[This is a guest post by Marion Leary]
Podcasting offers some of the most enjoyable listening experiences around and it is becoming a booming industry nationwide. And Philly is no exception, home to a number of fantastic podcasts, some of which are showcased each year during the Philadelphia Podcast Festival. Founded by Nathan and Teagan Kuruna, the Philadelphia Podcasting Society, which runs the Festival, “hopes to build community among podcasters in the greater Philadelphia [area]…” The Philadelphia Podcast Festival, which will be hosting its fourth festival in late summer of 2016, showcases Philly’s premier podcasts during live events. “Philadelphia’s podcasting scene reflects the people here, so the shows are uniquely Philadelphian,” stated Teagan Kuruan. Such is the case with three Philly-based podcasts featured at the Festival in 2015: Overdue Podcast, 25 O’Clock Podcast, and Sex With Timaree.
Overdue Podcast “is a podcast about the books you’ve been meaning to read.” Described by a listener as “bookish without pretension” the show is hosted by Andrew Cunningham and Craig Getting. Each week they discuss a wide-range of genres including “classic literature, obscure plays, and goofy murder mysteries.” Cunningham, who is originally from Jersey City, appreciates producing the podcast in Philly, “NYC is always checking to make sure you know how cool it is while Philadelphia is cool enough that it doesn’t care what you think about it.” Getting continued “There’s a growing culture of podcasters here, but even more importantly, there’s a healthy population of listeners.”
25 O’ Clock Podcast, hosted by musician Daniel Drago, was created to “spotlight artists/musicians/creative people who maybe weren’t the most famous or most known, but who still had great stories, unique points of view, and created really honest and engaging work.” The uniqueness of 25 O’Clock begins with its ending, “The performance you hear at the end of an interview with a musician on 25 O’Clock is the closest thing you’d get to sitting right there in the room” stated Drago. Featuring mostly Philadelphians, Drago is “influenced by the people making art here…It’s a city teeming with culture and art and creative people. There are stories to be told everywhere here.”
Created as a part of the Sex with Timaree brand, the podcast includes “interviews with cool people whose jobs and lives have resulted in particularly interesting stories pertaining to sexuality.” Hosted by Dr. Timaree Schmit, the show discusses topics ranging from “the core of the human experience, where law, art, religion, psychology, criminology and everything else intersect.” Schmit enjoys the amazing moments on her show “when people are sharing their personal lives.” Though her podcast features guest from all over the country, she does focus on Philadelphia locals as well, as “our city is large and diverse and surprisingly full of sex positivity. We’ve got activists, artists, academics, performers, etc. all the cool kids.” Indeed!
Favorite Local Podcast: The Pincushion Podcast
To find out more about local podcasts, you can reach out to The Philadelphia Podcasting Society. If you are interested in starting your own podcast, Scribe Video Center has a Create Your Own Podcast course starting Feb 6th.