Evergreen Podcast Celebrates Our Network This International Podcast Day
Deep dive into topics well-known and niche through podcasts!
Whether you’re delving into the intricacies of Sound Design, the realm of Tabletop Gaming, or the ever-popular True Crime, the sheer diversity of content podcasts offer is bound to capture and entertain. And there is no right and wrong choice; when polled, our staff couldn’t find a clear majority favorite. That’s the beauty of podcasts!
Have you ever stopped and wondered what initially led you into the world of podcasts? Perhaps you can pinpoint the exact story, the exact moment you realized the seemingly endless entertainment at your disposal.
For many, it was the gripping realm of true crime, the launch of Serial in 2014. Others might have discovered their affinity for stories and audio blogs years earlier through sports writing or by simply following their government’s updates. And many listeners are new!
International Podcast Day is September 30 and this year, we’re celebrating our listeners and network by sharing a brief history and recommendations. It’s hard not to notice the growth our network has experienced in recent years, and while we might be a bit biased, we truly believe our shows are fantastic.
Our aim is to celebrate not only the podcasts themselves but also you, our listeners. After all, who doesn’t enjoy intellectual exploration? Our network is made up of talented individuals and we are thrilled to introduce you!
A quick history on podcasts
To find the beginning of podcasts depends on how far you want to stretch. Some source the original podcast back to the 1980s when digital audio distribution began through government channels. Some, like this Wired article by Nicholas Quah attribute the podcast to a few major events.
In 2005, Open Source, an American Public Radio show hosted by Christopher Lydon successfully utilized an RSS feed.
Shortly thereafter, and just four years after the iPod was introduced to the world, Apple revolutionized podcasting by releasing 3,000 free episodes on iTunes (see original Press Release here). This move highlighted the convenience of automatic episode downloads and expanded its ecosystem, effectively introducing podcasts to millions of new users.
2008 marked a pivotal year when technology allowed cell phone users to download audio on the go, dramatically changing content consumption habits. On-the-go podcast listening allowed users to dial into daily news, true crime binges, or stand-up comedy while showering, mowing the lawn, or driving cross-country.
In 2014, large advertisers began investing in shows, marking the rise of large shows and expanding the growth of podcasts.
Today, almost a decade later, millions of people have adopted the platform to consume, learn, laugh, connect, relax, host, produce and share niche content in podcasts. A recent study by Sounds Profitable and Signal Hill Insights revealed that a significant 62% of podcast enthusiasts started listening within the past two years (Source, The Podcast Landscape, 2023).
So whether you’ve been an early adopter or just beginning your podcast journey, we have something for you, now accessible on the Evergreen Podcast Network.
Your favorite podcast genres (or so we’re told)
According to no specific credible sources and in no particular order, some of the most beloved podcast genres are listed below. To celebrate International Podcast Day, we invite you to peruse this lineup of shows. Take a leap; discover something fresh and try a new podcast. (Or pick your favorite and binge!)
Ohio and Cleveland Highlights
We can’t help but pay homage to the place Evergreen Podcasts calls home - Ohio! Our region is steeped in rich history, vibrant culture, and captivating stories waiting to be told. Our local podcasts are a testament to the passion and creativity that thrive in our community. These shows cover tales, mysteries, and everyday experiences that define our region. Whether you’re a longtime resident or curious outsider, discover the hidden gems our local community uncovers in their stories.
Living for We
In 2020, cityLAB of Pittsburgh released a study that ranked Cleveland dead last in terms of livability for Black women. On Living For We, we talk to Cleveland's Black women about their experiences at work, at school, in the doctor's office, and in community with each other in an attempt to answer the question... is Cleveland really as bad as they say it is for Black women? View more details on the Living for We show page.
Ohio V. the World
Ohio v. The World is an American history podcast in which each episode has a connection to Ohio’s people, places or things. Host Alex Hastie interviews the top historians and authors about Ohio/American history. View more details on the Ohio V. The World show page.
Exploring the inexplicable. Paula and Steve explore the many diverse mysteries in the Buckeye State, from disappearances and unsolved homicides to cryptids, missing treasures, and UFO sightings. View more details on the Ohio Mysteries show page.
Are you captivated by mysteries, intrigued by the unexplained, and drawn to the enigmatic? Then our Killer Podcasts if for you. Check out our thrilling collection.
She goes by Jane
Honoring the Lives of Missing Women Through their Stories and Poetry. She Goes by Jane tells the stories of America's missing and unidentified women through episodes that honor women and their lives without focusing on gratuitous violence or perpetrators. Each episode features an original poem by Aimée Baker read by a special guest. View more details on the She Goes by Jane show page.
Behind the Yellow Tape
A Podcast for True Crimes And How They Get Solved. A Journey Into the World of Criminal Justice and Social Deviance. How violent crime investigations are conducted and the effects they have on law enforcement personnel as well as the citizens within the concerned community. View more details on the Behind the Yellow Tape show page.
Mary & Bill: An Ohio Cold Case
In 1970, Mary and Bill, two university students in love, were brutally murdered in Columbus, Ohio The case has never been solved. To understand why, Host/Producer Justin Glanville and the sisters of the victims track down friends, witnesses, and the Columbus police. They also explore what it takes to bring new attention to a 50-year-old cold case. View more details on the Mary & Bill: An Ohio Cold Case show page.
Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage
In this podcast, journalist Carol Costello revisits the first big assignment she covered as a 22-year-old, novice reporter: Phyllis Cottles’ brutal attack. Psychologists call them “Triumphant Survivors,” but Phyllis Cottle was more than a survivor, she used this crime to better herself and the world around her. View more details on the Carol Costello Presents: Blind Rage show page.
Engage with a collection of distinctive podcasts that provide an insider's perspective into the music industry. Our music-oriented shows will transport you on a journey, from the touring life to the depths beyond the spotlight, offering insights into the thoughts and emotions of top music experts in the field.
One Hit Thunder
Each week Chris Fafalios (Punchline) and Matt Kelly (Geekscape) sit down with a guest to breakdown and analyze a One Hit Wonder and determine if they’re a One Hit Thunder or a One Hit Blunder. View more details on the One Hit Thunder show page.
The Tone Mob
Blake Wyland takes a deep dive with his guests from the guitar world to discuss guitars, pedals, amps, and a whole lot more — songwriting, favorite bands, family, loss, addiction, conspiracy theories, philosophy, and most of all…food. View more details on The Tone Mob show page.
The Brutally Delicious Podcast
A Casual Conversation with Heavy Metal Musicians. Join us on a metal-fueled journey as we delve deep into the world of heavy music through exclusive interviews and insightful discussions with some of the genre's biggest names and up-and-coming artists. View more details on the The Brutally Delicious Podcast show page.
Podcasts for Sports Fans! We created our channel of sports podcasts for fans who are tired of mindless sports talk on the radio and endless “hot takes” by sports commentators. Check out our sports shows for in-depth analysis, compelling stories and deep dives into the sports you love…
Pit Pass Motorsports
Evergreen Podcasts presents a bold new collection of F1, IndyCar, Motocross, and Superbike Podcasts. Pit Pass Motorsports® is your VIP Pass to all the race season action. Check out our full lineup of Pit Pass Motorsports Podcasts.
Press Box Access
A Front-Row Seat with the Sportswriters Who Sat There. Sit down with host Todd Jones and other sportswriters who knew the greatest athletes and coaches, and experienced first-hand some of the biggest sports moments in the past 50 years. They’ll share stories behind the stories -- some they’ve only told to each other. View more details on the The Press Box Access podcast show page.
The Planted Runner
A Casual Conversation with Heavy Metal Musicians. Join us on a metal-fueled journey as we delve deep into the world of heavy music through exclusive interviews and insightful discussions with some of the genre's biggest names and up and coming artists. View more details on the The Planted Runner show page.
History and Civic
Big Whig Podcasts is our network for your civics genre. Big Whig Media is a multi-camera high-definition broadcast facility for recording content such as television programming, live events, interviews, and press conferences. Big Whig Media is connected to The Switch and can transmit through LiveU. Check out our Big Whig Podcast Network here.
Burn The Boats
Intimate Conversations with America’s Change-Makers. Burn the Boats is an award-winning podcast featuring intimate conversations with change-makers from every walk of life. Host Ken Harbaugh interviews politicians, authors, activists, and others about the most important issues of our time. View more details on the Burn the Boats show page.
From First Lady to Jackie O.
Everyone knows Jackie Kennedy Onassis was married to two of the 20th century’s most powerful men, but lesser known are the five incredible years between those marriages when she was on her own. View more details on the From First Lady to Jackie O show page.
Banking Transformed with Jim Marous
Embrace change, take risks, and disrupt yourself. Hosted by top 5 banking and fintech influencer, Jim Marous, Banking Transformed highlights the challenges facing the banking industry. Featuring some of the top minds in business, this podcast explores how financial institutions can prepare for the future of banking. View more details on the Banking Transformed show page.
Your lifestyle, your rules. Dive into our lifestyle podcasts to explore a world of inspiration, self-improvement, and personal growth. From candid conversations about life's ups and downs to tips on enhancing your well-being, our podcasts cover a spectrum of topics that empower you to live your best life.
The Bravery Academy
Exploring the Science of Well-Being, Courage, and Connection. The Bravery Academy Podcast is hosted by Emma Ferris, a physiotherapist, breathing coach, and resilience coach from New Zealand who shares her wisdom on trauma, stress, and healing. View more details on The Bravery Academy show page.
Tales from Behind the Veil
Create the wedding of your dreams. A creative entrepreneur and designer, Host Patrice Catan is bringing you over 40 years of experience in weddings and events as a gown designer, bridal salon owner, planner, and crafts pro to help you create the wedding day of your dreams. View more details on the Tales From Behind the Veil show page.
The Dr. Raj Podcast
Making Medicine Fun! The Dr. Raj podcast is a fun and interactive half-hour podcast that will discuss a variety of medical topics. Guests range from sub-specialist doctors to patients, to people in the media. The show will have an upbeat and positive personality just like Raj himself. View more details on The Dr. Raj podcast show page.
P.S. We have so many great podcasts that this sample was very hard to curate!
Not a podcast listener? Well first, I highly commend you for making it this far in our blog! And second, here’s another read of 7 reasons you should start listening to podcasts.
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About Evergreen Podcasts
Evergreen Podcasts' mission is to become the largest independent podcasting company worldwide, committed to a premier collection of shows from an international cast of storytellers. Offering global distribution and platforms for dynamic podcast growth, Evergreen produces content that celebrates modern influencers and personalities. Top thought leaders and breakout brands choose Evergreen to create inspiring stories through branded content, original shows, and partner podcasts.
Our team specializes in comprehensive podcast production, creative marketing, and distribution solutions, connecting brands to a broader audience. The Company launched four original podcasts in 2017 and now manages over 220 shows across six networks. Learn more about Evergreen Podcasts and check out our complete lineup of shows. Our storytelling podcasts have something for everyone.