FreightWaves is turning the volume up to 11 with a game-changing audio network that will make 11 star-studded podcasts available to its global listeners through the FreightCasts channel.
FreightWaves followers can hear Timothy Dooner’s signature voice across multiple shows, including the popular “What the Truck?!?” — simulcast on FreightWavesTV — with co-host Chad Prevost.
As the director of audio and on-air podcasts as well as host for FreightWaves Radio on SiriusXM, Dooner wants listeners to be able to hear the FreightTech revolution unfold in real-time.
“Originally it was just ‘What the Truck?!?’ with John Paul Hampstead and Chad,” Dooner said. “We kind of expanded it with my voice to start out with, but now we want to bring in all the rest of the voices of the company and the industry who have something impactful to say.”
Here are just a few of the newest FreightWaves podcasts:
- “For Freight’s Sake” is co-hosted by FreightWaves founder and CEO Craig Fuller and Dynamo Ventures partner and adviser Jon Bradford. The two dive into the latest news surrounding both venture capital and freight.
- “FreightWaves Insiders” is FreightWaves’ second-longest-running podcast and is a deep dive in the style of “Inside the Actors Studio.” Dooner hosts this one-on-one interview show.
- On “Fuller Speed Ahead,” also a FreightWavesTV show, Fuller asks hard-driving questions of the heavy hitters of the industry.
- “Port Report” is all about maritime freight and is hosted by Dooner, FreightWaves Executive Vice President of Global Commercial Development Laura Fava and Market Expert Henry Byers.
- Both “American Shipper AM” and “The Morning Minute” are minute-long segments that highlight the top headlines from the world of shipping and freight. New episodes are released every weekday morning.
- “Great Quarter, Guys” is hosted by members of the FreightWaves research team and covers the “numbers side of the market.”
In addition to podcasts, some FreightWavesTV and LIVE events content is now simulcast to provide both video and audio versions of its programs.
Audio versions of articles posted to freightwaves.com are also available.
Dooner joined FreightWaves eight months ago as a continuation of a hybrid career that has blended freight and podcasting. He got his start working in the music industry in Hollywood before moving back to his native Boston to join FedEx Supply Chain, then known as FedEx Trade Networks.
Dooner worked his way through a handful of positions across the supply chain, but after losing a job in sales while his wife was eight months pregnant, he decided to work from home to assist with child care. During that time, he launched “The Shipping Pod,” one of the first successful podcasts dedicated to freight, gaining thousands of downloads a month.
“Freight had a lot of podcasts that sounded like webinars. I wanted to make a freight podcast that actually sounded like a podcast,” Dooner said.
It was through podcasting that he drew the attention of Fuller, who offered him a position a week after being interviewed on one of his shows.
Dooner enjoys the practicality and efficiency of producing podcasts, he said. Not only is a podcast simpler to produce than video, but the content is easier for listeners to consume, and the platform has surged in popularity as an alternative form of media in the “multitasking age.”
“With video, you have only a couple of minutes to gain people’s attention,” Dooner said. “An 11-minute video seems like a long time, but with a podcast, you can work at your desk, walk your dog or work out; you aren’t captive to the medium.”
Unlike broadcast content, podcasts can vary in length, shrinking or expanding to fit the content and the audience.
“Joe Rogan just did a show with Edward Snowden that was over five hours long,” Dooner said. “It’s an interesting thing, content dictating length. You kind of create a relationship with the listener; there’s a sense of intimacy involved with being in people’s heads throughout the day, and I think that’s when podcasting is at its purest and best form.”