Radiotopia turns four this month! We’re so grateful to you, our Citizens, for keeping us inspired and spreading the word about our podcasts from day one, back in 2014, when we launched with seven original shows. Four years later, we’ve really grown up. We’re 17 shows strong, the industry is changing at a dizzying pace and we couldn’t be more excited about our future.
The past year was outstanding for Radiotopia, with significant audience growth and the introduction of four new shows: Ear Hustle, This is Love, What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law and Showcase. We also hosted a hugely successful fundraiser, with over 23,000 donations from 63 different countries (thank you!); rocked our first live tour, which was sold out down the West Coast; and collaborated network-wide on themed episodes (“Doing Time”) to welcome Ear Hustle. We celebrated milestones like 100 episodes of Mortified and Song Exploder, were featured by top media like Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, Fast Company and PBS NewsHour, and won several awards, including Third Coast, the Sarahs and Fast Company’s Most Innovative.
Today, we boast a network average of 18 million downloads per month. Tickets are currently on sale for our first-ever Radiotopia Live East Coast tour, coming in May. Ear Hustle is back with season two next week, and we’re working on our fourth Showcase series, Errthang, with Al Letson, launching March 23. And that’s only the first quarter of 2018!
We’re also exploring options for book, TV and film projects inspired by a few of our shows. And stay tuned for special series from both 99% Invisible and Song Exploder in the summertime.
We’re celebrating our birthday all week with you, our listeners. To kick off, we’re launching a brand-new podcast for our recurring donors, called Radiotopia Plus. The episodes take you behind the scenes with some of your favorite Radiotopia hosts and producers. You’ll get to know more about the people behind the mic and have access to special audio extras, show previews and more. Become a recurring donor to get access! Or, if you are already a donor, check your email for instructions on how to subscribe.
We want to feel as if our listeners are celebrating right by our side, and what better way than with cake? So, show us your best homemade Radiotopia birthday treats! Post a photo using the hashtag #RadiotopiaTurns4 and get the chance to win a swag bag. We’ll pick a winner at the end of the day on Friday, March 9.
P.S. Curious to see how our producers have grown up over the years? Check out their baby pics in this Facebook album.