Yesterday I asked you to let me know if the Luminary podcast portfolio is tempting enough that you would pay to access it. Thanks to the many of you who responded! Almost without exception, you all said no. Your reasons varied, but a biggie was the switching cost of moving over to a new listening app. So today I ask, who out there thinks they WILL pay for Luminary content? Don't be shy; I won't call you out publicly (unless you want me to!) — I just want to hear from people with a different point-of-view. So hit reply and let me know what's pulling you in.
1. The Last Bohemians, an independent podcast that celebrates "female firebrands and maverick outsiders," arrived yesterday. In season one, we meet "LSD campaigner" Amanda Feilding (how exactly do you get that job?), erotic novelist Molly Parkin, iconic groupie, musician and author Pamela des Barres and four other "debonair disrupters." The trailer (which is a ball of fun) and all seven episodes of the inaugural series are available for binge-listening right now. — THE INDEPENDENT
2. Masala Jones, a scripted comedy about "race, porn, and growing up," launches on March 10th. The show, whose cast hails from mainstream TV programming such as Veep and Seinfeld, comes to us from sex-positive audio collective Pleasure Podcasts. Those in-the-know say that if you liked Insecure, Fresh Off The Boat and/or Master of None, this will be right up your alley. A trailer, which I recommend you play in the privacy of your own home, is available now. — PLEASURE PODCASTS
3. SportsHandle has recommended "11 awesome sports betting podcasts" for the millions of fans (and gambling addicts) "looking for information, debates, breakdowns [and] picks." Included on the list are Behind the Bets from ESPN; the Sports Gambling Podcast, which I'm told should be listened to without children present; and Against All Odds with Cousin Sal from Jimmy Kimmel. — SPORTSHANDLE
4. The RAIN Podcast Business Summit, a half-day conference on "unlocking the podcast mainstream," takes place today in New York City. Speakers include NPR CEO Jarl Mohn, HowStuffWorks CEO Conal Byrne, and PRX/PRI CEO Kerri Hoffman. Zack Reneau-Wedeen (pictured below), the teenaged head of product at Google Podcasts, will keynote the event. Of course that's a joke; I'm sure he's old enough to drink. — RAINNEWS
* Indie Spotlight *
Podcasts We Listen To, hosted by Jeremy Collins
"Every listener wonders about their favorite podcast hosts. How did they get into podcasting? What do THEY listen to? What are their motivations?"
In Podcasts We Listen To, Jeremy Collins interviews the hosts of his favorite podcasts. Collins comes across more as avid fan than industry insider, and his engaging, down-to-earth style (not to mention that drawl) pulls you in. I recently tuned into this episode, which features Jeremy in conversation with Josh Hallmark, and was immediately hooked. The pair discussed Hallmark's latest project, an intriguing independent investigative true crime podcast, as well as trickier topics such as how to deal with negative feedback from listeners. A few years ago, Jeremy created a PWLT Facebook group to accompany the show — and it's grown to a whopping 20,000+ members. Hey, maybe Jeremy is an industry insider after all.
5. Planning a trip to Hawaii? First of all, I hate you. Second of all, check out Hawaii Magazine's Have Aloha Will Travel, a brand new podcast about "all things Hawaii." In its inaugural episode, the hosts discuss a recent trip to Maui, in which they "spent 48 hours doing everything from goat yoga to touring a coconut farm."
6. From the UK's Evening Standard comes Women Tech Charge (get it?), in which host Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE speaks candidly with extraordinary women who are innovating in the world of technology. The show features interviews with entrepreneurs, inventors and, in its first episode, a real-life spy.
7. Chanel has released an interview with the late Karl Lagerfeld as part of its 3.55 podcast series. "My job is to propose a fantasy," says the iconic designer.
8. E.W. Scripps' senior VP of national media Laura Tomlin reports that Scripps-owned Stitcher recorded $51.1 million in revenue in 2018, which is an increase of 64% over the previous year. "We have the best ad network infrastructure in the business and our strong agency relationships continue to pay off," says Tomlin.
9. New York Public Radio COO Depelsha McGruder will step into an "interim CEO" role at the company until a permanent replacement for former CEO Laura Walker is named. "Depelsha joined as COO in late October, and the Board has been impressed by how quickly she hit the ground running,” said chair of the board of trustees May Stuntz in a note to staff.
10. Planet Money co-founder Adam Davidson, who will helm Luminary's Passion Economy podcast, attempted to clarify his new employer's business model on Twitter. The resulting thread is thought-provoking.
This newsletter was written and curated by podcast junkie and recovered publicist, Skye Pillsbury. Over the years, Skye has crafted digital media strategies for brands like Yahoo! and Microsoft and worked regularly with media outlets such as the New York Times, Rolling Stone and NPR. Skye was famous for 49 minutes when she and her son were featured in an episode of Gimlet Media’s Heavyweight podcast. Follow her on Twitter @SkyePillsbury.
Editing team: Kim Lyons (managing editor at Inside, a Pittsburgh-based journalist with recent bylines in the NYTimes and Columbia Journalism Review.) and Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).