Ben has forged a successful podcasting career and since 2011 has hosted over 2000 podcast episodes.
His first foray into podcasting came in 2011 after he interviewed his first ever Survivor contestant on his radio show The Brink. Survivor Oz was soon born and between 2011 and 2016 was the second most downloaded Survivor podcast in the world. Through this show Ben managed to interview over 400 contestants from the US, Australian, New Zealand, and Italian versions of the show as well as several notable figures involved with the show including Charlie Parsons, Mark Burnett and Lynne Spillman.
At it’s peak, he managed over 20 volunteers who assisted with running the website and show, and helped expand the coverage into other shows including The Amazing Race and Big Brother. The show twice received the ‘Best International Website’ at the Czech & Slovak Reality Awards and was consistently ranked in the top 10 on iTunes across several global stores including numerous number ones. He also has taken the show to several international events, including Reality Rally in 2016 and Reality For Diabetes in 2017.
In 2017 Ben expanded the show to cover more than simply Survivor and re-branded it as The Oz Network. The show now covers a variety of TV shows and films and has maintained a high weekly listenership and following. He has also interviewed a large variety of TV & movie heavyweights on the show since it was re-branded.
In 2020 Ben was chosen as the host of a daily news podcast for The Capital Daily, an in-depth and longform journalism website in Victoria, Canada. Thousands of Canadians across Victoria, BC and the country relied on Ben’s daily dose of news, and the show consistently charts as one of the top 20 news podcasts in Canada.
Other podcasts Ben currently hosts include:
- Double Oz Seven (Started in 2015) – a podcast about James Bond.
- Off The Podium (Started in 2016) – a podcast about the Olympics
- EurOzvision (Started in 2015) – a podcast about Eurovision
- The Brink (Started in 2016) – the re-branded podcast based on his former radio show
- The Qualifying Lap (Started in 2017) – the re-branded podcast based on his former radio show
- Australian Survivor Archives (Started in 2019) – a podcast chronicling the history of Australian Survivor
- Clawed Weekly (Started in 2020) – the official podcast of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League team the Peninsula Panthers
Ben has maintained a high technical expertise in the industry and has used his skills to train numerous other podcast hosts. He also has a high knowledge of podcast servers and great editing skills to ensure the highest quality during his episodes.
His podcast career highlights include:
- Interviewed over 900 guests
- Hosted over 3500 hours of podcasting
- Two-time winner of ‘best international website’ at the Czech/Slovak Reality Awards
- Hosting the second most downloaded Survivor podcast in the world
- Consistent top 10 ranked podcast host on iTunes
- Accredited podcast host for major sporting, music and television events
- Hosted an exclusive 20 year Third Watch reunion featuring former cast members and the show’s creator in 2019
- Hosted an exclusive 18 years Australian Survivor Season 1 reunion featuring former cast members
- Hosted an exclusive 18 year Survivor Marquesas reunion featuring former cast members
You can watch & listen to some examples of Ben’s work below: