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 gone-but-not-forgotten Local Vibes Podcast) agreed to cross-promote each other on a reasonably regular basis, and a funny thing happened - their audiences grew.
It took only a few months for the informal network to attract the kind of attention most podcasters can only imagine.
Enter the good folks at OrthoCarolina, who saw enough value in what the QCPN was working to achieve that they climbed on board as title sponsor in under a year.
And here we are.
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 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.