Ed. Note: We first posted about the VERY important “Preserve this Podcast” project on on February 5, 2019 when the organization shared findings from a survey and also released a zine/workbook featuring podcast preservation best practices.
The Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), a non-profit organization providing research, programming, and organizational tools for libraries, archives, and museums, has launched a new podcast about podcast preservation aptly titled Preserve This Podcast. The launch of the show also coincides with a nationwide series of workshops covering the same topic.
An estimated 90 million Americans, about 28% of the population, are listening to podcasts monthly. Apple Podcasts provides access to over 400,000 shows in over 100 languages, and it receives over 1000 new show submissions every week. The rise in listener growth has been accompanied by major developments in the podcast industry. Spotify recently acquired Gimlet Media for $230 million, and a new company called Luminary is gunning to become the “Netflix of podcasting.”
But as a newer medium, podcasts are at risk of following in the footsteps of other audio and video media that have lost large archives of content from their early days. Preserve This Podcast addresses the threat of digital decay and spotlights individual producers as they learn and implement a series of best practices designed to help them preserve their podcasts for future generations.
“We’ve seen how changes in the industry – from the monetization of hosting and distribution services to the acquisition or dissolution of content production departments – can affect the availability and continued existence of podcast content,” says Preserve This Podcast host and producer, Molly Schwartz. “And with the launch of our podcast and workshops we hope to empower podcast producers and address what is an increasingly urgent issue.”
Featured podcasts include:
Historically Queer: Community historian Alice Y. Hom presents stories of queer activism by people of color through the years.
An Arm and a Leg: Reporter Dan Weissman delivers revealing and entertaining stories about the spiraling cost of healthcare in America.
Spirits: History geeks Amanda McLoughlin and Julia Schifini take a boozy look at mythology, legends and folklore from around the world, offering fresh takes on classic tales.
The Oldest Profession: Comedian Kaytlin Bailey details the storied history of the world’s oldest profession and the sex workers who shape society.
The first episode of Preserve This Podcast launches March 21, 2019. Subsequent episodes will be published on Thursday every other week.
The first workshop will be held at the Metropolitan New York Library Council on Friday, March 22.
Direct to Complete Announcement
Listen Online to a Preview of the Podcast: “Prologue—Podcasts are Disappearing”
Direct to Preserve This Podcast Website
Includes dates/locations of all workshops.