Diversity in the media is a continually hot topic, and the landscape of podcasting seems to be starting the same conversations. It’s not that ethnic minorities don’t exist within the industry, but to find them at the forefront, especially in the UK is quite rare. Enter Shout Out Network.
Shoutout Network launched it’s first podcast in 2015, with diversity at the very heart of what they do. Not only was co-founder Efe Jerome keen on giving a home to underrepresented voices, it was also important to provide minorities in the UK with content made on these shores. Podcasts like The Read are popular with UK audiences, and whilst Brits have no problem relating to what Kid Fury and Crissle have to say, there are certain nuances about growing up and living in the UK that content like theirs is missing. Upon discovering that there were no events celebrating the diverse podcasts that the UK has to offer, Shout Out decided to host their own.
Shout Out Live! The Festival was the first of it’s kind, and whilst it was host to some big US names like The Brilliant Idiots and The Friendzone, it provided a great platform for smaller UK podcasts to showcase themselves in a live environment. The likes of Ground Ego, Off the Cuff and How to Kill an Hour all got their time to shine, and Shout Out’s Melanin Millennials podcast was billed as one of the headliners. Panel discussions on how to monetise podcasts and make them successful were also included, proving that Shout Out put some real thought into making the event an overall valuable experience.
As producers, we have an ear for what sounds good, so set up a podcast surgery on the day to offer feedback and see what hidden talents we could find. Here are some some of the highlights…
Tag Me In
Anton and Ola are naturals when it comes to presenting, and have a fantastic rapport. They are passionate about personal development, but feel like there isn’t really a voice in that space for your average guy on the street. This podcast does a great job of making personal growth accessible.
Listen here: tagmeinpodcast.co.uk
The concept of Never Explain is something we were sold on immediately. Science and comedy are not necessarily something you would think would mix well, but this podcast achieves that perfectly.
Listen here: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/never-explain
Allysa Rochelle chooses the perfect guests to represent the #AuthenticiyIsVeryGangsta ethos of this podcast. She holds real discussions without any pretence, and explores vulnerability in a way that is really refreshing.
Listen here: soundcloud.com/vulnerablepodcast
Him Vs Her
The premise of this podcast is getting Annie Drea and Reece Parkinson into a room with some mics, and seeing what happens. It’s a simple concept, but these two really nail it. Having good chemistry with a co-presenter isn’t a given, but Annie and Reece seem to have found a really good rhythm.
Listen here: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/himvsher
Host Alex Manzi has crafted something really special with this podcast. He invites guests on to talk about what they do and what drives them to do it. As simple as that sounds, Alex has a real talent for drawing out inspirational stories and little nuggets to help motivate listeners on their own journeys.
Shout Out Live was an overall success. It can’t be denied that headliners Brilliant Idiots and The Friendzone drew a big crowd. But there’s no doubt that many will have discovered some real UK podcast gems on the day too. Looking forward to seeing what Shout Out Live 2018 has in store.