Winners of the 2024 Ear Worthy Independent Podcast Awards

Press Release · Philadelphia, PA, USA ·

Ear Worthy – the influential podcast online publication – has announced the Winners of the 2024 Ear Worthy Independent Podcast Awards.

There are many podcasts—hundreds of thousands of them—and a sizable majority are independent podcasts. Podcasting has also found itself awash in awards: The Ambies, iHeart Podcast Awards, People’s Choice Podcast Awards, The Webbys, The Signal Awards, British Podcast Awards, and others.
Yet, with few exceptions, these awards either don’t recognize independent podcasts or have them do battle against their well-financed, network-supported brethren. 

“Many bootstrapped indie podcasts have paper-thin budgets and are led by overworked and underappreciated podcasters,” says Frank Racioppi, executive editor of Ear Worthy and owner of Willow Grove Communications LLC. “Indie podcasters wear more hats than any network-supported podcaster. They are creator, writer, producer, sound engineer, I.T. troubleshooter, researcher, host, distribution pro, marketing guru, public relations professional, and, most important of all, financial backer for the podcast.”

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The Ear Worthy Independent Podcast Awards are sponsored by This new service works like this: Listeners contribute US$4 a month, which is split between the top 4 podcasts they chose. While not exclusively for independent podcasts, offers indie podcasters a monetization option that was not previously available. Courtney Carthy of says: “We want to help podcasters to be rewarded for their work by people who value it and help drive an overall increase in listeners supporting podcasters.”

The Award Winners are:

Winners will receive a digital award, an article in Ear Worthy about each winner, and a public announcement of their outstanding achievements as independent podcasters.


Ear Worthy is an online publication that specializes in podcast reviews, recommendations, and interpreting industry trends. You can read Ear Worthy via Blogger, Medium, Substack, Tumblr, Vocal, ManyStories, and other online publications.

For more information, go to Ear Worthy, where you can find podcast reviews, information about the best indie and network podcasts, the latest in podcast industry trends, and some trash-talking.

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