‘PHONATION’ wants to put Chicago podcasts on vinyl!



May 29, 2021


James VanOsdol

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‘PHONATION’ compilation will feature Chicago area podcasts on vinyl
Crowdfunding for audacious new hyperlocal project runs through June 25



Phonation: A Chicago Podcast Compilation, is a newly-launched crowdfunding project spearheaded by longtime podcaster and broadcasting professional James VanOsdol. Phonation is crowdfunding on Kickstarter through June 25 at 8 p.m. CT.

The idea of hearing the digital-forward medium on the old-school analog medium of vinyl appealed to VanOsdol. “I’m sure podcasts have made it to vinyl before, but not like this,” he said. Phonation will include ten different Chicago area podcasts, spanning a variety of topics and categories. The first four podcasts announced for inclusion are:

  • If the Walls Could Talk’ – True crime podcast diving into the sordid history of Edgewater Hospital.
  • ‘thINK 180’ – Podcast covering tattoo shop INK 180s efforts to provide cover-ups for victims of human trafficking and gang members working to get their lives back on track.
  • Contest of Challengers’ – A business podcast hosted by the owners of Challengers Comics in Bucktown, covering the victories and difficulties in running an independent store.
  • Southside Pod’ – A deep dive into the culture, restaurants and retail experiences specific to Chicago’s south side.

Typical of any crowdfunding campaign, reward tiers encourage participation and allow fans to have a stake in the results. The vinyl record is available at a pledge level of $35. Other opportunities include “Associate Producer” and “Executive Producer’ credits on the album, as well as ‘Phonation’ t-shirts and 5-pack bundles exclusively created for retailers.

VanOsdol’s podcasting experience also factors into the rewards. One reward tier offers podcast consultancy, while others allow for the chance to sponsor or appear on VanOsdol’s podcast of 7+ years, ‘Car Con Carne.’

Kickstarter campaigns are an “all or nothing” effort. Phonation will only be released if it hits its funding goal by June 25. Should the goal be met in advance, “stretch goals” will be added to the campaign to provide further incentive and reward for contributors.




For more information:


James VanOsdol

[email protected]


(Phonation Kickstarter page)




Author: carconcarne