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The first podcast reality competition program: not just to entertain, but to educate as well, for amateur and pro podcasters.
The first podcast reality competition program: not just to entertain, but to educate as well, for amateur and pro podcasters.
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Hi, and thanks for checking out this Kickstarter! I'm Brian Ibbott, and I've been podcasting since 2004.

Podcast Hall of Fame, 2017
Podcast Hall of Fame, 2017

That means I've learned a lot about the industry, especially from my mistakes. So many mistakes. Content mistakes, Co-host mistakes, licensing mistakes, even whole shows that were mistakes...you name it, I've gone through it. That means I've made the mistakes so you don't have to! I can really help a podcast be successful, no matter what the content.

Game Show hosting at the Frogpants All-Stars Match, 2017
Game Show hosting at the Frogpants All-Stars Match, 2017

Did I mention that I've also had a secret desire to be a game show host? No? Hmm, maybe I should have led with that.

Our logo, in 3D
Our logo, in 3D

So You Think You've Got The Talent To Be America's Next Top Podcasting Idol (or America's Next Top Podcasting Idol, for short) is not just a competition-style reality show it's a how-to of podcasting, presented in an entertaining style.

Over the course of a season, we'll go from 12 contestants to one survivor, all while teaching everybody the skills at the very heart of podcasting. Challenges like editing, show development, production, getting along with your co-hosts, and more.

Most weeks, the contestants will create 5-minute podcasts addressing that week's challenge. Our judges will review and score their shows and one contestant will be eliminated each week.

The last podcaster standing will get their show included in the Frogpants Ultra Feed for one year, plus other valuable prizes.

Since it's my show, I get to take the role of game show host (yay!). The judges are some well-known podcasting professionals: Scott Johnson (The Instance, The Morning Stream, Film Sack and many more), Justin Robert Young (Night Attack, Politics Politics Politics), and Nicole Spagnuolo (The Wood Whisperer, Final Score, Nerd Parents).

Our illustrious panel of judges!
Our illustrious panel of judges!

Editing the show will be Beyond the Playlist host and Soundography co-host with me, Hammond Chamberlain. If he can edit my ramblings coherent every week, just imagine what he'll do with great content like this show?

In addition to our fine panel of judges, contestants will have access to coaching from podcasting luminary and Daily Tech News Host, Tom Merritt, plus, special guest judges and coaches each week to help contestants improve their skills and share their experiences.  

The contestants will get guidance from Tom Merritt!
The contestants will get guidance from Tom Merritt!

And the show's music will be provided by Andrew Allen, who will also be working with the winner to compose original music for their show. If you know anything about me and my history here on Kickstarter, you'll know that Andrew and I have created several successful Kickstarters together, and that I'm a massive fan of his work.

We'll post stretch goals as we go, but that first hurdle is the most important. Please take a moment to back the show, and help support what will truly be an entertaining and educational project.

Your support here on Kickstarter is not only appreciated, but will help compensate all the people involved in this show for their time. 

Note that (with ONE notable exception), your pledge doesn't get you into the competition. Entering the competition is completely free, and we encourage you to apply if you're up for the fun and work involved! The application form is linked below.

Thanks for your time!

Contestant Criteria: 

To enter, click the link below and complete the form. We'll be accepting entries throughout the duration of the campaign, and at the end of August, we'll announce our contestants. We'll start recording in September!

http://americasnexttoppodcaster.com/survey/

  • We ask that you have less than 5 years of podcasting experience.
  • No professional podcasting network affiliations, or be willing to have your show on another network. (Remember, your show will be on the Frogpants network for a year)
  • You must have released a minimum of 10 episodes. This gives us a chance to listen to them and learn about your style.
  • Your podcast must be primarily produced in English.
  • You must be able to participate in weekly podcast production with associated contact with production staff.
  • Any content created during the production is owned by the production. Any use of the content in your own productions must be identified to production staff.
  • Winners of the contest will have to comply with network criteria (language and content requirements) release of the content is at the discretion of network owner and production staff.
  • Samples submitted to the show for evaluation can and may be used in promotional materials or in any way that may be needed for the production of the show.
  • This is a solo contest. If you podcast with others, each will need to enter on their own.

Rules for buying your way into the competition

All of the criteria above must be met. At the discretion and review of the production staff, you may be asked to make changes to your submission or, if not selected, asked to withdraw your pledge to allow someone else to participate.

Risks and challenges

As podcasting producers, we've done this a bunch of times, and giving folks access to the content will be a piece of cake.

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