PodMov Daily: Wednesday, December 8
Episode 551: Your Midweek Update
PM Evolutions to Host The Infinite Dial 2022 in LA
For the first time ever, The Infinite Dial will be presented in-person in 2022. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be hosting Edison Research at Evolutions, creating new opportunities to learn as an industry. Some thoughts from Edison’s SVP Tom Webster, who will be presenting the results:
“We tried to get Infinite Dial in front of a live audience in March of 2020, but history intervened at the last minute. Two years later, with the help of Podcast Movement, Edison Research is delighted to be able to realize this vision, and we can’t wait to see you all in LA as we reveal the very latest stats for the podcast industry and beyond.”
Tracked annually since 1998, the Infinite Dial is the longest-running survey of digital media consumer behavior in America. This year’s report revealed that 80 million Americans listen to podcasts weekly, that podcasts are reaching their most diverse audience ever, and much more. Stay tuned for details.
Reporting Back on 350 Hours of Joe Rogan
Controversy around Joe Rogan, common as it is, can turn the world’s biggest podcaster into background noise. Alex Paterson is a Media Matters reporter “dedicated to cataloging Joe Rogan’s bonkers claims,” which is way less fun than it sounds. As he tells Ashley Carman of Hot Pod, the public damage is undeniable.
“Just from listening to him every day, he’s by no means remitting conspiracy theories and false rhetoric on his show. If anything, he’s leaning into it more,” Paterson says. Despite Rogan’s lies about COVID-19 vaccination, trans people, and “left-wing people” starting wildfires, Spotify has continued to promote its exclusive star.
Indicating that anti-trans sentiment was acceptable on the show, Rogan told a guest, “You can say whatever you want. We’re on Spotify.” Paterson notes this and other examples in his recent piece “Joe Rogan Wrapped,” an assessment of over 350 hours of content. Sorry, podcasters, about the guy from “Fear Factor.”
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Here's what else is going on:
- You’re invited: Cheers! Podcast Movement’s Holiday Happy Hour is this evening at 5:00 pm ET. All are welcome to grab a drink and virtually mingle with podcasters all over the world. Stay festive, because tomorrow at 4:30 pm is Libsyn’s Holiday Game Afternoon. Free RSVP for both events.
- Seeing stars: The 8th of every month is Podcast Review Day. Celebrate the last #podrevday of 2021 by reviewing a show and posting it to Twitter. Founder Stephanie Fuccio says it best: “This impact, this connection, this feedback, this is why many independent podcasters do what we do.”
- Great outdoors: Tomorrow at 11:00 am ET is “How to Make Your Podcast More Than the Sum of Its Parts” from PRX and the Google Podcasts creator program. Four indie creators will share how they’ve built brand engagement through events, social media, merch, and partnerships. Free registration.
- Heavy rotation: Next Wednesday, December 15, “Super Listeners 2021” will reveal in-depth analysis of those who listen to five or more hours of podcasts weekly. The third annual webinar will be presented by Edison Research, iHeartMedia, and Ad Results Media. Free registration; begins 2:00 pm ET.