Philly Podcast Festival

While Podcast Movement may represent the largest annual gathering of the burgeoning industry, it’s not the only game in town. The Philadelphia Podcast Festival returns July 17-29 for a seventh year, featuring wall-to-wall homegrown Philly podcasts doing live shows throughout the city. Organizers say some 60 podcasts will participate, highlighting “the incredible life experiences that come out of living in Philadelphia.”

Over the 12-day event, locally produced podcasts will be hosted at popular venues World Cafe Live, Tattooed Mom, Indy Hall, The National Liberty Museum and Victoria Freehouse. Many of the shows are free or pay-what-you-wish admission. “What I love the most about it is that it’s really open to anybody that wants to participate and anyone who wants to see shows,” festival co-founder Teagan Kuruna tells Philly.

She adds that while podcasting has grown more popular over the years, this past year “has seen an explosion of listeners and new shows.” During the festival, she points to two primary show types on display: “You have your polished, NPR-style shows and you have some that are more casual conversation, a bit more DIY,” she says. “That’s what we’re seeing a lot of coming out of Philly… that grittiness. That… ‘I’m going to figure out how to make a podcast with the budget that I have and the resources I have.’”

Kuruna and her husband launched the festival in 2013 with a roundup of 12 shows. This year, they are anticipating 1,500 attendees across the two weekends. Among the shows: “Alt-Black,” where three Philly comics talk about race, pop culture and experiences as an alternative black person; “Entangled Podcast,” which “shows the duality of black people everywhere by promoting self-care and mental health”; “Everything is Awesome,” a long-form interview and conversational show about film, comedy and writing; “First Reaction/Fan Reaction,” as two friends sit down and watch a TV show, one a fan and the other never having seen it before; and “My Gay Agenda,” a bi-weekly podcast where the hosts interview members of the LGBTQ community and plan “world domination.”

For more details about the featured Philly-based podcasts at the festival, click HERE.