At the IAB Podcast Upfronts Thursday Westwood One announced the launch of The Empow(h)er Podcast Network and will kick it off with nine podcast series. One podcast already running is called “Run Like a Girl” which shines a nonpartisan light on women running for office.
HowStuffWorks and Tenderfoot TV are partnering with iHeartMedia to launch season two of the podcast Monster: The Zodiac Killer. This follows its debut season in which the show had more than 30 million downloads. Season two will be released in January. iHeartMedia is now the primary distribution partner for the podcast after it was added to the iHeartRadio Podcast Network.
The Confessionals is a podcast where witnesses of the unexplained share their stories and encounters. Host Tony Merkel explores the fringe side of life, from Bigfoot to UFOs to paranormal activity, and everything in between. The Confessionals is now available on reVolver Podcasts.
Politics As Unusual will be a weekly podcast hosted by Washington DC media coach Michael Sheehan, who has known Presidents, CEOs, and leading personalities for more than 30 years.
In Season Three, Serial is taking on the whole criminal justice system: a year inside the Cleveland criminal courts. It’s one courthouse, told week by week. The first two episodes of Season Three will drop September 20; subsequent episodes will be released weekly, on Thursdays.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is the first guest on RapSheet and Friends, a new podcast on Westwood One Podcast Network. The show, a joint venture between Westwood One and NFL Network, is hosted by NFL Network National insider Ian “RapSheet” Rapoport.
The Action Network is a media company focused on sports betting content and analytics. Cadence13 is teaming up with the network to develop a premium podcast network targeted to sports gambling and fantasy fans.
The Federal Communications Commission has launched More Than Seven Dirty Words, a new podcast series that will feature interviews with FCC officials and staff and others in the communications space to share untold stories, explain important policy issues, and maybe even do the impossible: make telecom interesting.
Daily info source OZY Media is poised to premiere the third season of its hit podcast The Thread with OZY: A History of Nonviolence. Marking the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., The Thread will explore the origins of nonviolent resistance.
Kobe Bryant’s Granity Studios, in partnership with Cadence13, has launced a family-friendly podcast series called “The Punies.” Created and directed by Kobe Bryant, “The Punies” is a collection of scripted audio stories starring a young boy named Puny Pete.