The best podcasts for community managers

by Venessa Paech June 10, 2020

Podcasts are an engaging and convenient way to learn, get inspired and of course, be entertained. For busy community professionals, they’re particularly handy for staying connected, hearing from leaders in the space, and challenging yourself with new ideas and ways of working.

Here are some of the best podcasts currently out there for people that work with online communities.


Created and hosted by online community stalwart Bill Johnston, this smart, long-form show goes beyond surface-level discussions of online community and social networks to look at the bigger picture – the complex, digitally augmented global community we all belong to. Tackling topics like artificial intelligence, systems thinking, exponential technologies and the impact of crisis and chaos with expert guests, Cohere is ideal for community strategists and will help you take your practice to the next level.

Community Signal

Patrick O’Keefe has been building and running online communities for decades, and his Community Signal podcast is a great resource. Episodes feature practical insights from industry insiders across a range of organisations and perspectives, plus conversations dedicated to issues and trends impacting community managers. The podcast also helps you feel connected to peers around the world, reminding us of all we have in common!

In Before The Lock

This new podcast from Salesforce community icon Erica Kuhl and leading social customer strategist Brian Oblinger covers the interconnected world of community, customer experience, and leadership at scale. It has a rich mix of personal insights and practical resources (including links and further reading). Bonus points for the title, a welcome throwback to online forum culture.

Community Roundtable 

Boston based The Community Roundtable has a comprehensive hub of resources built out across many years in the industry. Their podcast series features talented operators in the community and social business space discussing what they’re working on, why they do what they do, and what advice they have for you.

Reply All

Reply All, from Gimlet Media, has earned its cult status. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman this never predictable, always engaging show explores how we shape the internet, and how the internet shapes us. It ventures down the fascinating digital rabbit holes we love to ponder, and it plays perfectly to the community manager tribe. Be inspired, be shocked and learn new things about our modern digital lives.

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This Aussie podcast, hosted by Marc Fennel, offers an informed weekly wrap of news and issues in social media, consumer electronics, digital politics, hacktivism, and more. It’s an entertaining and efficient way to keep pace with our rapidly changing lives and learn more about noteworthy people, platforms, and the politics that bind them.