The CPC logo, designed by Emily Haasch, needed to communicate a lot of different things. We didn't want it to be hokey or obvious (no headphones or microphones was an early rule.) Emily decided to reference sound waves and the lake, combining them with colors that felt close and comfortable. It's simple, and it does all those things logos need to do. 

The most important part of the CPC is its people and the shows that they create. I'd been listening to local shows for years at that point. so when we first started I reached out to shows that I knew had been running for a few years with no funding and a lot of passion. Then I had them recommend their favorites. Then I posted up an open call, and found people who were true diamonds in the rough. I listened to every applicant, and still do, to get our core group of 30 shows. The podcasters come from comedy, music, art, gaming, journalism, technology, and probably some other cool things I'm forgetting right now. We schedule meetups together to swap knowledge and all the podcasters try to guest on each other's shows. Podcasting can be an impossibly lonely endeavor, so just giving everyone a group to talk to and relate to is a huge motivator to keep people going.

This is just a small snippet of our website, which was designed by Lauren Gallagher and coded by Jamie Sanchez. A screenshot obviously doesn't do it justice, visit it here: chicagopodcastcoop.com.



The day-to-day operations of the CPC are pretty much a one woman band. All emails for new podcasters, sponsors, old podcasters, questions, press inquiries, finance questions, and I don't know. Zookeeping questions related to the CPC. All of those go to me. I do all of the invoicing and budgeting, I do all of the sponsor assignments, I'm the only point of contact for all of the shows. I manage the Slack channel. I project managed the website. I plan events and help design the materials for those events.  I pay the podcasters. I show high schoolers around our studio when their gifted and talented program wants to stop by.
The biggest share of the work on the CPC is  balancing show schedules and sponsor assignments. It can be hard to brag about excel formulas, but look at that picture above. Look at that nonsense. Look at it. I took a day in 2015 and automated how all sponsorship assignments were going to go out for the entirety of 2016. All of that is auto-updated to a show-specific Google Spreadsheet that each show has access to. It cut the time I spent on the CPC to a fourth of what I spent before, while making the process easier for podcasters. That's what I'm really proud of, even though literally no one looks at this but me.

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