Matty Staudt, iHeartRadio’s Vice President of Podcast Programming, has announced he’s stepping away from full-time work at the company to form his own podcast firm. Los Angeles-based Jam Street Media is a podcast production and consulting firm that Staudt has launched with Jessica Navarro, who most recently was EVP and head of production at Unrealistic Ideas, the production company created by actor Mark Wahlberg.
In an Instagram post, Staudt called his iHeart exit “bittersweet” and said he will still be working with the company in the future. And he will remain host of the Access Podcast on iHeartRadio. “I’m not leaving the company 100% but I am going to be devoting my time to this new endeavor,” Staudt said. “We’ll be doing branded podcasts as well as consulting and coaching for people who want to get into the podcasting space.
Staudt had been overseeing iHeartRadio’s podcast programming since June 2018. He previously was the digital program director for its San Francisco cluster. Staudt’s 29-year broadcast career began at his hometown station WQZK-FM Keyser, WV. Since then he’s moved around the country as a producer and consultant. In 2008, he became part of the startup team and first director of content and community for the podcasting app, Stitcher before moving to Premiere Networks as a consulting producer. Staudt’s passion for podcasting also extends to academia – he teaches at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he is credited with developing the first podcast production program of its kind in the U.S. and its first branded content course.