Q&A with Courtney Carthy: What next for podcasting?
Mushroom Group’s creative director of podcasts, Courtney Carthy, may have been a surprise addition on Radio Today’s Podcast Power Players list, however the number of high-powered audio executives putting him forward for inclusion meant he simply couldn’t be ignored. In this quick-fire Q&A with Vivienne Kelly he talks stress, podcasting mistakes and what’s next.
VK: Describe your job in one word:
VK: If you could make a podcast about anything, what would it be?
CC: A tag-along adventure.
VK: What is the biggest mistake you see in podcasting?
CC: Thinking that phone interview audio quality is ok. I’m guilty.
VK: What’s your prediction for where the industry will be in five years?
CC: More exclusive platforms, but hopefully getting more money to more creators.
VK: What advice would you give to somebody looking to work in podcasting?
CC: Be great at editing audio and don’t work for free.
VK: What is the best part of your role?
CC: Feeling like we’re just at the start.
VK: What is the biggest challenge you face in your role?
CC: Wrangling people from everywhere!
VK: What about the wider industry, what challenges is it facing?
CC: Getting money to creators and show discovery.
VK: What’s something about you that might surprise people?
CC: If I’m stressed out I watch skateboarding videos on Instagram.
VK: If you weren’t in podcasting, what do you think you’d be doing?
CC: Something else in media. I can’t escape it.
Entries for Radio Today’s Podcast Awards with LiSTNR are now open. Categories span podcast executive leader of the year, host or presenter of the year, branded podcast of the year and podcast company of the year. Late entries are open now until July 4. More information is available here.