TMI cover stars for The Podcast Sessions
The October issue of The Podcast Sessions magazine was released, free - focusing on podcasting in Africa. Cover stars Lydia K.M and Murugi Munyi are hosts of The Messy Inbetween, hosted on Spotify for Podcasters - a podcast about “life as it is”.Spotify
On Air LA Annex has announced Jason Derulo and Alexandra Shipp as the Thursday night headliners. It’s the annual West Coast edition of New York City’s influential On Air Fest, and takes place in early November.
TWiT podcasts were added to an advertising block list used by Eero and PiHole, rendering them temporarily unplayable. We’ve seen this behaviour affect other shows, too; technical details are below in the tech stuff.TWiT
Student organisation The Black Snapper International Film Festival has launched the Black Snapper International Audio Competition. If you’re a student and you’ve some great audio (in English), it’s free to enter; you’ve until Sunday.
Sonnant and Podder announced a partnership, combining Sonnant’s content analysis with Podder’s demographic data.
Spreaker is building an uptime monitor for the podcast industry. Poduptime isn’t yet officially launched, but seems to be testing major podcast hosts and tracking prefixes.Spreaker
Further reading… The host of Generally Spooky History talks about getting into the in-flight entertainment on British Airways … and RedCircle suggests embedding your podcast for more downloads (and we’ve a list of some embedded players you might want to use).RedCircle
Moves and hires
- Crooked Media has announced a number of new executives. Madeleine Haeringer has been named Executive Vice President and General Manager of News and Programming; Reid Cherlin has been appointed Executive Producer of Politics; Dariush Brizuela-Nothaft has been named Senior Vice President of Community and Partnerships; and Crystal Ponzio-Busto has been elevated to Executive Vice President of Marketing.Crooked Media
The Tech Stuff - with RSS․com
- Want to make your show notes look lovely in the Spotify app? Here are Spotify’s formatting notes - bold and italic are only supported if you host with Spotify for Podcasters, interestingly. Spotify only supports
httpslinks, by the way, not
- Looking for automated ways to link to podcasts (and episodes) on a variety of players? Nathan Gathright’s podcast-platform-links is quite helpful.
- In your app, how can you spot if a download has been blocked by an ad-blocking service? Normally it’ll be blocked by ad-blockers like Pi-hole, NextDNS or Control D - but because of the way these services interface with podcasts, they kill the whole download. You could see if the DNS has resolved to
0.0.0.0, which is the standard for Pi-Hole and ControlD (and then give the user a message); and/or force a DNS lookup with a known DNS server, like Google’s
Podcast data for Oct 9
#1 in Apple Podcasts
New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce (Wave Sports + Entertainment)
Global News Podcast (BBC World Service)
#1 in Spotify
The Joe Rogan Experience (Joe Rogan)
KISAH RUQYAH SG (Ustaz Ruknuddin & Ustaz Tamliikhaa)
Over the last week, 212,167 podcasts published at least one new episode (down 0.1%). source