Podcast Week: Matt & Alex make a million, Trace returns, Racetrack Ralphy

Swanny and friends

Plus Lee Rogers’ Blank Canvas, JMo with Grey’s star & Kochie’s tax guide

Matt and Alex 1m milestone

It was only May when comedy duo Matt Okine and Alex Dyson served up Australia’s first on-demand breakfast show, Matt & Alex – All Day Breakfast, on PodcastOne Australia. Fast forward to August and the duet are already celebrating with a champagne breakfast after notching up an impressive 1 million downloads!

Matt and Alex reckon there is no higher art form than podcasting and feel the need to gift their very own Podcasting Masterclass to the country to mark their epic milestone. Watch their MasterClass video here.

Listen to All Day Breakfast here.

Award-winning Trace returns with series two: The Informer

ABC’s Trace podcast returned this week to probe the story of Nicola Gobbo – one of Australia’s most controversial and high profile barristers.

The full story behind what made Nicola Gobbo, the barrister and gangland lawyer, turn police informer has never been told…and the implications are real and enormous.

Trace: The Informer investigates a complex world of covert policing and underworld operations that spans decades.

Host Rachael Brown and co-reporter Josie Taylor examine what makes a lawyer representing some of Australia’s most dangerous criminals risk her career, and even her life, to feed information to the police.

Trace: The Informer launches as the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants, which was sparked by Gobbo, nears its conclusion.

Nicola Gobbo remains in hiding but Brown and Taylor have secured the only media interview with her since the exposure of her secret identity as Lawyer X.

Bringing never-before broadcast information and recordings to light, they investigate how Gobbo was permitted, and even encouraged, to turn informer. And they ask whether the very organisation entrusted to uphold the law – the police force – has in fact undermined it.

Trace won the Innovation award at the 2017 Walkley Awards recognising excellence in journalism, Melbourne Press Club’s 2017 Quill awards for Podcasting and for Innovation in Journalism, and the 2018 Australian Podcast Awards in the Documentary category.

Listen to Trace here.

Ralph Horowitz on his podcast journey

Broadcaster, podcaster and thoroughbred racing analysist Ralph Horowitz, aka Racetrack Ralphy, has a colourful background in media

He worked as a producer on Nine’s successful The Footy Show during its glory days before getting headhunted to 3AW in 2006. Working on the broadcaster’s AFL coverage, Horowitz managed to sign Craig Hutchison to spearhead the radio calls. “We won the ratings and I got a big bonus for beating Triple M, because nobody thought they could beat Triple M,” Horowitz told Mediaweek. 3AW subsequently lost Garry Lyon to Triple M and after one bad survey, parted company with Horowitz.

Changing sporting codes, Horowitz started an app and a website branded RaceTrack Ralphy giving assistance to punters. He did some media work with Victorian sports radio station RSN, commenting on horse racing for five years. He met a successful punter called Vince Accardi. Horowitz said: “Vince revolutionised the way horseracing is timed. After RSN let me go I also bumped into a Grey Advertising chairman Paul Gardner who suggested podcasting. I had been a fan of podcasting for 10 years but had never worked out how to get it right here. Now every Monday for the past four years Vince and I review the racing via his timing platforms. We have monetised it by promoting the fact we are independent from corporate bookmakers and we have supporters who pay either $5 a month or $20 a month. The majority of people who fund us just like what we do.”

The podcast lives on the PG Podcast Network and can be found on all major platforms.

Horowitz has also been involved in a number of football podcasts, some more infamous than others. He has podcasted with Shane Crawford and James Hird on a twice-a-week podcast Crawf & Hirdy during 2018. “It didn’t keep going because we didn’t monetise it. It was a great show and the loyalty to the show from Essendon supporters was amazing. That was my toe back in the water after a decade out of footy media.”

A more infamous podcast was one with former footballers Scott Cummings and Dane Swan. “Hump Day with Scotty and Swanny was supposed to be a bit of weekly silliness across 2019. The podcast got very popular but was out of control with some of the content. There were supposed to be no rules in podcasting, until we broke them!” Horowitz disputes most of the claims made about the podcast, noting cancel culture went after them, targeting Cummings in particular.

Swan was defiant and wanted to keep podcasting, and 12 months ago launched Hump Day with Swanny & Friends with Horowitz and Samantha Riches.

Cummings meanwhile just recently has returned to the airwaves on SEN football commentary.

During his time at The Footy Show, Horowitz was Sam Newman’s producer. After previously recording podcasts at Crocmedia, Horowitz now uses Sam Newman’s studio he set up for Newman’s own podcasts. When asked if he produces Sam’s controversial podcast, Horowitz replied: “No. I get blamed for a lot of things, but not that one!”

Listen to Year Round Carnival with Vince Accardi and Racetrack Ralphy here.
Listen to Swanny and Friends here.

Turn to Kochie to get your tax completed

What should you be claiming tax deductions on? Finance guru David Koch shares his guide to paying just the right amount of tax…not too much and not too little in a special episode of Kochie’s Easy Steps to Financial Success podcast. Kochie listeners you through the expenses they can legitimately offset against income to reduce tax and gives a handy shortcut for calculating working from home tax deductions during Covid-19.

Listen to Kochie’s Easy Steps to Financial Success Podcast here.

JMo tracks down Grey’s Anatomy star in Perth lockdown

Busy Daily Telegraph entertainment reporter Jonathon Moran has caught up with Kate Walsh aka Dr. Addison Montgomery in Grey’s Anatomy. Speaking on Moran’s podcast JMo Confidential, the Hollywood star reveals she’s been in Perth since COVID-19 hit and is living the Aussie dream!

Listen to JMO Confidential here.

Lee Rogers paints on The Blank Canvas

A new podcast from director and producer Lee Rogers features him chatting with trail blazers, artists, thought leaders, athletes, entrepreneurs and creators – stellar individuals who inspire many to live large.

Acclaimed artist David Bromley is the first guest on The Blank Canvas which launched this week. New episodes will then roll out every Monday, with Rogers wife, legendary Kate Ceberano, up next. Still to come are serial entrepreneur and powerhouse business advisor Anne McKevitt, Tony award nominated composer Eddie Perfect, “the world’s greatest impressionist” Jim Meskimen and New York Times best-selling author of We First, brand futurist and leading global keynote speaker Simon Mainwaring.

Tradie turned film director and producer, Rogers has directed Emmy, Golden Globe, Grammy, AFI, ACCTA & Logie winners, Prime Ministers, Miss Universe, Olympic Gold medallists, captain’s of the All Blacks, Wallabies, Indian cricket royalty Virat Kohli and Academy Award nominated superstar Margot Robbie…winning dozens of awards along the way. After several music videos which topped the ARIA charts (Ratcat’s history making hit That Aint Bad), Lee’s first foray into long-form content was writing, directing, producing, and starring in the acclaimed movie Dust Off The Wings, literally busting down the door of the digital movie revolution (“Rogers is incredibly clever” Margaret Pomeranz on The Movie Show). As a TV commercial director Lee’s directed over 300 high-end commercials around the globe. In TV drama, his work has been seen in over 130 territories with such hits as The Doctor Blake Mysteries (Netflix USA/BBC1 UK), Home and Away and Neighbours.

Lee has also been a mainstay in Kate Ceberano’s management team for nearly three decades. As partner in Kate Ceberano Productions, Lee has been instrumental in delivering Kate’s extraordinary creative output.

Listen to The Blank Canvas here.

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