Happy Monday! Here's what I've been thinking about lately...
1. An exciting new podcast collective. Have you heard of Postloudness, the new podcast collective out of Chicago? I hadn't until I read this fantastic piece from Nieman Lab. It's a group of independent podcasts created by those who are underrepresented in traditional forms of media. From its website: "There are so many great stories that people of color, women, and queer folks want to tell, but don't have a place to share them. Postloudness wants to create a create a community of unique voices in audio." So far, there are five shows in the network: Open Ended, Roboism, Refresh, Gossip Girls, and Highwater. I'm really excited to check them all out this week. And if you're a podcaster in Chicago, their website says they're looking for more great shows to join the fun. Check them out, if you're interested.
2. A little bit of Twitter magic. Speaking of podcasts working together, did you happen to catch the audio drama hashtag that was flying around Twitter all day yesterday? I'm so glad I did. It was started by the folks behind the great new podcast Archive 81, and all afternoon, podcast fans and creators were giving the nicest shout-outs to their favorite shows, like The Bright Sessions, Tanis, The Black Tapes, Limetown, and hundreds more. It put the biggest smile on my face to see so many brilliant podcasters supporting one another. Plus, I added three new shows (Greater Boston, Wolf 359, and Return Home) to my subscription box after reading through the never-ending stream of very kind tweets. Here's hoping that #AudioDramaSunday becomes a weekly occurrence, because positivity like that -- especially when it's on Twitter -- is always a good thing.
3. PJ Vogt's radio pet peeves. Did you see this fantastic interview from Mieke Anderson at CBC with Reply All's PJ Vogt? It's about PJ's top five radio pet peeves, and it's really good. He talks about the horrors of non-open questions, bad acting, and incomplete reporting, among other things. He gives great advice for radio hosts (like how the simple questions are often the best ones, and how it's smart to listen to your own work on a six-month delay), and he raises some really interesting points for those like me who just want to listen with sharper ears. The best part is, he includes clips from his own work at Reply All and TLDR to illustrate each one. PJ says, "Pretty much across the board, these are things that I have done and do wrong." It's a fantastic piece. Go check it out if you haven't yet.