Empowering African Podcasters: A Conversation with Social Entrepreneur Jon Savage

Empowering African Podcasters: A Conversation with Social Entrepreneur Jon Savage
Jon Savage

In the heart of Newtown, Johannesburg, lies a bustling hub of creativity and connection—AMPD Studios, a place where passion meets productivity. Recently, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Jon Savage, a former radio DJ at 5FM and the visionary behind the African Podcast Network, to delve into his mission of empowerment within the podcasting community.

For Jon, AMPD Studios is more than just a physical space; it’s an empowerment project—a testament to his belief in the power of community and collaboration. As we talked, it became clear that Jon’s passion lies in fostering a sense of belonging and support among African podcasters, whom he describes as having a unique zeal and a shared thirst for success.

“At the core of our mission,” Jon explains, “is the idea of creating a community around the podcasting industry.” This community-centric approach is what drives the African Podcast Network, a platform dedicated to monetizing podcasts and connecting content creators across the continent.

What struck me most during our conversation was Jon’s unwavering commitment to empowerment, not just as a social enterprise but as a catalyst for positive change. “It’s perfectly okay for brands to participate,” he emphasizes, highlighting the symbiotic relationship between commercial goals and community building.

As Jon gears up to share his insights and infectious energy at the upcoming SA Podcast and Music Festival, he invites everyone to join him in exploring the untapped potential of podcasting in Africa. “Making moola from podcasting is not just a dream; it’s a tangible reality,” he declares with a smile.

For those eager to dive deeper into Jon’s world and glean wisdom from his journey, a video interview is available, offering a glimpse into his passion, vision, and the vibrant community he’s helping to cultivate.

In a rapidly evolving digital landscape, where creativity meets commerce, Jon Savage is paving the way for a new generation of African storytellers and content creators to thrive.

The SA Podcast and Music Festival on June 14th and 15th will give attendees a taste of the dynamic world of podcasting.

For more information visit www.podcastandmusicfest.co.za and get ready to be inspired.



Fri 14th & Sat 15th June 2024

Venue: Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Road Kempton Park, Johannesburg


  • Friday Conference 11h00 till 18h00
    • Friday After party 18h00 till late
    • Saturday Conference 11h00 till 16h00
    • Saturday Concert 16h00 till late