Podcast Awards

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Podcast Awards
Podcast Awards.png
Awarded for Excellence in podcasting
Date 2005
Presented by New Media Expo
Official website http://www.podcastawards.com/

The People's Choice Podcast Awards, better known as the Podcast Awards, are a set of awards given annually to the best podcasts as voted by the general public. Originally founded in 2005 by Todd Cochrane of Podcast Connect Inc., the Podcast Awards were bought by New Media Expo in September 2014.[1] The first Podcast Awards show was held in 2006 (awarding shows for the 2005 calendar year) had over 350,000 people vote for their nominated podcasts, with nearly 1000 people attending the awards ceremony.[2] The 10th annual Podcast Awards Show, the first show run exclusively by the New Media Expo, took place at Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino on April 14, 2015. It was hosted by Chris Jericho and Emily Morse.[3]


The initial nominations begin on a set date (January 19, 2015 for the 2014 awards) and continue for fifteen days. Voters are allowed to nominate a set of shows once a day. The nomination entry form asks for the name of the podcast, the podcast url, the nominator's name and email address, and additional comments. The email address must be valid, and nominators must verify their vote using an email link.[4]

After the fifteen days of nominations, Podcast Connect and twenty-two listeners volunteers selected in January will review all the nominations over a seven to ten day period. In order to qualify, the podcast must be started prior to August 1st of that voting year, be in an appropriate category, have more than eight episodes, and have 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. The remaining 60% is determined by quality of the website's design (15%), quality of sound (15%), quality of deliverance and show format (10%), and relevance of content (20%).[4]

Once the top ten nominees in each category have been established, the final voting slate is released. Voting in this round lasts for fifteen days (in the past, the maximum number of nominees to choose from was five). Winners of the People's Choice and Best Produced awards cannot win any categories the following year.[4]


Some critics have complained that the Podcast Awards lack publicity, which results in the same podcasts winning awards every year. While some podcasters are aware of the awards and mobilize their listeners to vote, many do not realize they exist. [5]

Categories and winners[edit]

The Podcast Awards consists of twenty-two categories. Winners are announced during a ceremony which includes a live web stream. 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[6] 2006[7] 2007[8] 2008[9] 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014[10]
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 Rob Has A Podcast
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 Radiolab

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 Night Attack
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 Freakonomics
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 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 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 Hardcore History
Entertainment --- Pottercast The Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack MuggleCast MuggleCast The Fringe Podcast The Morning Stream Rob Has a Podcast Walking Dead 'Cast Rob Has a Podcast
Food and Drink Good Beer Show Good Beer Show CoffeeGeek Grace before meals Munchcast BeerDownload The Splendid Table The Beerists The Beerists The Alton Browncast
Gaming Orange Lounge Radio Podtacular CAGcast The Instance 4Player Podcast 4Player Podcast 4Player Podcast Rooster Teeth Podcast Rooster Teeth Podcast The Instance
General illinoise! Rosary Army ShowGirls Extralife Radio This American Life The Survival Podcast Greetings From Nowhere Internet Box 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 Psychobabble / 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 The Dr. Drew Podcast
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 Night Attack
Movies/Films TheForce.net The Signal Firefly Talk The Signal Spill.com Doug Loves Movies Film Sack Spill.com Film Sack Film Sack
Podsafe Music --- Accident Hash Catholic Rockers Catholic Rockers Irish Celtic Music Podcast Irish & Celtic Music Podcast Coverville 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 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 The Scathing Atheist
Science* --- --- --- --- --- The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe Radiolab The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe
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 ESPN: Fantasy Focus Football
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 Daily Tech News Show
Travel Richard Vobes Radio Show Mouse Tunes WDW Radio WDW Radio WDW Radio WDW Radio WDW Radio WDW Radio WDW Radio WDW Radio

*Prior to 2010, Science and Technology were combined as one category.

Note that podcast awards are awarded for the previous calendar year. For example, the 2014 awards ceremony took place on April 14, 2015.

One-time awards[edit]


  1. ^ "NMX to Host and Produce 10th Annual Podcast Awards Show At NAB Show". New Media Exchange. 2014-09-16. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  2. ^ "Podcasters look for their own awards". CNN/Money.com. 2006-07-24. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Podcast Awards 2015". Podcast One. n.d. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  4. ^ a b c Podcast Award Rules (as of October 23, 2010)
  5. ^ Riismandel, Paul (2014-01-07). "Winners Announced for Annual Podcast Awards". Radio Survivor. 
  6. ^ "2005 People’s Choice Podcast Award Winners". podcastconnect.com. 
  7. ^ 2006 Podcast Award winners
  8. ^ 2007 Podcast Award winners
  9. ^ "2008 Podcast Awards Winner". Podcast Awards. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  10. ^ "2015 Podcast Awards Winner". Podcaster News. Retrieved 2015-04-26. 

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