Mayor Emanuel Has A Podcast But An Industry Analyst Says He Should Keep His Day Job

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gestures as he participates in a panel discussion entitled: Reducing Violence and Strengthening Police/Community Trust, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, during the U..S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may want to retire the microphone. The editor of the influential podcast newsletter "hotpod" didn't give his podcast a good review. AP Photo/Cliff Owen
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gestures as he participates in a panel discussion entitled: Reducing Violence and Strengthening Police/Community Trust, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, during the U..S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel may want to retire the microphone. The editor of the influential podcast newsletter "hotpod" didn't give his podcast a good review. AP Photo/Cliff Owen

Mayor Emanuel Has A Podcast But An Industry Analyst Says He Should Keep His Day Job

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken on a new job: hosting a podcast.

“Chicago Stories” bills itself as “the stories of everyday Chicagoans, as told to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.”

So far, these stories aren’t about gun violence, school finance or police accountability. In episode one, Emanuel interviews two men from a well-known Chicago brew-pub.

Nick Quah, who writes the influential podcast newsletter “hotpod,” said he listened to “maybe 10, 15 minutes” of the 23-minute first episode — and that’s about all he wanted to hear.

“I wouldn’t put more minutes into this, if I was perfectly honest,” he said. “This is very much like 90 percent of what I get in my inbox. Which is: It’s interesting to one, or a few people — maybe.”

He called the first episode “a boring listen.” And without more audience appeal, Quah doesn’t see the show getting many listeners.

Dan Weissmann is a reporter for WBEZ. Follow him @danweissmann.