With the soaring popularity of podcasts it was only natural that someone step in to celebrate the achievements of those in the now blossoming industry and IHeartMedia has decisively taken the helm and announced their first inaugural Podcast Awards. Live from the IHeartRadio Theatre in Los Angeles, the awards ceremony is slated to stream on January 18th and will be the first such awards ceremony to allow fan participation.
With an expansive 22 categories, 17 of which that are open to voting, there remains a heavy industry buy-in that lends legitimacy to the event and the top 5 categories will be scored by podcast heavy-hitters. The top 5 categories to be scored by the professional panel include podcast of the year, breakout podcast, best branded podcast, best social impact from podcast/host, and the podcast innovator award and the shows in contention for best podcast include Atlanta Monster, Dirty John, Hardcore History, Joe Rogan, Radiolab, Serial, Slow Burn, Stuff You Should Know, The Daily and The Habitat.
IHeartMedia has already recruited a number of industry talents and has confirmed that the show will be co-hosted by none other than popular podcaster Charlamagne Tha God of The Breakfast Club, Holley Frey of Stuff You Missed in History Class, and popular country radio personality Bobby Bones. The livestream of the event is slated to be hosted by Mario Lopez.
In production, Charlamagne runs his own company, CThaGod World LLC and co-host of Brilliant Idiots a favorite podcast. Charlamagne has directed and acted in movies like Bodied (2017), on the run eating (2018) and Grow House (2017) to mention but a few.
Charlamagne Tha God is a writer and has a book titled “Black Privilege” which ranked sixth in the New York Times of bestselling hardback nonfiction on May 7 2017. Another book Charlamagne Tha God has written is titled “Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks On Me”.
Voting opened on October 22nd and will continue through January 6th. More information on how to stream the ceremony will be made available at a later date, but the date and time have been set for January 18th at 8:00 p.m. PT. See Related Link for additional information.