Brian Ibbott

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Brian Ibbott
Brian Ibbott at Nerdtacular 2014.jpg
at Nerdtacular 2014
Notable work

Brian Ibbott is a podcaster who lives in Arvada, Colorado, and is best known for his podcast Coverville.[1][2]

Ibbott attended art school, and in the 1990s worked for a few months as a wedding DJ.[3][4] An early website he created was (2000), billed as "Pop-culture trivia questions delivered fresh to your door!",[5] where he "answered nagging questions that stumped people".[6] He has worked in customer service management and technical services, has freelanced in web development, and is married, with one son.[3][4][7]

Ibbott's podcast Coverville began in September 2004 along with his business, Coverville Media LLC.[6] Shows are released three times per week, drawn from an archive of 12,744 (as of 2008) cover songs in MP3 format on his laptop computer, with one episode per week an "all request show".[4] Coverville is one of the longest running podcasts in the iTunes Store and also is in the top rankings for overall episode numbers.[citation needed] In August 2008, celebrating the 500th episode of Coverville, Ibbott hosted a 5-act concert in Las Vegas for his listeners while serving as a member of Richard Cheese's band.[4] The show has won Podcast Connect's People's Choice Podcast Award for the years 2005, 2011, and 2012 in the "Podcast Safe Music" category.[8]

He creates podcasts "for hire" for other companies,[6] and produced two podcast segments for the Denver Post,[7] Today In Music History and Lyrics Undercover[9][10] (both retired[11]). Ibbott continued producing both podcasts,[12][13] and they are hosted on iTunes.[14][15] He co-hosted the casual gaming podcast The Wii Show with the host of Tired Thumbs, Charlie George and Sara Phillips.[16][17]

Ibbott has co-hosted the movie discussion podcast Film Sack with Scott Johnson, Randy Jordan, and Brian Dunaway since it started in 2009,[18] and has co-hosted The Morning Stream with Johnson on Mondays through Thursdays, since its inception in January 2011.[19]

Ibbott wrote a chapter of the O'Reilly book Podcasting Hacks (2005), entitled "Build a Great Music Podcast".[20]

In 2012, Ibbott established the Coverville Records label, and released its first album entitled Smooth Federation, a collection of Star Trek arrangements done in jazz styling, arranged and performed by Andrew Allen.[21] The project, including audio mastering, music licensing and production, was funded by a Kickstarter campaign[22] which exceeded its funding goal.[23]

He is a member and former coordinator of the Denver Podcasters Meetup.[24]


  1. ^ Waters, Darren (July 19, 2005). "Pick of the podcasts: Coverville". BBC News.
  2. ^ Green, Heather (March 13, 2005). "Online Extra: Radio Days for Everyman" Archived December 13, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Business Week. McGraw-Hill Companies.
  3. ^ a b Harrington, Jack D., ed. (August 26, 2005). Podcasting Hacks: Tips and Tools for Blogging Out Loud. O'Reilly Media. p. XV. ISBN 978-0596100667.
  4. ^ a b c d Purdy, Kevin (July 29, 2008). "How Coverville's Brian Ibbott Gets Things Done". Lifehacker.
  5. ^ "Main Menu". Archived from the original on May 20, 2000.
  6. ^ a b c Schwartz, Brian (2011). "Brian Ibbott of Coverville (interview excerpt)". Archived from the original on December 13, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
    Schwartz, Brian (2009). "18 "Just Jump In"". 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs. 50 Interviews Inc. pp. 89–91.(Full interview)
  7. ^ a b Mook, Bob (June 18, 2006). "Will money follow rush to podcasting?". Denver Business Journal. American City Business Journals.
  8. ^ "Past Winners". Podcast Awards. Podcast Connect Inc.
  9. ^ "Post Podcasts". Archived from the original on June 5, 2007.
  10. ^ "Post Podcast Archives". Archived from the original on February 26, 2010.
  11. ^ "Podcasts" Archived June 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Denver Post
  12. ^ "Today In Music History" Archived December 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine podcast.
  13. ^ Lyrics Undercover podcast.
  14. ^ Today in Music History Archived March 16, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. iTunes.
  15. ^ Lyrics Undercover. iTunes.
  16. ^ "Tired Thumbs Podcast".
  17. ^ Tim O'Shea (January 7, 2008). "Podcaster Brian Ibbott". Retrieved September 11, 2016.
  18. ^ Johnson, Scott (October 27, 2009). "Announcing, 'The Film Sack Podcast'". Archived from the original on October 30, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2013.
  19. ^ "FrogPants Studios! - The Morning Stream". April 28, 2013. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  20. ^ Ibbott, Brian (August 26, 2005). "19 - Build a Great Music Podcast". In Harrington, Jack D. Podcasting Hacks: Tips and Tools for Blogging Out Loud. O'Reilly Media. pp. 153–161. ISBN 978-0596100667.
  21. ^ Parker, Ryan (June 18, 2012). "Arvada podcast pro Brian Ibbott creates "Star Trek: jazz styling - The Denver Post". Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  22. ^ Davis, Lauren (April 15, 2012). "A Dr. McNinja video game, a Star Trek jazz album, and a fairy tale cartoon starring Lena Headey". Crowdfund this. io9. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  23. ^ "Smooth Federation: An all-jazz Star Trek tribute album by Brian Ibbott". Kickstarter. May 9, 2012. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  24. ^ "Brian Ibbott - Colorado Podcasters (Denver , CO)". April 20, 2005. Archived from the original on December 5, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013.