CRN Names the Most Influential People in Podcasts

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First-Ever List Follows Successful Launch of CRN’s Collisions Podcast Division

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The list includes personalities, producers, executives and others who have influenced the medium, which claims about 98 million listeners.

CRN International and its new Collisions podcast division have revealed the first-ever list of “The Most Influential People in Podcasts.”

The “Pod 22” list includes podcast personalities, producers, executives and others who over the past year have influenced the podcast medium, which claims more than 98 million listeners of some 300,000 shows.

In defining “influence,” CRN said, “Some people are influential for an action, some for an idea, some for what they represent, and some simply for the title they hold. We wanted to make a distinction between ‘pioneers’ and ‘influencers.’ Our list includes some of the usual suspects and some unusual ones.”

Examples include: well-known hosts; the heads of major networks; deal-makers; community builders; the person responsible for which podcasts make the New and Noteworthy section of iTunes; a young woman who has captured the millennial state of mind; and the man behind understanding who listens to podcasts, to name a few.

Here’s the Pod 22:

Jad Abumrad, Radiolab
Alex Blumberg, Gimlet Media
Andy Bowers, Panoply
Dean Cappello, WNYC
Adam Carolla, The Adam Carolla Show
Todd Cochrane, RawVoice and Blubrry
Mark DiCristina, MailChimp
Dan Franks, Podcast Movement
Ira Glass, This American Life
Sarah Koenig, Serial
Leo Laporte, TwiT Netcast Network
Marc Maron, WTF
Jarl Mohn, National Public Radio
Eric Nuzum, Audible
Norm Pattiz, PodcastOne
Nicholas Quah, Hot Pod newsletter
Elias Roman, Google Play Music
Bill Simmons, The Bill Simmons Podcast
Adam Symson, Scripps
Megan Tan, Millennial
Tom Webster, Edison Research
Steve Wilson, Apple

Read the full article here on the Pod 22.

So why the Pod 22? “As this industry expands at a lightning pace and we launch and create our own original podcasts, it seemed a logical endeavor to help better define the community and spur some lively discussion within,” said CRN/Collisions Marketing Director Jim Alkon. “We did a lot of research, talked with lots of people, and had fun putting it together. We welcome feedback, comments, and suggestions of other deserving candidates.”

CRN International, a leader in audio marketing and programming for decades, has developed a fast-growing portfolio of original podcasts under its Collisions brand, including “Distraction,” hosted by New York Times best-selling author and leading psychiatrist Dr. Edward Hallowell; “The Car and Driver Podcast,” in partnership with automotive market leader Car and Driver magazine; “The Official Sasquatch! 2016 Festival Podcast,” a Live Nation music festival; and “Stockton!,” hosted by the iconic sportscaster Dick Stockton. More podcast series will be announced shortly.

About CRN International
CRN International is the leading radio marketing company, pioneering strategies and producing creative programming that gives major advertisers competitive advantages through radio and emerging audio media. The company recently launched Collisions, which produces “podcasts for curious people.” The company is headquartered in Hamden, CT with offices in New York, Minneapolis, Detroit, and Hershey, PA.

For more information, contact:
Jim Alkon, CRN, Marketing Director, jima(at)crnradio(dot)com, 203-407-3341

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