Sumter Item podcast network includes weekly football, news episodes


The Sumter Item is excited to announce the release of its first episode of News Without Ink, a new weekly podcast that examines the biggest headlines affecting Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties from the previous week while getting you ready for the upcoming week with information about local events.

News Without Ink is hosted by The Sumter Item's executive editor, Kayla Robins, and assistant sports editor, J. Scott Sewell.

For some of you, your first question may be, "What is a podcast?".

Perhaps the best way to explain podcasts is to think of them as an on-demand radio show. Podcasts are previously recorded audio broadcasts that can be listened to at whatever time is convenient for the listener. People often listen to them in the car, while they work out or prepare dinner and even at their desks while they work.

The podcast industry has exploded over the past five years. More than 62 million Americans listen to podcasts on a weekly basis. The Sumter Item understands that our subscribers consume their news via a variety of different channels today, and this is part of our effort to meet you in the places where you're already active.

"This is just another example of how our news team strives to provide our readers with news and information you need and want to consume in a medium fit for the ever-evolving consumer," said Vince Johnson, publisher of The Sumter Item. "Our goal is to be your best source of local news, and creating a network of podcasts was an obvious next step in that process."

You can access News Without Ink, and all of our forthcoming podcasts, on our website under the Item Podcast Network tab and also on your smartphone. Our podcasts are listed by all of the most popular podcast distributors such as iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify. You can subscribe to the podcast via any of those distributors, and they will automatically notify you whenever a new episode is added.

To access our podcasts via, simply visit the website, click on the tab labeled "Listen" and choose the podcast you'd like to listen to.

The Item Podcast Network, presented by SKF, has already been producing a weekly podcast called Friday Night through OvertimeSC, which recaps the week in high school football and looks ahead to upcoming matchups.

On this week's episode, we discussed some of the Halloween-themed events taking place in Sumter during October, the rollout of new voting machines, a World War II veteran who recently turned 100 and a hit-and-run that happened in Rembert during the weekend.