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iHeartRadio Podcast Awards: the 2022 winners

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Everyone’s favorite podcasts were celebrated during the 2022 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards, as the very best in podcasting throughout the year and the most innovative talent and content creators in the industry were honored.

Some of this year’s winners included “SmartLess” for Best Comedy Podcast, “Scam Godess” for Best Crime Podcast, “The Daily” for Best News Podcast, Sam Sanders for Best Male Overall Host and Nicole Byer for Best Female Overall Host, among so many others.

Taking home the coveted title of Podcast of the Year, which was decided by the fans via voting on Twitter, is “You’re Wrong About” hosted by Sarah Marshall and Michael Hobbes. Also nominated in the category this year were “Code Switch,” “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend,” “Crime Junkie,” “Louder Than a Riot,” “Office Ladies,” “SmartLess,” “Stuff You Should Know,” “The Daily,” and “The Midnight Miracle”.

Below, Podnews details more information about the winning entries.

You're Wrong About
Podcast of the Year (Socially Voted Category): You’re Wrong About
From: Sarah Marshall
Hosted by: Buzzsprout
SmartLess
Best Comedy Podcast: SmartLess
From: Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, Will Arnett
Hosted by: ART19
Scam Goddess
Best Crime Podcast: Scam Goddess
From: Earwolf & Laci Mosley
Hosted by: Simplecast
Song Exploder
Best Music Podcast: Song Exploder
From: Hrishikesh Hirway
Hosted by: PRX
The Daily
Best News Podcast: The Daily
From: The New York Times
Hosted by: Simplecast
The Bill Simmons Podcast
Best Sports Podcast: The Bill Simmons Podcast
From: The Ringer
Hosted by: Megaphone
  • Best Overall Host: Sam Sanders (NPR), Nicole Byer (Team Coco)
  • How I Built This with Guy Raz
    Best Business and Finance Podcast: How I Built This with Guy Raz
    From: Guy Raz | Wondery
    Hosted by: ART19
    Keep It!
    Best Pop Culture Podcast: Keep It!
    From: Crooked Media
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Doughboys
    Best Food Podcast: Doughboys
    From: Headgum / Doughboys Media
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    Therapy for Black Girls
    Best Wellness & Fitness Podcast: Therapy for Black Girls
    From: iHeartPodcasts and Joy Harden Bradford, Ph.D.
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    Throughline
    Best History Podcast: Throughline
    From: NPR
    Hosted by: NPR
    Story Pirates
    Best Kids & Family Podcast: Story Pirates
    From: Gimlet
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Bridgewater
    Best Fiction Podcast: Bridgewater
    From: iHeartPodcasts and Grim & Mild
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    Ologies with Alie Ward
    Best Science Podcast: Ologies with Alie Ward
    From: Alie Ward
    Hosted by: Simplecast
    There Are No Girls on the Internet
    Best Technology Podcast: There Are No Girls On The Internet
    From: iHeartPodcasts
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    SmartLess
    Best Ad Read: SmartLess
    From: Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, Will Arnett
    Hosted by: ART19
    Pod Save America
    Best Political Podcast: Pod Save America
    From: Crooked Media
    Hosted by: Simplecast
    How Did This Get Made?
    Best TV & Film Podcast: How did this get made?
    From: Earwolf and Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, Jason Mantzoukas
    Hosted by: Simplecast
    Radio Ambulante
    Best Spanish Language Podcast: Radio Ambulante
    From: NPR
    Hosted by: NPR
    We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle
    Best Advice/Inspirational Podcast: We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle
    From: Glennon Doyle & Cadence13
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Forever35
    Best Beauty and Fashion Podcast: Forever 35
    From: Kate Spencer & Doree Shafrir
    Hosted by: Acast
    Women Who Travel
    Best Travel Podcast: Women Who Travel
    From: Condé Nast Traveler
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    On Being with Krista Tippett
    Best Spirituality and Religion Podcast: On Being with Krista Tippett
    From: On Being Studios
    Hosted by: Simplecast
    Living on Earth
    The Best Green Podcast: Living on Earth
    From: World Media Foundation
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Inside Trader Joe's
    Best Branded Podcast: Inside Trader Joes
    From: Trader Joe's
    Hosted by: Libsyn
    Films To Be Buried With with Brett Goldstein
    Best Emerging Podcast: Films To Be Buried With with Brett Goldstein
    From: Brett Goldstein
    Hosted by: Acast
    Morbidology
    Best International Podcast: Morbidology
    From: Morbidology
    Hosted by: Spreaker
    My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
    Audible Audio Pioneer Award: My Favorite Murder
    From: Exactly Right
    Hosted by: ART19
  • Innovator Award: Descript
  • Force Multiplier
    Social Impact Award: Force Multiplier
    From: iHeartPodcasts
    Hosted by: Omny Studio

    Podcast hosting companies

    • Megaphone hosted 11 winners
    • Simplecast 6
    • NPR 3
    • All others hosted either one or two.

    Countries and Languages

    Only one podcast was from outside the US - the winner of the international award. Morbidology’s host, Emily G. Thompson, is from Belfast in Northern Ireland. Similarly, only one podcast was in a different language than English; Radio Ambulante winning the Best Spanish Language Podcast. Excepting these two categories, all winners were US-based and English-speaking.

    Gender split

    Of the winning podcasts, not double-counting, we counted 24 male hosts, and 15 female hosts: a gender split of 38% female.

    iHeart Podcasts

    Only 4 podcasts this year were produced or distributed by iHeartRadio: the same as in 2021.

    Indie/Non-Indie Podcasts

    There isn’t a definition of “indie”; but out of the 29 winners, we counted nine podcasts who are not part of, or distributed by, a large media owner.

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