Hot Pod Goes Cold; Substack & Spotify Team Up; IAB’s Digital Advertising Report

Frank Racioppi
Ear Worthy
6 min readApr 17, 2024

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Podnews reported last week that Hot Pod, one of the longest-running newsletters about podcasting, is to suspend publishing. Lead reporter Ariel Shapiro has announced that her last week with its owner, The Verge, will be next week. Deputy Editor Jake Kastrenakes added: “We won’t have a new writer in place by next week, so we’re planning to put Hot Pod on hiatus while we figure out next steps.”

The publication’s writers, Ariel Shapiro, Ashley Carman, and Nick Quah, have been a vital part of the…

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Frank Racioppi
Ear Worthy

I am a South Jersey-based writer who manages Podcast Reports on Blogger and have a book available on Amazon about podcasts and podcasting called “Ear Worthy.”