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iHeartMedia Celebrates The Best in Podcasting During The Fifth Annual iHeartPodcast Awards

Press Release · New York, NY, USA · via iHeartMedia ·

Tonight, the fifth annual iHeartPodcast Awards hosted by actor and comedian Brian Baumgartner brought together the most influential names in podcasting to honor the most entertaining and innovative podcasts of 2022, celebrating the incredible talent and wide variety of leaders across the podcasting industry. The virtual awards event was exclusively video streamed on iHeartRadio’s YouTube Channel and Facebook Page and broadcast across iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app.

The night featured a variety of appearances by award nominees, celebrity presenters and special guests including Jason Alexander and Peter Tilden, Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett, Mayim Bialik, Alex Borstein, Zach Braff and Donald Faison, Nicole Byer, Charlamagne Tha God, Colin Cowherd, Bob Costas, Malcolm Gladwell, Draymond Green, Bethany Joy Lenz, Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang, Enrique Santos, Iliza Shlesinger, Questlove, Angela Yee and more.

Host Brian Baumgartner kept one lucky audience member entertained throughout the night with hilarious comedic skits about chili, celery and bone breaking and of course, podcasting.

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The full list of 2023 iHeartPodcast Awards winners are:

  • Social Impact Icon Award: Dr. Laurie Santos and Dr. Joy Harden Bradford
  • Audible Audio Pioneer Icon Award: Kara Swisher
  • Innovator Icon Award, presented by Planet Oat Oatmilk: Ashley Flowers
  • Las Culturistas with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang
    Podcast of the Year Award, presented by Autonomy: Las Culturistas
    From: Big Money Players Network and iHeartPodcasts
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    New! Best Overall Ensemble: SmartLess
    From: Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, Will Arnett
    Hosted by: ART19
    Planet Money
    Best Business & Finance Podcast: Planet Money
    From: NPR
    Hosted by: NPR
    Why Won't You Date Me? with Nicole Byer
    Best Comedy Podcast: Why Won’t You Date Me
    From: Team Coco & Nicole Byer
    Hosted by: Simplecast
    Believe Her
    Best Crime Podcast: Believe Her
    From: Lemonada Media
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    Decoder Ring
    Best Pop Culture Podcast: Decoder Ring
    From: Slate Podcasts
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    The Sporkful
    Best Food Podcast: The Sporkful
    From: Dan Pashman and Stitcher
    Hosted by: Simplecast
    Maintenance Phase
    Best Wellness & Fitness Podcast: Maintenance Phase
    From: Aubrey Gordon & Michael Hobbes
    Hosted by: Buzzsprout
    You're Wrong About
    Best History Podcast: You’re Wrong About
    From: Sarah Marshall
    Hosted by: Buzzsprout
    Wow in the World
    Best Kids & Family Podcast: Wow In The World
    From: Tinkercast | Wondery
    Hosted by: ART19
    Questlove Supreme
    Best Music Podcast: Questlove Supreme
    From: iHeartPodcasts
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    The Daily
    Best News Podcast: The Daily
    From: The New York Times
    Hosted by: Simplecast
    Welcome to Night Vale
    Best Fiction Podcast: Welcome To Night Vale
    From: Night Vale Presents
    Hosted by: PRX
    The Draymond Green Show
    Best Sports Podcast: The Draymond Green Show
    From: iHeartPodcasts and The Volume
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    Best Science Podcast: Radiolab
    From: WNYC Studios
    Hosted by: WNYC
    Best Technology Podcast: Pivot
    From: New York Magazine
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
    Best Ad Read Podcast: Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend
    From: Team Coco & Earwolf
    Hosted by: Simplecast
  • Best Overall Host: Nicole Byer
  • The NPR Politics Podcast
    Best Political Podcast: NPR Politics Podcast
    From: NPR
    Hosted by: NPR
    Films To Be Buried With with Brett Goldstein
    Best TV & Film Podcast: Films to be Buried With
    From: Big Money Players Network and iHeartPodcasts
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    Ciudad Mágica
    Best Spanish Language Podcast: Ciudad Mágica
    From: Sonoro | Tenderfoot TV
    Hosted by: Megaphone
    Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People
    Best Advice & Inspirational Podcast: Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People
    From: Chris Gethard
    Hosted by: Libsyn
    Natch Beaut
    Best Beauty & Fashion Podcast: Natch Beaut
    From: Jackie Johnson
    Hosted by: Acast
    The Atlas Obscura Podcast
    Best Travel Podcast: Atlas Obscura
    From: Stitcher Studios & Atlas Obscura
    Hosted by: Simplecast
    TED Climate
    Best Green Podcast: TED Climate
    From: TED
    Hosted by: PRX
    On Being with Krista Tippett
    Best Spirituality & Religion Podcast: On Being
    From: On Being Studios
    Hosted by: Simplecast
    Smart Talks with IBM
    Best Branded Podcast: Smart Talks with IBM
    From: Pushkin Industries and iHeartPodcasts
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    Sounds Like A Cult
    Best Emerging Podcast: Sounds Like A Cult
    From: Amanda Montell & Isa Medina
    Hosted by: Omny Studio
    El Viaje
    Best International Podcast: El Viaje (Mexico)
    From: Sonoro
    Hosted by: Megaphone

The 2023 iHeartPodcast Awards is part of iHeartMedia’s roster of nationally recognized events including the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the nationwide iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Concert Tour, iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, iHeartCountry Festival, iHeartRadio ALTer Ego and iHeartRadio Wango Tango.

Executive producers for the 2023 iHeartPodcast Awards are John Sykes, Tom Poleman, Conal Byrne and Bart Peters for iHeartMedia, and Deviants Media Studio founder Ivan Dudynsky and show runner Jayson Belt. Proud sponsors of this year’s event include Audible, Autonomy, Planet Oat Oatmilk and Progressive Insurance. More information can be found at

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