Gritty Birds Podcasting has been developing podcasts since 2014. Owned by producer and artist Jeni Wren Stottrup,Gritty Birds started as a music podcast interviewing label runners, lawyers, magazine owners, booking agents and more in the PNW community sponsored by Vortex Music Magazine. Wren had been deeply active as a singer, journalist, festival producer and in media sponsorship, with a desire to explore how create a successful career in music and audio production.
The show partnered in 2016 with Treefort Music Fest and DIY label Self Group on a short run series picked up by XRAY.FM, featuring artists with a continued focus on festivals. It was translated into a weekly narrative radio show and podcast receiving a Regional Arts and Culture grant to attend Podcast Movement that year. Since then, Gritty Birds has partnered with multiple organizations and festivals including Next Northwest, Music for Mental Health, RME Audio, Pickathon, Kelly’s Olympian, Heshfest and more.
Originally supporting content creators and multimedia producers through workshops with Siren Nation, Jeni began consulting in 2016, working on an unreleased podcast with Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and recording interviews for podcast networks including Nerdist. Working in pro audio full time at Guitar Center as the leading sales woman in the PNW, Stottrup built her chops for consulting and supporting creators and brands with recording. She continued to speak and give workshops locally and nationally, including Podcast Movement’s PMX, Siren Nation and Women Crush Music.
In 2019, Gritty Birds Podcasting LLC was founded. Since then the brand has worked with close to 15 shows, multiple broadcasters, international brands and dozens of consulting clients. Jeni has spoken at She Podcasts Live, Podcasters Toolkit, Podcasters Summit, Podfest, Podcast Editors Conference and was a founding writer for Podcast Magazine. Projects have varied from creating a commercial and coordinating and recording 25 interviews at a major music trade show for an international brand, to launching and producing semi narrative podcasts for clients to developing workshops on systems management for creators.