New Rules Announced for the Podcast Awards

The new rules for the 11th Annual Podcast Awards have been up for less than 24 hours and my inbox is already full. So I wanted to point everyone to the recent edition of the New Media Show where I laid out the new rules and the reasoning for the changes.

If everyone takes the time to listen to the episode, podcasters will get some insights into the changes.

Rebuild The Podcast Awards GoFundMe Campaign

We have launched a GoFundMe campaign to rebuild the podcast awards site.. The goal is to raise $25,000 dollars. Details on what we are trying to accomplish is available on the GoFundMe page and also some background on the changes coming to the entire People’s Choice Podcast Awards process is linked on the Podcast Awards home page.

The new rules and structure of the awards will be announced on April 1st. So while I am sure many will want to wait and see what the changes are, I wanted to get the fund raising underway so that we can be well on our way when nominations open on April 15th.

It’s time to rebuild and restructure the People’s Choice Podcast Awards

When I founded the podcast awards, little did I know the passion podcasters would have about the People’s Choice Podcast Awards. Throughout the past 11 years, millions of podcast listeners have nominated and voted for their favorite shows each year.

The awards have been very much a project of passion. And while at times they were supported through financial injection of my personal company, I have remained committed to providing a transparent venue for podcasters to be honored by their audiences and peers.

While other awards have popped up and are special in their own way, the People’s Choice Podcast Awards is unique in that the fans drive the awards process.

As most know, I attempted to divest myself from the awards in 2014 by selling to the New Media Expo. As many witnessed there were serious issues with the transition, and the awards ceremony masters of ceremonies actions culminated into something not worthy of the fans and the awards itself. Little did we know that the New Media Expo would disappear and sadly not be able to complete the transaction for the podcast awards in 2015.

So here we are. I have never been one to walk away from something, and I am not going to do that now. I realize that Podcast Awards is going to need a serious re-work of the site itself, a complete revamp of the rules and awards processes. And I’m going to need your thoughts and ideas.

I have come to some decisions on how I will proceed. I will run the 11th annual Podcast Awards with the current site and infrastructure while at the same time we will run a GoFundMe campaign to raise the $25,000 needed to rebuild, restructure the site. I will also appreciate your thoughts and ideas as we rebuild Podcast Awards.

Before nominations open this year, I will completely restructure the rules and process of the awards with input from you, our trusted members of the podcast community. But I want to make one thing very clear: the People’s Choice Podcast Awards will remain in body and soul a podcast-listener event.

No awards process is perfect, to be honest a perfect process does not exist and whatever we come up with someone will bitch about it. That said the existing process can be improved significantly.

Things up for consideration:

  • Minimal Show Registration Fee
  • Rules
  • Categories
  • Listener Nomination Period
  • Peer Nomination Period
  • Nominated Shows Review Process
  • Slate Determination
  • Annual Podcast Legends Award
  • Steering Committee
  • Nominated Fairness Doctrine
  • Voting Process

I look forward to your input. And look forward to rolling out the new process by April 1 and opening Nominations by April 15.

Update, we have launched the GoFundMe Campaign.

Podcast Awards Acquired by New Media Expo

Update Feb 2016 – With New Media Expo having abandoned the Awards and not fulfilling contractual obligations of the Podcast Awards Acquisition. The founder of Podcast Awards has retained control of the site and will proceed to re-launch the awards process in the very near future.

As Founder of the Podcast Awards, I want to announce some exciting news. After some thought, I’ve made the decision to sell The Podcast Awards to New Media Expo and their team. I made this decision as Rick and his team have been so involved with us over the past few years.

It has been my absolute pleasure to create and run the awards for the past 9 years, giving podcasters a platform to be recognized. All of this would not have been possible without the support of the podcasting community, and the podcasters that supported the show financially. I will be forever grateful for their participation.

Over the past couple of years, New Media Expo has been instrumental in our Awards Ceremony’s success. I feel certain that the NMX team is ready to take The Podcast Awards to the next level.

Of course, I am not disappearing. I will have a founders’ role and will advise the NMX team in the development and production of the 10th annual event, April 14th in Las Vegas, NV. While Rick and his team will likely make some changes along the way, the spirit of the Peoples Choice Awards will still remain, with the nominees and winners being selected by the listeners, fans and podcasters.

See you at the 10th Annual Podcast Awards

Dr. Drew to Emcee Podcast Awards Ceremony

The 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

Podcast Awards Methodolgy

Over the years I have been asked to change the way the Podcast Awards process work. Everyone has an opinion until it comes to determining an execution strategy on how to make it happen. My goal with the Podcast Awards has always been to execute it with transparency, so that every show that is nominated has a chance of winning.

Podcasters have always also said that their shows have extremely high engagemente with their audiences. That is why the Podcast Awards are the “People’s Choice Podcast Awards”. As we lay out in the rules on the site the process is simple and broken down into three steps.

1st is the nomination period of 15 days: Shows engage their audiences to nominate them in the category they feel they are most aligned to. Fans get to only nominate their slate of podcast one time to prevent ballot stuffing. So we want the podcasters to make sure they tell their audiences that they get a single chance to nominate a full slate of 22 shows.

2nd is the Review: Being my show and family of shows are not eligible to win. I recruit 44 listeners from my audience to do the review process which takes on average 4 hours per category. Each of those reviewers review 2 categories each. This results in each category being reviewed by 4 separate listeners. So exactly what do we provide them. They get the full list of shows that where nominated in the specific categories they are assigned. We ask them to review the 30 top nominated shows in each category.

They are provided a confidential non-releasable grading sheet that has the following elements.

  • Verification Podcast fits in Category Nominated
  • Verification that the Podcast has 10 Shows Produced
  • Verification the the Podcaster has been creating shows on or before January 1st of the awards year
  • Verification that the Podcaster has a visible RSS 2.0 feed with Enclosures on his home page!

Once validated the sheet then has 4 sub sections that have a variety of elements associated with the section and a weighted grading scale.

  • Number of Nominations 40% (Pure Number of Unique Validated Nominations)
  • Quality of Website Design 15% (15 Elements)
  • Quality of Sound 15% (5 grading Elements)
  • Quality of Podcast Delivery and Show Format 10% (4 grading Elements)
  • Relevance of Content 20% (4 grading elements)

This review and scoring is then averaged across the 4 grading sheets, per category to come up with a top 10 in each category. We have seen in the past where shows with much lower nomination numbers made the top 10 slate by beating other shows by scoring very high on the grading elements.

3rd is the Daily Voting. This is the most controversial part of the process. I fall back to engagement. If you have an engaged audience, smaller shows will beat bigger shows hands down. So in this stage we see what shows have the most engagement with their listeners.

Is the process perfect, no process is perfect, but it is the most transparent process I have found to date. We eliminate personal biases by having a big enough pool of listeners to review the nominated shows, and by cross examining grading sheets we are able to ensure  the slate nominated is a sound slate of shows. The rest is up to the listeners of the shows nominated.

Shows often help shows by sending votes their way if they where not nominated. This is where having alliances with other shows help in a big way. Podcasters often forget to work with other podcasters and many times shows with alliances with other shows will beat bigger shows easily..