RAIN Notes: Monday, April 10

Jottings of note:

New Home

The Podcast Business Journal has been acquired by James Cridland’s Podnews publication. PBJ was started by Streamline Publishing, whose focuse is art and media publications. Streamline was founded by Eric Rhodes, also publisher of Radio Ink. ā€œIā€™m delighted to welcome Podcast Business Journal into the Podnews family,ā€ said Podnews Editor James Cridland. Going forward, the Podcast Business Journal will become a weekly publication focused on in-depth interviews. First edition goes to subscribers this Friday. READ


Many Things

A note from The Podglomerate tells us that Asian American podcast listeners have grown 500% over the last decade. That aligns with the network’s promotion of Ten Thousand Things, an NPR member station production (KUOW, Seattle). The show starts its second season on April 17, hosted by poet and “museologist” Shin Yu Pai, who is ths Civic Poet of Seattle.


The Answer Is…

Vanity Fair’s media critic Joe Pompeo has an article, “Is the Podcast Boom Going Bust,” sketching the history of the modern podcast category and tracing recent contractions, layoffs, show cancellations, and reduced acquisition activity. The piece exposes a layer of deal-making that doesn’t drive headlines, but could be setting up the field for future success. “There’s been no recession among listeners.” READ


— Monday, April 10


Brad Hill