I'm Richard Davies and I'm passionate about podcasts.

What if you could hold an audience’s undivided attention and foster their unwavering loyalty, while organically positioning your brand as an industry leader?

With simple, captivating audio, you can.

Partnering with DaviesContent gives you the power to produce creative and provocative podcasts that deliver your brand’s highest-value expertise to audiences on a silver platter.

 

UNTAPPED POWER OF PODCASTS

Beyond the demands of the written word, onslaught of video, and tidal wave of images inundating audiences, audio exists in a place of its own; a world where a cup of coffee and breath of fresh air, a 30-minute session at the gym, a binge-listening plane ride, or a morning commute beg for the magic of hands-free, eye-free, distraction-free listening.

We’re storytellers who bring your narrative to life

Led by network news veteran Richard Davies, DaviesContent collaborates with the best in the business from our headquarters in New York City. Top-notch sound designers, vocal talent, script writers, producers and engineers join forces to transform our client’s messages.

Our production services include recording, editing and mixing high-quality audio. Our Manhattan studio offers a comfortable homebase for hosting guests and recording crisp-sounding content. And we can come to you with our Zoom H4 and H5 audio recorders and Shure SM58 microphones. We are also capable of connecting with a world of perspectives by recording interviews via Skype.
 

Services:

  • Podcast & Audio Production
  • Branded Podcast Consulting
  • Media Training
  • Voice Coaching

Clients:

DaviesContent offers prospective clients, like you, a free one-hour consultation.

Email us to get started.

We’d love to help you find your sonic edge.

 
 

Why Podcasts?

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Podcasts are fun. Listeners look forward to listening to their favorite shows.With each passing year, podcasting gains mainstream awareness, market dominance, and overall prevalence in the media industry. This article in The Economist puts it simply: “The percentage of American adults polled who had listened to a podcast in the previous month doubled between 2008 and 2015, with over a third of the population having now listened to at least one.”

We owe much of this year-over-year growth to the rapidly evolving way in which we all connect to media. Where live programming once ruled, on-demand and streamed content now reign supreme. Americans have more control than ever over the media they consume.

What’s more, the intergenerational shift is remarkable. According to Edison Research, 68 percent of 13-24 year-olds listen to audio on their smartphones every single day. And yet, this report shows that no single age group dominates listenership, with practically an even distribution between ages 18 and 54 (18-24: 15%; 25-34: 20%; 35-44: 17%; 45-54: 15%). Which other medium has this kind of ageless appeal?

By far the greatest assets of the podcast industry are its affluent, educated, and loyal listeners. These are the fast facts:

  • Nearly a third of listeners have an annual household income of $100,000+
  • 61 percent of listeners buy something they heard about on a podcast
  • 58 percent of listeners have a bachelor's degree or higher
  • 88% listen to most or all episodes of the shows to which they are subscribed
  • Listeners are equally male and female, and reflect the diversity of the U.S. population

The bottom line is clear: Podcasts are no longer a niche platform, and they’ve evolved far beyond their underdog days of yore.

Take us up on our free one-hour consultation to explore how we can help you harness the power of podcasts.

 
 
 

Meet Our Clients

When DaviesContent takes on a client, we sink our heart and soul plus decades of experience into every podcast project. Here’s what we are currently working on.

 
 
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International Organization for Migration’s "A Way Home Together: Stories of the Human Journey"

This forthcoming podcast tells the personal stories of migrants and refugees from across the world. Combining impeccable audio and compelling sound design, "A Way Home Together" is hosted by Ahmed Badr, a charismatic 19 year-old Iraqi-American refugee. In the first two episodes, Badr immerses us in his family’s remarkable refugee story, including the bombing of their home in Baghdad in 2006, and how they fled to Syria and were ultimately resettled in the U.S. by the United Nation’s International Organization for Migration (IOM). Richard Davies is the executive producer, responsible for the podcast format, writing and sound design.


"How Do We Fix it?"

How Do We Fix It? is a show about solutions hosted by Richard Davies and Jim Meigs. Davies and Meigs are journalists who’ve spent decades covering America and the world. In every field they've followed, problems make headlines. But there is far too little talk about fixes. Instead of merely complaining or yelling across the divide, they look at new research and fresh thinking.  Each week on How Do We Fix It?, innovative thinkers sit down and discuss the issue they know best. They are asked to bring practical solutions as well. DaviesContent produces the show, including developing all scripts and managing sound design.

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Mohamad Hafez’s “Unpacked”

Unpacked: Refugee Baggage is a touring exhibition and a testament to the power of audio to humanize its content. Seeking to give a face and voice to the refugee experience, artist and architect Mohamad Hafez partnered with Ahmed Badr (of the “Together” podcast) and DaviesContent to bring refugee stories to life through the marriage of visual art and audio. Open suitcases with miniature building interiors and streetscapes are accompanied by short audio clips in which refugees tell their stories. DaviesContent is a consultant and audio producer for this innovative project. Interviews are conducted by Ahmed Badr.


THE HAGERTY GROUP’S “SIDE DRAFTS”

This podcast is an ode to the noteworthy characters and tales in the high-shine realm of classic cars. Episodes are hosted by Hagerty Classic Car Editor-in-Chief Larry Webster and produced by DaviesContent.

Other clients:

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ABOUT Richard Davies

Richard Davies is an esteemed radio journalist, speaker, podcaster, news junky, and the driving force behind DaviesContent.

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“I’ve always been captivated by listening to information, listening to music, listening to the radio for news,” says Richard. His fascination runs deep. Richard recorded his first newscast at the age of nine using his father’s briefcase-sized Sony tape recorder. He spent countless hours creating handwritten newspapers on A4 paper for his parents. Between the ages of 12 and 14 he delivered newspapers each afternoon. Those childhood experiences would foreshadow a nearly four-decade career as a national and international radio reporter and newscaster.

Born to a British mum and dad, Richard found himself uprooted at the age of 14 when his parents decided to move back to the U.K. from the U.S. The upheaval led to a change in his thinking. “I’ve always identified with outsiders and underdogs. I believe societies that accept people from outside the mainstream are stronger than those that don’t,” he explains.

Richard’s career began after he received a Bachelor's degree in history from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. He found his way back to the U.S. in 1984 to cover the presidential campaign. After a brief stint at CNN in New York, he joined ABC News as a field reporter, moving into the role of newscaster, business correspondent and show host during 29 years with the company.

Richard reported from four continents and 35 U.S. states.

He covered the 2008 Wall Street financial crash; the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany; 1984 - 2016 Presidential elections; OPEC oil conferences; the run-up to the First Gulf War (on assignment for six weeks in Jordan); the assassination of Anwar Sadat; and the collapse the Twin Towers in New York on 9/11.
 

His lifetime of experience has given Richard a strong belief in the power of words and the importance of truth. 

“I’d like to make a difference. I know I’m one pebble in the ocean, but it’s my hope that one pebble can send out enough ripples to change other currents,” he says.

Richard hopes to make waves with DaviesContent, a cause-driven, quality-backed and expertly-managed audio production house.

To hear how Richard contributes personally to the news media climate, listen to his weekly podcast How Do We Fix It? which takes a positive, solutions-focused approach to current events. You can also read Richard's blog here.

Richard’s podcast playlist:

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OUR PEOPLE

Diane Dimond is an experienced TV/ radio journalist, reporter and host. She is also a highly talented voiceover artist. Diane is a contributing writer for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and writes a crime and justice newspaper column for Creators Syndicate.  She has worked as a correspondent for Hard Copy, Extra, Entertainment Tonight and Court TV. Her work is featured on our Next-Level Accountant podcasts produced by DaviesContent for Sageworks.

Ahmed Badr is a published writer, photographer, poet and host of “Together: Personal Stories of Migrants and Refugees”, produced by DaviesContent. With work appearing on NPR, Instagram, The Huffington Post, Adobe, IOM, and others, Ahmed explores the intersection between storytelling, poetry, youth empowerment and the refugee experience.

Jim Meigs is Richard’s co-host on the weekly DaviesContent news and solutions podcast, How Do We Fix It?. A highly experienced magazine journalist, Jim was Editor-in-Chief of “Popular Mechanics” (2004-14) and former Editorial Director, Men’s Enthusiast Group, Hearst Magazines.

Miranda Shafer is our senior producer senior producer. Miranda is a talented writer, audio producer, show runner and editor, who produces the weekly solutions journalism podcast, How Do We Fix It?. She has a postgraduate degree in Media Studies from The New School.

Mathew Passy is a podcast designer, host and consulting. An expert on audio equipment, hosting questions and podcasting design, Mathew is an invaluable source of information. His new podcast, The Podcast Bulletin, features news and advice about the podcast industry.

 

testimonials

Richard is an extremely thoughtful person in all things around content. As such, he has a unique ability to get to the core value point of any content offering and to communicate that incredibly well. He has helped me and our company immensely, generating first-class content and communicating it extremely well.  He’s flat out brilliant in all things involving communications.
— Brian Hamilton, Chairman Sageworks
 
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Richard is a friend and a trusted advisor who brings honesty, wisdom and integrity to our work together. His ideas about sound and art have been integral to the success of our multi-media art installation, UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage. Richard cares deeply about the quality and integrity of our mission to humanize the word ‘refugee.’
— Mohamad Hafez, multimedia artist and architect
 
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It’s extraordinary to witness Richard’s mind at work. He is an audio connoisseur, and puts his heart into making every sound bite as powerful as it can be. It’s a privilege to work with him on building podcasts and developing their audiences. You won’t find his level of experience and mix of skills anywhere else in the industry.
— Michelle Khouri, Principal of Creative Powerhouse and host of The Cultured Podcast
 
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I had an excellent experience working with Richard Davies. We produced top quality podcasts for my clients and prospects. Richard took the time to really understand my investment and wealth management abilities and he was able to highlight these in our work. He quickly understood my passions and was able to create audio segments that brought out these messages with style and strength. I highly recommend Richard Davies - a pleasure to work with.
— Robert T. Lutts President and Chief Investment Officer of Cabot Wealth Management, Inc.
 
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