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iHeartMedia celebrates second annual iHeartRadio Podcast Awards: the winners

PRESS RELEASE — January 19, 2020

Above: Victoria Thompson and Taylor Dunn, the podcast’s co-writers and producers, accept the “Podcast of the Year” award for The Dropout

Los Angeles CA, USA—The second annual iHeartRadio Podcast Awards brought the biggest names in podcasting together at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles, Friday, January 17. The live awards event honored the very best in podcasting spanning 30 categories and was broadcast on iHeartMedia radio stations from across the country as well as live streamed online via LiveXLive. The evening celebrated the incredible talent and wide variety of leaders across the booming podcasting industry.

The live event kicked off with a hilarious opening from renowned actor, comedian and producer, Will Ferrell. The comedian, who is behind iHeartRadio’s “The Ron Burgundy Podcast,” reminisced about his love for podcasting and his instrumental role in the creation of the internet and audio streaming. The eventful night featured appearances by award nominees, an array of celebrity presenters and other special guests including Conan O’Brien, Sebastian Maniscalco, Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon, Becca Tilley, Brooke Burke, Brooks Laich, Dean Unglert, Eric Winter and Roselyn Sanchez, Gavin DeGraw, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Meghan King Edmonds, Nick Viall, Stassi Schroeder, Teddi Mellencamp and Yeardley Smith as well as podcast nominees, Aaron Mahnke, Holly Frey, Jake Brennan, Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant, plus many more. In addition, the event also featured iHeartRadio top on-air personalities, Tanya Rad, Ellen K, The Breakfast Club’s Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy as well as Enrique Santos.

Event highlights include:

● Will Ferrell kicked-off the 2020 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards with a sidesplitting opening - claiming that he created Apple in his garage and reinforcing just how much he loves Burbank, California.

● Stand-up comedian and actor, Sebastian Maniscalco and actress and writer Yeardley Smith, best known for her long-running role as Lisa Simpson on the animated television series “The Simpsons,” presented the Best Comedy Podcast award.

● Conan O’ Brien won Best Comedy Podcast for “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend” and had the audience roaring with laughter from his acceptance speech, letting the audience know how happy he is to have finally clawed his way to the top of the radio format.

● Gavin DeGraw, co-host of iHeartRadio’s “How Men Think” podcast, performed a live medley of his hits for the audience, which was streamed on

● “The Dropout” scored the big win of the night with Podcast of the Year, a socially voted category.

● “The Breakfast Club” took home Best Pop Culture Podcast for the second year in a row.

● The iHeartRadio Podcast Awards honored the New York Times’ “1619” podcast with the Icon Social Impact Award, NPR’s “Life Kit” with the Icon Innovator Award and Tenderfoot TV’s Payne Lindsey and Donald Albright with the Icon Audible Audio Pioneer Award.

Full list of category winners below:

Podcast of the Year:

Icon Award - Innovator Award, Presented by Zoom:

Icon Award - Audible Audio Pioneer Award:

Icon Award - Social Impact Award:

Best Crime Podcast:

Best Pop Culture Podcast:

Best Music Podcast:

Best News Podcast:

Best Sports & Recreation Podcast:

Best Comedy Podcast:

Best Political Podcast:

Best Branded Podcast:

Best Kids & Family Podcast:

Best Food Podcast:

Best Fiction Podcast:

Best Beauty & Fashion Podcast:

Best Overall Host - Female:

Best Overall Host - Male:

Best Business & Finance Podcast:

Best Green Podcast:

Best Travel Podcast:

Best Spirituality & Religion Podcast:

Best Advice / Inspirational Podcast:

Best TV & Film Podcast:

Best Spanish-Language Podcast:

Best Ad Read Podcast:

Best Science Podcast:

Best Technology Podcast:

Best Wellness & Fitness Podcast:

Best History Podcast:

The 2020 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards is part of iHeartMedia’s roster of incredibly successful, nationally recognized events, including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, iHeartRadio Music Awards, the nationwide iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Concert Tour Presented by Capital One®, iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, iHeartCountry Festival, iHeartRadio ALTer Ego and iHeartRadio Wango Tango.

Executive producers for the iHeartRadio Podcast Awards are John Sykes, Tom Poleman and Conal Byrne for iHeartMedia and Augie Max Vargas.

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