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Jad Abumrad leaves Radiolab

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  • Jad Abumrad is stepping aside as host of Radiolab. He’s been hosting the show for almost twenty years. His co-host, Robert Krulwich, retired in 2019. Nick Quah writes that Radiolab was, for him, a “gateway podcast”, and it’s probably no over-exaggeration to suggest that Radiolab has influenced a generation of podcasters and sound designers.

  • Pod People is to launch original podcasts with TikTok stars. Billed as “not celebrity interview shows”, the podcasts are scripted, immersive soundscapes with original characters.

    • The company is also to launch “The Pod Pipeline”, a source of original podcast ideas which will be sent to producers, buyers and distributors monthly.
  • After a successful trial, Acast has released its subscription product, Acast+, to all its podcasters. It allows podcasters to charge for shows, which will be made available “across most podcast listening apps”. They’ve worked with 25 podcasters across eight countries on the tool, which saw “tens of thousands” of new subscribers, and one show converted 7% of their audience to paying subscribers.

    • Acast was announced as a launch partner for Spotify’s Open Access subscription tool in July last year; but Acast+ doesn’t work with the tool. Memberful and Libsyn’s Glow were also announced as launch partners; but have also yet to roll out support. We hear whispers that Spotify Open Access requires mandatory caching of audio, which cedes considerable control away from podcast hosting companies.

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