PodcastOne announces that it plans to award to its active hosts and all current employees equity in the company through shares of its common stock. PodcastOne debuted on the Nasdaq on September 8 and the company says it plans to award nearly 100 individuals with various equity awards. PodcastOne president and co-founder Kit Gray comments, “PodcastOne has first and foremost always been a family. Making these equity awards allows PodcastOne to honor the hard work and commitment to growth our employees and staff have shown throughout the years no matter what stage of their career they are currently in. We are all partners in this business of podcasting, some for over a decade, and now through company equity, we’re truly all in this together.” Podcasting partners the company says are anticipated to receive equity in PodcastOne include longtime podcast hosts Adam Carolla, Jordan Harbinger, Kaitlyn Bristowe, T-Pain, Brooke Miccio and Danielle Caroland, and Keltie Knight, Becca Tobin & Jac Vanek. Additionally, new PodcastOne talent Brendan Schaub (“The Fighter and The Kid,” “The Schaub Show”), Natalie Buck and Sara Gretzky (“Causing a Scene”) and Jennifer Welch and Angie “Pumps” Sullivan of “I’ve Had It,” received equity awards as well. The planned equity awards will be made subject to obtaining applicable approvals and complying with applicable securities laws, which PodcastOne anticipates to receive shortly.
— PodcastOne announces that it has secured renewals for several tentpole programs that keep top performing and fan favorite podcasts with the network for the foreseeable future. The podcasts include: “The Adam Carolla Podcast,” “The Jordan Harbinger Show,” “LADYGANG,” “Off The Vine with Kaitlyn Bristowe,” and “Court Junkies.” PodcastOne president Kit Gray says, “The secret to our success as a network is the strength and longevity of our relationships with our partners in podcasting. In the exciting landscape of digital audio entertainment, being able to continue those relationships with six of our top performing and most beloved programs is a testament to our team’s hard work and dedication.”
— SiriusXM announced a new show inspired by The Last Mile (TLM), a unique in-prison program that’s changing lives through technology-based education by preparing currently incarcerated students for careers upon their release. “The Last Mile Radio,” hosted by the program’s co-founder, Chris Redlitz, and formerly incarcerated musician and audio producer, Eric Abercrombie (known as Maserati-E), premieres on Saturday (3/4). Every week “The Last Mile Radio” will amplify the voices of influencers who are helping evolve the U.S. Justice System as we know it.
— iHeartMedia and the NBA unveil a new slate of team-specific shows coming to the iHeart/NBA Podcast Network. The lineup includes original podcasts from six NBA teams – the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs. iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group CEO Conal Byrne says, “We are proud to leverage iHeart’s unmatched scale, reach and digital platform to continue to deliver compelling NBA content to fans. Together with the NBA and its teams, we look forward to bringing even more one-of-a-kind stories and cultural experiences to fans across the country.”