Knock Knock is the winner of PodcastOne’s Self Made Podcast Edition, the company’s competition to find the next big podcast star. The indie show is the creation of Jason B. Jones. It is a true crime podcast that features the stories of the families and communities that have lived through the horror of an unsolved murder. Knock Knock has released two seasons so far, the first tells the story of a murdered grandmother, the second introduces listeners to a family that is desperately seeking answers to their loved one's cold case.
As the winner of the competition, Jones will receive a PodcastOne podcasting contract and a total prize package worth over $100,000 including promotion across PodcastOne’s network. Knock Knock was selected the winner by a panel of podcast notables and advertising and media industry executives who used criteria ranging from sound quality to host relatability to show promotion paired with download numbers, to determine the grand prize winner.
“We had an overwhelming response to the competition and the content for the submissions ranged from true crime and sports to pop culture and gossip. The quality and excitement around the Self Made Podcast competition exemplifies that independent podcasting is thriving,” said PodcastOne President Kit Gray. “We are thrilled to be able to offer up an opportunity to become part of the PodcastOne network and plan to continue enabling up and coming podcasters to succeed through our LaunchpadOne platform.”
Gray said PodcastOne is already planning on holding the competition again next year. In addition to finding new talent, the contest has helped bring attention to LaunchpadOne, the hosting, distribution and monetization division of PodcastOne that the company kick-started this summer as it looks to do more business with small, independent producers.