Podcast studio Lemonada Media has added a trio of new additions to its production team. A common thread between them is that they spent time working in radio. This includes the hiring of Steve Nelson, who was named vice president of content and production for Lemonada, overseeing Lemonada’s weekly slate of shows. Most recently, Nelson served as Head of Talk at Religion of Sports since last September. Previously, he served as Senior Director of Programming at NPR from 2016-2021 and Director of On-Demand Programming at American Public Media from 2014-2016. Nelson previously spent more than a decade working in radio, including Minnesota Public Radio and New York Public Radio.
Two other radio veterans are also making the jump to Lemonada. He hired Kyle Shiely as lead producer. He joins after a five-year run at Minnesota Public Radio. Shiely previously worked at CBS Radio’s “News Radio 830 WCCO Minneapolis” from 2010 to 2017. And he was a producer at Hubbard Radio’s talk KSTP (1500) and “My Talk 107.1” KTMY in the Twin Cities from 2002 to 2010.
In his new role at Lemonada, Shiely will now serve as lead producer on the In the bubble with Andy Slavitt Podcast. The current events-focused series will transition to a three-times-a-week show in May. Shiely will work with Jackie Danziger, vice president of content and production at Lemonada, and Kasey Barret, head of its Being studios.
NPR veteran Rachel Neel is also joining Lemonada as senior director of new content. she will lead the development, pre-production and launch of Lemonada’s rapidly growing portfolio of original series. She has spent the past three years at NPR, including serving as supervising producer for shows such as The Limits, Louder Than A Riot and Ask Me Another. Neel previously worked as a producer at New York Public Radio and host at KUT Austin (90.5).
“We are thrilled to welcome these exceptionally talented industry leaders to our growing production team, who will help Lemonada continue to evolve our original weekly podcast lineup and expand our mission to make life easier” , said Lemonada co-founder and chief creative officer Stephanie Wittels. Watches.
The hiring comes after Lemonada announced in January that he raised $8 million in Series A funding. The studio launched by Wittels Wachs and CEO Jessica Cordova Kramer in 2019 says it saw its revenue triple in 2021. Lemonada’s portfolio of shows now includes 20 podcasts, including ten series launched during the year. past year. Lemonade previously raised $1.38 million in 2020.
With a corporate mission to make life less of a mess, Cordova Kramer says that extends to Lemonada’s own work culture.
“In addition to having a skilled and diverse team, we are committed to prioritizing the well-being of our staff with benefits such as seven weeks of paid vacation per year, including 2.5 weeks of ladder vacation. to prevent burnout and foster creativity; Parental leave that includes all genders, foster care and adoption; Comprehensive benefits and stock options for all permanent employees at full-time to date; as well as flexible hours and locations with joint work opportunities,” she said.