Joe Rogan makes $30 million to top list of highest-earning podcasts

Published: 5/Feb/2020 12:52

by Matt Porter


The Joe Rogan Experience is widely regarded as one of the most popular podcasts in the world, and new reports suggest that the stand-up comic made $30 million while hosting his show in 2019.

For many, Joe Rogan is the voice of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. After joining the fighting organization in 1997 as a post-fight interviewer, Rogan eventually moved into a color-commentary position and has been calling the biggest mixed martial arts fights ever since, lending his expertise to bouts featuring legends like Brock Lesnar, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, and Conor McGregor.

In 2009, the comedian launched his own podcast titled The Joe Rogan Experience, and for over a decade, he has invited on an eclectic mix of celebrities, academics, and experts to discuss the world, and often the sport of MMA, propelling him to the top of podcast charts worldwide. Now, Forbes have revealed the ten hosts who have made the most from their shows in 2019, and claim Joe Rogan is soundly at the top.

Joe Rogan commentating at a UFC event with Paul Felder.
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Rogan is also known for providing color commentary at UFC events.

According to a report from Forbes on February 3, Joe Rogan is comfortably top of the rankings, claiming that the commentator-turned-podcaster made $30 million from The Joe Rogan Experience in 2019, a staggering amount considering the shows air for free every day, with no obligation from listeners to pay.

Speaking to the site, Edison Research’s senior vice president Tom Webster said: “He is delivering scale and engagement. He’s number one in terms of reach in the United States.”

What makes the number even more impressive is how far ahead of his nearest competition he is, with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark occupying the second spot on the list with their ‘My Favorite Murder’ series, which is believed to have made $15 million in revenue during 2019, just 50% of what The Joe Rogan Experience generated. Dave Ramsey’s advice podcasts brought in $10 million,

Joe Rogan with Robert Downey Jr.
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Rogan has had some huge celebrity guests, including actor Robert Downey Jr.

Dave Ramsey’s advice podcasts brought in $10 million, while actor Dax Shephard’s Armchair Expert, which sees him interview celebrity friends and experts made $9 million. Rounding out the list is former ESPN commentator Bill Simmons, who raked in $7 million through his sports-based show.

Forbes states that they estimated earnings based on the time period of January 1, 2019 through to January 1, 2020, and used data from podcast hosting services like Apple and Stitcher along with interviews with industry insiders. They also included revenue from any tours where the host took their podcast on the road, paid memberships, and YouTube earnings, with many choosing to upload clips from their shows online.

The Joe Rogan Experience averages over 190 million downloads a month alone, with videos of the episodes regularly drawing in a million views on YouTube.

Highest-earning podcasters in 2019

  1. Joe Rogan – The Joe Rogan Experience – $30 million
  2. Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark – My Favorite Murder – $15 million
  3. Dave Ramsey – The Dave Ramsey Show – $10 million
  4. Dax Shephard – Armchair Expert – $9 million
  5. Bill Simmons – The Bill Simmons Show – $7 million

H/T: Forbes


Tommyinnit reveals he used to stream snipe Shroud before he was famous

Published: 20/Jan/2021 11:22 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 11:27

by Calum Patterson


Tommyinnit might be the most popular streamer on Twitch right now, averaging over 200,000 concurrent viewers for his sporadic Minecraft streams, but it turns out he used to be a massive shroud fanboy. In fact, he was one of shroud’s infamous stream snipers.

Stream sniping is the practice of using a streamer’s broadcast to gain information about the game they are playing – either to get an unfair advantage, or simply to join their game and troll them.

During the height of PUBG’s popularity in 2017, shroud was the biggest streamer on Twitch, and had an army of loyal stream snipers who would try endlessly to get into his matches.

Shroud’s stream snipers weren’t like others though – instead of trying to kill him, they would sing him songs, give him weapons and armor, or try to save his life when under attack.

Tommyinnit stream sniping shroud
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Tommyinnit would get into shroud’s game’s to troll.

Tommyinnit admits shroud stream sniping

Although it’s against the rules of most games and of Twitch itself, Tommyinnit has admitted that when he was 14, back in 2017, he loved both PUBG and shroud, and would spend hours up late trying to get into his games.

And he was successful too – often matching up with him, and trying to save his life from actual enemies attacking him. Shroud eventually became familiar with Tommy’s name, and would say hello to him. In a video on his second channel, Tommyoutit, came clean about all of his stream sniping antics.

In one session, shroud even talked to Tommy about playing Minecraft, the game that he’s so well-known for now.

But, it turns out that Tommyinnit made this video because it wasn’t just years ago in PUBG that he was stream sniping shroud. When he recently saw shroud on a Minecraft server with proximity chat, he had to try it again for old times sake.

Unfortunately, shroud didn’t seem to be enjoying himself at all this time around, and soon after left the server – though not before killing Tommyinnit’s character, twice.

Although stream sniping is technically against the rules on Twitch, we’re sure the platform will let this one slide, as it was all in good fun. The real question is whether shroud has made the connection that one of his old stream snipers is now one of the biggest names on Twitch alongside him.