Podcast Awards

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Podcast Awards
Podcast Awards.png
Awarded for Most voted for podcast
Presented by Podcast Connect Inc.
First awarded 2005
Official website http://www.podcastawards.com/

The People's Choice Podcast Awards, better known as the Podcast Awards, are an annual set of awards given to the best podcasts as voted by the people. Run by Todd Cochrane of Podcast Connect Inc.,[1] the Podcast Awards had over 350,000 people vote for their nominated podcasts in 2006, with nearly 1000 people attending the awards ceremony.[2]


The initial nominations begins at a set date (November 7 for the 2010 awards) and continues for 15 days. Voters are allowed to nominate a set of shows only once, where in the past they could nominate once a day. Duplicate nominations will be thrown out, as will nominations to more than one sub-category. The entry form asks for the name of the podcast, the podcast url, your name, your email address, and comments. The email address must be valid to receive verification on the vote.[3]

After the 15 days, Podcast Connect and 22 listeners volunteers selected in January will review all the nominations over a 7-10 day period. The podcast must be in an appropriate category, started the show prior to August 1, have more than 8 shows produced, and an RSS feed with enclosures visible on their website. A grading sheet is used in the review. The total number of nominations a podcast receives accounts for only 40% of the grading, with the quality of the website's design (15%), quality of sound (15%), quality of deliverance and show format (10%), and relevance of content (20%) also being considered.[3]

Then the top 10 nominees in each category will be selected for the final voting slate, voting will last for 15 days (in the past, the maximum number of nominees to choice from was 5). Winners of the People's Choice and Best Produced awards cannot win any categories the following year.[3]


Some[who?] have criticized the awards, saying they've "outlived their usefulness" after only a few years in existence charging that the awards and their nominees don't represent what people are actually listening to. Only 1 of the award winners in 2006 came from the top 100 most popular iTunes podcasts.[4]

Categories and winners[edit]

The Podcast Awards consists of 22 categories where the winners are announced during the live streamed ceremony. The prizes awarded to winners are donation/sponsor-driven via PayPal. In 2009, they were able to award podcasters almost $3,500 in prizes, with additional website exposure through 2009-2010 of seventeen million plus hits.

Categories 2005[5] 2006[6] 2007[7] 2008[8] 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
People's Choice This Week in Tech MuggleCast Keith and The Girl Manager Tools ESPN: Fantasy Focus Football Tell 'Em Steve Dave! 4Player Podcast ESPN: Fantasy Focus Football The Morning Stream
Best Produced Daily Source Code The Signal Firefly Talk Totally Rad Show Best of the Left Radiolab Inside the Magic Best of the Left Rob Has a Podcast
Best Video Podcast --- --- Ask a Ninja Geek Brief TV This Week in Tech TED This Week In Tech The Young Turks Rob Has a Podcast
Best Mobile Podcast --- Catholic Insider Xbox 360 DL.TV AppSlappy --- --- --- ---
Business Media Artist Secrets Manager Tools Manager Tools Manager Tools Planet Money Career Tools Planet Money Manager Tools NPR: Planet Money Podcast
Comedy Distorted View Daily Distorted View Daily Nobody Likes Onions You Look Nice Today Daily Giz Wiz Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! WTF with Marc Maron WTF with Marc Maron The Morning Stream
Culture/Arts --- Geek Nights with Rym and Scott This American Life This American Life Imprint Decoder Ring Theatre This American Life The Moth This American Life
Education Tips from the Top Floor Tips from the Top Floor Grammar Girl Grammar Girl The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe The History of Rome Stuff You Missed in History Grammar Girl Grammar Girl
Entertainment --- Pottercast The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack MuggleCast MuggleCast The Fringe Podcast The Morning Stream Rob Has a Podcast Walking Dead Cast
Food and Drink Good Beer Show Good Beer Show CoffeeGeek Grace before meals Munchcast BeerDownload The Splendid Table The Beerists The Beerists
Gaming Orange Lounge Radio Podtacular CAGcast The Instance 4Player Podcast 4Player Podcast 4Player Podcast Rooster Teeth Podcast Rooster Teeth Podcast
General illinoise! Rosary Army ShowGirls Extralife Radio This American Life The Survival Podcast Greetings From Nowhere Internet Box Internet Box
GLBT --- Feast of Fools Feast of Fools Feast of Fools Feast of Fun Savage Love Feast of Fun Throwing Shade Throwing Shade
Health/Fitness MARINA's Walking & Aerobics" Sex is Fun! Sex is Fun! Healthy Catholic QuackCast QuackCast QuackCast The Mental Illness Happy Hour The Fat Burning Man
Mature Dawn and Drew Show Dawn and Drew Show Keith and the Girl Distorted View Daily Adam Carolla Podcast WTF with Marc Maron SModcast Savage Lovecast Savage Lovecast
Movies/Films TheForce.net The Signal Firefly Talk The Signal Spill.com Doug Loves Movies Film Sack Spill.com Film Sack
Podsafe Music --- Accident Hash Catholic Rockers Catholic Rockers Irish Celtic Music Podcast Irish & Celtic Music Podcast Coverville Coverville Coverville
Political Free Talk Live Free Talk Live Free Talk Live Free Talk Live The Young Turks Free Talk Live The Majority Report The Majority Report The Majority Report
Religion Inspiration Catholic Insider Daily Breakfast Daily Breakfast Daily Breakfast Reasonable Doubts Atheist News Podcast Mormon FAIR-Cast Ardent Atheist with Emery Emery Mormon FAIR-Cast
Science Combined with technology Combined with technology Combined with technology Combined with technology Combined with technology The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe Radiolab
Sports 1954 and Counting Fantoo Girls Phedippidations SkyDiverGirlsTv ESPN: Fantasy Focus Football The B.S. Report ESPN: Fantasy Focus Football ESPN: Fantasy Focus Football ESPN: Fantasy Focus Baseball
Technology This Week In Tech Diggnation Security Now This Week in Tech Security Now This Week In Tech Tech News Today The Audacity to Podcast Tech News Today
Travel Richard Vobes Radio Show Mouse Tunes WDW Radio WDW Radio WDW Radio WDW Radio WDW Radio WDW Radio WDW Radio

One-time awards[edit]


  1. ^ "2006 People's Choice Podcast Awards (Charge for viewing)". Factiva. 2006-09-29. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  2. ^ "Podcasters look for their own awards". CNN/Money.com. July 24, 2006. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  3. ^ a b c Podcast Award Rules (as of October 23, 2010)
  4. ^ NEUMEISTER, LARRY (August 24, 2006). "Podcast awards? Who cares?". CBS MarketWatch. [dead link]
  5. ^ 2005 Podcast Award winners
  6. ^ 2006 Podcast Award winners
  7. ^ 2007 Podcast Award winners
  8. ^ "2008 Podcast Awards Winner". Podcast Awards. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 

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