Thursday, September 26, 2019


PodMov Daily: Thursday, September 26

Episode 52: Your Thursday Podthoughts

Talking Local Podcasts and Growing Worldwide: 2019 Radio Show in Dallas

This Thursday the 2019 Radio Show wraps up in Dallas, Texas. The audio and media conference, known as a “gathering of the most creative minds in broadcasting, podcasting and streaming,” has been packed with innovative programming. Our own Dan Franks, President of Podcast Movement, moderated an insightful and entertaining discussion, “Earning Listeners and Advertisers via Local Podcasts.”

The panelists were Sheryl Worsley of Bonneville’s KSL Podcasts (Cold), Amelia Robinson of Cox Media Group Dayton (What Had Happened Was), Rob Walch, VP of Podcaster Relations at Libsyn, and Colby Colb Tyner of Radio One (BackStory with Colby Colb). The onstage experts covered monetizing local podcasts, identifying expectations, connecting with audiences, sponsorship solutions, and more.

Passion Projects: 99% of All Podcasts Make $0

A question many of us have considered or been asked: How much money do podcasters make? “Podcasting is creative work, so flip this question over to other creative work,” writes Jack Rhysider, creator of Darknet Diaries. “You can probably guess that most painters, actors, and musicians make $0. The same is for podcasting.”

The piece presents detailed projections of “big network” revenues, those of individuals like Tim Ferriss and Joe Rogan, and data from Patreon’s top podcast accounts. Income reports and advertising rates aside, Rhysider’s main takeaway is that the original question doesn’t matter: “Getting into podcasts just because you want to make money is the wrong approach to this.”

Questlove Partners with iHeart to Release Supreme Episodes

As Fast Company’s Melissa Locker put it, Questlove’s partnership with the iHeartPodcast Network is “good news for people who like good news.” The prolific record producer, drummer, DJ, musical director and author has been podcasting since 2016.

His show Questlove Supreme, “mandatory listening for music fans,” was previously available on Pandora but has been on hiatus. New episodes will be released through iHeart beginning November 6. “On each episode, Questlove gathers five of his closest friends together, as well as a guest […] to talk about their lives, passions, and projects,” Locker writes.

Maya Rudolph, Spike Lee, Common, and John Oliver are just a few of Supreme’s featured visitors. Beyond the podcast, “Questlove will also curate and produce a new slate of iHeartRadio Original content, which will go beyond just music, early next year.”

Happy Thursday, readers, and an early happy Sunday. Podcast Gumbo and the EarBuds Podcast Collective present the next #ShareYourBudsSunday this weekend!

Have you shown a non-pod-listening friend or family member how to listen to a podcast this month? September 29, share your stories and photos on social media using #ShareYourBudsSunday.

Spread the love and share your buds.


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  • Cult classic: Sydney-based filmmaker and writer Sarah Steel’s award-winning podcast is about the psychology of cults. The “meticulously researched” Lets Talk About Sects explores “charismatic leaders” that throw followers’ “basic morals and ethics” to the wind.
  • Figure 8: The Digiday Podcast reports that podcasting made up 28% of Slate’s “overall business” in 2018 and will be 50% of revenue this year — “eight figures.” Beyond advertising, 60,000 Slate Plus customers generate subscription revenue for “members-only episodes.”

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