Rep. Jim Banks Officially Launches Podcast

(FORT WAYNE) – Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has officially launched his podcast, releasing Episode One on Spotify and wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Episode One features special guest Pastor Raymond Dix Jr. of Pilgrim Baptist Church of Fort Wayne. Together, they discuss reconciliation and issues related to race in America.

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“In an era of 240 character tweets, fast-paced media segments and the 24-hour news cycle, podcasts have become an invaluable tool to slow down and consume longform content during a workout, a commute or at home relaxing. I hope that listeners will get to know more about my role as their representative, and I’d like to share with them the incredibly gifted people I get to work with in Indiana and beyond,” said Banks.

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Podcasts by the Numbers*:

  • 1 million and 30 million: There are more than 1 million active podcasts and more than 30 million podcast episodes worldwide.
    • In 2018, these numbers stood at 550,000 and 18.5 million respectively. So, the figures are growing rapidly!
  • Five: ‘News and Politics’ is among the top five most popular podcast genres.
  • 24% and 37%: 24% (approx. 68 million people) of the U.S. population listens to a podcast weekly; 37%(approx. 104 million people) listen to podcasts at least once a month (though many listen to one podcast or another much more frequently than that).
  • 155 million people: 55% of the US population, or approximately 155 million people, have listened to a podcast.
  • 67%: Podcasting is most popular among young people, with 67% of the total podcasting audience being between 18 to 44 years old.
  • 6 hours, 39 minutes: Weekly podcast listeners spend an average of 6 hours and 39 minutes listening to podcasts per week.
  • $659 million: Podcast ad revenue grew exponentially from 2015 ($69 million) to 2018 ($402 million), with the growth forecast predicting a revenue of $659 million in 2020. That’s a jaw-dropping growth of nearly 1000% in just 5 years!

*These data come Nielsen and Edison and Apple Inc.’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)