The People’s Choice Podcast Awards has been around for over a decade. It has had 2,200 nominees, 220 winners, and hundreds of millions of page views. The Podcast Awards website is now in need of a complete overhaul.
The People’s Choice Podcast Awards was founded by Todd Cochrane (of Geek News Central). It has been a project of passion for him. The unique thing about the People’s Choice Podcast Awards is that the fans drive the awards process. In 2014, the Podcast Awards was sold to New Media Expo. Today, the Podcast Awards are back in the hands of Todd Cochrane, and he has big plans for improving it.
A serious re-work of the Podcast Awards website is needed. There is a GoFundMe set up where people can donate to help make that happen. The goal is to reach a total of 25K to hire a web developer to completely rebuild and modernize the Podcast Awards website so that it meets the objectives of the awards moving forward.
Podcasters are encouraged to donate $100. Doing so will get your show added on a “I Helped Save the Podcast Awards” page (with a hyperlink that connects to your podcast’s website). This could help drive some new listeners to your podcast. Of course, any donation amount is welcome.
In addition to rebuilding the Podcast Awards website, there will be a restructuring of the rules and the process of the awards. Things up for consideration include:
* Minimal Show Registration Fee
* Listener Nomination Period
* Peer Nomination Period
* Nominated Shows Review Process
* Slate Determination
* Annual Podcast Legends Award
* Steering Committee
* Nominated Fairness Doctrine
* Voting Process
New rules will be rolled out by April 1, 2016, and nominations will be open starting on April 15, 2016.