The National Podcast Association was formed to create a nationwide community and provide resources for podcasters and podcast industry professionals.
According to statistics provided by PodcastHosting.org there are over 900,000 podcasts across North America and over 90 million people listen to podcasts on a monthly basis. The statistics show that podcasts continue to gain popularity and hundreds of new podcasts are launched on a daily basis.
Our mission is to provide resources and exposure to our members. As the Podcasting Industry continues to grow each and every day, we will continue to make podcast enthusiasts aware of the thousands of great podcasts available for them indulge in.
The National Podcast Association was formed by industry leader and digital media executive, Allison Phillips.
Allison Phillips has an extensive resume in the digital media world having produced thousands of podcasts and most recently serving as President of the Wisconsin Podcast Association, an organization she launched in 2019 and now founded the National Podcast Association in 2021. Allison’s broad experience and ability to juggle many ventures is where her story begins. Achieving her bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Arts at Parkside University she then moved to Los Angeles after college, earning her SAG membership as a professional actor. She then landed a dream job at the Academy of Arts & Sciences (EMMY AWARDS), one of the more influential jobs she has ever held. She then made her way back to Wisconsin to try her hand at business ownership as the flagship store owner, Hollywood Threads to then determine, media was her passion. In 2015, she started EDGE Marketing; creating websites, merchandise, marketing materials that later formed into Podcasting. Starting a podcast with then exiled radio legend Wes McKane and creating a new way for radio personalities to be heard, they launched the podcast; Radio Reject with Wes and longtime radio personality and Former KISS FM Program Director, Jojo Martinez.
They were making Podcasts, before Podcasts were even cool and no one knew what their were doing. But they blazed the trail and EDGE Podcast Network was born. They added shows with local and national celebrities; DJ Shawna, Keith Tozer, Ian Bennet, Mike Wickett, Haze & Jasen and DudeFoods. In 2019, the dream job from all those years ago at the EMMYS became the jumping off point when Philip’s imagined a place for podcasters to come together and be recognized and appreciated, and so the Wisconsin Podcast Association was established. That same year, the WPA teamed up with iHeart Radio and branched into events, producing the first ever Wisconsin Podcast Festival and the Wisconsin Podcast Choice Awards.
In 2020, the world took one nosedive towards a new normal and the foreseeable future was in our very own homes. This led to the influx of creatives looking for an outlet. As of January 2021, there are over 900,000 podcasts across North America and over 90 million people listen to podcasts monthly. The statistics show that podcasts continue to gain popularity and hundreds of new podcasts are launched daily. The landscape of the Podcasting world continues to grow and become more accepted in mass media, the National Podcast Association was conceived to add a place for podcasters from the United States and throughout to turn for resources, connections, ideas and networking. Connections made…. ideas discovered….visions into realities…one voice at a time.