Ten Steps to a Top Ten Podcast
Podcasts are the best - and everyone knows it. There are a gazillion of them and there is a podcast about anything and everything. Cashew dip, Plattsburgh NY, mouse lemurs, making crayons into candles. You imagine it, there is a podcast for it. So if there are SO MANY podcasts, how does one make it to the top ten? Years and years of branding - sure. Leveraging a huge already established community - definitely. But what if you are just starting and you don’t have a big e
Current: Kids Do Listen to Podcasts - So What Next?
Founding member Lindsay Patterson of Tumble shares the story behind why we got together - and why we're doing what we're doing in this article in Current, the public media trade magazine. Kids make up over 20 percent of the U.S. population, yet only a handful of podcasts are produced for them. A new grassroots organization of advocates for high-quality audio content for children hopes to change that. Kids Listen is in many ways a result of my February Current article “Kids lo
The Atlantic: "The Kidscasts are Coming"
Atlantic writer Stephanie Hayes follows up on her earlier article, "Where Are All the Kidcasts?" with the appropriately titled, "The Kidcasts are Coming" about Kids Listen and more recently-discovered podcasts for kids. She writes, "The kidcast space is already looking less empty." Last week I heard from Lindsay Patterson—a producer of the science showTumble and a major advocate of audio for kids—about an organization for kidcasts she had just helped launch. Kids Listen hopes
Who the Heck Are We?
Who the heck are these podcasters who call themselves Kids Listen? In future weeks, you'll be hearing about science podcasts and music podcasts, but we'll start with a podcast for kids about literature: the Book Club for Kids. The host and executive producer is public radio veteran Kitty Felde. Book Club for Kids by Kitty Felde I’ve always had a passion for literature for kids. Maybe it was shelving all those books for all those years working at the East Compton branch of the
Hot Pod: Towards More Pods for Kids
We've launched! Making it official, Nick Quah from the influential podcast newsletter Hot Pod has covered our formation and inaugural survey in today's edition of his newsletter about podcasts. A couple of months ago, I wrote a few pieces exploring the relatively quiet genre of kids podcasting, and over the course of my research, I spoke to Lindsay Patterson, one of the creators of Tumble: A Science Podcast for Kids, who proved to be a very, very strong advocate of the space.
Zooglobble: A New Advocacy Organization for Kids' Podcasts
Kids Listen is proud to count Stefan Shepherd of the influential kid's audio blog Zooglobble as a founding member. Stefan makes his own announcement about our formation on Zooglobble. If you've read this site over the past two or three months, you'll note that I've devoted no small amount of attention to podcasts created specifically with kids in mind. From charts to reviews to bemoaning the poor state of discovery for kids podcasts, I've written about this comparatively ne
Kids Listen Inaugural Survey Now Live
Take the Kids Listen survey: bit.ly/kidslisten-survey There's a gaping hole in the data we have about podcast listeners: It does not include anyone under the age of 12. This is understandable. It's difficult to get information from this audience through traditional surveys like Edison Research's Infinite Dial. You can't ask a child to keep a daily diary of their media consumption, or answer a telephone survey. But the difficulty of gathering this data has an unfortunate side
Announcing: Kids Listen
Click here to download a .pdf version of this press release. MEDIA ADVISORY For Immediate Release June 07, 2016 ** Contact Information Below ** Announcing: Kids Listen, An Advocacy Organization for Kids’ Podcasts These days, there’s an abundance of podcasts for every interest and every niche audience. But that’s not true for over twenty percent of the U.S. population: Kids. We are proud to announce the formation of Kids Listen, a new grassroots organization of advocates for h