One of podcasting’s most listened-to shows is getting a new host. Guy Raz has decided to step away from hosting the TED Radio Hour at the end of the year. Podtrac reports in May the TED Radio Hour had the seventh-largest audience of any show it measures. Raz, who has hosted and served as editorial director for the radio show and podcast, will remain host of the How I Built This podcast and the Children’s podcast Wow in the World.
NPR has launched a national search for Raz’s replacement, saying it’s looking across the media landscape to find a new host for a show that in addition to being a top podcast is also carried on more than 600 public radio stations. See the job posting HERE. “We're excited for the next chapter of TED Radio Hour, and for everyone to hear all of the new episodes rolling out the remainder of this year,” NPR said in a statement, adding, “This is one of the top jobs in broadcasting and podcasting today. We are eager to find a host capable of continuing Guy's commitment to excellence, while having the freedom to add their own, compelling approach.” Built off the famed TED Talks series, the show features a variety of speakers who discuss big ideas, inventions, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ways to think and create.
“I feel so proud of what we've built over these seven years. And also nostalgic for the struggles and challenges we faced in the early days to get this show off the ground,” Raz said in a Q&A posted on NPR’s website. “I learned that ideas matter and that ideas can change the world.”
As Podcast News Daily reported in April, the How I Built This show has become a full-fledged franchise. The show features Raz diving into the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies, and in the process becoming a popular podcast among entrepreneurs. It has created the How I Built This Summit, which sold out last year and this year has attracted a long list of sponsors and partners as it expanded to a two-day event. Set for October 22-23 in San Francisco, this year’s Summit will feature speakers from companies including radio-TV station owner Urban One as well as brands like Atom Factory, Away, Bliss, Edible Arrangements, Instagram, JetBlue, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Slack and Stacy’s Pita Chips. American Express, a multi-year sponsor of NPR and the How I Built This franchise, will continue its support as the presenting sponsor of the event where ticket prices start at $900.
Meanwhile the How I Built This podcast continue to be a hit among entrepreneurs. In May it was No. 14 among the shows Podtrac measures.