About Podcast Allies
Podcast Allies is a consulting and production company specializing in high-quality audio storytelling.
Our company is a creative collaboration between journalists and producers Elaine Appleton Grant and Lindsey O’Connor. We have decades of experience in public radio and with top podcast networks including Wondery and Gimlet.
We’ve experienced the power, encouragement and growth that’s come from being professional allies for each other. Now we’re teaming up to be allies for you in your podcasting journey.
Lindsey O’Connor is an audio producer, journalist, and multi-published author. She’s contributed to Weekend America, podcasts including Everyday Bravery and WHYY’s The Pulse, The Texas Standard public radio show, WashingtonPost.com, The Rocky Mountain News, Christianity Today, and Writer’s Digest. Lindsey is a former broadcaster. Her latest book is The Long Awakening, a memoir.
Elaine Appleton Grant is a podcast producer, public radio broadcaster and magazine journalist. She’s worked at Boston’s WBUR, New Hampshire Public Radio and Colorado Public Radio, where she led the team producing Colorado Matters. Her work has appeared in Inc., Fast Company and on NPR. She produces Business Wars Daily, a Wondery podcast about corporate rivalries.
“Elaine is one of the sharpest writers — and producers — in the podcasting industry. She knows the craft: from recognizing a great story, tailoring copy for the ear, getting the best from talent and maximizing impact. Everyone should be lucky enough to work with — and learn from — Elaine.”
—David Brown, Anchor, Texas Standard and Host, Business Wars, Wondery
“Elaine Grant has that voice. You know what I’m talking about...that voice you hear on public radio that automatically makes you feel a bit smarter. Elaine’s voice is only part of her magic.”
—Kyle Dyer, Storyteller, former 9News anchor, and writer, The Broadview
“I love working, collaborating, and bringing important stories to life with Elaine. She is tireless in pursuit of her craft — willing to go the extra mile on every detail. Elaine has an impressive body of experience, great instincts, deep empathy and humanity. She is not only smart, but wise — which makes it easy and enjoyable to make the journey on any project with her by your side.”
—Martha Peck, Partner and Creative Director, Launch Advertising
“I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Elaine and what a total delight it was. Her interviewing style is so natural and inquisitive, but really put me at ease as a guest on her podcast, One More Shot. We had a terrific conversation because Elaine is a consummate professional and took care of all the technical details. If I were going to develop a podcast, I would most certainly consult with Elaine.”
—Barb Garrison CC, Job-You-Love Expert, career coach, speaker, author
“From structuring a narrative to finding stakes to giving her characters strong motivation, Lindsey O'Connor knows what it takes to tell a great story. In the time we worked together, I was impressed with Lindsey's professionalism and ability to execute from beginning to end of the process. She found strong characters, prepared and asked the right questions, and wrote words that made her piece come to life. And on top of all that, she was also an absolute pleasure to work with.”
—Annie-Rose Strasser, Gimlet producer
“From generating great ideas all the way to delivering finished pieces, Lindsey is fabulous to work with. She's consistently delivered great work for us as a reporter and producer.”
— Chris Boyce, Co-founder | Executive Producer, Pacific Content—podcast agency for top brands including Facebook
“Good things often happen when a great story meets a talented storyteller. But Lindsey O’Connor’s grasp of literary journalism gives this personal narrative much more substance than the typical memoir. Strong reporting places her experience in larger contexts that add depth and understanding.”
—Jack Hart, author of Storycraft, editor of two Pulitzer Prize-winning stories
"With her genuine curiosity and warmth, Lindsey is a skillful interviewer who puts her subjects at ease and gets them to open up about topics that are sometimes difficult to talk about. Lindsey also brings a strong ear to projects, having the vision to shape compelling stories that are sure to pique the interest of listeners."
—Ben Bergman, Former Senior Development Producer, Gimlet Media, Contributing Reporter, NPR