Highlights from the National Podcast Day 2014


The first National Podcast Day was observed worldwide on September 30, 2014. This was a fabulous day to celebrate podcasting and raise awareness about the world of podcasts. Here are some of the highlights from the day's events.

National Podcast Day proclamation

National Podcast Day was

WHEREAS, with National Podcast Day, we can do more than any other day to raise public consciousness about the value of
podcasts, and broaden the understanding and appreciation of our craft; and

WHEREAS, podcasters have long been known as ambassadors of thought, education and laughter thus bringing inspiration to
all; and

WHEREAS, we will “Start The Conversation” through public engagement, education, and establish standards of excellence; and

WHEREAS, involvement with newly developing technologies to expand the possibilities for creating and distributing media faster
than ever before; and

WHEREAS, through this, everyone can learn from the accomplishments of their peers and predecessors, understand their
community’s pride while celebrating our passions on National Podcast Day.

NOW, THEREFORE, We, as a collective group hereby proclaim September 30th as National Podcast Day

National Podcast Day will be International Podcast Day

No more will you have to debate which nation is represented. National Podcast Day started in the USA, but is a worldwide event. So in Podcasters' Roundtable Round 36, Steve and Dave Lee announced that National Podcast Day would be International Podcast Day next year. There will be even more global celebrations and ways for the international podcast community to participate across all time zones.

#PodcastDay was trending on Twitter

For the whole day, the official hashtag, #PodcastDay—as well as the unofficial #NationalPodcastDay—was trending on Twitter. We saw participation from major podcasting companies like Stitcher, LibSyn, and more; and we also saw podcast celebrities, like Marc Maron, tweeting about the day.

People were sharing their favorite podcasts, releasing special episodes and blog posts, and some people even chose to launch their podcasts on National Podcast Day.

Audio Production Workshop with Mike Russell

Music Radio Creative is the place to get your podcast audio production, audio branding, and several other voices! Starting in UK time, Mike Russell demonstrated these skills in a thirty-minute, free webinar about audio production with Adobe Audition.

Rewatch the webinar below, and visit the event page to see the view discussion.

Local podcast meetups for National Podcast Day

Jim Collison hosted the Omaha Podcast and New Media Meetup the night before National Podcast Day, and Dave Jackson hosted the Cleveland Podcasters Meetup the night of National Podcast Day. Both events were well attended and had many new and not-yet podcasters.

Why not organize your own local podcast meetup group?

Official National Podcast Day live announcement

Most of the National Podcast Day founders and organizers—Steve Lee, David Lee, Nick Seuberling, and I—hosted a live discussion about podcasting, National Podcast Day, and took calls from the podcasting community. We also talked about our favorite, recent podcast discoveries and where podcasting is going.

AMA (Ask Me Anything) About Podcasting with Daniel J. Lewis

I greatly enjoyed hosting my own live event to celebrate National Podcast Day. I talked about some trends in podcasting, like loudness standards, the patent lawsuit, and gave an behind-the-scenes look at my studio setup. I also invited anyone to talk podcasting and ask me questions. We talked about our favorite podcasts, restarting old podcasts, download and Stitcher stats, and more.

As a limited-time special event, I also gave away some complete podcast review listings, courtesy of My Podcast Reviews. I also announced that My Podcast Reviews would include Stitcher integration next week!

Rewatch the event below, and visit the event page to see the view discussion.

Podcasters' Roundtable with the National Podcast Day team

Ray Ortega hosted a roundtable discussion with Steve Lee, David Lee, Dave Jackson, Nick Seuberling, and me as we discussed National Podcast Day, raising awareness for podcasting, and trends in the podcast space.

Rewatch the event below, and visit the event page to see the view discussion.

How to Podcast for Free on iTunes with Paul Colligan

Paul Colligan is one of the original profitable podcasters and he's back in the space. To celebrate National Podcast Day, Paul hosted a live webinar to show an overview of how to podcast for free with the Auphonic app (or similar) from your mobile device. He also answered plenty of questions about the philosophy of podcasting.

Visit the YouTube event page to rewatch and see the chat.

What you can do to prepare for International Podcast Day 2015

Expect next year to be even bigger! Here are just a few ideas for how you can participate.

  • Watch the event video above.
  • Grab a camera and go ask random people, “What is your favorite podcast?” and share their responses (even if they don't know what a podcast is!)
  • Show someone how to subscribe to a podcast they would like.
  • Prepare a behind-the-scene episode, video, or blog post to show how you podcast.
  • Make a list of your favorite podcasts.
  • Write reviews for your favorite podcasts.
    – Visit the International Podcast Day website for more ideas

How will you celebrate International Podcast Day next year?

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As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis gives you the guts and teaches you the tools to launch and improve your own podcasts for sharing your passions and finding success. Daniel creates resources for podcasters, such as the SEO for Podcasters and Zoom H6 for Podcasters courses, the Social Subscribe & Follow Icons plugin for WordPress, the My Podcast Reviews global-review aggregator, and the Podcasters' Society membership for podcasters. As a recognized authority and influencer in the podcasting industry, Daniel speaks on podcasting and hosts his own podcast about how to podcast. Daniel's other podcasts, a clean-comedy podcast, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time, have also been nominated for multiple awards. Daniel and his son live near Cincinnati.
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John Lee Dumas
9 years ago

WOW, great article and love that Podcasting has a day! Thanks DJL!

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