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The People’s Choice Podcast Awards will remain The People’s Choice!


Over the past 9 years the Podcast Awards has been a labor of love, with a lot of up’s and downs. The last couple of years have been great, as we have reached funding goals to pay for everything and cover basic expenses. The awards ceremony has really improved 100% because of the support of the New Media Expo team that have pulled out all the stops to book us a great master of ceremonies. Just think we would have had Dr. Drew this year if the weather would have cooperated.

The Podcast Awards process of how shows get nominated, selected, and voted on was my own invention for better or worse. Unlike most awards we are not pay to win, you have to work hard to earn a spot on the slate. We have a process that while not perfect is what I came up with to make sure that personal bias / favoritism / cronyism would not interlude.

There have been some vocal podcasters that want that process changed to a panel system, where as a panel selects the shows nominated, and the winners. My first question where will this panel meet are they willing to come to Hawaii and make this happen? The next question is will you get enough podcasters to volunteer 40-50 hours to develop and execute a process that would be fair and unbiased. My guess is that those shows that want change, would likely not want to participate in the panel, as they would then not be eligible to win. The second a panelist or a friend of the panelist was nominated heads would roll.

For those that don’t know the process we use now it’s pretty simple in a complicated way, and in my opinion as fair as any awards out there.

1. Listeners nominate their favorite shows over a 15 day period where they can only nominate once. In 2013 roughly 4400 or shows where nominated.

2. The Top 40-50 nominations in each category, is then sent to a panel of 48 podcast listeners who randomly can get as many as 4 separate categories to grade. This can typically take a volunteer listener as long as 16 hours to complete or about 4 hours per category. Each category is looked at by a minimum of 4 volunteer listeners each.

They are provided a standardized grading sheet with a grading guideline. If a show grades out perfect they will receive a minimum of 60 points plus a factored number for the total number of nominations. No show has ever scored a 100 ever! The grading sheet is made up of 40 total grading elements as listed below.

First they Qualify

  • Verify Podcast fits in Category Nominated
  • Verify that the Podcast has 10 Shows Produced
  • Verify the the Podcast has been creating shows on or before January 1st of Awards Year
  • Verify that the Podcast has a  RSS 2.0 feed.

Second they grade the show:

  • Number of Nominations 40%
  • Quality of Website Design 15% (25 Elements)
  • Quality of Sound 15% (5 Elements)
  • Quality of Podcast Delivery and Show Format 10% (5 Elements)
  • Relevance of Content 20% (5 Elements)

After we receive and process over 800 grade sheets, its a simple job to rack and stack em and come up with a slate of 220 shows.

3. The voting process is what makes most people mad, but here is the logic. We want shows to prove they can engage their audiences, thus they can vote daily. So while some would think the biggest shows would win, in about 80% of the cases they don’t.  Smaller shows often engage their audience better.  The winner is then selected by the show with the most votes.

At the same time this is going on, I have to raise about 6 to 7 thousand dollars to pay for the server, accounting firm, one technologies & the trophy’s which cost  $4719.60 this year.  Oh and do I mention I personally fly myself to Vegas, pay for my own hotel out of my own pocket, and probably put in a minimum of a 100 hours of work to make this happen every year..

So people wonder why I get pissy when they complain, and start saying the awards should be done by a panel of podcasters.. Yea right good luck on that one..  While I will be making some rule changes this year. I am not changing the process on how the awards work.  We should be grateful that we can find 48 listeners each year to do the grading, that is a monumental task they are the heroes here.

So while I will be happy to accept any idea and or suggestion. It better be backed with reason. Or better yet make me an offer I cannot refuse, and buy the podcast awards and you can deal with it all.

Todd Cochrane
Founder of the Podcast Awards

Podcast Awards Ceremony Emcee Dr. Drew

20825_001_0162_R-224x300The team at New Media Expo have been gracious to host the Podcast Awards Ceremony over the past couple of years. Last year they were able to get Leo Laporte, to emcee the event and this morning we are able to announce that Dr. Drew will be the emcee of the 9th Annual People’s Choice Podcast Awards. The NMX team has worked incredibly hard to have Dr. Drew be the emcee of the Awards Ceremony. I am especially grateful that they are a partner and I expect the Awards Ceremony

Dr. Drew is the host of The Dr. Drew Show, which is the #1 health podcast on iTunes. You might also know him from Loveline, the longest running nationally syndicated radio show. He’s also the host of television’s Dr. Drew On Call on HLN, and you may have seen him on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, Sober House, Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew, 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom. He’s a frequent guest on NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America and ABC’s The View, as well as various entertainment and talk shows such as the Dr. Oz Show, Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel Live, E!, EXTRA!, and Entertainment Tonight.

See you all at the Podcast Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas this coming Sunday, Jan 5th @ 6:30pm

2010 Podcast Awards Nominations Open

The 2010 Podcast Award Nominations are open and the audiences are off to the races. This is always a time for me to see what kind of engagement shows have with their audiences. If you are a content creator make sure you tell your audiences to nominate your show. For my fans this show is not eligible to be nominated.

This is a great sponsor opportunity as well. So think about becoming a sponsor.

Announcing the 2010 Podcast Awards!

I decided to pull the trigger and go ahead with the 2010 Podcast Awards which will be the 6th Annual. The work involved to do the awards is significant, fortunately I have had a number of folks step forward and volunteer to help this year.

We kick off nominations on November 7th and run for two weeks. We will start voting in early December and hold the awards during my 24hr Podcast to be held about a week before Christmas. As always we are looking for sponsors for the 2010 event.

The number of sponsors we get will determine if we have trophies in 2010, as last year I had to cover about 30% of the cost of the trophies and I really cannot do that two years in a row.

2009 Podcast Awards Nominations!

NominationsOpen120x240The 2009 People’s Choice Podcast Awards Nomination period gets underway on Oct 4th 2009. Podcasters have had over a month to prepare their audiences for the 14 day nomination period. As the founder of the awards my show is not eligible, but it brings me joy to recognize the nominees and ultimately the winners of the 22 categories.

The bags of ice are ready for the servers because in just a few short days the site will go from a sleepy 5000 hits a day to over 300,000 hits a day.. It’s pretty amazing to watch. Lots of opportunities for podcasters that get their audiences nominated. I look forward to moving through the stages..

We are still looking for some more sponsors as well take a look at the advertising opportunities! Finally I want to wish all the shows good luck.

2009 Podcast Awards

pca-2009 It is Podcast Awards Season again and for many of you that helped me in 2008 you know  how much hard work it is to put this event together. I had contemplated not holding the event this year. But the number of emails that I have been responding to convinced me to go ahead and get the ball rolling.

We will follow the same rules as 2008 and will be looking for sponsors to provide some great prizes for all of our winners. Last year we were able to give away more than $5000.00 in prizes to all of the award winners.

Nominations open on Oct 4th, 2009 at 2100 EST. Details are on the Podcast Awards website. We will be putting the site into pre-nomination mode tomorrow when our good friends from One Technologies login and get the site ready for the 14 million visitors over the next 60 days.

Last year the servers nearly melted we will see if we can actually bring it to it’s knees this year.

Todd Cochrane
Founder Podcast Awards