Podcast Week: Luke Darcy’s Leaders, New Scott Phillips, Music biz and Me Too series

Cath Curtin

• Ryan Jon and Toni Lodge, The Australian Podcast Awards, Paralympics, and Jess Rowe

LiSTNR’s Empowering Leaders with Luke Darcy will explore the themes around leadership, leadership styles and how leaders across different industries have masterminded impactful change within their careers.

Mediaweek‘s Trent Thomas caught up with Darcy to talk about his foray into podcasting and what he has learned about leadership.

Darcy said the idea for the podcast was inspired by the work he is doing within his business, Aleda, with childhood friend, Matt Wadewitz. Aleda has been created to help empower leaders with a focus on collaboration, shifting leadership from the 20th-century style to a more modern approach of inclusion.

Darcy said: “I had been thinking about this space for a long period of time. And working in a leadership space through our business Aleda and seeing the changing way in which new leaders are operating. Seeing a real shift in leadership into a 21st-century style with lots of collaboration and working with so many iconic leaders, it felt like there were some great stories that we’re hearing and sharing them felt like a positive thing to do.”

Luke Darcy

When asked why leadership was such an appealing option for Darcy to talk about the former Western Bulldogs player said that it is something that affects everyone.

“For all of us, leadership is something that is in our lives whether we like it or not. You don’t have to be a CEO or have a title, to be able to positively impact those in the environment around you.

“We have done a lot of work with schools and teachers and sporting leaders, leaders in industry and the arts as well. You are just sharing those great ways that people are positively impacting other people and it feels like a really worthwhile thing to do.”

The podcast sees Darcy chat with some of the country’s most prominent leaders, including Australian cricket coach  Justin Langer, comedian Andy Lee, Lord Mayor of Melbourne Sally Capp, former AFL footballer and Triangl swimwear co-founder Craig Ellis, and senior vice president and managing director for The Walt Disney Company and president of the Western Bulldogs Football Club Kylie Watson Wheeler.

“I admire Justin Langer’s philosophy and what he has tried to do to create a great culture in the Australian cricket team and Kylie Watson Wheeler on the culture of Disney is fascinating. In a few weeks time we have Brian Hartzer who was the CEO for Westpac bank when they went through an incredibly challenging time, but I love the responsibility he takes for all his actions and did throughout that time as well.

“An old friend of mine created one of the leading swimwear brands in the world called Triangl. Craig Ellis’ business story is extraordinary, and the way he leads his team with many people around the world it is just fascinating to sit down and talk to him.

“I feel like there’s a wealth of great stories to tell so I’m going to be doing it for a while.”

Despite a long history of leadership, Darcy said that he continued to learn more about the topic through making this podcast.

“The main takeaway for me was that I kept writing notes down for myself and thinking I can do this myself and some of the daily habits and routines that great leaders use are fascinating. The way they think about engaging people in the team, the way I constantly self reflect and self improve is just inspiring.

“I’ve enjoyed recording these as much as anything I’ve ever done in media. And I think that’s probably a good place to start if you’re interested yourself, hopefully, other people will be as well.”

Since Darcy finishing up on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast, he said that he has been gravitating towards longer-form content in his personal life which has now come out in his professional work.

“The opportunity to not have time as an issue. In radio, you’re really constantly trying to have these sound bites of five or six minutes that you are really constrained with and that was always a challenge. You get a great guest on the radio and have a whole heap of things that you wanted to discuss with them, but you never really had the chance to.

Empowering Leaders with Luke Darcy is produced by LiSTNR’s Mat Dwyer, the first three episodes featuring Matt Wadewitz, Justin Langer, and Kylie Watson Wheeler are available now.

[Listen to Empowering Leaders with Luke Darcy here]

The Motley Fool’s Scott Phillips partners with LiSTNR for new Podcast

The new LiSTNR podcast The Good Oil With Scott Phillips aims to breaks down how the world of investing, economics, and finance works; so that listeners can make more informed financial decisions.

Phillips is also the host of the Motley Fool Money podcast and his new show will see him try his hand at an interview format as he talks to globally successful leaders in industries like finance, investing, property and tech to explain how their industry works, what part it plays in our economy, and to share their unique insights.

Guests for the series include Stephen Koukoulas, managing director at Market Economics and former economics advisor to the Gillard government, Eliza Owen, head of Australian research at CoreLogic, and Ruslan Kogan, CEO and Founder of Kogan.com.

The Good Oil With Scott Phillips is produced by LiSTNR’s Beth Gibson.

[Listen Here]

Ryan Jon and Toni Lodge join forces for new podcast

Ryan Jon and Toni Lodge had announced a new podcast titled Toni & Ryan.

Both have had ties to KIIS 1011 in Melbourne with Ryan being the Mornings presenter and Lodge previously working as the imaging producer on the Jase & PJ Breakfast show before becoming the execution producer of the She’s On The Money suite of podcasts, where Jon also works.

The show’s promise to listeners:

“Toni and Ryan are ‘just friends’ from Melbourne, and after their videos took off online, they figured they’d give this a crack! For their take on everything in life from the good, the bad, and the awkward, they bring their fun garbage to a podcast near you.”

The show is an independent production but will work with The iHeartPodcast Network for sales and other elements of the show.

[Listen Here]

Schwartz Media investigates music industry misogyny

From the creators of 7am, Australia’s most listened to daily news podcast, comes the new series
series Everybody Knows.

In this five-part series journalist and host of 7am Ruby Jones explores the rise and fall of the Me Too movement in Australia and investigates serious allegations of harassment, abuse and assault in the Australian music industry.

“This series is an investigation into the underbelly of the Australian music industry, the harassment, abuse and misogyny that’s been allowed to flourish there for years, but my investigation doesn’t stop there,” said Jones.

“I want to know why four years on from Me Too, so little has changed for women in Australia, how the law, journalistic failures and a culture of ‘boys will be boys’ has combined to make speaking about abuse so impossible. How is it that everybody knows about the crimes being committed and yet nothing changes?”

Through in-depth interviews with figures central to the Me Too movement – including human rights lawyer Jen Robinson, who acted for Amber Heard and Rose McGowan; Bruce McClintock, the barrister who represented Geoffrey Rush; journalists such as Kate McClymont, who broke Australia’s first Me Too stories and survivors – Jones will uncover how a culture of secrecy, where men protect men, works in lockstep with the media and archaic laws to protect abusers.

Everybody Knows will be distributed by Acast! making it available across all podcast apps and players such as Apple Podcasts and Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. The trailer is out now and the first episode will be available from September 1.

The Australian Podcast Awards returning for fifth year

Following unprecedented entries and industry support in 2020, the Australian Podcast Awards (APAs) will return for its fifth year with the official 2021 program revealed.

This year’s APAs will feature a total of 31 award categories, including four new categories. New award categories include the Spotify Rising Star Award, recognising the success of new creators, as well as Best Sales Team, Best Commercial Campaign and Best Marketing Campaign. 

Australian Podcast Awards

The Awards also announces its first wave of partners, including Gold Partners: Spotify, iHeartPodcast Network Australia, Nova Entertainment Podcast Network, Podfollow and Podnews. Omny Studio from Triton Digital will join as category partners.

Matt Deegan, director at the Australian Podcast Awards, said: 

“2020 was the biggest year ever for the Australian Podcast Awards – and we’re committed to making 2021 even bigger. We know that people are turning to podcasts now more than ever before, and the content coming out of Australia is truly world-class. We’re thrilled to be launching this year’s awards as a way to further spotlight the incredible talent and content that’s helping push the industry forward.”

The Australian Podcast Awards launched in 2016 as a way to showcase the podcast talent and content Australia has to offer. Now in its fifth year (and second pandemic year), the awards continue to recognise the industry’s most innovative and emerging podcast content across its varied categories. 

Submissions for the Australian Podcast Awards are now open, find out more at australianpodcastawards.com.
Nominees will be selected by a judging panel of industry experts before the category winners are announced in November. 

ListenABLE and The Scorecard amongst Paralympics options on LiSTNR

With the 2020 Paralympics Opening Ceremony kicking off the Games this week, the world is once again being welcomed back to Tokyo.

On the ListenABLE podcast, hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin speak to people living with disabilities. This week, the pair spoke to Australian wheelchair racer Madison De Rozario.

She has won every kind of Paralympic medal except for gold, but she’ll be aiming to change that at the Tokyo games. In the episode, she talks about why she has to win medals to pay her Sydney rent, what it was like having a Barbie made in her image, and why she isn’t defined by her disability.

The Scorecard with Liam Flanagan also jumped on board the Paralympics train. On Tuesday’s episode, Flanagan ran through some of our biggest medal contenders (including ListenABLE’s Dylan Alcott).

He ended the episode by telling the story of Ma Lin, who will be representing Australia in table tennis for the first time after moving from his native China. Lin has only his left arm after his right arm was amputated when he was five years old as a result of being attacked by a bear in a zoo.

To quote Flanagan, “you don’t get that sort of backstory at the Olympics.”

[Listen to ListenABLE here]
[Listen to The SCorecard here]

The Jess Rowe Big Talk Show launches on LiSTNR

The Jess Rowe Big Talk Show is promising to dig deep with famous and successful people who appear to have it all together in the spotlight but in reality, make the same mistakes as the rest of us.

In the first episode of The Jess Rowe Big Talk Show, Jess chats with Karl Stefanovic and the podcast acts as the catalyst for confronting and acknowledging what really happened back in 2006 when the two co-hosted the Today show.

Jess Rowe

Across the rest of the series Jessica Rowe chats with Sophie Monk, Sarah Wilson, Pauline Hanson, Osher Günsberg, Firass Dirani, Mitch Tambo, Julia Morris, Steph Rice, Candice Warner, and Curtis Stone.

The Jess Rowe Big Talk Show is produced by LiSTNR’s Nic McClure.

[Listen Here]

LiSTNR expands music team

SCA has announced two music curators for the LiSTNR team as its music offering grows to more than 25 stations.

Kate Casey has been promoted to LiSTNR Senior Music Curator. She has been leading the music curation across the 25 LiSTNR stations and has worked with SCA for almost four years as a music scheduler, moving to the LiSTNR team as Music Curator in March. Casey has also worked as Music Director at Fox FM and at Nova in Brisbane. 

Kate Casey

The team will expand with the appointment of Ashlee Carroll as LiSTNR Music Curator.  She joins LiSTNR from her role as a Music Curator for YouTube Music and Google Play Music in Australia and New Zealand. Carroll has also worked as a Music Programmer for MTV and Viacom International and has digital production skills from her time at the ABC. 

Ashlee Carroll

The Money Cafe podcast splits into two

After four years, The Money Cafe hosted by The Australian’s wealth editor, James Kirby, and Eureka Report’s editor-in-chief, Alan Kohler, has been split into two separate shows. Both podcasts will continue to explore the world of business and finance but will reside in different homes.

The Money Cafe (The Australian)
Host: James Kirby
Producer: Andrea Thiis-Evensen
[Listen Here]

The Money Café with Alan Kohler (Eureka Report)
Alan Kohler, Host
Greg Dimopoulos, Senior Producer
[Listen Here]

Luke Darcy

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