The Forecast for 2015: A Strong Year for Podcasting & Midroll

After having such a great year in 2014, to say that podcasting is poised for growth in 2015 almost sounds like understatement. According to Lex Friedman, Midroll’s EVP of Sales and Development, what we’re seeing with podcasting is akin to how blogging burst into the mainstream a decade ago. “Anyone with a computer can blog,” he explains. “In theory, anyone with a computer can podcast, too.” That means, “we will see a steadily increasing number…

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21 Million Hours of Podcasts Consumed Today, and Every Day

The data keeps rolling in: podcast listening is exploding, and podcast listeners are hardcore fans. First, the big number: Americans listen to approximately 21,117,000 hours of podcasts every single day. That’s according to Edison Research’s new Fall 2014 “Share of Ear” study. The study also says that podcast listeners now listen to podcasts more than any other form of audio, including radio, music and satellite. This is a jump from the last “Share of Ear”…

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Lex Friedman Reveals the Most Important Trends in Podcast Advertising

The new episode of The Wolf Den podcast is truly a must-listen for anyone looking for a concise, yet deep exploration into the state of the podcast advertising business right now. Lex Friedman, Midroll’s EVP of Sales, is Adam Sachs’ guest for this fun inside look at the company and this rapidly evolving industry. Lex touches on five important factors that are shaping the maturation of the podcasting industry. We will cover all of these…

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We Added Great Hobby Shows with Dedicated Audiences

The great thing about niche and hobby shows is that the audiences are focused and super-dedicated.  We recently added three shows with strong listenerships of people who are not just fans, they’re fanatics. Wood Talk is a light-hearted look at the world of woodworking. Your hosts are Marc the full-time woodworker, Matt the basement-dwelling weekend warrior, and Shannon the hand tool devotee. They combine their expertise to cover the latest news and answer listener questions in way that’s useful and fun for…

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Midroll’s Got Game (Podcasts)

Gaming is hot, and we have a growing line-up of video game podcasts that tackle the topic from multiple angles. These shows have wildly loyal audiences with disposable income they spend on entertainment, electronics and gadgets. Creature Talk is an audio and video podcast new to Midroll, featuring staff of the Creature Hub YouTube and Twitch channels chewing on the latest gaming news, and so much more. Giant Bombcast is the signature podcast from the respected video game…

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Now, We Literally Have “The Best Show”

When Tom Scharpling’s cult-hit radio show The Best Show on WFMU left the airwaves and internet at the end of 2013, thousands of fans were crestfallen, waiting for a sign that Scharpling might return to the audio comedy format he had perfected. In December even the New York Times covered Scharpling’s plans to bring back the show. Now fans like comedians Patton Oswalt and Eugene Mirman are rejoicing with the return of The Best Show…

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