Accurately predicting where entertainment’s heading might be impossible, but trends and patterns are definitely emerging. The biggest one to arise: The power of fandom in driving the popularity of content.
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This American Life won’t be on Public Radio International anymore, but Ira Glass’ popular anthology program will be … somewhere. Eventually.
After a 17-year-run that redefined Saturday afternoon for millions of listeners, the distribution agreement will terminate this summer, PRI announced Thursday.
“During our most recent negotiation, it became clear that our organizations’ expectations regarding our futures were different,” PRI executive Julia Yager said in a statement to Variety.
PRI didn’t say where This American Life — still one of the most downloaded podcasts in the U.S. — would be going. Nor did the show, which made very clear on Twitter that it would stay on the air Read more…
What’s on my podcast playlist? Here are my favorites. (Got your own questions for the show? Ask ‘em here!) Hey again, Michelle MacPhearson here! It’s another episode of the Michelle MacPhearson show. And in today’s episode, I’m going to talk to you about podcasts. You probably, since you’re watching this, know that I do a podcast. There’s this one, and I also do another one with Justine Brooke called Marketing Con Queso where it’s he and I going back and forth about marketing topics and giving our opinions – which do not always line up. Podcasts are a great vehicle to get your message out to an audience. There’s something very different about people reading a blog post versus people hearing your tone and inflection, and knowing you at a much more intimate level when they can hear your voice. Podcasts are an important tool in your marketing kit. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite podcasts that I actually listen to. I’ve been asked before what I think the best ones are. I don’t know about the best but I’ll give you the ones that hold my attention. So on the non-business side of things; I’ll get those out of the way first. I have Welcome to Night Vale which I enjoy listening to with my 7-year-old because it’s kind of creepy and spooky and weird, and he likes that. I also listen to Roderick on the Line which is hysterical because John Roderick is a male Alaskan-born counterpart of me. So there’s that. I listen to This American Life for it’s good story telling. I listen to The Moth, which has the same thing, good story telling. Those are the ones that are purely for enjoyment. On the business side of things, I listen to The Dave Ramsey Show. I consider that to be something that I listen to more on the business side because I really love his model of a call-in Q&A show. That’s one of the things that we do here too with the Michelle MacPhearson show, is actually take your calls via the plugin at michellemacphearson.com. You can call in, you can ask a question and then I can respond to that. So I really love how he does that and that is where I would like to get eventually is to where we can do something live like that from time to time. And I think his way of giving advice but being able to put it into actionable nuggets, is a really great skill for anybody in information marketing or advice-giving or blog post writing business like we’re in to make the content that we create actionable and simple. So that it’s easy for people to grasp on to. So I admire what he does in that area. That’s a business podcast that I listen to. I also listen to the School of Greatness. That is Lewis Howes, formerly of “how to use LinkedIn” fame, he has now branched out into an overall “business success” kind of brand. I was kind of like, “Eh,”, when I heard he was coming out with the podcast, but when I started listening to it, I actually think that it’s one of the best business, inspiring, motivational, Q&A type of interview shows out there because he asked a lot of questions that other folks are afraid to ask, and because he brings in a different kind of guest. So it isn’t the normal circle jerk of internet marketing folks, all being on each other shows, that is a self-perpetuating machine. He doesn’t always pull guests from that crowd. And I really appreciate that and enjoy his show because of that. I also listen to the Bulletproof Executive Radio. I listen to about half of their shows. I think that the show is good. It’s a good example of having a few things that are your principles – like his Bulletproof coffee, and like you don’t eat this, and you do, do this. And reminding your audience of those principles, time and time and time and time again, every single week. I think that show comes out twice a week. Even when you disagree with your guests, as he does from time to time about certain topics, he doesn’t play nice with it. Like, “well, I mean, you know, okay we can both agree to disagree.” He’s not mean about it by any means. But he sticks to his principles. He has again, kind of like Dave Ramsey with those nuggets of things that say, “this is how we do things.” Building a brand, building an audience, building a community around those kinds of tribal messages is super powerful. So I enjoy listening to his show because of that. And then also, health and wellness is a topic that personally interests me. So we got both sides on that. Let’s see what else I’ve got. Back to Work, classic Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin, talking about productivity, communication, organization, fear, anxiety, depression. They actually range topics from very practical kinds of stuff, how to organize your iTunes to those deeper things that I mentioned. Merlin Mann can get a little bit self-indulgent from time to time. But gosh! I just love Dan Benjamin. I stopped listening to the show for a while because I was like, “Merlin, I’ve had enough of you.” But I came back because I wanted to listen to Dan. So it’s a good show, in the end, to remind you to focus on the things that are important to you, to stop wasting time with the noise, and get down to what actually produces results in your business. So I do enjoy it for that but I also enjoy the camaraderie between the two hosts. I listen to James Schramko, SuperFast Business podcast. I became a member of James’ Mastermind, the Silver Circle, once I decided to take my business from being sort of a one-man band plus an [...]
Great storytelling is a lot of very hard work.
It’s sad that so many individuals (and this includes marketing professionals) feel that there is either a story to tell or that there isn’t. This isn’t always true. A germ of an idea does not a story make, and turning on a microphone and hoping that someone with a story to tell will now know how to tell it in a compelling way is also false. Great storytelling is a ton of heavy lifting. Brands claim that they need to get better at storytelling, and yet so few of them put in the time, allocate the resources, or even understand the intricacies and sweating over details that is required to get to a place where something becomes a great story.
There are people who are master storytellers.
Ira Glass is one of those masters. He is the award-winning host and executive producer of the documentary radio program, This American Life (produced by Chicago Public Media and distributed by Public Radio International). The program began in 1995 and is now heard on over 500 public radio stations each week, by more than three million people, and is downloaded as a podcast more than close to one million times weekly. The show is all about storytelling… and it is a sight to behold (and to be listened to). Glass recently sat down with Googler, Logan Ury, to discuss his favorite episodes, his thoughts on technology, and how hard it is to create an amazing story. This Talks At Google is brand new (it was published two days ago) and it’s very worthy of the hour that you will spend with it.
Spend an hour with one of the world’s best storytellers…
Podcasts have a serious discovery problem.
As a medium, it’s hot right now. It’s building loyal and potentially lucrative communities around niche topics. Independent producers are finding success, fame and even a little money. But as a technology and an industry, podcasting has failed at connecting people with content in a dynamic and efficient way. There’s no Spotify for podcasting.
When it comes to podcasts, people are just lost. They don’t know where to start
Late this summer, a party-crashing podcast appeared. After about a year of modest growth, Welcome to Night Vale suddenly unseated This American Life from the No. 1 spot in iTunes’ Top 10 List. For a virtual unknown like Night Vale, this is a huge accomplishment Read more…
Swell, the app that lets you discover and listen to new podcasts, is announcing on Thursday that it’s raised a Series A funding round.
Nine days after monologist Mike Daisey was exposed as a fabulist, a man who manufactured personal stories about Apple’s supply chain in China in hopes of selling a message and theater tickets, he finally apologized for his actions. He once again left out a key detail.
The radio program This American Life on Friday said that it is retracting a previous episode of the show, in which monologist Mike Daisey described the working conditions in factories in China that produce Apple devices, saying it “was partially fabricated.”