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9/09/2005

 
Podcast Alley, the Premier Podcaster Community, Becomes the Latest Member of the PodShow Podcast Network

PodShow's Podcast Alley Team Relocates to PodShow Headquarters, First 30 Days Set Community Growth Milestones

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- PodShow, Inc., the premier network in podcasting, today announced that Podcast Alley(TM) (www.podcastalley.com), the number one online podcast community, has joined the PodShow(TM) family. The Company also announced that during its first 30 days Podcast Alley has surpassed key milestones in membership, podcast episodes, listeners and articles contributed on the site. In early August of 2005, Podcast Alley exploded to over 5000+ forum members, 7000+ podcast programs, 100,000+ podcast episodes tracked and 25,000+ articles contributed. According to management, many millions of podcast episodes are now finding their way to millions of listeners through Podcast Alley, firmly placing Podcast Alley at the epicenter of the podcast phenomenon.

First available as a beta forum site in early 2005, Podcast Alley originally provided a community focused forum, a directory and a user-driven knowledge base for all things podcasting related. More recently, Podcast Alley has successfully expanded to include tips from leading podcasters, reviews of podcast production software, podcast reviews, podcasting's most coveted Top 10 Podcast list, online podcaster discussions and member-contributed articles. As part of the acquisition, the Podcast Alley team has relocated from Nashville to San Francisco where PodShow has established corporate headquarters.

Podcast Alley's recent explosive growth is due in part to its relationship with PodShow. Exposure was initially driven by podcaster word-of-mouth. Through a steady stream of innovation, Podcast Alley has emerged as the community for the podcasting industry, and now adds hundreds of podcast submissions on a regular basis to its list of programming. As part of the PodShow Network, Podcast Alley has added many features to service podcasters, providing additional editorial insight, voting and feedback, and is enabling a constantly increasing fan base to discover and enjoy the best in podcasting.

"Podcast Alley is something that can not be architected ... it is proof of the adage that a community must be built by its members," said Ron Bloom, PodShow co-founder and CEO. "Chris is already proving himself a great addition to PodShow, and this is just the beginning. I think the entire community of podcasters and listeners will be amazed at where we are going, and we look forward to having more innovators and leaders join our ranks."

Podcasting is the fastest growing area in new media. Introduced less than a year ago by PodShow co founder Adam Curry (the PodFather), industry analysts estimate that podcast listenership was over 6 million people in April, and that number is increasing dramatically.

"Almost since the beginning of podcasting, I have watched Chris and Podcast Alley. He has been a great resource for the entire industry and we are delighted to have him in the family," said Curry. "We have been successful in working with Chris to take Podcast Alley to the next level and are blown away by the attention the site is receiving. We now look forward to adding new features and functionality that will continue to keep Podcast Alley at the forefront of the podcasting revolution, bringing podcasters and listeners even closer together."

"I built the beta Podcast Alley site while my wife drove us from Chicago to Nashville," said PodShow's Podcast Alley founder, Chris McIntyre. "The first version of the site was actually up-loaded in a Starbucks. And, after just a few days, this outspoken community of podcasters found Podcast Alley and began to occupy my every waking hour. Since joining PodShow, I'm totally amazed at how far we've come, and I'm really looking forward to where we are going."

About PodShow, Inc.

The PodShow Podcast Network is the premier network in podcasting, assembling the leading communities in podcasting, as well as a host of the most popular personalities and podcasts in podcasting. PodShow's CastBlaster(TM) production suite provides tools for podcasters to produce and promote their podcasts. PodShow also provides professional production and directory services to major media companies and traditional businesses. PodShow was founded in 2004 by podcast pioneers Adam Curry and Ron Bloom to validate podcasting as both a medium and a business, making podcasts more accessible to a growing legion of listeners, providing a resource for podcast producers, and enabling marketers to take part in the podcast explosion. In the process, the company has greatly simplified the podcasting experience for artists, producers and listeners alike. PodShow is a privately-held company, backed by leading venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital and Sherpalo Ventures. More information is available at www.podshow.com.

NOTE: PodShow, PodSafe Music, CastBlaster and Podcast Alley are trademarks of PodShow, Inc.

Source: PodShow, Inc.

CONTACT: Aaron Burcell of PodShow, Inc., +1-415-227-0400, or cell,
+1-650-740-3134, or aaron@podshow.com

Web site: http://www.podshow.com/




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