The ‘Heroes Of Podcasting’ multi-part series on the Curious Minds podcast features interviews with pioneers of podcasting, some of whom have been trail blazing as far back as 2004. Other featured content creators started just a few years ago – yet each one of them will shine a new and unique light on this new and vibrant media. Ran Levi, co-host and producer for the Curious Minds podcast, said “For me, as someone who was involved with podcasting almost from its beginnings, the goal of the series is to give the listeners a sense of how podcasting got to be what it is today, through the personal stories of those who helped shape it.”
Among the distinguished guests in the series –
Some of the other topics explored in the series include –
- Attitudes towards monetization of podcasts in the media’s early days, and the advantages and disadvantages of current monetization strategies.
“Even though they are supposedly non-commercial, if you listen to public broadcasting in the US […] you’ll notice it’s almost indistinguishable from commercial broadcasting in other countries. […] Those are ads. I’m sorry. If companies are giving you money […] – it’s an ad! And it bothers me that they pretend that it’s not an ad.” Leo Laporte (This Week In Tech, TWIT network)
“We have a saying, here in America, every kid learns it […] ‘The redcoats are coming! The redcoats are coming!’ My warning to podcasters right now is – ‘The suits are coming, the suits are coming’, and they’re circling the wagons.” Todd Cochrane (CEO at RawVoice/blubrry)
- The relationship between Radio – especially Public Radio, commercial podcasts and independent audio creators.
“Third Coast never got media or press. Radio never reported [about us] – there was never any radio about the Third Coast Festival. Very little, over the years. We never understood why it wasn’t seen as important as the Film festivals in the industry.” Julie Shapiro (Executive Producer at Radiotopia network)
“When we can capture [the car’s market] – FM is doomed.” Todd Cochrane (CEO at RawVoice/blubrry)
- The technical challenges of podcasting in the past and present, and more.
“I think that as podcasters, we need to get really good at explaining, at a real basic level, what is a podcast.” Aaron Mahnke (Lore Podcast)
“To me, podcasting is all about storytelling. You can tell a story whether it’s sports, business, science, health – you name it. It’s all storytelling.” Jay Soderberg (Head of Content at BlogTalkRadio, former ESPN podcast producer)
About Curious Minds Podcast (www.cmpod.net)
Curious Minds is a podcast (Radio-On-Demand) about Science, Technology, and History. Each episode brings interesting, entertaining and in-depth stories from a wide range of subjects: from Physics and Astronomy to Medicine, Art and Science Fiction.
About P.I.Media Ltd
The network’s most successful podcast is ‘Making History’, a bi-weekly podcast in Hebrew about Science, Technology and History. Making History has been running from 2007, and reaches 50K-100K listeners per week, making it one of the biggest podcasts in the world, relative to its potential audience (there are only an estimated 10 million Hebrew speakers globally).
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