As part of its Professionals-in-Residence program, the College of Communication and the Arts is proud to sponsor a free panel discussion focused on the growth of podcasting, its market value and its evolving role among other media forms such as radio. This lecture is generously supported through funding from WSOU alum Bernie Wagenblast.
The Next Big Thing: How Podcasting Is Changing Radio will pull back the curtain of the podcasting industry, offering a behind-the-scenes look with key industry leaders. Producers from Serial, Audible Inc., Midroll Media and New York Public Radio (WNYC) will highlight the history of podcasting and explore how on-demand, audio podcasting listening has influenced the digital market and business. Nancy Solomon, one of the College's previous Professionals-in-Residence, will moderate the discussion.
"Podcasting is a sustainable, digital form that embraces the consumer's want for on-demand entertainment and media consumption. Podcasts are an incredibly flexible medium because you can listen to them anywhere, anytime – we're no longer dependent on 'appointment-focused' entertainment," shared Solomon. "Our panel brings the movers and shakers of the business to talk about the milestones of podcasting, its share of the media market and its value as an economic engine in the audio-visual landscape."
How Podcasting Is Changing Radio will take place on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Maplewood Memorial Public Library: 51 Baker Street, Maplewood, N.J. 07040. For more information about the panel's featured guests, please see below.
About the Panelists:
Julie Synder, Co-creator and producer of Peabody Award-winning podcast Serial
Synder is the guiding force behind two of the most successful podcasts: Serial, which has been downloaded more than 300 million times making it the most listened-to podcast in the form's history, and This American Life, a public radio show she supports with more than 4 million weekly listeners as a senior producer.
Lee Hernandez, Original content producer at Audible Inc.
Previously a producer of New York Public Radio's Morning Edition, Hernandez is a producer of original content for Audible where he records, writes, cuts, and edits content for the audio entertainment company. For more than five years, he also produced Nevada Public Radio's daily talk program "State of Nevada" in the early 2010s.
Erik Diehn, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Midroll Media and Stitcher
Diehn is the CEO of Midroll Media, the parent company of Earwolf, which distributes more than 300 podcasts including Comedy Bang! Bang! and How Did This Get Made?; Stitcher, the world's premiere podcast listening platform; and Midroll, the industry-leading advertising sales and podcaster services provider.
Tony Phillips, Vice President of On-Demand Content at New York Public Radio (WYNC) Studios
Phillips is an experienced audio executive at WYNC, On Demand Content where podcast shows such as Radiolab, 2 Dope Queens and Freakonomics are made. Previously, he held broadcast media positions industry as a Commissioning Editor at BBC World Service and Radio 4.
About the Moderator:
Nancy Solomon, Managing Editor for New York Public Radio (WNYC), 2-time Peabody Award Winner, Podcasting
Solomon is known for her exceptional coverage of politics in the New Jersey area. In 2014, Solomon won a Peabody Award for her podcasting series on NJ Governor Chris Christie and his administration, titled, "Chris Christie, White House Ambitions, and the Abuse of Power." She has produced over 100 stories for WNYC, and distinctively brings expertise grounded in professional radio and journalism to our Professional-in-Residence program.
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