QCPN's first studio, located inside a former closet at
The Comedy Zone
QCPN's second studio, located inside Advent Coworking
QCPN's current studio,
on Trade Street in
In March of 2018, five Charlotte-based podcasts formed a loose alliance. These podcasts (The Charlotte Podcast, Cheers Charlotte Radio, The Yelp Charlotte Podcast, The Comedy Zone Podcast, and the Local Vibes Podcast) agreed to cross-promote each other on a reasonably regular basis, and a funny thing happened - their audiences grew.
From there, QCPN has grown to more than 35 Charlotte-based podcasts and its parent company, Balto Creative Media, services more than a dozen non-network podcasts.
Widely considered to be a pioneer in the podcast industry, Queen City Podcast Network continues to grow and to develop new podcasts that are changing the way
Charlotte's residents stay informed.
Queen City Podcast Network founder and Executive Producer Brian Baltosiewich has been producing audio on the internet in one form or another since 2001. He produced the nation's first web-based sports talk program (Sports Apocalypse) in Tucson, Arizona in 2003, and launched one of the first podcast networks in the US (Radio Exiles) in 2009.
A life-long infatuation with broadcasting led to a 30-year career working behind the scenes in television and radio, and has taken him to launch QCPN as the first large scale hyper-local podcast network in the United States.
HIs book, "The Podcast Peptalk," is available at Amazon. Brian and his wife Terra, a self-published author, have lived in Charlotte since 2010, having previously lived in Arizona, and Michigan.
Brian in the University of Arizona hockey radio booth, 2009
Producing a late-night horror movie show
with Alice Cooper
Speaking on a panel about local podcasts at Podfest in Orlando, FL