The Pod Report is a part-time endeavor I do on top of the shows I produce and all of my real life obligations. I love hearing new shows, I love reviewing them, I love writing about the industry. That said, please do keep in mind this is one guy who is about to break 200 regularly updating subscriptions in Pocket Casts.
I don’t have time to contact every single person re: their submission. If I listen to the show and like it, you’ll get mentioned in the review and tagged on Twitter.
My Review Ethics
I will not review a podcast for any of the following reasons:
- The show is produced or prominently features a creator I have done paid work with in the past.
- The creator has a history of abusive/violent/offensive etc. behavior towards others in the podcasting community.
- I knew the creator outside of podcasting prior to the show’s production.
- The podcast is a relatively small production that I didn’t like.
This site exists to promote shows that move me and shows that others need to hear about. On the rare occasion I write something with a negative slant, it’s because a larger producer puts out something sloppy or there is a recurring problem that needs discussing. There’s nothing to be gained by my dunking on your new show because I didn’t dig it. We’re all here to make good shows and have fun, life’s too short.
What I Generally Don’t Like
The following is a partial list of genres/show topics that, unless done spectacularly well, it’s likely I won’t dig your show.
I love true crime content, I really do, but there is enough murder porn in the world. If you’ve got a true crime show to recommend to me that both has an interesting story to tell and doesn’t lionize murderers/scumbags, I wanna hear about it.
People Talkin’ About Stuff™
If the pitch for a show is “just me and some friends talkin’ about stuff” it’ll be an uphill battle to get me interested. I totally get the interest in turning on a podcast with friends chatting about random topics to act as a sort of surrogate conversation, audio popcorn. As someone who actively listens to podcasts, that niche was cornered a long time ago. If you have a cool hook/focus, hit me up.
What I Generally Like
I talk about Criminal, Flash Forward, and Ologies a lot for a reason. They’re well-presented, tightly edited, ethical, and well-researched.
Actual play with restraint
I love actual play, I even love table talk and dice sounds in the mix. I know it’s a hot topic for some, but I enjoy it. What I don’t dig is AP that goes for two hours an episode but only has thirty minutes of forward momentum. For examples of shows that do this right: Join the Party, 20 Sided Stories, or The Adventure Zone: Amnesty all fit the bill. An example of something that doesn’t: the early arcs of Adventure Zone: Balance have long, painful sections where Griffin could barely get a word in between the endless “Isn’t it funny I’m joking about pop culture things fantasy characters wouldn’t know about” gags. Funny in small doses, annoying in large ones.
Fuzzy Logic, Hey Riddle Riddle, Beyond Beyond Belief, these are all chat-heavy nonfiction shows but they have one important draw: They have a fun game built into the conversation! Improv comedy can fall flat without structure, the games motivate discussion/entertaining content.
If you’ve made it through all of this text then congratulations, the show you want to tell me about must really be worth it! You can fill out my official review request form here.
Please note: You get one shot per six months. Anyone re-submitting a show within that window without a valid reason (e.g. you’ve gone through a complete re-tooling on par with when Rose Buddies became Wonderful) will be ignored at best/quietly piss me off at worst.
Yes, it’s fun to reach episode (number). Cool, you got (celebrity) to guest host. That’s great, I’m proud of you, but it doesn’t mean I need to get a notification for a show I’ve already got on my radar.
That said, I’m human and my brain functions like a sieve. If it’s been six months since you pitched the show to me and you feel the series has grown or I would really like it, go again!