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By Megan Sayles

Founder of nonprofit The Woman Behind the Business (WBB) and host of “The Woman Behind the Business” Talk Show, Angel Livas will soon become the first Black woman to own a podcast network that offers programming across all major platforms. 

The ALIVE Podcast Network will launch on Feb. 22 to listeners on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and iHeartRadio. Its shows include Under Construction with Tamar Braxton and The Devil is a Lie, a podcast hosted by Livas that helps individuals overcome imposter syndrome. 

“I’m a storyteller at heart, and I feel like everything that I do is always to help people live their best lives, which is essentially why the podcast network is called ALIVE,” said Livas. “We’re actually challenging people to not only live but to be alive, to be passionate about the work that you’re doing to be able to do it with purpose integrity.” 

Livas has over 20 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry. She began her career back in 2000 while working on WHUR 96.3 FM, a radio station in Washington, D.C. 

After establishing WBB and its Communicator-Award-winning talk show, Livas went on to produce six nationally syndicated talk shows. 

Most recently, she produced Under Construction with Tamar Braxton, which has been nominated for a 2022 NAACP Image Award. 

While working in the industry, Livas noticed how many networks rely solely on revenue to determine whether or not they should continue producing a podcast or show. 

She wanted to create a network where impact outweighs the dollar, one that features podcasters who genuinely want to impart change on the world by sparking inspiration and innovation in listeners. 

The ALIVE Podcast Network seeks to help creators monetize their shows while also pushing out content that is powerful and life-changing for listeners. 

“It’s about creating enriching content that people actually can connect to,” said Livas. “If you are interested in doing a podcast, which there are a lot of you out there, it’s not about you, and that’s where I find a lot of people go wrong.” 

Instead, aspiring podcasters should be devising content that can benefit people or improve their lives, according to Livas. The two most important elements that her team considers when evaluating shows is its ability to create impact and convey quality. 

Despite Livas’ landmark accomplishment with the release of the ALIVE Podcast Network, there is still more she wants to achieve. 

“I just feel like I have so far to go, and this is just one step closer to helping other people realize their dreams,” said Livas.

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