Podcast Week: Peking Duk, The Confession, War Queens

Podcast Week: DO I WANT KIDS

Plus: Astrology Coach, Acast and Amazon, Australian Podcast Awards

Compiled by Tess Connery and Grace Gollasch

Peking Duk turn it up with their brand new podcast on LiSTNR

ARIA Award-winning Aussie music duo Peking Duk are taking their stories and artist faves to the LiSTNR studio as the pair launch their own podcast, Peking Duk Podcast.

The podcast will see the duo of Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles talk through their and their guests’ hits and misses, the greatest successes and most embarrassing fails plus more.

Podcast Week’s Tess Connery spoke to the duo about how the podcast came to be and what listeners can expect. 

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Why was now the time to dive into podcasting?

“We’ve loved having great conversations and spinning the yarn our whole lives. We’ve also had lots wild shit happen over the years. We feel like it’s time to start documenting it all. Not to mention, it’s also time to throw a few of our mates under the bus and get them to share both their hits and their misses in life.”

How did you end up with LiSTNR?

“LiSTNR was the natural choice for us. Great people like (now our producer) Lem Zakharia and Sam Cavanagh on board to help us make spoofs and goofs and create hilarious content with all their sexy hi-tech cameras and lasers – it’s simply a 10x better show than if we tried to do it on our own.”

What sorts of topics will you be covering in the pod?

“We’re covering anything and everything from how to become a bajillionaire playing video games with Muselk, to jacking off dolphins with the future Australian PM Alex Dyson.”

How will you be balancing podcasting with gigs?

“We’re actually recording podcasts at gigs. We brought a full recording rig to Grapevine Fest and talked shit with The Inspired Unemployed, The Jungle Giants, and The Kooks! Stay tuned for the banter recorded at gigs it is high octane clownery at its finest.”

What are your hopes for the pod?

“Hoping to learn about ourselves and dig into our foggy world-toured brains and rediscover all the crazy shit that went down.”

[Listen to Peking Duk Podcast here]

The Age and SMH lift the lid on ‘grisly murder case’ in The Confession

Chilling new details about one of Australia’s most remarkable legal cases of a grisly murder are revealed in the new investigative podcast The Confession from The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

The seven-part series by award-winning former Age investigative journalist Richard Baker, delves into the 2005 murder of Victorian widower Eliah Abdelmessih, 69, and the desperate fight for freedom by Katia Pyliotis, 40.

Featuring exclusive access to witness statements, rare courtroom audio recordings of police being cross-examined and fascinating interviews with Pyliotis talking for the first time, The Confession is a story of what happens when a murder case implodes.

Since Pyliotis’ arrest in 2016, she has faced four murder trials, an appeal and an application to the Supreme Court of Victoria for permanent stay on the murder charge after the discovery of a lost police diary changed her fortunes and put the focus on her accusers – the police.

[Listen to The Confession here]

Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel presents new history podcast, War Queens

Available from Diversion Audio is a new original podcast presented by Game of Thrones and Fast & Furious star Nathalie Emmanuel.

War Queens examines some of history’s top female battle leaders and the methods and maneuvers these real-life “killer queens” used to defend their people from enemy forces. 

Emmanuel sets the scene for each episode and then passes the microphone to hosts, father-daughter duo and authors of the book that inspired the podcast, War Queens: Extraordinary Women Who Ruled the Battlefield, Emily Anne and Jonathan Jordan.

From ancient Persia to modern-day Britain, War Queens examines the daunting thresholds these women had to cross and the clever, sometimes violent ways in which they smashed obstacles in their paths.

Episode one details the life of Queen Njinga of Ndongo-Matamaba, who displayed unmatched ferocity as she fought the slave-trading Portuguese for control of modern Angola. 

[Listen to War Queens here]

Tech meets Tarot in new astrology podcast, Astrology Coach

ARN’s iHeart and Deadset Studios have announced a new cosmic podcast, Astrology Coach.

Hosted by astrologer Natasha Weber, every Monday and Friday, Astrology Coach tells listeners what is happening in the astrological weather and how it will impact their lives.

Then, using dynamic insertion technology, a listener is treated to their own personal and randomly selected tarot card read.

With a full deck of 78 tarot cards available, because it’s randomised, this innovative use of the technology mimics the way a tarot card is drawn from a deck, making this a very personal experience.

On the launch of her show, host Weber said, “You don’t need to be a spiritual guru, yogi master or astrology expert to get value out of this podcast! The key point of difference is the show’s bridge between ancient astrological wisdom and horoscope columns read by millions across the globe.”

[Listen to Astrology Coach here]

Acast and Amazon Music deal offers ad-free podcast listening to subscribers

Acast and Amazon Music have struck a new deal that will allow Prime members and Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers to listen to thousands of Acast podcasts ad-free. 

Amazon Music has purchased all the ad inventory across thousands of Acast podcasts, and as a result, listeners will be able to access those podcasts ad-free on Amazon Music.

Ad-free listening to Acast podcasts on Amazon Music will result in revenue for its podcasters. 

The agreement enables Amazon Prime members and Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers to stream Acast’s podcasts without ads through the Amazon Music app, available via the listener’s device of choice — including smartphone, tablet, PC/Mac, Fire TV, and Alexa-enabled devices like Amazon Echo. 

Ross Adams, Acast’s CEO, said of the deal: “Monetisation in the podcasting space has diversified massively in recent years.

“At Acast, a key part of our mission is to enable podcasters to make money from their craft in as many ways as possible. This deal allows us to spread the wealth in our industry to even more of our shows,” he added.

Australian Podcast Awards reveal the finalists for 2022

The Australian Podcast Awards, powered by iHeart, has revealed its finalists for 2022 – unveiling a list of the country’s top podcasts, podcasting moments and talent across 33 categories.

A cast of industry judges worked on naming the contenders for the country’s top podcasts, spanning a diverse range of categories from True Crime and Current Affairs, Comedy and Sport, and Documentary and Sex & Relationships.

Finalists include well-known podcasts, such as Brittany Hockley and Laura Byrne’s Hooked, Hitched & Hung Up, Osher Günsberg’s DadPod, and Sandra Sully’s Short Black, as well as indie favourites, such as Flex & Froomes, She’s on the Money and 7AM.

Category winners will be announced at an in-person event on Monday, 21st November at the Seymour Theatre in Sydney, hosted by Mitch Churi, ACRA Award winning host of The Night Show on the KIIS Network. Winners of each category will also be in the running to win the prestigious iHeart Podcast of the Year Award.

The final category – the Listeners’ Choice Award, supported by LiSTNR, is now open for the public to make their choice known.

[To vote for the Listeners’ Choice Award, head here]

Australian podcast advertising grows by 33% year on year

Australian podcast advertising has grown across the podcast landscape nationally, according to new data from Magellan AI.

Using the latest in artificial intelligence technology, the new data revealed the top 15 brands advertising for Q3, 2022

The report is based on analysing thousands of episodes from more than 400 of Australia’s most popular podcasts for Q3 2022 to determine which brands are advertising in the rapidly growing medium.

Overall, spending on Australian podcast advertising grew by 33% year on year compared to Q3, 2021. Advertising spend across the TV & Film category grew the most rapidly by 285% from this time last year.

Other podcast genres to exponentially grow in investment year on year are History (up 115%), True Crime (up 91%), and Sports (up 62%).

The Q3, 2022 list of the top spenders across podcast advertising once again features brands from a broad range of categories including online retailers, finance and entertainment.

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