Memorial Day, Multitude Productions, Simplecast ‘s Accessibility Efforts, Industry/Community Updates and an anonymous surprise!
Greetings PM Family,
Memorial Day is a national holiday celebrated in the U.S., this year on Monday, May 27. Podcast Movement appreciates the sacrifices of our men and women in the military and allied forces. We pay tribute to these brave heroes by using a Memorial Day theme for this week's newsletter. This also means we'll be holding back on the humor and usual plays on words, as honoring our heroes isn't something to joke about.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in military service. It is intended to commemorate those who have laid down their lives for the U.S. national defense and our allies.
Memorial Day is celebrated in many ways. Some visit cemeteries and place their national flags by the graves of those who have died in service, others enjoy attending or participating in local parades, while other families enjoy gathering with friends and family around the barbecue.
Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start to the summer season, to many, so you might even use the holiday for a relaxing weekend getaway, or perhaps a swim in the pool.
Podcast Movement plans to celebrate this edition of the weekly newsletter by recognizing the amazing recent wins from Multitude Productions, share some new features that Simplecast has available for listeners with disabilities, and acknowledge some of the exciting things that are happening in our community and industry.
Do you need a podcast network?
Congratulations to Multitude Productions! Multitude is a homegrown/self-made indie podcast collective. They are podcasters that many members of this community can relate to!
Amanda McLoughlin, Eric Silver, Julia Schifini, Brandon Grugle, and Mike Schubert
Catch Multitude at PM19:
You Don't Need a Network: Inside an Indie Podcast Collective
Podcast networks seem to have all the power in the audio space, grabbing ads and money for themselves. But what if we told you don’t need a network? The podcasters of Multitude reveal the secrets of their collective, explaining how they get sponsors, work with each other, and build an audience across multiple shows!
Multitude is also planning to do two live shows at PM19 from the Spreaker Live Stage. We will share more about this as the event continues to draw closer. Please make sure to connect with this group of go-getters. They embody the synergy and collaborative spirit of not only what makes this overall community so great, but what is also possible with commitment, diligence, and resilience.
Multitude's New Office Space
Congratulations to Multitude as well for their new office and new hires announcement! We are excited about their panel coming up at Podcast Movement this summer!
Is YOUR Podcast really accessible?
Podcasting has quite a few apps and services that are unusable for people with disabilities, and Simplecast is going the extra mile to create solutions, while also helping podcasters make their shows more inclusive.
One of our core values is that our products and services should be available and accessible to everyone. Sadly, most podcast players aren’t designed to be accessible to people with disabilities, and, because of this, there are a lot of people out there who are completely unable to enjoy podcasts. We wanted to take the lead in making audio more inclusive, and something everyone can enjoy. – Amy Marco (Product Manager and head of Simplecast's accessibility efforts).
We've linked to two pieces written about these initiatives below. We encourage you to check this out and share with fellow members of the podcast community.
Podcasting Should Be Accessible to Everyone–Why Isn’t It?: An overview of the podcasting accessibility landscape, written by Belo Cipriani.
Because It’s Right: Taking Steps to a More Accessible Simplecast: Everything Simplecast is working on to make sure that their platform is as accessible as possible, written by Jeanine Percival Wright (COO).
Simplecast is a Gold supporter of PM19, and we hope you'll connect with them in person this August in Orlando!
Memorial Day Weekend Bake-Off: Industry and Community Updates
- Sarah Koenig of ‘Serial' gives St. Anne's students the power to podcast – An Article by Selene San Felice – About 60 fourth through seventh-graders at St. Anne’s School of Annapolis got tips and advice from PM Alumna Sarah Koenig Friday on podcasting before her appearance at Maryland Hall that evening.
- The Key to an Engaging Podcast Interview – An Article by Jenna Spinelle – ”Since starting a podcast last year, I’ve seen countless threads on Reddit forums and Facebook groups from people looking for advice on how to do killer podcast interviews. Not everyone can be Terry Gross, but that does not mean that you can’t create an interview that provides value to the guest and to your listeners.” – Jenna Spinelle
- PM Community Member Bob Bergey proudly displays his Podcast License Plate in the Podcast Movement Facebook Group!
A Few Good Podcasts
While Memorial Day remembers the fallen service men and women, we want to take this opportunity to shine a light on veterans in our community who are doing things in the podcast space!
- Skip's Tactical Solutions with Avery Skipalis
- The Queen Chat Podcast with Charlynda Nyenk
- The Military Money Show with Lacey Langford
- Purposefully Profitable with Russ Barnes
- The True North Vision Podcast with Jimmy Burgess
- Creating Disney Magic with Lee Cockerell
- Military Veteran Dad with Ben Killoy
- Geek News Central & The New Media Show with Todd Cochrane
- On the Other Side with Jeffrey Lodick
Please consider connecting with these active & former service members who are now doing great things in podcasting.
An Anonymous Surprise
After stopping in a Dunkin Donuts this past March, Samantha Brown returned to her car to find an envelope left under her windshield wipers. Inside she found two $20 bills and a note that read: “I noticed the sticker on the back of your car. Take your hero out to dinner when he comes home. Thank you both for serving. Him deployed and you waiting.” — United States Veteran / God Bless. [Huffington Post]
The sticker on the back of Ford's car read, “Half my heart is in Afghanistan.” The heart is her boyfriend Albert John DeSimone, who is serving abroad in the Army. Ford, who lives outside of Boston, went home and posted a photo of the anonymous gift on Facebook, as it was too early to call her boyfriend.
Above the photo, she said, “There are no words to describe how I'm feeling right now. Tears in my eyes. I just wish I could thank whoever did this! God bless our troops and all of those who stand behind them.” The picture instantly went viral, racking up more than 1.2 million likes and 142,000 shares. When Ford was finally able to tell DeSimone the touching story, he said: “it's people like this who make him proud to be a soldier.”
Pay It Forward
Who can you show a random act of kindness to this week? It may be one of your listeners. It may be a local military service member. We strongly encourage you to consider what you can do for someone else and act on it this week!
Podcast Movement is proud to “pay it forward” by offering a discount on PM19 registration to all of the men and women service members and veterans in our community. We must see a proof of your military service, but are honored and eager to work with you to make attendance at Podcast Movement this summer in Orlando possible. Please e-mail [email protected] for more details.
We also will be paying it forward by sharing more about the PM19 Scholarship Program in next week's newsletter. Keep an eye out for it!
We encourage everyone to spend this coming weekend with your friends, family, and loved ones. This may also be an ideal time to pause the podcast for a couple of days, get outdoors if possible, and allow some ‘you' time. Enjoy!
“So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.” – Helen Keller
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