Lexicon Valley podcast notched up 650,000 downloads

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sat Feb 9 23:29:42 UTC 2013

Note that the 650K figure is for one particular episode of the
podcast, the one on vocal fry that caused a bit of controversy:


Bob Garfield's crotchetiness in that episode let to this Amanda Hess
post on Slate's XX Factor blog:


No other episode has attracted that kind of attention. According to
the Soundcloud stats, the number of downloads is more like 550K:


...but perhaps there are another 100K via some other means of
downloading (iTunes?).


On Sat, Feb 9, 2013 at 3:11 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
> List members might be interested to know that according to an article
> at the website paidContent the podcast Lexicon Valley at the Slate
> website is quite popular.
> [Begin excerpt]
> Slate is now producing nine separate podcasts, some of which rate
> highly on iTunes; one episode of the show Lexicon Valley recently
> notched up 650,000 downloads. Slate would not disclose how much ads,
> which are read by show hosts, bring in but said “advertisers pay some
> of the highest rates in the industry” for the podcasts.
> [End excerpt]
> The above excerpt is from the following article. Note: The web page
> includes a picture that might be considered NSFW. Its illustrative
> value to the article is unclear.
> Title: The brain of the New York Times, the body of BuzzFeed" -
> Slate’s third act
> By Jeff John Roberts  Feb. 5, 2013
> http://paidcontent.org/2013/02/05/the-brain-of-the-new-york-times-the-body-of-buzzfeed-slates-third-act/
> Short link:   http://bit.ly/WMAJqO

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