International Podcast Day – September 30 – is an international celebration of the power of podcasts!
There is National IPA Day, National Waffle Fries Day, National Pancake Day, and National pretty-much-anything-you-want Day. In the summer of 2013, Steve Lee heard a radio announcement for National Senior Citizens’ Day. Thinking that was pretty cool, it begged the question of why wasn’t there a day of celebration for podcasting. That’s when Steve said to himself , “Let’s create a Podcast Day!” So the adventure began and a collective team of podcasters put their heads together to establish means for podcasters and podcast listeners to raise awareness for this great entertainment and education medium.
In 2014, we held the inaugural National Podcast Event event and celebration here in the United States. We provided 6 hours of live streaming, which included call-ins from podcasters from around the country. Daniel J. Lewis held a Q&A session on Google Hangouts. We endorsed podcast meetups across the states by fellow world-renowned podcasters, including Dave Jackson’s Ohio Podcasters Meetup. Ray Ortega invited several podcasters to Podcasters Roundtable.
In 2015, we listened to the podcast community and re-branded to International Podcast Day. Between 2015-2018, we successfully live streamed hundreds of hours, bringing in podcasters from nearly 65 countries including Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Poland, Germany, South Africa, Jamaica, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Philippines, India, France, Switzerland, Scotland, UK, Finland, Canada, the United States, and more. The events have trended every year on Twitter for several hours with over 200K tweets about the event. International Podcast Day was mentioned by New York Times, Apple Podcasts, Yahoo, CBS, and ESPN (to name a few) either on Twitter, in a company blog post, or during a live broadcast. We also sold several t-shirts which have been spotted at several podcasting conferences, both domestically and internationally. Special social events, festivals, and meetups are organized around the world on or around September 30 just to celebrate!
We are continually looking to extend our reach beyond simply providing resources and tools to podcasters and connect the podcast listening enthusiasts with the event. Be sure to join the conversation by using #InternationalPodcastDay!
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