A New Angle reaches 100 episodes

December 16, 2019


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MISSOULA – A podcast about cool people doing awesome things in and around the great state of Montana premiered in 2018 by the name of A New Angle. Since then, the podcast from University of Montana College of Business Associate Professor Justin Angle has amassed 99 episodes and will reach the century mark on Dec. 17, 2019.

Guests on the podcast have varied from politicians to musicians and everything in-between. All episodes of the podcast are free and available to anyone over the internet. A new episode of the podcast is released weekly from the Loren and Michele Hansen Media Lab in Studio 49 of the UM Gallagher Business Building.

Originating as a supplement for one of Angle’s marketing courses, students in his Principles of Marketing class seemed more engaged when he assigned podcasts in place of readings. He covered key class concepts and interviewed fellow College of Business professors and professionals tied to the University or the Missoula community.

Angle soon realized the podcast could serve a broader audience. With so many of the community’s innovative thinkers tied to the College of Business, Angle wanted to New-Angle---Most-Downloaded-Episodes.pngcelebrate their work and share their stories widely for the benefit of students and others in the community.

“I was building an online version of the marketing course, and I had been assigning more and more podcasts in class,” he explained. “A lot of online courses use videos, but they tether students to a screen and I thought a podcast would be more flexible for students. They could listen while working out or doing chores.”

The inaugural episode aired on Jan. 26, 2018, featuring a conversation with Harvard trained economist and co-Founder of ABMJ Consulting Bryce Ward that Angle recorded in his office with a borrowed microphone. It proved to be one of the more popular episodes and Ward returns to the podcast as the guest for the 100th episode, which will be released on Tuesday Dec. 17.

“It’s amazing the people that have been on the podcast,” Ward said. “There are a lot of people right here in our community and state that are doing some very impressive things. This podcast helps shine a spotlight on these people and brings us closer together through a shared understanding of community. It’s a useful tool in the promotion of Montana and the University.”

Fans of the podcast will be hearing more from Ward down the road as Angle plans to launch a monthly series in which he and Ward break down current business and economic issues affecting Missoula, Montana and the entire country.

“These monthly episodes will help build upon a common thread revolving around larger problems in the world,” Ward said. “It’s a chance to dive into bigger issues and hopefully provoke thought among the listeners about common themes.”

The freewheeling conversational podcast is a way to tell the stories of interesting and innovative things happening at UM and around the state of Montana. With over 80,000 downloads and counting, the podcast’s most popular episodes have featured guests like UM head football coach Bobby Hauck, Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, UM professor of physical therapy Dr. Rich Willy, and former professional cyclist Tyler Hamilton.

New-Angle---Angles-Favorite-Moments.pngWhile each of A New Angle Podcast’s episodes are meant to be engaging and thought provoking, the podcast has also been on the forefront of the Safe, Empowered, Accelerated (SEA) Change Initiative. The UM campaign is an effort to address the challenges and embrace opportunities for women’s equality. The podcast has released eight episodes around the SEA Change Initiative, and more are in the works leading up to the centennial of the full ratification of the 19th Amendment in 2020.

To help tell all the amazing stories on the podcast, Angle has gathered an amazing team of producers, editors, graduate students and interns.

“It’s been great to watch the production quality and audience grow,” A New Angle Auditory Experience Manager Jeff Meese said. “I’m excited to see where the podcast goes in the next 100 episodes and I’m thankful to be a part of its evolution.”

Graduate student Aspen Runkel helps deliver updates and news on upcoming episodes across A New Angle’s social media channels. Runkel enjoys learning about all the guests, referred to as “friends of the pod,” and help share their amazing experiences.

“This podcast is an opportunity to share their stories, discuss a variety of topics, and inspire others to join the conversation,” Runkel said. “Listeners get a glimpse into the lives of all our amazing guests.”

Fans can follow A New Angle Podcast on social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – to stay up to date on guests and the release of new episodes. To subscribe, search for A New Angle podcast on Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts or visit anewanglepodcast.com. Blackfoot and First Security Bank are presenting sponsors of the podcast. Supporting sponsors are Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED) and Drum Coffee.