Buzz: Podcast News October 15-21

Each week in Buzz, we’ll give you a roundup of our favorite podcast reads from around the internet.

October 19, 2015: Radiotopia Kicks Off its Fall 2015 Fundraising Campaign

‘Tis the season for Radiotopia’s fundraising campaign. Last year the podcast network set a Kickstarter record for publishing and radio funding, raising more than $600,000 for the collective. Now it is once again fundraising, but rather than asking for one time donations, Radiotopia is seeking ongoing monthly contributions (i.e. subscribers). Slack has offered to pitch in $25,000 if the network can get 5,000 donors in the first week (it’s at just over 3,000 at the time of this writing with the majority of them pledging $3 a month). We’re not here to do Radiotopia’s bidding, but we will say that its lineup of shows is an astonishing collection of talent and experimentation. That listeners want to help keep the network well-funded should come as no surprise.

October 19, 2015: Alexandra Alter of The New York Times, “From the Ear to the Page, the ‘Night Vale’ Podcast Becomes a Novel'”

We’re suckers for anyone who pursues their art as their top priority, ignoring what could or should lead to profit or fame. This is why Welcome to Night Vale is one of our favorite success stories. Started in 2012 by experimental playwrights Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink about a strange southwestern town where surreal things occur, the show initially had no impact. The two kept faithfully putting out episodes every other week, sticking to their original premise and slowly growing an audience. A year later, the podcast hit the number one spot on the iTunes chart. Three years later, Welcome to Night Vale has spawned live shows and now a novel–all without the assistance of advertisers.

October 23, 2015: Third Coast’s Filmless Festival kicks off

If you’re going to be in Chicago this weekend, be sure to snag your tickets to Third Coast’s Filmless Festival. The event will feature the who’s who of the podcasting world, including Mike Pesca, Starlee Kine, Ben Calhoun, Alix Spiegel, and more. There will be live shows, workshops, talks, and more. 

October 15, 2015: Tim Walker of The Independent, “You Must Remember This: Podcast reveals the secret history of 20th century Hollywood” 

Karina Longworth and You Must Remember This are getting some much-deserved attention. The show has emerged as the podcast about the forgotten lore of Tinseltown, and this profile provides a little bit of backstory of how Longworth found her way to podcasting about the stars. But one line in particular caught our eye: “The podcast, now part of the Panoply podcast network, is not yet profitable, but its success has helped Longworth to secure a lucrative deal for a book about eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes and his Hollywood connections.” Color us shocked that this podcast isn’t running in the black. It’s great that Longworth is able to use her talents to pen what will no doubt be a fascinating book, but we’d love to see these podcasts do more than serve as a means to an end.

New Podcasts in the News

Lena Dunham has a podcast. In retrospect, this seems like such an obvious platform for her that we’re actually surprised it took this long. The show, Women of the Hour, is a “modern variety show about gender, sexuality, and feminism,” and it will be produced by BuzzFeed. 

Speaking of feminism, #GIRLBOSS author Sophia Amoruso has introduced a new podcast, #girlboss radio, which promises interviews with world-class female bosses. The show will run as a member of the Panoply network.

The New Yorker and WNYC is teaming up to create The New Yorker Radio Hour, hosted by editor David Remnick. It looks to be a mix of interviews, profiles, and storytelling. The show has been in the works for a while, and we’re curious to see how it will set itself apart from other conversation-heavy cultural podcasts.

The Blizzard, an English quarterly magazine about football (that’s “soccer” to you, Americans), is now jumping into the podcast game with their new show, The Blizzard, which will feature football stories from top sports writers.


The DC Podfest is coming up on November 6-8, 2015, in Washington, D.C. If you’re a podcast fan or an aspiring podcaster, we recommend you grab your tickets for the event. As an added bonus, we will be sitting on a judging panel for Seven Minutes in Hell, a live podcasting contest. The winner will be featured on The Timbre!

WBEZ celebrates 25 years of independence!

The Timbre turns one on October 23, 2015. A year ago, we were just two idiots with a dream of providing a website for podcast lovers to converge. Now we’re three idiots with that website. Thank you to every one of you who has read the site, emailed, tweeted, donated, and encouraged us to continue to build on this dream. We’re thrilled and humbled by the support and looking forward to what the next year will bring.


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