines & How Filipinos Are Now Telling Stories Through Podcast – Issa Perez – Philippines
  • 10:00PM – 10:30PM PDT – International Podcast Day Wrap Up – Podcast Day Team & Platinum Sponsor – Steve Lee, Dave Lee, Todd Cochrane from Blubrry, Daniel J. Lewis – United States

International Podcast Day is September 30!

International Podcast Day takes place every September 30. It is an international celebration of the power of podcasts. It is a great day to connect with fellow podcasters, podcast listeners, podcast enthusiasts, and leaders in the podcasting industry.

In 2014, National Podcast Day was celebrated with 6 hours of live broadcasting. After quickly realizing the power of podcasts internationally, we rebranded into what we are today – International Podcast Day. In 2015 and 2016, we broadcasted around the globe for nearly 70 hours inviting podcasters and industry leaders from 40 different countries to share their podcast journeys, personal stories, and expertise with the podcast community.

International Podcast Day has suggestions on how you can get involved. Here are a few:

  • Use #InternationalPodcastDay to engage with others worldwide talking about the event.
  • Grab your mic and camera, ask someone about their favorite podcast. Share the response on social media.
  • Change your social media image to the International Podcast Day logo.
  • Share your favorite podcast with someone (coworker, friend, teammate).
  • Send feedback to your favorite podcasters and tell them thank you.
  • Provide a rating and review in Apple Podcasts and other platforms.
  • Explain to someone what a podcast is and get them hooked.

Libsyn Celebrates International Podcast Day with Online Conference

libsyn-live-conference-international-podcast-dayInternational Podcast Day takes place on September 30th every year. Various podcasts will be doing something special on that day. Libsyn is celebrating by doing a One Day Online Conference. You can participate!

Libsyn’s contribution to this year’s International Podcast Day is the Libsyn Live: One Day Online Conference. They will feature four of Libsyn’s in house experts tacking varied topics ranging from podcasting basics to podcasting from an iOS device.

Anyone who wants to participate can do it for free! Just visit the website for the Libsyn Live: One Day Online Conference. Those who are commenting online about the event, or who want to let others know about it, should use #LibsynLive.


9:30 AM EDT – light introduction and content from some of Libsyn’s shows

10:00 – 11:00 AM EDT – Podcasting 101/201
This session will be given by Libsyn’s support power house Krystal O’Connor. It is the perfect session for those who are just getting started and for those who want to brush up on the basics.

12:00 – 1:30 PM EDT – Podcasting 100% from iOS Device
This session is given by Rob Walch who has over ten years of podcasting experience. Learn how to be super mobile with your podcast. Record on the go as well as integrate interviews and editing all while mobile.

2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT – Growing Your Audience
This session is given by Dave Jackson who is new to Libsyn but not new to podcasting. He covers the topic: “How do I grow my audience?”

4:00 – 5:30 PM EDT – Social Media Best Practices for Podcasters
Elsie, who handles most of Libsyn’s social media presence, shares her best practices with you. She is the co-founder of She Podcasts. She gives you details on making sense of all the platforms you feel like you HAVE to be on.

7:00 PM EDT – Roundtable/Q&A
This is the time for you to ask questions and get them answered by the Libsyn team.

If you cannot make the Libsyn Live: One Day Online Conference, it doesn’t mean you have completely missed out. Libsyn is going to make the entire event and sessions available on their YouTube Channel.

International Podcast Day 2016 is Here!

International Podcast DayNational Podcast Day badge is back for its third year. The online event started in 2014 and is officially celebrated on September 30th. And while it’s still technically September 29th in many part of the world, it is in fact September 30th in the far Eastern Hemisphere, and that’s why Podcast Day 2016 is kicking things off by featuring podcasters from Australia and New Zealand.

The Podcast Day event is jam-packed with podcasting-related discussions from producers located all over the world. Here’s just a few of the presentations planned during the event:

  • Film & Television Podcasting
  • Growing a Podcast Network in India
  • How To Craft the Perfect Story
  • Storytelling From an Old-Fashioned Industry
  • Podcasts As a Business Asset
  • Podcasting and Entrepreneurship
  • From Branding to Promotion
  • Past, Present and Future of Podcasting
  • Highlighting the LGBT Community
  • Anxiety Relief… One Podcast At a Time

International Podcast Day’s live streaming partner is Firetalk. A live broadcast of the event will be ongoing until the end of September 30th on the Podcast Day Firetalk page.

The International Podcast Day Twitter account is also actively covering all Podcast Day-related news. If you’d like to help promote Podcast Day, there are a full set of promotional materials available on the event’s website.

Win the International Podcast Day Gratitude Award

International Podcast Day Gratitude AwardInternational Podcast Day is dedicated to promoting podcasting worldwide through education and public engagement. It’s the podcast version of things like National Pancake Day (and other one-day celebrations of a specific thing). The official International Podcast Day is September 30.

There is an International Podcast Day Gratitude Award that will be awarded to one podcast. The purpose of the award is to recognize the podcast with the most engaged global audience, as measured through international podcast reviews in iTunes.

They made it fairly simple for podcasters to enter their podcast into this competition. First, you have to register your podcast on My Podcast Reviews. That website is run by Daniel J. Lewis, host of The Audacity to Podcast. It collects up your international podcast reviews for you.

After you sign up with My Podcast Reviews, it will collect your reviews and display them on the site. Users who have a free account will see the most recent 30 reviews. Premium users will see their complete archive of reviews.

For the purpose the International Podcast Day Gratitude Award, My Podcast Reviews will automatically check your reviews in all 155 iTunes stores through September 27, 2016. The podcast that has the greatest proportion of international reviews will win the gratitude award.

After you register your podcast with My Podcast Reviews, the second thing you need to do is ask your audience to write reviews about how your podcast has impacted their lives. International Podcast Day recommends that you should especially encourage those who are listening from outside the country to write an iTunes review for your show.

International Podcast Day returns September 30th

National Podcast Day badgeOn Wednesday, September 30th, International Podcast Day returns for its second year. Podcast Day was founded by veteran podcasters Steve Lee and Dave Lee. Here’s the idea, as it’s explained on the Podcast Day website:

There is National IPA Day, National Waffle Fries Day, National Pancake Day, and National pretty-much-anything-you-want Day. In the summer of 2013, Steve Lee (founder of Modern Life Network) heard a radio announcement for National Senior Citizens’ Day. Thinking that was pretty cool, it begged the question of why wasn’t there a day of celebration for podcasting. That’s when Steve said to himself ‘Let’s create a Podcast Day!’ So the adventure began and a collective team of podcasters put their heads together to establish methods for podcasters and podcast listeners to raise awareness for this great entertainment and education medium.

A long list of events is planned for Podcast Day. These events will happen all over the world, so the event calendar may technically start on September 29th, depending on your location. These events will cover a wide range of topics and many of them will be streamed thru Blab.

The Podcast Day website has a collection of graphics you can use on your own site and/or social media accounts to help promote the event. So, get out there and get involved with Podcast Day 2015!

National Podcast Day Is Happening September 30

National Podcast Day badgeThis coming Tuesday, September 30 is the first ever National Podcast Day. As the NPD website explains:

National Podcast Day is dedicated to promoting podcasting worldwide through education and public engagement.

There is National IPA Day, National Waffle Fries Day, National Pancake Day, and National pretty-much-anything-you-want Day. In the summer of 2013, Steve Lee (founder of NetCast Studio) heard a radio announcement for National Senior Citizens’ Day. Thinking that was pretty cool, it begged the question of why wasn’t there a day of celebration for podcasting. That’s when Steve said to himself “Let’s create National Podcast Day!”

September 30 was picked as the date for National Podcast Day because it’s the day before October, the month that many cite as the unofficial anniversary of podcasting’s beginning in 2004. A lineup of events is planned to help usher in National Podcast Day, starting on Sunday, September 29, including a webinar on audio production hosted by Mike Russell from Music Radio Creative, an official announcement livestream as well as two local podcast meetups in Omaha and Cleveland.

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