Relay FM

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Relay FM
Private
IndustryPodcast
GenrePodcast
Founded2014 (2014)
Founder
Headquarters
OwnerMyke Hurley Edit this on Wikidata
Number of employees
3
Websiterelay.fm

Relay FM is a podcast network covering a diverse range of subjects including pens, video games, mobile app development, entrepreneurship, and productivity. It was founded 18 August 2014[1] by Myke Hurley and Stephen M. Hackett.[2] The network's hosts include Christina Warren, senior tech editor at Gizmodo; CGP Grey, educational YouTuber and co-host of the podcast Hello Internet; Simone de Rochefort, video editor at Polygon; Casey Liss, Marco Arment, John Siracusa from the Accidental Tech Podcast; and Brianna Wu, cofounder of Giant Spacekat.

In 2015, many podcasts moved under the Relay FM network and added to the diversity of the hosts and topics. Christina Warren, Brianna Wu, and Simone de Rochefort from Rocket; Aleen Simms from Less Than or Equal; Tom Gerhardt and Dan Provost from Studio Neat; Yasmine Evjen, Andy Ihnatko, and Russell Ivanovic from Material; and David Sparks and Katie Floyd from Mac Power Users all joined the network or started new shows since Relay FM's inception.

When the podcast network launched, it had five shows: Analog(ue), Connected, Inquisitive, The Pen Addict, and Virtual.[2] Eventually the company expanded to 28 live shows on the network, in addition to the extra B-Sides podcast consisting of before and after show snippets, two paid members only shows, and eight retired shows (five of which have been replaced by similar programs, while one of those replacements has itself ended).[2][3]

On 9 October 2015, Relay FM launched its mobile application,[4][5] allowing users to discover new shows, listen to the latest shows, and be notified when their favorite show is broadcasting live. Users of the app can also subscribe to shows in their podcast app of choice from the Relay FM app. It is currently available on iOS only.

In September, 2019, Relay FM became the first St. Jude Children's Research Hospital podcast partner [6]. On the 20th, Myke Hurley and Stephen Hackett hosted a 6 hour podcast-a-thon to help raise money for St. Jude. By the end of the month, RelayFM raised over $300,000 [7].

Podcasts[edit]

Current[edit]

Podcast Hosts Launch date Description
Analog(ue)
18 August 2014 Hosts discuss how electronics affect their lives.
Connected
18 August 2014 Hosts discuss Apple and the impact of technology.
The Pen Addict
18 August 2014 Discussion of pens, pencils, paper, and ink.
Clockwise
  • Dan Moren
  • Mikah Sargent
17 September 2014 A technology discussion show. Each episode is thirty minutes with four hosts each bringing their own topic to the table.
Upgrade 17 September 2014 Discussion of companies' influence on technology and how creative work is done with technology.
BONANZA
4 November 2014 A comedy podcast. The podcast was temporarily called BONANZA: The Wedding Year after host Myke Hurley got married.
Rocket
19 January 2015 Discussion of technology, film, comic books, games, and books.
Mac Power Users
  • David Sparks
  • Stephen M. Hackett[8]
  • formerly hosted by
  • Katie Floyd
27 April 2015 Discussions of workflows and productivity with Apple devices.
Reconcilable Differences
3 June 2015 Experienced podcasters discuss their similarities and differences.
Cortex 3 June 2015 Hosts discuss the methods they use to be creatively productive.
Material
  • Andy Ihnatko
  • Florence Ion
  • formerly hosted by
  • Russell Ivanovic
  • Yasmine Evjen
2 July 2015 Discussion of Google and Android news.
Liftoff
15 August 2015 Discussion of space exploration and news.
Top Four
30 August 2015 Hosts list their four favorite items from a category.
Thoroughly Considered
21 September 2015 Discussion of entrepreneurship and product design.
Under the Radar
4 November 2015 Discussion of independent app development.
Remaster
8 January 2016 Discussion of making and playing games.
B-Sides Relay FM Hosts 25 August 2014 Behind-the-scenes content and audio from before or after episodes.
Disruption
18 April 2016 Comedic discussion of technology and culture.
Presentable
  • Jeff Veen
24 May 2016 Discussion of design and building of digital products.
Ungeniused
8 July 2016 Discussion of strange and humorous Wikipedia articles. Originally on the 70 Decibels network; moved to the 5by5 network and was cancelled; has returned.
Free Agents
26 July 2016 Discussion of how to run an independent business.
Mixed Feelings
  • Quinn Rose
  • Gillian Parker
3 November 2016 Discussion of current events, news, politics and pop culture.
Originality
  • K Tempest Bradford
  • Aleen Simms
15 May 2017 Discussion of creativity. Hosts interview guests.
Roboism
  • Alex Cox
  • Savannah Million
15 May 2017 Discussion of robots, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.
Query
  • Stephen M. Hackett
  • Mikah Sargent
5 July 2017 Hosts answer tech questions from listeners.
Playing for Fun
15 February 2018 Hosts discuss video games they enjoy.
Automators
  • David Sparks
  • Rose Orchard
2 July 2018 Discussion of automation topics.
Parallel
  • Shelly Brisbin
3 August 2018 Discussion of technology with a focus on accessibility. Each episode features two guests – one from the technology world and one from the accessibility world.
Make Do
  • Tiffany Arment
  • Julia Skott
17 October 2018 Hosts discuss art and creative work.
Paid "Members Only" Shows
Fusion
  • Stephen M. Hackett
3 November 2016 Co-founder Stephen Hackett interviews hosts from other shows.
Members Only Various 15 August 2016 Members Only hosts yearly bonus episodes of each show on Relay FM, as well as occasional "trial runs" for possible future shows.

Retired[edit]

Podcast Hosts Launch date Description Number of episodes Retired date
CMD Space 1 August 2012 An interview show. Migrated from the 5by5 network; the precursor to Inquisitive. 103 10 July 2014
The Prompt
19 June 2013 Discussion of the technology and culture of Apple. Migrated from the 5by5 network; the precursor to Connected. 57 17 July 2014
Bionic
16 July 2013 A technology podcast turned comedy. Episodes 1-50 are unavailable, as "There was no point in preserving the earlier ones. Yikes." Migrated from the 5by5 network; the precursor to Bonanza. 95 originally, 55 available 8 July 2014
Less Than or Equal
  • Aleen Simms
16 June 2014 Celebration of accomplishments of people from oppressed groups. 100 19 October 2016
Inquisitive 18 August 2014 An interview show. 59 20 December 2015
Virtual
18 August 2014 Video game discussion; the precursor to Remaster. 61 8 January 2016
Isometric
  • Brianna Wu
  • Georgia Dow
  • Maddy Myers (originally)
  • Mikah Sargent
  • Steve Lubitz
13 April 2015 Analysis of video game news from the perspectives of developer, player, and journalist. Migrated from the 5by5 network. 102 18 April 2016
Almanac 10 November 2016 Discussion of current events, the arts, technology, and society. 1 10 November 2016
Subnet
22 February 2018 The latest tech news, in a byte-sized update. 228 21 December 2018
Canvas
  • Federico Viticci
  • Fraser Spiers
8 January 2016 Hosts discuss workflow and apps on iOS. 77 21 December 2018
Download 27 April 2017 Discussion of current events and technology, with guests each episode. 108 26 June 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A year of Relay". Relay FM Blog.
  2. ^ a b c Dillet, Romain. "How Relay FM Proves That Podcasts Aren't An Overnight Success". TechCrunch. Verizon Communications Inc. Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  3. ^ "9 Tech Podcasts So Addictive, Your Friends Should Start Planning The Intervention". Forbes. 2015-08-25. Retrieved 2016-02-15.
  4. ^ Dillet, Romain (2015-10-09). "Relay FM Launches iOS App To Discover New Podcast Shows". TechCrunch. Verizon Communications Inc. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  5. ^ "Relay FM for iOS is here". Relay FM Blog. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  6. ^ Charlier, Thomas. "Relay FM Plans Podcast Fundraiser for St. Jude". www.stjude.org. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  7. ^ "Events for St. Jude". Events for St. Jude. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  8. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20190606020000/https://512pixels.net/2018/11/joining-mpu/

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