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… Entercom sports “106.7 The Fan” WJFK-FM Washington has fired air personality Chad Dukes for what were reportedly “racist and inappropriate comments” on his personal podcast. The Washington Post says his dismissal was announced at the start of “The Sports Junkies” show on Friday. “We have zero tolerance for this type of speech from any of our employees, on our platforms or otherwise,” SVP/Market Manager Ivy Savoy-Smith told the Post in the statement. “Our air talent are ambassadors of our brand, and we do not want to be affiliated with these comments.” It is unclear what the comments were or on what podcast they were made. Dukes is one of the co-hosts on the The Big O And Dukes podcast. He earlier hosted the comedy podcast Rodkast which has not published a new episode since Sept. 2019. Dukes had also been with WJFK since 2014, most recently inking a two-year contract extension in Sept. 2019.

This Week In Tech or TWiT as it is more commonly referred to, may be making the leap from Chartable to Podsights. “As the podcast industry evolves, we at TWiT continue to look at ways to balance a need for podcast attribution and listener privacy, something we take very seriously, it said in a blog post. “Soon, TWiT will begin testing the attribution service Podsights, as we set our eyes on a 2021 transition away from Chartable.” The company said it will begin the test with the FLOSS Weekly podcast, and if that goes well it will expand the testing to other podcasts. TWiT said although it values privacy, the company cannot get away from attribution services telling listeners they are an “increasingly non-negotiable part” of an ad-supported network. “In other words, we want to continue to deliver our great podcasts at no cost to you while satisfying advertiser needs,” it said.

Slate has announced that Slow Burn, its critically acclaimed narrative podcast exploring the most consequential moments in American history, will return next year with two seasons. Season five, which will air in the spring of 2021, will be hosted by Noreen Malone and explore the leadup to the Iraq War. Hosting the sixth season is Joel Anderson, who will examine another consequential moment in American history: the 1992 Los Angeles riots following the acquittal of four LAPD officers in the brutal beating of Rodney King. The sixth season will premiere in the fall of 2021. Anderson previously hosted the third season of Slow Burn, about the creative lives and tragic deaths of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. To date, episodes of Slow Burn have been downloaded more than 55 million times by listeners. Overall, Slate has more than 20 podcasts currently in production.

 Podcast Radio, the U.K. radio format made up mostly of podcasts, has struck a content alliance with Curiouscast, the podcast network tied to Canadian broadcaster Corus. The deal means shows hosed by Curiouscast will now be featured on Podcast Radio. “Curiouscast produces some fantastic high-quality podcasts and we’re excited to provide them with a showcase and an opportunity for U.K. radio listeners to hear their content,” said Podcast Radio’s CEO Gerry Edwards in the announcement. Podcast Radio earlier inked a deal with U.S.-based Evergreen Podcasts. Launched in February, Podcast Radio airs on digital stations in London, Surrey, Manchester and Glasgow.

Love Under Lockdown, the Paradiso-Studio 71 joint production that plunges listeners into the intimate daily lives of four couples quarantining together in the pressure cooker of the COVID-19 pandemic, is now picking up wider distribution. The show premiered exclusively on Stitcher Premium, but the first two episodes and those remaining in the six-episode arc will be available on all podcast platforms. Stitcher will still have an edge. All six episodes of the podcast are currently available ad-free on Stitcher Premium, where four new bonus episodes have also dropped.

 Tandem Podcasting is a new hosting company created by the founders of Gotham Podcast Studio. The podcast creator, that has worked with companies including Wondery, Luminary, and Refinery 29, says its hosting platform will include a networking component allowing podcasters to collaborate with one another. It plans to also add an advertising marketplace to the platform. For now, podcasters will have access to standard analytics data, as well as a customizable dashboard and embedded player. Podcast hosting services are included with all Gotham Podcast Studio membership plans.

 PodBooking is a new website launching Nov. 1 that bills itself as the LinkedIn of podcasting. Founder Daniela Garcia says it will offer curated discussions, live events and webinars. “With over one million podcasters worldwide it's about time we all came together," said Garcia. “PodBooking is determined to be the industry-focused social network the podcasting community desperately needs.” She says it will connect hosts with not only potential guests for their show but also potential sponsors, editors, networks, software, and media buyers. 

BrandStoryCasting is a new service to help entrepreneurs, agencies, associations, and business podcast producers to easily develop, record, produce, and distribute their own shows. It is the creation of Long Island, NY-based Communication Strategy Group. The company says it will offer its team of audio producers to help with the pre-production of a series, recording a show, and handling editing and other post-production elements. It may not need to look far for users. The agency’s clients include both Fortune 1000 and growing companies in technology, manufacturing, media, and professional services industries.

… Swedish journalists Sven Carlsson and Jonas Leijonhufvud have covered Spotify and its founder, Daniel Ek, from the company’s humble beginnings in 2011. Now they are putting their knowledge and the results of interviews with more than 80 sources to the page with the release of an unofficial corporate biography. “The Spotify Play: How CEO and Founder Daniel Ek Beat Apple, Google, and Amazon in the Race for Audio Dominance” is set for release in January. The Diversion Books title delves into how Swedish college drop-out Ek and his financial partner Martin Lorentzon took on the giants of Silicon Valley, the music industry, and the podcast business.