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WNYC launches podcast accelerator

Jun 26, 2015 12:03 am
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Kelsey Sutton is reporting at Capital New York New York-based WNYC announced Thu., Jun. 25, the launch of a podcast accelerator that will help funnel ideas for new audio programming into the public radio station. The accelerator is opening an application period for people with ideas for podcasts, through July 15. Applications can be submitted online. Five finalists will receive support and mentorship from producers. The winning idea will be selected at the Online News Association Conference in September, and will give its creator the chance to produce a pilot episode. The announcement is the latest in a series of efforts by the station to expand on its podcast success. WYNC is already home to a number of popular podcasts, including “Radiolab” and “Freakonomics Radio.” In April WNYC announced a partnership with The New Yorker to produce a weekend national radio show and podcast, which is set to launch in the fall. Sutton reports the popularity of podcasts has grown considerably in the past several years. It is estimated 17 percent of Americans age 12 or older, or approximately 46 million people, listened to at least one podcast in the past month. Read the full story at Capital New York.
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