It's been years since I've listened to music in any sort of meaningful way. Sure, I'll catch the occasional song on the radio here and there, or put on a playlist while I clean my apartment, but podcasts have largely replaced music for me as my go-to source of aural entertainment when I have any down time. I fell in love with the medium in 2008, and two years later, my friend Tyler and I started our own podcast with The Not Just New Movies Podcast, a review show where we reviewed a seemingly random movie that wasn't playing in theaters at the time. That ran for two years and 100 episodes (plus an occasional bonus episode) before we put it to bed in August of 2012, but it wasn't long until we started a different show called The 5Cast, one that's lasted even longer and is still going strong. You've probably seen episodes of both pop up here at GeekTyrant over the years.
Working on those shows is a lot of fun, but we've never come anywhere close to the level of mega-hits like This American Life or Serial when it comes to number of listeners and downloads. That's not really the goal, per se — sure, it'd be nice — so all we're really trying to do is give the show a larger audience. We knew there were a lot of other podcasts out there that were experiencing something similar — hosts and producers were putting in the time and creating consistently enjoyable shows, but they weren't getting the audience we thought they deserved.
So earlier this year, we hatched the idea to launch a podcast network that would serve as a hub for listeners to be able to discover those kinds of like-minded and entertaining shows that we knew were floating around online. We called it PodTyrant (fitting, right?), tracked down a handful of shows that we liked, and asked them to come aboard. We've been slowly adding high-quality podcasts ever since, and now it's time to officially introduce you all to the new network.
As of right now, eleven podcasts are part of the network (you can find them all here). We're on a trial basis with most of them for a little while longer, just feeling each other out as we continue to cement our relationships with the hosts, but we've had an absolutely fantastic experience with all of them so far and we're confident they're going to stick around for the long haul. I'm very proud of what we've been able to do in such a short time; from inception to execution, it's been a fun ride so far, and we're just getting started. Thanks to Free Reyes for building the website, to Tyler for heading up PodTyrant's Twitter account (give us a follow, won't you?), and to all of the hosts and producers we've worked with who have been producing cool content. The podcasting medium isn't slowing down any time soon, and we're excited to take the site to the next level.
So add PodTyrant.com to your bookmarks and check out the podcasts we have over there. There's a new episode of at least one show being posted every weekday. We're also looking for more shows to join the team, so if you host or produce a show you think would be a good fit for the network, send us a submission. Maybe you'll become the newest member of the family.