Apple Podcasts has hired RadioPublic co-founder and CEO Jake Shapiro as head of creator partnerships.
“I’ve played a part in #podcasting from its earliest days, and am thrilled to take on this new role to help the ecosystem thrive,” Shapiro said on Twitter.
A spinoff of PRX, RadioPublic developed a mobile platform for on-demand podcasts and audio streams. Shapiro also co-founded PRX, then the Public Radio Exchange, in 2002 and served as CEO and on its board. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Podfund and a co-founder of Matter, a consulting firm.
RadioPublic and Podfund plan to announce leadership changes, according to Shapiro.
Before his time with PRX, Shapiro was associate director for the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and he has served on the fellows advisory board. He was also a producer for The Connection, a talk show formerly produced by WBUR in Boston.
Apple has hired other public media employees in recent weeks, including Shumita Basu, a former host and reporter for WNYC in New York City, and N’Jeri Eaton, previously deputy director of programming for NPR.
Bravo Jake!! Glad that you can bring your chops to the Apple Universe along with your deep indy/pubradio perspective.