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Chartable Radio podcast.

December 28, 2019

The founders of Chartable discuss all things podcasting, interview podcasters and dish the best advice on how to market and grow your podcast.

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Chartable Radio is coming back! 

In this episode, the Chartable team discuss what we've been listening to, what we've been working on, and what's coming up for Chartable.

We're looking for guests — anyone who works in the podcast industry — for Season 2 (beginning in January 2019). More info at the end of the episode! We're especially looking to interview folks who identify with marginalized groups. 

Thanks for listening and we'll be back soon!

Today's guest is Jack Rhysider, host and producer of Darknet Diaries. Jack dives deep into his original research on how to build a following on Patreon.

We cover:

  • How he built the initial audience for Darknet Diaries
  • How he went full-time on his show
  • Things that top Patreon shows haven in common
  • What it takes to make something that's worth supporting
  • Whether or not to go exclusive to an app

Follow Jack on Twitter here:

Check out more of his research on his blog:

Listen to Darknet Diaries:

Thanks for listening!

This week's guest is Skye Pillsbury, the writer and curator of Inside Podcasting, a daily podcasting newsletter from

We cover:

  • How Skye got started in podcasting:
  • Skye's background in tech PR, and the parallels between the dot-com boom in the Bay Area in the 90's/early 2000s to what's happening now
  • What it was like to be a guest on the Gimlet podcast Heavyweight (a great story!)
  • How putting out daily content is hard
  • What it's like to go from pitching to receiving PR pitches
  • What Skye is listening to right now, and hopes for the future of podcasting

You can follow Skye on Twitter here:

Subscribe to Inside Podcasting here:

And check out Skye's episode of Heavyweight here—it's a great listen:

My guest this week is Zach Kahn, the Senior Manager of Podcast Marketing at Vox Media.

We cover a lot of ground in this conversation, including:

  • How Zach got his dream job at Vox
  • The recently-announced Vox Media Podcast Network and its first show, Switched On Pop
  • Recent changes in the podcast industry
  • How to get listeners to subscribe to your podcast
  • The future of podcasting

You should follow Zach on Twitter here:

And check out the Vox Media Podcast Network here:

Thanks for listening!

My guest today is Dan Misener, Head of Strategy & Audience Development at Pacific Content and host & producer of Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids.

We cover:

  • What's Pacific Content?
  • Dan's career path to podcasting, starting in public radio
  • The story behind GRTTWAK
  • Advice for building an audience
  • Shows with a history in public radio
  • What Dan's listening to
  • And of course, the future of podcastng

Find Dan on Twitter here:

Listen to Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids—it's great!

Pacific Content lives here:

Thanks for listening!

Hear from Molly Beck, founder & CEO of

Here's what we cover:

  • What is
  • Why Molly started it
  • Do you think the same thing will happen to podcasts as blogs?
  • Whats' the future for
  • Why are educators using podcasting more?
  • How are non-profits and businesses using podcasts?
  • What shows are you listening to?
  • What should a potential podcaster know before they start a podcast?

Follow Molly on Twitter:

Check out


This week's guest is Amanda McLoughlin, the founder of Multitude Productions and host of Spirits and Join the Party.

Amanda talks about starting Multitude, how her days as an early YouTuber helped shape her career in podcasting, and offers some super-practical advice on how to market your podcast.

Find all the Multitude shows here:

Follow Amanda on Twitter here:

Chartable Radio is moving to a bi-weekly format!

This week, I chat with Justin Jackson, the cofounder of, a podcast hosting platform targeted at businesses. We cover:

  • Why Justin started Transistor
  • Cofounder relationships
  • What it takes to grow a podcast audience
  • Justin's thoughts on Anchor (this was recorded pre-acquisition)

Justin shares some real truths about the difficulty of making something new, different, and great in the world. 

Thanks for listening!
- Dave, CEO,

Our guest this month is James Cridland, Radio Futurologist and Editor of, the on-demand audio industry's must-read daily newsletter.

Topics covered include:

- the early days of Podnews
- how podcasting fits in with radio
- a global perspective on podcasting
- what, if anything is holding podcasting back
- podcast stats and charts
- and James' favorite podcasts of 2018

If you don't already subscribe, you should!

Interviewed by Dave Zohrob, co-founder of, the best podcast analytics and intelligence in the industry.

We'll be back with another interview in February!

We look at the best podcasts a few different ways:

  • Most reviews
  • Longest time in the US Top Ten
  • Charting in the most countries around the world
  • Critics' favorites

You can find the full charts for this episode at

Happy new year and we'll see you in 2019!

Welcome to the first episode of Chartable Radio! We discuss:

- Chart fraud, following up on our blog post

- New features for Chartable's dashboard

- We're hiring!

We'd love to hear your feedback —, or on Twitter.