Podcast Festival

Uniting Cincinnatians to experience diverse storytelling across podcast platforms. Hear the stories of Cincinnati creatives and companies helping transform podcasting.

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About Podcast Festival

Share two days in celebration of community building and storytelling from
podcasters both emerging and experienced. Exchange ideas and inspiration with thought leaders from business, culture and technology using podcasts to grow impact and profitability.

Venue

The podcast festival will be held at Memorial Hall in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood.

Artists & Presenters

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Michael Baranowski

Politics, New Media , Education, Mass Media

Dr. Michael Baranowski is a Cleveland native, but you may be surprised to learn he’s also a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He teaches classes in American Politics, the Politics of Desire and Mass Media and American Politics in Film at Northern Kentucky University. He’s married to department colleague, Dr. Kimberly Weir, and co-hosts the podcast The Politics Guys with Jay Carson, an attorney, and Trey Orndorff, a fellow political science professor.

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Erin Von Bergen

Communications, Marketing

Erin Von Bergen is Director of Marketing and Communications at Miami University’s College of Education, Health & Society.

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Anne Bogel

Writing, Podcasting

Anne Bogel talks with readers about the books they love; the books they hate and the books they can’t put down. Thanks to her discussions on her podcast What Should I Read Next?, you’ll discover what you’ll want to read next.

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Mark Borison

Performance, Producing, Podcasting

Mark is an actor, producer and founder and host of the top-rated podcast The Mark Show.

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Jay Carson

Commercial Litigation, Podcasting, Politics

Jay Carson is an attorney specializing in commercial litigation and a former legislative aide in the Ohio House of Representatives. He co-hosts the podcast The Political Guys with Michael Baranowski, a political science professor.

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Jay Clouse

Startups, Tech, Podcasting, Innovation

Jay Clouse is founder of Unreal Collective, a creative community for founders and freelancers, former COO of tech startup Tixers, a digital ticket marketplace acquired in 2015; and present-day writer and host of the upside podcast; about tech startups being built outside Silicon Valley and the startup founders behind them. He credits the time leading entrepreneur and investor Dave McClure told him that his pitch “didn’t suck” as one of his business highlights.

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Sean C. Davis

Podcasting, Storytelling, Music, Web Design

Sean C. Davis identifies the starting point of his development career at the marketing technology department of Messer Construction. His interest in web design and development consistently ignites multiple side projects and these side projects have led to staff positions at various agencies including Topic Design Group and Ample. Davis polishes his skills for interactive storytelling via the podcast Squirrel Stories, combining live music, live storytelling by guests and an energetic crowd at a favorite bar.

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Lisa DeRoberts

Acting, Marketing, Podcasting

In front of the cameras, Lisa DeRoberts is a commercial, film and theatre actress. Away from the bright lights, she’s an experienced content marketer and social media strategist. She’s also Co-host of I JUST WANNA (…so do it already), a podcast where people come together to talk about their dreams and their steps for achieving them.

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Whitney Dixon

Fine Art, Photography, Design

Whitney Dixon is a photographer specializing in portraits, events and fine art. Her company, Pixxel Designs, consists of a husband and wife partnership. While Dixon provides client work across the United States and throughout the world, she continues to call Cincinnati her beautiful home.

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Josh Elstro

Broadcasting, Podcasting

Josh Elstro is Production and Recording Engineer at Cincinnati Public Radio. He’s also founder of Still Trying, a dating culture and advice podcast.

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Dylan Garven

Podcast Production

Dylan Garven is the producer of Pantsuit Politics. He handles technical details from recording to editing to getting the episodes into the ears of listeners. Dylan also runs a post-production studio called Studio D, where he helps other podcasters tell their stories. (studiod.co)

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Anna Hehman

Development, Podcasting

As Director of Development for the Cincinnati Observatory, Anna Hehman works to build a community of advocates and supporters for the historic observatory. She’s also a popular podcaster with Looking Up, the first original podcast from Cincinnati Public Radio.

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Sarah Stewart Holland

Podcasting, Interactive Storytelling, Media

Sarah Stewart Holland co-hosts the bi-partisan political podcast Pantsuit Politics with Beth Silvers. Their first book, I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening) A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversation will be published on February 5, 2019.

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Eric Hornung

Startups, Tech, Podcasting

Eric Hornung is Cleveland-born and Columbus-fed, but he ran away to bigger cities (Hong Kong, Shanghai, Chicago and NYC). He’s an avid reader and a living boomerang. Hornung is also co-host of Upside podcast, about tech startups being built outside Silicon Valley and the startup founders behind them.

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Amber Hunt

Media, Podcasting

Amber Hunt is a reporter and host of Accused, Enquirer Media’s Webby-nominated podcast.

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Mike Kroeger

Entrepreneurship, Podcasting, Craft Beer

Mike Kroeger is a Cincinnati-based entrepreneur and owner/operator of BanaSun Smoothie Bar. He’s also Co-host of The UnRuly Sports Fan, a craft beer and sports talk show.

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Jay Kruz

Broadcasting, Podcasting, Media

Jay Kruz is Program Director and Afternoon DJ at Hubbard Interactive.

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Greg Leader

Advertising, Media, Podcasting

Greg Leader is Vice President of Advertising Partnerships for Stitcher/Midroll.

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James Loy

Editing, Writing, Podcasting

James Loy is Editor, Writer, Host and Producer of Reframe, the podcast from Miami University’s College of Education, Health and Society.

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Brad Mulvey

Startups, Tech, Podcasting

Brad Mulvey is a Cleveland-based marketer and host of the Millennial Mastermind podcast.

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Alise Napp

Podcast Production

In addition to her work at a higher education consulting firm, Alise Napp provides marketing, project management and production support to The Nuanced Life and Pantsuit Politics podcasts.

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Jim Nolan

Broadcasting, Podcasting, Media

Jim Nolan is Interactive Communications Manager at Cincinnati Public Radio and host of Local Exposure.

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Patrick E. Phillips

Theatre, Podcasting

A proud graduate of Xavier University, Patrick E. Phillips continues to build upon his degrees in Theatre and English as an ensemble member of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and rising stage actor. He’s also Co-host of I JUST WANNA (…so do it already), a podcast where people come together to talk about their dreams and their steps for achieving them.

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Dean Regas

Observational Astronomy, Mythology, Podcasting

Dean Regas sustains his passion for astronomy as the Outreach Astronomer for the Cincinnati Observatory. He’s also a popular podcaster with Looking Up, the first original podcast from Cincinnati Public Radio.

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Mike Rosa

Education, Broadcasting, Podcasting

Mike Rosa is a present-day high school teacher and a former minor league baseball announcer. He combines his broadcasting and education talents as Co-host of The Unruly Sports Fan, a weekly podcast about craft beer and sports.

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Amanda Rossmann

Video Coaching, Podcasting, Media

Amanda Rossmann is a Video Coach at Enquirer Media and a member of the creative team behind the Webby-nominated podcast, the Accused.

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Beth Silvers

Podcasting, Business Coaching, Consulting, Interactive Storytelling

Beth Silvers co-hosts the bi-partisan, political podcast Pantsuit Politics with Sarah Stewart Holland. Their first book, I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversation will be published on February 5, 2019.

A former lawyer and business leader, Silvers continues to scale her creative tool kit as a coach, mentor, podcaster, published author, yoga teacher as well as a mom of two.

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Amanda Valentine

Broadcasting, Health, Podcasting

Amanda Valentine is a CMA Award-winning radio host on Cincinnati’s B-105. She’s also an acclaimed podcaster inspiring audiences with her personal stories of health and wellness on the podcast Pound This.

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Kailah Ware

Civic Design, Storytelling, Photography, Filmmaking

Kailah Ware is a designer, photographer, filmmaker and founder of 1DegreeOf Sepration, a mixed-media installation that ignites common people and everyday places throughout Greater Cincinnati via crowd-sourced storytelling.

Schedule

November 01

Podcast Festival Welcome

Creative Pop Ups / Networking / Coffee / Green Ballroom - First Floor Thank You to our Sponsor Baker & Daboll, LLC / From Founder to CEO

12:00 PM

Breakout Session #1

Breakouts / Brainstorms / Design Sprints / Panels / Presentations

Track One: Finding Your Footing and Format – Beth Silvers, Sarah Stewart Holland, Alise Napp and Dylan Garven, Pantsuit Politics

Join the Pantsuit Politics team, Co-hosts Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland, Production Assistant Alise Napp, and Producer Dylan Garven, for an interactive session to help new and aspiring podcasters vet their concepts, refine their formats and see their ways past the first 50 episodes. Gold Ballroom - First Floor

Track Two: Accelerating Social Change through Digital Storytelling – Director of Marketing and Communications Erin Von Bergen, Writer and Editor James Loy, Miami University’s College of Education, Health & Society

Dive deep with the team behind Reframe, the podcast from Miami University’s College of Education, Health & Society. Learn how digital storytelling including podcasts push past traditional barriers and reach new audiences throughout and beyond the academic community. Studio - Lower Level

Track Three: Storyboarding for a Successful Podcast - Hubbard Interactive Program Director & Afternoon DJ Jay Kruz

Podcasts are future media but there are old-fashioned storytelling techniques that can transform even the most tech-savvy podcasts. Learn how to Storyboard for a Successful podcast with Hubbard Interactive Program Director & Afternoon DJ Jay Kruz. Immerse yourself in a brainstorming session. Experience creation ideas around plot, characters on a show as well as takeaways for series ideas and sustaining a series topic. Parkview Room - Second Floor

Track Four: Pop-Up Live Podcasting

Bring your own equipment and broadcast from our Pop-Up Podcast Hub in Memorial Hall. Interview the amazing people behind Cincinnati’s First Podcast Festival including presenters, special guests and team members. Green Ballroom - First Floor

1:00 PM

Breakout Session #2

Breakouts / Brainstorms / Design Sprints / Panels / Presentations

Track One: The Ethics of Podcasting – Amber Hunt, Reporter and Host, Accused, and Amanda Rossmann, Video Coach, Enquirer Media

Learn the value of ethics in podcasting from the Enquirer Media team behind the Webby-nominated podcast, the Accused. Gold Ballroom - First Floor

Track Two: How (NOT) To Make Your Podcast Boring – Kailah Ware, Sunny Blu Art, Whitney Dixon, Pixxel Designs

Join civic storytellers Kailah Ware, Sunny Blu Art, and Whitney Dixon, Pixxel Designs for a brainstorm on building, designing and implementing a compelling story. Take part in a story wall exercise and learn takeaways for igniting your podcasts. Green Ballroom - First Floor

Track Three: The Podpreneur Life - Team Radio Artifact

Interact with successful podpreneurs including The Unruly Sports Fan team, Mike Kroeger and Mike Rosa, growing their businesses in Greater Cincinnati and beyond. Learn how innovative storytellers from Radio Artifact are using podcasts to cut through the media noise and tell their stories. Studio - Lower Floor

Track Four: Pop-Up Live Podcasting

Bring your own equipment and broadcast from our Pop-Up Podcast Hub in Memorial Hall. Interview the amazing people behind Cincinnati’s First Podcast Festival including presenters, special guests and team members. Green Ballroom - First Floor

2:00 PM

Creative Exhale #1

Creative Exhale / Networking / Pop Ups / Green Ballroom - First Floor

3:00 PM

Live Podcast: Squirrel Stories

Some Stories are awkward. Some stories are embarrassing. They’re all good-natured and laugh-at-loud entertaining. Share tales that make you blush and chuckle; this time in front of a Memorial Hall audience, and become part of the Squirrel Stories Community. Anderson Theater - Second Floor

4:00 PM

Creative Exhale #2

Creative Exhale / Networking / Pop Ups / Green Ballroom - First Floor

5:00 PM

Dinner Break

Explore Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood to grab some grub and take a break from the action.

6:00 PM

Cocktail Hour

Cocktails / Networking / Green Ballroom - First Floor

7:00 PM

Live Podcast: The Politics Guys & Pound This

Start the night with The Politics Guys, Mike, a liberal political science professor, and Jay, a conservative attorney, discuss the week in politics with intelligence and humor.

Wrap our double show evening with Amanda Valentine, CMA-Award-winning radio host on Cincinnati’s B-105, and host of the health and wellness podcast Pound This. Amanda’s personal fitness journey will inspire you to ignite a healthier lifestyle and join the Pound This community. Anderson Theater - Second Floor

8:00 PM

First Day Wrap

Cocktails / Networking

9:00 PM

November 02

Welcome Back

Creative Pop Ups / Networking / Coffee / Breakfast Vendors / Green Ballroom - First Floor Thank You to our Sponsor Baker & Daboll, LLC / From Founder to CEO

8:00 AM

Live Podcast: Looking Up

Looking Up, the first original podcast from Cincinnati Public Radio, brings you the latest astronomical discoveries in a fun, quick-paced conversation. We bring out-of-this-world topics about planets, stars, and the universe, science and technology, throw in a little pop culture and bring it all down to Earth. for the stars and experience the latest astronomical ideas and news.

After experiencing and interacting with the live podcast of Looking Up, with Dean Regas, Cincinnati Observatory Outreach Astronomer, and Anna Hehman, Cincinnati Observatory Director of Development, you’ll never look up at the stars the same way again. Anderson Theater - Second Floor

9:00 AM

Breakout Session #3

Breakouts / Brainstorms / Design Sprints / Panels / Presentations

Track One: Outgrowing Hobby Status - Beth Silvers, Sarah Stewart Holland, Alise Napp and Dylan Garven, Pantsuit Politics

The Pantsuit Politics team, Co-hosts Beth Silvers and Sarah Stewart Holland, Production Assistant Alise Napp, and Producer Dylan Garven, will discuss professionalizing your podcast. They’ll talk about making good decisions around adding team members, sponsors and listener support. They’ll also share lessons they’ve learned along the way. Gold Ballroom - First Floor

Track Two: Meet Us at Our Story Wall. Using Place To Ignite Podcasts.

Connect with civic storytellers Kailah Ware, Sunny Blu Art, and Whitney Dixon, Pixxel Designs for an interactive dive on building, designing and implementing a compelling story. Experience a story wall installation and learn takeaways for making your podcasts unforgettable to audiences. Green Ballroom - First Floor

Track Three: Stop Podfading and Increase Podcast Energy with Personal Storytelling – Amanda Valentine, Radio Host on Cincinnati’s B-105 and host of Pound This

Experience the dramatic weight loss journey of Amanda Valentine, CMA Award-winning radio host on Cincinnati’s B-105 and host of the podcast Pound This, and how she uses personal storytelling to squash podfading and make her popular podcast sustainable. Studio - Lower Floor

Track Four: Podcast Audio 101 - Josh Elstro, production and recording engineer at Cincinnati Public Radio, and Jim Nolan, interactive communications manager at Cincinnati Public Radio

Learn best practices and best values regarding audio equipment, techniques, etc. from Cincinnati Public Radio Interactive Communications Manager and Local Exposure host Jim Nolan and Production/Recording Engineer Josh Elstro. Parkview Room - Second Floor

10:00 AM

Breakout Session #4

Breakouts / Brainstorms / Design Sprints / Panels / Presentations

Track One: Lessons in Storytelling from Webby Award-nominated Podcasters – Amber Hunt, Reporter and Host, Accused, and Amanda Rossmann, Video Coach, Enquirer Media

It takes exceptional storytelling and writing to become a Webby Award-nominee. Learn storytelling lessons from Amber Hunt, Reporter and Host, Accused, and Amanda Rossmann, Video Coach, Enquirer Media, and increase your chance of landing Webby Award acclaim. Gold Ballroom - First Floor

Track Two: How to Transform Your Podcast into a Powerful Connectivity Tool - Brad Mulvey, Marketer and Host, Millennial Mastermind

Experience a one-of-a-kind brainstorm with Brad Mulvey, a Cleveland-based tech marketer and host of the Millennial Mastermind podcast. Learn innovative ideas and takeaways for using podcasts as an engine for growing your network of advocates, customers, influencers and partners. Studio - Lower Floor

Track Three: Lessons in Becoming a Media Disruptor

Interact with experienced content creators and strategists using frontier technology to grow their communities of advocates, customers, influencers and partners. Learn from podcasters from I JUST WANNA and The Unruly Sports Fan and gain inspiration around the innovative use of podcasts for interactive storytelling. Parkview Room - Second Floor

Track Four: Pop-Up Live Podcasting

Bring your own equipment and broadcast from our Pop-Up Podcast Hub in Memorial Hall. Interview the amazing people behind Cincinnati’s First Podcast Festival including presenters, special guests and team members. Green Ballroom - First Floor

11:00 AM

Lunch Break

Creative Pop Ups / Networking / Lunch Vendors

12:00 PM

Breakout Session #5

Track One: Lunch Keynote:

The Power of Podcasts - Greg Leader, vice president of advertising partnerships, Stitcher/Midroll

Is this the golden age of podcasts? In a time when more media channels than ever before are competing for our attention, what makes podcasts so special? Greg Leader, vice president of advertising partnerships for podcast industry leader Stitcher and its advertising arm, Midroll, shares how podcast creators and advertisers can capture the magic of podcasts to connect with their target audiences. Anderson Theater - Second Floor

1:00 PM

Breakout Session #6

Breakouts / Brainstorms / Design Sprints / Panels / Presentations

Track One: Content That Creates Community - Beth Silvers, Sarah Stewart Holland, Alise Napp and Dylan Garven, Pantsuit Politics

Listener engagement is the oxygen for podcasts. Join the Pantsuit Politics team, Beth Silvers, Sarah Stewart Holland, Alise Napp and Dylan Garven for a creative brainstorm around content. They’ll work individually with participants on strategies to increase listener engagement and create an ecosystem around their podcasts that builds community. Gold Ballroom - First Floor

Track Two: A Guide to Igniting your Creativity with Podcasts - Mark Borison, founder and host, The Mark Show

The marketing and storytelling platforms available to creators can feel overwhelming. You need a media guide. Take a creative sprint with actor, producer, writer and host of top-rated podcast The Mark Show and learn how to build community, ignite creativity and unleash your potential for podcast storytelling. Studio - Lower Floor

Track Three: Media Talks: Building a Podcast to Ignite Your Creative Life

Listen to successful creatives including the Upside team, Jay Clouse and Eric Hornung, discuss the ins and outs of building their podcasts; finding inspiration and igniting their creative lives. Learn valuable takeaways from The Unruly Sports Fan team, Mike Kroeger and Mike Rosa, for using podcasts to ignite how you create, live and work. Parkview Room - Second Floor

Track Four: Pop-Up Live Podcasting

Bring your own equipment and broadcast from our Pop-Up Podcast Hub in Memorial Hall. Interview the amazing people behind Cincinnati’s First Podcast Festival including presenters, special guests and team members. Green Ballroom - First Floor

2:00 PM

Creative Exhale #3

Creative Exhale / Networking / Pop Ups / Green Ballroom - First Floor

3:00 PM

Live Podcast: Upside & Millennial Mastermind

Start the night with Upside co-hosts Jay Clouse and Eric Hornung talking tech startups being built outside Silicon Valley and the startup founders behind them. Wrap our double show with Brad Mulvey, a Cleveland-based tech marketer and podcaster, helps motivated millennials and innovators of all ages build amazing lives via stories from best-selling authors, entrepreneurs and startup founders.

Listening to Millennial Mastermind will help you achieve innovation nirvana; a coordinated balance of knowledge, effort and spirit. Interacting with Millennial Mastermind on Memorial Hall’s Mainstage will ignite ideas around business, science and technology at blue sky levels. Anderson Theater - Second Floor

4:00 PM

Creative Exhale #4

Creative Exhale / Networking / Pop Ups / Green Ballroom - First Floor

5:00 PM

Dinner Break

Explore Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood to grab some grub and take a break from the action.

6:00 PM

Cocktail Hour

Cocktails / Networking / Green Ballroom - First Floor

7:00 PM

Live Podcast: Pantsuit Politics & What Should I Read Next

Beth Silvers co-hosts the bi-partisan political podcast Pantsuit Politics with Sarah Stewart Holland. Interacting and watching the show, you’ll quickly learn that Sarah leans to the political left, while Beth tilts towards the political right. However, they are both on-target when it comes to compelling and intelligent discussion of our politics nation. Perhaps, their secret, storytelling sauce is listening respectfully to each other as well as their guests.

The first book from the Pantsuit Politics co-hosts, I Think You’re Wrong (But I’m Listening): A Guide to Grace-Filled Political Conversation will be published on February 5, 2019.

Speaking of books and guests, Anne Bogel talks with readers about the books they love; the books they hate and the books they can’t put down and pause from reading. Thanks to their discussions on her podcast What Should I Read Next?, you’ll discover what you’ll want to read next.

Together, Beth, Sarah and Anne promise a live podcast like no other; featuring two of the most popular podcasts produced in the Midwest. Anderson Theater - Second Floor

8:00 PM

Festival Wrap

Cocktails / Networking / Green Ballroom - First Floor

9:00 PM