An interview with last year’s Mixcloud Online Radio Awards winner Ear Hustle

In case you didn’t know, there are now only four days left to submit nominations for the 2018 Mixcloud Online Radio awards. The deadline is fast approaching! If you love online radio, from cutting-edge music shows to the hottest new Podcast, you can nominate yourself or nominate the shows, stations and radio personalities you love.

Submissions for this year’s awards close on Thursday 26 April. Entry is free and you can submit your nominations at mora.fm.

As part of our new series shinning a light on 2017’s winners, we caught up with Maggie Taylor from Radiotopia, the network behind the critically-acclaimed Podcast, Ear Hustle, which last year took home the Rising Star award for Best Online Talk Show.

An illustration by Antwan William, one of the co-creators behind Ear Hustle
An illustration by Antwan William, one of the co-creators behind Ear Hustle.

Ear Hustle has everything you need from a Podcast: it’s gripping, it’s sincere and it reveals tales from a world we all too often forget about: prison life. It was a very worthy winner in last year’s Mixcloud Online Radio Awards, and we were excited to find out more from Maggie about what the Podcast has been up to.

Tell us a bit about the Ear Hustle Podcast.

Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. The Podcast is a partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist. The team works in San Quentin’s media lab to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny, and always honest, offering a nuanced view of people living within the American prison system.

What do you love most about Podcasts and online radio?

What I love most about Podcasts is their accessibility – anyone can listen to Podcasts anywhere, and for free.

What most excites you about the future of Podcasts and online radio?

I’m excited to see more Podcasts by up-and-coming producers. Inclusivity and diversity are also important and I want to see more underrepresented voices, like the men of San Quentin.

What’s next for Ear Hustle?

This season, Ear Hustle will have new additions to the production team. Nigel and Earlonne are bringing on Pat Mesiti-Miller, a producer for Snap Judgment, to help them produce Ear Hustle’s second season. Pat is also working with a group of incarcerated men at San Quentin, teaching them about sound engineering and design.

Stories will cover sex trafficking, death row, creativity in prison and father/son relationships, among other topics. The team has also brought on David Jassy, the incarcerated Swedish musician who contributed to sound design during season one when Antwan Williams’ privileges were limited.

The show is also adding a new segment called Count Time, this will be bonus content at the end of the episode that will allow us to share what I like to think of as tidbits of sound, curious pieces of audio that we want you to hear: jokes, recipes, music, very short stories — just a little extra to make you think.

We’re also are trying to go to different parts of San Quentin.

You can follow Ear Hustle on Mixcloud:

Interested in entering this year’s awards? You can also find out more about the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards with our seven reasons you should enter.

Take a look at the new and improved Mixcloud

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Today we’re launching the new, improved and best-looking Mixcloud yet. Our new website uses a brighter and more intuitive design to make it even easier and faster to discover the shows you love.

Regular listeners will notice we’ve made subtle changes to profile pages, the home feed and various other features – making the entire interface feel smoother, more refined and simpler to use.

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Our new website is designed to also support our growing community of curators with an even more reliable platform for promoting shows to listeners all over the world.

The new and improved Mixcloud is available now. Visit mixcloud.com and tell us what you think. Issues or concerns? You can contact our support team at support@mixcloud.com.

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Mixcloud offers rich pool of Podcasts on Sonos

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When Mixcloud teamed up with Sonos to integrate platforms, it opened up tens of thousands of Podcasts which you can listen to directly and comfortably from your Sonos app, straight from the comfort of your home (or office, like we do here at Mixcloud HQ).

There are millions of hours of quality radio and Podcasts on Mixcloud, now accessible through the Sonos app; Mixcloud is arguably one of the richest pools of Podcast content, and one of best ways to listen to Podcasts on Sonos.

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Adding Mixcloud to Sonos is simple

Once you’ve clicked on ‘Add Music Services’ (see above pic), select Mixcloud and simply log-in through the Sonos app using your Mixcloud account details or create an account if you (still!) don’t have one. After you’ve done this once, you’ll not need to do it again.

You will then have access to some of the finest Podcasts available online: from current affairs programs to educational stuff by none other than Harvard Business School; science podcasts by The Guardian; Monocle 24 (hailed as a ‘meeting between Foreign Policy and Vanity Fair’), and plenty of other genres, such as technology, food, sport, lifestyle – and of course, popular shows such as Serial. 

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Select Talk on the desktop or mobile app

Choose Mixcloud on your Sonos app and you will see an option titled ‘Talk’. When selected, it will lead you to the wide variety of Podcasts you can listen to on Sonos through Mixcloud – organised by the categories below.

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You can also search for your favourite Podcast using the Sonos search feature – make sure you have selected ‘Search Mixcloud’.

Once you’ve discovered the many Podcasts available through Mixcloud on Sonos, you’ll not need to look far for some top audio entertainment.

Mixcloud on Apple TV offers plentiful Podcasts

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Mixcloud on Apple TV is one of the best ways to access and enjoy thousands upon thousands of Podcasts directly from the comfort of your living room.

There are millions of hours of quality radio and Podcasts on Mixcloud easily accessible on Apple TV; in fact we reckon it’s one of the richest Podcast resources available through the Apple TV platform. Continue reading Mixcloud on Apple TV offers plentiful Podcasts