Stretch Goal #1- Radiotopia Expansion Pack
Thanks to you, we hit our goal and Radiotopia has the base of support we need to keep going strong. We’re still looking to clinch our $25,000 challenge grant from Hover by getting 20,000 backers, but we have new plans we want to share.
This year we’ve already achieved so much. But now we have the opportunity to do so much more. We’re on a mission to remake public radio into the best form of itself.
According to the popular podcast app Stitcher, as of February 2013, only 20% of the top 100 podcasts are hosted by women. That percentage is abysmal and we need give more opportunities for female-fronted podcasts to find their audience.
Therefore, when we get over $400,000, we’d like to invite three new shows – all hosted by women – into Radiotopia. This move addresses the need for better gender parity both on the broadcast airwaves and in the more tech-y world of podcasting. Our collective has proven to successfully grow audience and revenue for our members, so we think we can help. These are amazing shows that fit our Radiotopia aesthetic (i.e. shows we are extremely proud to recommend) and will make us more successful as a collective.
- Soon-to-be-titled Helen Zaltzman words and language program(me)– Created by Helen Zaltzman, host of the popular UK show “Answer Me This,” this brand new program peels back the surface of language to find out why we say the things we say.
- “The Heart” – A show about the triumphs and the terrors of human intimacy, the bliss and banality of being in love and the wild diversity of the human heart. Hosted by Kaitlin Prest.
- “Criminal” – Riveting true crime stories about being wronged, doing wrong, and being caught in the middle. Hosted by Phoebe Judge and produced by Eric Mennel and Lauren Spohrer.
With these additions to our roster, Radiotopia will have a 50/50 host gender balance.
At $400,000, we can green light all of these programs and make Radiotopia better than ever. If you support our mission, please spread the word, and you can even increase your pledge, if you’re so inclined!