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… Ride Home Media’s daily technology news podcast Techmeme Ride Home has signed with Podcast Ad Reps for ad sales. It becomes the 15th podcast in the PAR Business & Tech Catalog and company President Rick Selah said he’s seen “a fabulous brand appetite for shows in this category.” Techmeme Ride Home host Brian McCullough provies what Ride Home co-founder James Welsh says is the “tech news podcast of record” with an audience of software developers, startup founders, VCs, and tech executives.

…Country music icon Reba McEntire is partnering with Spotify to launch a new original podcast in early 2020. Similar to her former TV talk show, McEntire’s still-untitled podcast will feature her speaking with guests offering their honest and comedic takes on struggles we all face when it comes to confronting life’s challenges, making good decisions, and creating happiness around us. “I am so excited to be partnering with Spotify on my new podcast and I’m even more excited to be connecting with my fans in a way I haven’t done before,” says Reba. “I’m looking forward to sharing some of what I’ve learned from my own life challenges and hopefully learning more along the way.”

…Pacific Content, the Rogers Media-owned podcast unit focused on creating shows for brands, has hired Jonas Woost as Director of Business Development. Jonas joins Pacific Content from Telus Communications, where he was the Executive Producer of the StoryHive project. Prior to Telus, Jonas was the Executive Producer at CBC Music, the Canadian public broadcaster's digital music service. He was also a key member of the team that helped build the U.K. start-up Last.fm prior to being sold to CBS Radio in 2007. Jonas will work to grow Pacific Content's roster of clients and podcasts, which already includes Facebook, Dell Technologies, Red Hat, Mozilla, Charles Schwab, Audible, McAfee, and the New York Times T Brand Studio.

….Vox Media is growing its podcast business, thanks to recent deals to acquire both New York Magazine and Epic Magazine. The two publications’ podcasts will boost Vox Podcast Network’s portfolio, which already includes more than 200 shows. That compares to 75 it had at the start of 2019. Vox Media Studios President Marty Moe told Axios that podcasting already is an eight-figure business for the company. Vox will reportedly start to distribute podcasts it doesn’t produce in the coming months.

…The podcast technology company Voxnest has partnered with Audion, an audio advertising technology company based in France, to increase its podcast monetization capabilities in Europe. Both companies focus on dynamic ad insertion. "While advertisers in the U.S. have been harnessing the power of programmatic ads on podcasts for some time, we're now starting to see a significant amount of growth in Europe," said Francesco Baschieri, President of Voxnest.

…Vice News is working on a pair of new podcasts that will appear exclusively on Spotify. Vice is launching a political podcast called Uncommitted: Iowa 2020. The 12-episode show will be hosted by Vice correspondent Antonia Hylton. She’ll interview the candidates and offer political insights leading up to the 2020 race’s first voting. Also in the works is a podcast called Chapo: Kingpin on Trial. Hosted by Vice senior reporter Keegan Hamilton, it follows fentanyl trafficking as it moves from China to the U.S. communities where the drug impacts American lives. The eight-episode narrative is scheduled to launch in 2020. 

…The Receipts is becoming the latest podcast to make the leap to television screens. The Spotify Original is being translated to the small screen by U.K.’s Sky TV, according to Deadline. The Receipts is hosted by Milena Sanchez, Audrey Indome and Tolani Shoneye. The Receipts bills itself as “unadulterated girl talk.” The podcast’s TV version will reportedly be produced by So Television, the same company that produced BBC Radio 2 personality Graham Norton’s weekly TV talk show.

… “High Desert Community Radio” KPOV-FM Bend, OR (88.9) has received a $1,000 grant from the Roundhouse Foundation to create a community podcast training initiative. The noncommercial radio station will make its infrastructure and expertise in audio production available to people and organizations interested in creating a podcast. KPOV-FM currently features a dozen podcasts on its website. The Roundhouse Foundation focuses its giving on organizations in Central Oregon.