Podcast host and former US news anchor Nicole Lapin has announced the launch of Money News Network, a podcast-driven platform dedicated to business and finance podcasts and personalities.
Lapin is the current host of daily financial help podcast Money Rehab and co-host of career advice podcast Help Wanted with Entrepreneur magazine editor-in-chief Jason Feifer – both of which are now part of Money News Network. Feifer has also joined the team as strategic advisor, with Money News Network co-founder and iHeartMedia producer Morgan Lavoie acting as editor-in-chief.
“We are still in the beginning of what the significance of podcasting will be in our media landscape,” said Lapin. “I worked for years at money and business-focused television networks. The same niche networks in audio haven’t yet been fully formed. That’s why I wanted to put my stake in the ground now.”
Additionally, investment podcast We Have Options with Dominique Broadway has also joined the network and a new slate of original finance and business podcasts are due to launch and join the network later this year. This includes financial crime series Filthy Rich with CSI: NY actor Hill Harper, Pitch Me with venture capitalist Jesse Draper, Trade Like Einstein with stock trader Peter Tuchman and multilingual show Money Maker with entrepreneur Nely Galán in both English and Spanish.
“MNN’s mission is to champion financial literacy and bridge the wealth gap through podcast-first content by not only making money news accessible, but also working for the accessibility of the system itself,” said Lavoie.
In addition to Lapin’s announcement of her new Money News podcast network with Lavoie, Black-owned media company Urban One has also announced its launch of an Urban One Podcast Network at the start of February. The purpose of the platform is to champion Black stories across a range of podcast genres including comedy, true crime and entertainment.
Not only will the network create 10 new original podcast shows, it has also signed exclusive partnerships with Black-owned podcasts and other networks to its portfolio, such as audio advertising sales company Katz Digital.
“The network provides a natural partnership destination for BIPOC creators and presents advertisers the opportunity to connect with a niche audience that over-indexes for their response to brands that show up in podcasts, particularly podcasts with Black creators and hosts,” said Urban One audio division chief revenue officer Josh Rahmani.