Wild Thing Joins the Westwood One Podcast Network

NEW YORK, NY – October 1, 2020 – CUMULUS MEDIA’s Westwood One and Foxtopus Ink today announce a partnership for Westwood One to distribute, market, and monetize Foxtopus’ existing and forthcoming podcasts. As part of the deal, popular science podcast Wild Thing moves to the Westwood One Podcast Network. An Apple Podcasts ‘New & Noteworthy,” Wild Thing is about the strange and unusual things that capture our imaginations. It’s about the relationship between science and society. It’s about wild places, wild people, and wild ideas.

Now in its second season, host Laura Krantz turns our collective gaze skyward. In Wild Thing: Space Invaders, Krantz examines the science, culture, and philosophy of a universe where we’re not alone-and why the idea of alien life has abducted our imaginations. She questions the likelihood of life on other planets, if aliens have already made the trip to visit us, why we want to find them, and what does it mean if we do. A new episode of Wild Thing: Space Invaders drops each Thursday and is available at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, Pocket Casts, and Google Podcasts, among other platforms.

In its premier season, Wild Thing investigated Bigfoot, introducing listeners to the true believers and the I-want-to-believers, while exploring why this creature ignites our imaginations, where that fascination comes from, and why it persists.

About Laura Krantz
Laura Krantz is a journalist, editor and producer, in both radio and print. The first season of her podcast, Wild Thing received critical acclaim, including from The Atlantic, which named it one of the best podcasts of 2018. Laura’s been in audio for over a decade; aside from her own podcast work, she was recently the interim science editor for PRX. Prior to that, she edited and produced at NPR in Washington, DC, where she worked on multiple shows including Morning Edition and Weekend Edition; later she served as the lead editor for Take Two at KPCC in Los Angeles. Her writing has appeared in Popular Science, Smithsonian Magazine, Outside, High Country News, and Newsweek. In 2014-15, Laura was a Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder. She earned her undergraduate degree from Whitman College and has an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

About Foxtopus Ink
A forward-thinking multimedia company, Foxtopus Ink has its tentacles in publishing, audiobooks, podcasts, ebooks, cryptozoology, cat-wrangling and editorial services. Hit shows include Wild Thing and the New York Times bestselling book What Doesn’t Kill Us. It’s the amalgamation of a fox and an octopus-an improbable animal that’s sleek, clever, and able to escape from small glass boxes.

About Westwood One
Westwood One, the national-facing arm of CUMULUS MEDIA, offers iconic, nationally syndicated sports, news and entertainment content to over 250 million monthly listeners across an audio network of nearly 8,000 affiliated broadcast radio stations and media partners. Westwood One is the largest audio network in America, home to premium content that defines the culture, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, and Westwood One Backstage. The rapidly growing Westwood One Podcast Network delivers popular network and industry personalities and programs. Westwood One connects listeners with their passions through programs and platforms that have everyone listening. For more information, please visit www.westwoodone.com.

Karen Glover | Westwood One | kglover@westwoodone.com