Podcast Radio’s Podcast Futures Conference To Take Part In New York

Podcast Radio has announced an international conference which will be held as part of NAB Show New York.

Podcast Futures will be held on Wednesday 19th October at the Javits Center on 11th Avenue in Manhattan. Full details of speakers, sponsors and registration will be announced soon. The Podcast Futures thought-leadership event follows a similar successful conference in Westminster, London, in February.

Once again, the theme is Getting Podcasts Heard, with fresh insights into podcast consumption, monetization, trends and technology, including a special exploration of podcast integration into new platforms and vehicles.

Gerry Edwards, CEO of Podcast Radio, says: “We’re excited to be part of this massive, well-attended NAB Show New York organized by the National Association of Broadcasters. Our event will run parallel with the NAB Show New York’s first day.”

“The idea is to explore the biggest challenge facing the industry right now, whether you’re a corporate player or an indie, and that is quite simply getting your podcast heard. Podcast Radio uses the trust and familiarity people have in radio to help supersize podcast discoverability.”

Chris Brown, NAB executive vice president and managing director, Global Connections and Events, says: “Podcast Futures is an exciting addition to the line-up of dynamic conferences and exhibits in store for our return to an in-person NAB Show New York.”

“With its focus on providing a unique perspective of the podcasting ecosystem, Podcast Radio offers an insight into the latest trends reshaping audio entertainment and the cutting-edge programming that captures audiences’ attention. We look forward to exploring this evolving form of storytelling with Podcast Radio at NAB Show New York.”

Podcast Radio launched more than two years ago and has grown in listenership with a focus on increased use of smart speakers and digital devices. Over half its online listenership is in the U.S. The platform plays sample episodes of podcasts, clips from podcasts, as well as interviewing podcast producers and presenters.

The company raised investment earlier this year and plans for expansion into the US. Nation Broadcasting was a strategic investor.

Recently, Podcast Radio Business was launched, the first of a series of brand extension channels that will also include Podcast Radio Comedy and Podcast Radio Crime.

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.

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.

NAB Show Express will be Online

NAB is smartly putting measures in place to ensure people can safely participate in the event. While NAB may not be able to meet in Las Vegas this year, NAB Show is dedicated to delivering the resources and connectivity that keeps us all moving forward. It is being offered via the NAB Show Express website.

NAB Show Express has been built with the flexibility for every one of use to find what we’re searching for and design our own experience.

  •  Watch 24-hour broadcasting on three channels, allowing for convenient viewing in time zones around the world.
  • Get access to on-demand video content, covering everything from new industry trends and technologies to creator tools and distribution
  • Explore the marketplace, featuring exhibitor profiles, company-hosted events and press conferences.
  • Access the resource library where partner organization has contributed timely industry-related white papers, eBooks, guides and research reports.

Additionally, NAB Show Express features three standalone events for training and executive leadership that have separate registrations available. These include:

NAB Show Executive Leadership Summit

A series of conversations about the state of the fast transforming TV industry, which is navigating accelerating direct-to-consumer viewership, while reaching new creative heights in storytelling engagement. Find out how TV chiefs are answering new pressures to entertain audience through today’s COVID-19 challenges, and learn how they plan to break through with programming to elusive younger audiences. This summit is free to attend.

Cybersecurity & Content Protection Summit

Discover the latest solutions from choosing the most secure-possible workflow, cloud and storage solutions available to facilitate a fully remote workforce; to discovering gaps in now-crucial business continuity plans; to evaluating threats to your intellectual property where your workforce is dispersed outside the office, the concerns – and threats – are like nothing media and entertainment has encountered before. This one requires a fee, that appears to be different amounts depending on how big a group you bring.

Post|Production World Online

Three days of online training with over 100 cutting-edge, live training sessions in multiple tracks. Following the live event, paid attendees get access to streaming of the recordings of all sessions for 120 days. A Full Pass costs $299.

NAB 2018 has a Podcasting Pavilion

NAB Show is an annual trade show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters. This year’s show will take place on April 7-12, 2018, in the Las Vegas Convention Center. NAB 2018 has a Podcasting Pavilion.

The existence of a Podcasting Pavilion at NAB is exciting! It indicates that podcasting is being recognized as part of the broadcasting industry. This not only shows that podcasting could create a revenue stream for an individual or a company, but also that a career involving podcasting can be a legitimate profession – on the same level as radio and television.

A manifest of companies providing podcasters with the tools to create and commercialize audio content. Whether you have an established podcast and are looking to improve audio quality or listenership, or looking to start your own podcast, you’ll find everything you need here.

The NAB Podcasting Pavilion will house an Ask the Expert Area, powered by the Podcast Engineering School, where attendees can gain professional insight on audio production, content, marketing, audience growth, and monetization.

The list of exhibitors that NAB attendees will see in the Podcasting Pavilion include:

  • Airbroad
  • Blubrry Podcasting-pavilion
  • CoreCodec, Inc.
  • Libsyn
  • Podbean
  • Stream Station, Inc.
  • TuneVu
  • VoxNest
  • Zype

The Podcasting Pavilion will be in the South Upper Hall. It has All-Badge Access. There is a conference, and an attraction, that feature podcasting.

The conference is called “Content Strategies for Podcasting”. It is open to Flex, 3-Pack and 6-Pack Pass Holders. This program spotlights the expanding podcast medium, which is fueling revenue streams and rabid fan engagement. Explore various content creation, distribution and promotion opportunities in the fast-growing podcast market.

The attraction is the M.E.T. 360 Studio. It is a new addition to the “NAB Show Live” and is built with an IP infrastructure running the latest audio, video, and streaming technologies. It has All-Badge Access.