Disgraceland creator and host Jake Brennan is growing his alliance with the iHeartPodcast Network. He has teamed with iHeart on the release and promotion of a new podcast called Dear Young Rocker. Dear Young Rocker, the first podcast from Brennan’s newly created Double Elvis Productions, is described as a first-person, coming of age story about the struggles of young adulthood and the power of music. Told from the perspective of host Chelsea Ursin, the show creates a dialogue around the issues of body image, gender power dynamics and mental health, and shines a spotlight on the way these issues are severely magnified during our formative years.
Ursin said she created the Dear Young Rocker podcast to not only reconnect with the “young, emotional parts” of her past but also to help other would-be rockers. “I want my story to help anyone who’s ever struggled with self-doubt and isolation and found power, freedom and connection in music,” she said.
Ursin initially launched the show independently before teaming with Double Elvis Productions, which will relaunch the first season. New episodes will air every Wednesday.
“This is what I needed to hear when I was 14, but it didn’t exist,” said Brennan. “Chelsea’s story is raw, heartfelt and entertaining, and to me is what punk rock is in 2020. It’s not contrived, studded leather, safe choreographed stage diving, it’s what it always was – a subversive questioning of societal norms and the relentless will to be your true self.”
Leveraging the success of his podcast Disgraceland, Brennan created Double Elvis Productions last November with business partner Brady Sadler. Jake Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of RadioPublic and Podfund, is also an investor in Double Elvis.
“There is no shortage of great stories out there, but not all of them fit into the world of Disgraceland,” Brennan said at the time. “Double Elvis is a way for me to help bring to life other stories that I want to hear.” Prior to Double Elvis Productions, Sadler spent 15 years in brand marketing, professional sports and entertainment, having started his career with The Walt Disney Company.