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  • Audioboom has announced a slate of new podcasts, including financial, comedy and horror.

  • A generally held truth is that none of Spotify’s The Ringer shows are exclusive to the platform. That’s not quite true: The Ringer MMA Show has been mainly exclusive on Spotify. The show was once produced on Spotify Greenroom; it appears to now be made using Twitter Spaces.

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Moves and hires

  • Nir Zicherman is to leave Spotify. With Michael Mignano, he was co-founder of Anchor, and is currently VP and Global Head of Audiobooks, which he describes as ground-breaking work. Mignano left Spotify last June; Zicherman’s last day is Sep 30, when he will work on “a new project in the startup space”.

  • The new board of The Podcast Academy has been announced: “Congratulations to Donald Albright, Chris Cochran, Sirisha Kuchimanchi, Juleyka Lantigua, Christy Mirabal, Sierra Reed, Jen Sargent and Matty Staudt as they join or continue on with our Board of Governors starting May 1st.”

  • Brian Mayfield has retired after almost fifteen years working at Ramsey Network.

Podcast News

Fierce Rivalries
When does competition become an obsession? Stories of the wildest fights, feuds, and frenemies are on Fierce Rivalries with Delta Work and Kelsey Padgett, as they explore how petty and dramatic things can get when two people want nothing more than to beat the other. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are the subject of the first episode, from Sony Music Podcasts and Somethin’ Else.
The Last Ride
The Last Ride follows the story of two young men of color who went missing in Naples, Florida, nearly two decades ago. Felipe Santos and Terrance Williams vanished three months apart, on the same road. They were last seen with the same, now-fired sheriff’s deputy, who said he gave them each a ride to a Circle K convenience store. He has never been arrested or charged. It’s from WGCU, Naples Daily News, and The News-Press.

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