CHARLOTTE – “Work It,” took the top prize in WFAE’s Queen City PodQuest to find Charlotte’s next great podcast.
“Work It” looks at people’s work – how work shapes their lives and their views of the world. As the winning creators, Stephanie Hale, Jill Bjers and Kevin Young received a cash prize of $1,000 and the opportunity to work with WFAE to develop their idea into a six- to eight-episode series.
“We’re excited to have an opportunity to help create this podcast with the ‘Work It’ team,” said Ju-Don Marshall, WFAE’s chief content officer. “They have a passion for storytelling and connecting people that is evident when you talk to them. They have expressed their commitment to finding the untold stories of Charlotte workers from all walks of life.”
The “Next Door Docs” podcast by emergency room physicians Sean Fox and Bryant Allen was the second-place winner and fan favorite. Fox and Allen won a $700 cash prize for their idea and another $500 for being the fan favorite.
“Choose Your Own Adventure” by Darryl Mansel, Lesley Elsworth, Jermone Jackson and Brian Martin was the third-place winner and received $500.
The other podcast finalists honored at the finale event were “Bicycling in the Queen City and Beyond” by Ann Groninger and Jeff Viscount, and “Teachable Moments” by Jennifer Chaffman and Sara Behnke.
All teams were given a one-year subscription to the Hindenberg editing software, a one-year membership to the Association of Independents in Radio and a Yeti microphone by Blue Microphone.
“Although we could only produce one of the hundreds of great podcasts ideas we received, WFAE is committed to providing access to resources to help the podcast community grow,” Marshall added. “We believe that everyone has a story worth telling, and podcasting is one way to empower more people in this community to tell those stories.”