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Peoples Choice, Academy of Podcasters Awards Nominees Announced



Podcast Awards logoSummer is fast approaching and it’s apparently become the season of podcast awards. Two different podcast awards competitions, the Peoples Choice Podcast Awards and the Academy of Podcasters Awards, both recently announced the nominees for their respective award categories. While there may be some minor overlap between the two awards systems, they both work differently and completely independent of each other.

The Peoples Choice Podcast Awards is now in its 11th round. Commonly referred to as just “the Podcast Awards,” nominees for this awards system are determined by online voting, followed by a vetting and qualification period. Then, podcasts are chosen to compete in the following categories:

  • Peoples Choice
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Comedy
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Games & Hobbies GLBT
  • Government & Organizations
  • Health
  • Kids & Family
  • Mature
  • Music
  • News & Politics
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • Science & Medicine
  • Society – Culture
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Technology
  • TV & Film

Just like the nomination process, the Peoples Choice Podcast Awards winners are determined via online voting, which officially open Sunday, May 29th.

Academy of Podcasters Awards and HOF 2016The Academy of Podcasters Awards operate in a closed-ballot system. Finalists are chosen by the Academy, and only members of the Academy are allowed to vote for shows in these categories:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Comedy
  • Education
  • Fiction
  • Food & Drink
  • Games & Hobbies
  • Health & Fitness
  • History
  • Kids & Family
  • Music & Commentary
  • News & Politics
  • Religion & Spirituality
  • Science & Medicine
  • Society & Culture
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Technology
  • TV & Film

Academy of Podcasters Awards winners will be announced during a ceremony on Wednesday, July 6th in conjunction with the Podcast Movement conference.


List of 2015 Academy of Podcasters Award Winners



Academy of Podcasters logThe first Academy of Podcasters Awards ceremony was held last night as part of Podcast Movement 2015. Here’s the list of winners:

  • Business: Smart Passive Income
  • Comedy: Comedy Bang Bang
  • Entertainment: The Incomparable
  • Food & Drink: The Feed
  • Games & Hobbies: Convert To Raid
  • Ideas & Education: Lexicon Valley
  • Lifestyle & Health: The Tim Ferris Show
  • Music & Commentary: Roadhouse
  • News & Politics: Brookings Cafeteria
  • Parenting, Family & Kids: The Longest Shortest Time
  • Science & Medicine: Stuff To Blow Your Mind
  • Society & Culture: 99% Invisible
  • Spirituality & Religion: Relevant Podcast
  • Sports: Jellen And Jacoby
  • Technology: Reply All
  • People’s Choice: 99% Invisible

With the exception of the People’s Choice award, winners were chosen by members of the Academy of Podcasters based on nominees that were selected earlier this year. The People’s Choice award was decided by a live online poll that took place during the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to all of the podcasters who received a trophy at this year’s awards!

Hat tip to Christopher Hutton for his coverage of Podcast Movement and the awards ceremony.


Glenn Beck out, Marc Maron in as Keynote Speaker at Podcast Movement



Podcast Movement logoI really believed after last week, there wouldn’t be any more Podcast Movement announcements to cover. But that changed today when the conference announced that keynote speaker Glenn Beck is stepping down due to illness and is being replaced by WTF host Marc Maron.

Marc Maron began his career as a standup comedian. He also hosted a show on the Air America radio network. He started the WTF podcast in 2009. The show has acquired a large and loyal fanbase due to Maron’s candid interviews with professional comedians and other celebrities. WTF also made major headlines last month when Maron interviewed President Barack Obama.

Podcast Movement has definitely been on a roll this year and bringing in Marc Maron as a last-minute replacement for Glenn Beck is sure to make a lot of podcasters happy. Tickets for the conference are still available and in honor of today’s news, Podcast Movement is offering a special $100 discount by using the code MARON100 at checkout.


Official Schedule, More Speakers and Panelists announced for Podcast Movement



Podcast Movement logoI thought last week’s announcement of speakers and panelists for this year’s Podcast Movement conference was going to be the last one. But I was proven wrong as a brand new list was dropped earlier today. Here’s the latest round of names you may see if you make it to Dallas/Fort Worth this year:

  • Dean Capello of WNYC
  • Lee Cockerell of Creating Disney Magic
  • Matt Martinez of NPR
  • Linda Holmes of Pop Culture Happy Hour
  • TD St.Matthew-Daniel of NFL
  • Corey Coates of Podfly
  • Peter Weingard of WNYC
  • Carolina Guerrero of Radio Ambulante
  • Ryan Deiss
  • Bryan Moffett of NPR
  • Daniel Dopp of ESPN Radio
  • Sarah Van Mosel of WNYC
  • Jason Doyle of NBA TV
  • Mark McCrery of Podtrac

Podcast Movement has also released the official schedule for the event. Conference goers can use this handy page to break down the conference by day, time and type of event. There’s even an option to create a personalized “custom schedule” to ensure attendees will get to the things they’d like to see most.

Podcast Movement will take place the weekend of July 31st. Registration is open now.


More Speakers and Panelists Announced for Podcast Movement



Podcast Movement logoPodcast Movement, the podcasting conference that’ll take place in Dallas on the weekend of July 31, has been using a “slow drip” strategy in terms of announcing the event’s panelists and speakers. Four more speakers were announced last week using this method. But this week, that drip has turned into a flood with the release of twelve more names of speakers. Here’s the complete list of recent announcements:

  • Andy Toh of BlogTalkRadio
  • Kimberly Falker, host of Balancing Points Podcast
  • Tom Rossi from Buzzsprout
  • Anthony Tran, founder of Marketing Access Pass
  • Srinivias Rao, host of The Unmistakable Creative podcast
  • Michael Stelzner, founder of Social Media Examiner
  • Dom Theodore of TheBlaze Radio Network
  • Kerri Hoffman of PRX
  • Rob Greenlee of Spreaker
  • Ilana Fox of Audioboom
  • Gordon Firemark, host of Entertainment Law Update
  • Francesco Baschieri of Spreaker
  • Erik Harbison of Aweber
  • Toby Lyles of TwentyFourSound

We’ll continue to post updates about Podcast Movement as more information comes in. Registration for the conference is open now.


Academy of Podcasters Awards Nominees, Hall of Fame Inductees Announced



Academy of Podcasters logThe Academy of Podcasters has announced the nominees for its first ever “Academy Awards of podcasting.” The organization has also finalized the list of inductees into its Podcasters Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony and the awards ceremony will be held on Friday, July 31, the night before the first day of the Podcast Movement conference in Dallas.

The Podcasters Hall of Fame will honor six podcasters in its inaugural run of inductees:

  • Adam Curry (Adam is considered by many to have “invented” podcasting along with Dave Winer)
  • Danny Peña (host of Gamertag Radio)
  • Leo Laporte (founder of the TWiT podcasting network)
  • Mur Lafferty (host of I Should Be Writing)
  • Scott Sigler (bestselling author who built a large fandom thru podcasting)
  • Todd Cochrane (host of Geek News Central and founder of RawVoice)

The Academy of Podcasters has nominated ten shows in each of its fifteen award categories. The complete list of shows is too long to post here but the categories are:

  • Business
  • Comedy
  • Entertainment
  • Food & Drink
  • Games & Hobbies
  • Ideas & Education
  • Lifestyle & Health
  • Music & Commentary
  • News & Politics
  • Parenting, Family & Kids
  • Science & Medicine
  • Society & Culture
  • Spirituality & Religion
  • Sports
  • Technology

One nominee will win an award in each category. The categories have five nominees each that have been ranked as the top five in those respective categories on Stitcher, along with five more shows that were selected by “a combination of input from the Academy, the board, and from other podcast rating services.”

Congratulations to the inaugural Hall of Fame inductees and best of luck to all podcasters who’ve been nominated for a Podcasters Academy Award!


Dan Benjamin Added to List of Podcast Movement Speakers



Podcast Movement logoPodcast Movement is gearing up for its next go around, which will take place during the weekend of July 31st in Texas. Today, the conference announced that it’s added four new speakers to its lineup. Principal among them is Dan Benjamin, founder of the popular 5by5 podcasting network.

Benjamin began his technology career as a programmer and in 2006, he began podcasting on the side. After a few years of building successful shows and a loyal audience, he launched the 5by5 network and took to podcasting full-time. In 2014, Benjamin launched The Podcast Method, a website and podcast devoted to the craft of podcast production. Not stopping there, Dan also launched the Dan Benjamin Hour earlier this year. That show is described as, “…a live daily talk show exploring the latest in geek and pop culture, technology, gear, and entertainment, catching emerging stories before they become headlines and skirting the mainstream with wide-ranging topics, unorthodox opinions, an offbeat in-studio crew, an expansive guest list, and calls from live listeners.”

Along with Benjamin, three other speakers were also announced:

Discounted Early Bird tickets for Podcast Movement are available now thru June 9th.


Podcast New England is coming to Boston in June



Podcast New England logoThe founders of Podcast Movement have been busy organizing regional podcasting conferences all over the U.S. Their next event is called Podcast New England and it takes place in Boston on Saturday, June 13, 2015. From the Podcast New England website:

…Podcast New England is a one-day conference bringing together a limited number of people who are looking to learn, grow, and network with other podcasters.
This event will be for both new and veteran podcasters alike, as we will present a unique group of speakers who will discuss a wide range of topics…

Podcast New England is a one-day event but it still boasts a healthy lineup of presentations. While keynote speakers are still TBA, there will be six “talks” presented during the conference, each one lasting for about 45 minutes. There will also be the usual lunch break at the midday point and a networking opportunity after the closing keynote.

“Early bird” tickets are available now thru May 30th for $49 each. After that, ticket costs go up to $69 until the day of the conference, when they’ll go up to $99. Podcast New England will be held at the BCA (Boston Center for the Arts) Plaza Theatre located at 539 Tremont Street.

For more information on Podcast New England, hit the website link at the top of this post.


Glenn Beck announced as Speaker at Podcast Movement



Podcast Movement logoEarlier this week, Podcast Movement, the podcasting conference that’ll be held in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX from July 31st to August 2nd, announced that it has added Glenn Beck to its list of speakers. Beck is best known for his roles as a conservative talk radio and TV show host. But in recent years, he’s had notable success as a digital media producer, primarily thru The Blaze.

Podcast Movement gave no specifics as to why the conference chose to bring Beck on board. Presumably, it’s because of his growing profile in the new media space. Regardless, like him or hate him, Beck is a true “mainstream” media figure that’ll likely bring some extra notoriety to the event.

It’s worth noting that, along with Beck, Podcast Movement has also booked Sarah Koenig, creator of Serial, as a speaker. And while we can hope that the conference won’t be defined solely in terms of political left-right balance, it’s good to know that Podcast Movement has some diversity in its speaker lineup.

There’s no question that Glenn Beck is a polarizing figure. I’ve already seen multiple comments from people in various podcast-centric forums stating that they won’t attend Podcast Movement due to Beck’s involvement. It’s a somewhat risky move on behalf of the conference, which is only in its second year. Time will tell if this move pans out for Podcast Movement in terms of increased visibility and attendance.