Major national news brands like NPR, ABC News and The New York Times have committed to publishing daily news podcasts. Today, one of radio’s largest news operations is doing the same. Hubbard Radio’s news service, WTOP-FM Washington (103.5), will launch a daily news podcast called DMV Download from WTOP News in April. As its name suggests, the podcast will feature local news from the DC, Maryland and Virginia area, leveraging the reporting resources already in place at the station.
“The launch of the DMV download highlights OMCP’s continued focus on innovation with an investment in two accomplished and respected journalists excited to bring a new local news podcast to life for the DC area,” said said Craig Schwalb, director of content integration and operations for OMCP in the announcement.
The DMV download will be released each weekend afternoon and will be hosted by OMCP investigative reporter Megan Cloherty and OMCP producer Luke Garrett. The show will delve into one or two local reports.
“In 20 minutes, we’ll provide listeners with context on the biggest stories of the day, going beyond the headlines with our wide range of sources and reporters,” Cloherty said. “In my mind, if we can wrap up your workday with reliable and interesting content about our community, we’ve done our job.”
Both hosts have podcast experience. Cloherty was previously co-creator and host of the first season of WTOP’s award-winning podcast, 10 p.m.: An American Nightmare. And Garrett currently hosts the weekly WTOP podcast series. Is it still normal? focused on the coronavirus pandemic.
“Having the opportunity to bring listeners to our newsroom and dive deep into the stories through the DMV Download podcast is nothing short of an honor,” Garrett said. “If you talk about something with your friends or family, we’ll talk about it on the podcast.”
WTOP launched a dedicated podcast app called PodcastDC last year that features all the shows produced by the station as well as other shows created by podcasters in the region that it says can get lost in the larger apps. PodcastDC was developed by 2060 Digital, Hubbard’s digital services agency.