PodMov Daily: Friday, February 11
Episode 588: Week Download Complete
How I Built This…Exclusive Amazon Music Deal
NPR’s How I Built This has entered an exclusive licensing deal with Amazon Music. Starting next month, new episodes will be available only on Amazon Music and Wondery+ for a week before wide release. Unlike similar deals with SmartLess and My Favorite Murder, this includes the rights to YouTube distribution “for video simulcasts.”
NPR will maintain the radio distribution rights and underwriting, though exclusive means exclusive — radio listeners will also have to wait a week for their Guy Raz fix. The show will increase frequency to twice a week, which helps. It still seems like an ideological step backward for NPR's goal of increasing local station audiences.
How to Handle Podcasting Burnout Like a Pro
Toronto-based podcast producer Amanda Cupido is “frequently up until the early hours of the morning writing scripts and editing audio,” and she’s far from alone. In a classic article for Timber, Cupido discussed the struggle of burnout in podcasting — and how to cope — with professionals in the same boat.
“My mind is so warped at the end of the day from listening to podcasts and planning them,” said John Asante, the senior managing producer at Pineapple Street Studios. “I always fear that doing my own podcast would feel like work and not play.” Boundary-setting, like turning off Slack after hours, has become essential.
Of course, not everyone can block notifications or ask for a break. Prioritize your health in any way you can, Cupido says. Passionate podcasters need balance and rest: “Managing burnout is hard, especially when it’s tied to something you love.” Note: Timber for Podcasters requires a free signup for access.
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Here's what else is going on:
- Group chat: Matriarch Media’s monthly Women in Podcasting meetup is this Sunday at 10:00 am CT on Twitter Spaces. Founder and CEO Twila Dang invites creators to come ask questions. “Remember, all are welcome but the focus is on helping women in our industry.” No account needed.
- Punch bowl: Thanks to Jennay Horn of We Edit Podcasts for including the PM Daily among the best podcast newsletters for 2022. “You’re always in for a punchy read,” she says, and we’re here for it. 17 others on the list include headline favorites like Podnews and plenty of recommendation outlets.
- Practical magic: “Over 37% of podcasters use Zoom to record their interviews,” reports Alban Brooke, Head of Marketing at Buzzsprout. Though it’s not ideal (“Zoom compresses your audio and can make editing a nightmare”) he explains how settings can drastically improve audio quality.