Get lei’d, pitch your podcast, and welcome ESPN 30 for 30!

Podcast Movement is only 1 week away, and we cannot wait. If you are pumped, please let us know by taking a selfie and posting in the Podcast Movement Facebook group or on the PM17 app!

Today we will cover the New Attendee Orientation, ESPN’s session, Pitch a Sponsor and the Thursday Evening Luau! Let’s get this party started.

New Attendee Orientation (and alumni refresher)

Podcast Movement continues to evolve each year, and one of the many great opportunities that developed organically from previous events was the desire for attendees to connect with each other before the event begins (yes that means you too introverts!). They also wanted an overview of the best strategies to get the full PM experience, including

  • Using of the event mobile app
  • Deciding and scheduling what sessions to attend
  • Finding out about networking opportunities, meetups and parties
  • How to find someone to eat with even if you’re alone
  • Understanding the best way to connect with the exhibitors, speakers and fellow attendees

Therefore, we’re excited to bring you the inaugural New and Returning Attendees Orientation with Joe Saul Sehy, Jennifer Briney and Rich Jones. This will take place on Tuesday afternoon, August 22 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the Platinum 7 ballroom. Thanks to Simplecast, who is partnering with us to make this event possible!

Inside ESPN’s 30 for 30

One of the top podcasts this summer is ESPN’s 30 for 30 podcast, and it has been praised by sports fans, and non-sports fans alike! We are honored to have the masterminds behind this popular show discuss some of the lessons learned from Season 1.

The session will be a conversation about the creation, story selection, execution, and business approach behind the launch of the podcast, as well as discussion of the future of the series and ESPN’s plans for future storytelling initiatives. This session features Adam Neuhaus (Producer), Rose Eveleth(Producer) and Tom Ricks (VP of ESPN Audio).

Looking for your first podcast sponsor?
Freshbooks wants to hear from you at PM17!

You asked for it and PM17 is hooking it up! We have heard from many previous PM attendees that they have everything rocking and rolling on their podcast, but still lack sponsors. At the same time, we’ve heard testimonials from various podcasts that have picked up sponsors that originally started with conversations in the hallways during the conference.

Well this year, with the help of Freshbooks, we put two and two together, as they have agreed to sponsor the podcast of at least one Podcast Movement attendee.

At PM17, you’ll have the opportunity to make a pitch to Freshbooks on why your show would be a great fit. You will not find this type of opportunity anywhere else, and we urge you to take this seriously, and show up prepared!


Get Lei’d at Hostgator’s SoCal Luau Thursday Night

Who doesn’t love a Luau? Podcast Movement & Hostgator are bringing the Aloha spirit and fun to Anaheim for our annual Thursday Night Party! The party will be on the Lanai (or plaza) steps from the Anaheim Marriott, and all attendees are invited. Plus, if you’re traveling with non-attendees, they can join the fun too, with a small cover charge at the door.

We will have live island music, games, polynesian dancers, drinks and networking!

Remember to pack your Aloha shirt or Luau dress. The Thursday evening party promises to be one that even Don Ho would envy!

We are excited to see you next week! Any questions, reply to this email…we’re here to help!

Ready to rock (and hula),
Team PM17

Heather McDonald of Juicy Scoop named host of the AofP Awards, event reminders and more!

The Academy of Podcasters Awards is pleased to welcome Heather McDonald as the host of this year’s Awards and Hall of Fame Ceremony. Heather is a popular touring stand-up comic as well as an Actress and NYT Best Selling Author, as well as a writer for seven seasons on Chelsea Lately. Heather is also the host of the Juicy Scoop podcast where she discusses controversial topics with fellow actors, comics and reality stars. The show averages over 1 million downloads a month, and is a featured podcast on the Wondery podcast network.

We’re thrilled to welcome Heather as the host of this year’s awards, and know that you will be laughing when Heather takes the stage to lead the Awards and Hall of Fame ceremony this year!

Speaking of the awards, don’t forget to be there to honor all of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, and best podcast nominees. We invite you to arrive early, and stay late, by participating in all festivities August 23:

iHeartRadio Red Carpet Party
6:00PM – 7:30PM

Come early for music and drinks, both courtesy of our friends from iHeart. Plus get your picture made on the red carpet as we prepare for the AofP Awards & Hall of Fame Ceremony!

AofP Awards & Hall of Fame Ceremony
7:30PM – 9:30PM

Wondery brings us a night to honor those who have contributed in the past year, in addition to lifetime contributors to podcasting. Heather McDonald hosts the evening, filled with laughs, fun, and a few surprise appearances!

Patreon AofP After Party
9:30PM – ???

After the awards show wraps up, head around the corner to The Fifth, where our friends from Patreon are hosting the official AofP After Party. Food, drinks, and great friends await to close out the first night of Podcast Movement!

Getting to PM Early?
Join in the fun!

If you are planning to get in early on Tuesday, August 22, then you will not need to worry about finding something to do! Here is a list of the top options included with your PM17 registration:

  • PMx Competition, presented by DGital
    9:00AM – 3:00PM
    Spend the day listening to some of the most entertaining podcast talks, all in short TED-style bits. Plus, let your voice be heard as we crown the first ever PMx Champion!
  • New Attendee Orientation, presented by Simplecast
    3:00PM – 5:00PM
    Whether you’re a first-time PM attendee, or just looking for a refresher or to meet new people, join us for this fun and informative afternoon where you can “learn to Podcast Movement”!
  • Early Check-In
    5:00PM – 7:00PM
    Beat the lines, and be the first to get your Podcast Movement credentials.
  • Ignite Podcast Movement
    7:00PM – 9:00PM
    If you’ve never been to an Ignite event, you’re in for a treat! Often called the most fun evening of any event, we’re excited to debut it at this year’s PM.
  • The Messengers documentary screening
    7:00PM – 9:00PM
    This brand new documentary is all about us: podcasters. Be one of the first to see this documentary, at its west coast debut, plus participate in a Q&A with the producers after!
  • TuneIn Welcome Reception
    9:00PM – ???
    Stay tuned to find out how you can participate in this limited-space event!

or upgrade your experience with a workshop

  • Monetize Your Podcast Using Self-Sponsorship
    10:00AM – 3:00PM
    In this half-day workshop, Tyrone Jackson, aka The Wealthy Investor, will teach you step by step:

    • How to inform and entertain your listening audience
    • How to format your show for monetization
    • How to distribute each episode of your podcast to a worldwide-targeted audience within 48 hours
    • How to use a home study course or back-end subscription based product to financially benefit as a podcaster
    • How to use a 30-day action plan to help increase long-term success


We are excited to see you in 2 weeks. Next week we will tell you about a few last-minute surprises we have in store for you in Anaheim.

Until next week,
Team PM17

The Virtual Ticket, PRX Stage and Jacobs Media Stage, and more!

Greetings PM Family,

August is here! Did you know that August 1 is…National Raspberry Cream Pie Day? We don’t have any pie for you in this newsletter, but the PM17 Virtual Ticket promises to be pretty sweet! If that slice of good news wasn’t enough… this week we also celebrate two partner stages that feature some of the top minds and talent in all of podcasting.

The Virtual Ticket is Live
Activate yours, or add it on, today!

Podcast Movement has always made the effort to allow PM community members from around the world to experience the event if they couldn’t be there in person. The Virtual Ticket has also served as a source of relief for attendees who choose to spend certain sessions networking in Podcast Movement Central, or of course because it’s impossible to attend every session.

Simply put: the Virtual Ticket is on-demand video and audio recordings of nearly every breakout, panel and keynote that takes place at PM. We’ve partnered with Revizzit again to bring you the ticket, which means you can access the VT from your desktop or mobile device anywhere, anytime!

The Virtual Ticket is an upgrade to registration this year, as opposed to coming with all passes, after many previous attendees requested we give an option to leave it off in exchange for more affordable registration rates.

Did you register for a PM17 Standard Pass?
We don’t want you to miss any of the sessions that you cannot make it to. You have the option to add the virtual pass to your existing registration now, for the exact same cost as if you’d registered for a Standard Plus originally. After the conference, the only option is to buy the VT as a standalone option. Click here to add the Virtual Ticket on now for the lowest cost.

Did you register for a PM17 Standard Plus or Pro Pass? Click here to activate yours now.

Not going to make it in person to PM17, but still want to enjoy all the action? Click here to buy the standalone Virtual Ticket!

This year the VT also includes bonus sessions that are only available digitally on the pass. And these are available immediately.


We’re excited to once again be partnering with our friends from PRX to bring you a day of sessions curated and presented by their team on August 23.

Some of the topics their sessions this year will focus on include audiosearch and discovery, how to pitch a brand on your show, podcast consistency, and more.

Featured speakers and panelists include Helen Zaltzman of The Allusionist, Lea Thau of Strangers , Nikki Silva of The Kitchen Sisters, and Radiotopia EP Julie Shapiro…plus nearly a dozen more.

For the first time, we’ve joined forces with the team at Jacobs Media to help bridge the gap between broadcasters and podcasters, as they present a full day of sessions August 24th.

The track, Broadcasters Meet Podcasters, will combine the energy and electricity of the podcasting space with the expertise, talent, and reach of the broadcasting world.

Don’t miss sessions that will appeal to attendees, no matter which side of the equation you fall, including discussions on why public radio excels at podcasting, how broadcasters can make money on podcasts, and the return of the podcast makeover!

This track is brought to you thanks in part to our partnership with Triton Digital and Omny Studio!

Whether you’re looking forward to the PRX track, the Jacobs track, or something entirely different, don’t forget to plan out your schedule on our website, or on our new mobile app!


Every year we receive inquiries about podcasting at the event, and this year with the help of TalkShoe and Shure, we’re giving you a way!

The Podcast Pavilion gives you the perfect spot and setup, however slots are first come first serve, and are almost completely full. Today is the last day to reserve your spot!

Reserve Your Spot Today

The team at Podcast Movement has worked diligently over the last year to create even more opportunities for attendees. We want to ensure that your challenges and specific podcast questions will not only be answered, but if needed a specific plan of action can be put in place after PM concludes.

If you aren’t sure if Podcast Movement will address your podcast pain points… please send us an email. We will help you to determine which sessions, tracks and or small groups will put you in the best position for success. Email [email protected] and let us help you!

Next week we will share a new and exciting session from the sports category, let you know how you can pitch a sponsor for your show live and in person at PM17, and more tips for can’t miss PM activities.

Until Next Week,
Team PM17

Hosts of Missing Richard Simmons and Up and Vanished announced as PM17 Speakers

Greetings PM17 family,

We’re getting to the end of July, and can officially say we’re less than a month away from Podcast Movement! We promised you the surprises and additions were not over, and we’ve got some really cool announcements for you this week.

From Missing and Vanished…
to Podcast Movement

There have been a number of breakout hits in podcasting this year, but few of them have reached the success of Missing Richard Simmons and Up and Vanished. We’re so excited to announce the hosts of each as speakers at this summer’s Podcast Movement.

Dan Taberski
Missing Richard Simmons

Prior to gaining notoriety as the host of the podcast Missing Richard Simmons, he directed a documentary short, created a kids show for Cartoon Network, and co-created a digital comedy series. He’s also a former producer for The Daily Show, and worked on economic policy in the White House.

Payne Lindsey
Up and Vanished

Payne Lindsey is a director, award winning filmmaker, and the host of Up and Vanished, a podcast series following the investigation into the unsolved disappearance of Tara Grinstead. Since its release in August 2016, it’s garnered over 5 million downloads and climbed as high as the #2 spot overall on iTunes.

Patreon awards show After Party

When the Academy of Podcasters Awards and Hall of Fame ceremony ends on night one of Podcast Movement, the celebration is not over.

Join our friends from Patreon at The Fifth to celebrate the hard work of content creators like you!

Mingle with Patreon Creators who are making a living by turning listeners into paying members like Stories Podcast, Drunks & Dragons, Trivial Warfare, The Minimalists, Casefile Podcast, Ivy Envy, Mental Illness Happy Hour, Fantasy Footballers, Risk and Congressional Dish.

Walk Like a Podcaster

What can you do to stay active during a three day conference like Podcast Movement? Join us for one (or all) of our morning networking walks!

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we will have 6 a.m. networking walks lead by Podcast HOF’er Gary Leland. This is a great way to get in some exercise, and connect with a lot of other attendees in a low-stress environment. The walks will leave from the hotel lobby each morning at 6am.

Check out all the unofficial events taking place around PM17, and submit your own!

A reminder that the PM17 mobile app is now LIVE!

The conversations have already started on the activity stream, plus you can plan your schedule, mark your “can’t miss” speakers and exhibitors, and more!

Download the PM17 App

Next week, we let you know all about the virtual ticket, remind you of some can’t-miss activities (including a Tuesday Night Welcome Mixer that you should mark your calendars for now), and introduce you to Podcast Movement Central.

Until Next Week,
Team PM17