CV Henriette: You’ve organized Detroit’s first podcast festival. How’d that come about?
Erin Allen [speaking for herself]: The Detroit Podcast Festival was Joy’s brainchild. She once told me that she’d seen it done elsewhere and wondered why no one was doing it here, especially since she knew there were some dope and diverse voices on the podcasting and storytelling scene (including her own for the latter) in Detroit. She invited me a few days before the event, and luckily I was able to come. At the time I was just teaching yoga, taking some biology classes for personal enrichment and volunteering at WDET, just dipping my toe into the world of audio and broadcasting. Fast forward to last winter, Joy says to me, “I don’t have a podcast and you’re in this world so… do you want the Podcast Festival?” The question itself felt daunting. Though I’d recently begun working full time in communications and broadcasting, I still felt new to the game. Over time, we decided that we’d work together on the festival, and eventually some of my personal projects got involved (Radio Campfire) and WDET even offered some sponsorship opportunities. And now here we are. Some of the same folks from last year are back and we’ve got some new voices and programming to spice things up too!
CVh: Tell us a bit about you. Do you make podcasts?
CVh: Podcasts! What are you listening to?
CVh: What role do you see podcasts playing in Detroit’s media landscape?
CVh: Part of the festival you’re most excited for?
CVh: What’s next?
EA: “Stop Requested” podcast is on the horizon!