Van Sounds, a Reno-based podcast by Fil Corbitt, was named “Best Offbeat Adventure Audio” by Outside Magazine. Corbitt graduated from the Reynolds School of Journalism at University of Nevada-Reno. The list, titled “The Best Podcasts of Spring” also includes notable national podcasts S-Town (by Serial and This American Life) and She Explores.

Outside Magazine’s article explains “…this show is entirely unique. It’s hard to give a more cohesive description than this: roving multimedia enthusiast Fil Corbitt publishes short audio postcards weekly and longer dispatches monthly from wherever he is… It’s often a lesson about music or sense of place, and it’s always an aural escape.”


Corbitt started Van Sounds in August of 2013 touring with Reno bands, combining experimental audio reporting with music and travel. The show frequently zigzags from the Great Basin to international destinations — one month diving into the Hip Hop scene in Ely, NV, and the next covering Samba-Punk in São Paulo, Brazil.

Van Sounds previously had national exposure when a 6-part series was featured on The Dirtbag Diaries, a popular outdoor podcast supported by Patagonia.

You can find Van Sounds online at or subscribe on iTunes. Want to ride along on the adventure? For $1,000 you can ride with Corbitt and he’ll even let you pick the music.


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