Alex Blumberg Proposes a New Model for Sustaining Podcast Journalism

“To be successful in journalism you have to have some entrepreneurial instincts.” That’s what public radio producer Alex Blumberg tells Jeff Ullrich in episode #57 of The Wolf Den podcast. Alex is a long-standing producer for This American Life and the co-founder of the NPR podcast and radio program Planet Money. He and his co-producer Adam Davidson applied those entrepreneurial instincts at Planet Money when they launched a wildly successful Kickstarter to make a t-shirt…

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Slate Debuts The Gist with Mike Pesca – It’s Good News for Podcasting

On Monday Slate Magazine debuted its newest podcast, The Gist with Mike Pesca. The host left his high-profile position as NPR sports correspondent earlier this year to join Slate. Next week the company will premiere its second new podcast, Money, hosted by former Reuters financial blogger Felix Salmon. Slate’s investment in podcasting is good news for the medium. In particular it’s exciting to see Slate attract strong talent like Pesca and Salmon to host these…

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BBC Podcast Documentary Highlights the Value of Ads and Host Reads

The BBC recently aired a two part radio documentary called “Podcasting – the First Ten Years.” Produced by UK podcasters Helen Zaltzman & Olly Mann, co-hosts of Answer Me This!, the program looks at the medium’s birth and growth, profiling prominent producers from both sides of the pond. In part two Zaltzman and Mann get into the close relationship between fans and host, and the important aspect of podcasters making a fair living creating their…

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Welcome 4 New Podcasts! Including Smart Passive Income & Futility Closet

Midroll welcomes four more great shows, with listeners interested in learning about quirky history and facts, small business, financial survival and becoming extraordinary. Contact us soon to reserve your podcast ads. We are really excited to add the Smart Passive Income podcast, which consistently ranks in the top 10 business podcasts on iTunes. Each week Pat Flynn reveals his own tested business and marketing strategies to a large, devoted listenership. Financial Survival Network host Kerry…

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