Some might even say “It’s about time!” The film industry has had its own award ceremony for generations now in the Oscars, despite what has become years of dismissal by some audiences as being irrelevant to what modern audiences want. But as the media world turns, so turns the statuettes, thus the world of online podcasting has grown to call for its own award ceremony to recognize its outstanding contributors.
IheartRadio is launching the first Podcast Awards at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles, California. Headlining the festivities will be Charlamagne Tha God, along with other podcast and radio hosts. Charlamagne has many endeavors in the works, along with his role on The Breakfast Club, he is also the executive producer of CThaGod World LLC, and co-host of the Brilliant Idiots podcast.
Charlamagne Tha God is known for his grit in interviews, never shying away from the tough topics when speaking with celebrities on his various shows. Charlamagne fearlessly drives the national dialogue on issues in the hip-hop community, racism being alive and well in America, society, and politics, with his unique take on things and his provocative nature. Go Here for additional information.
The show is slated to feature 22 separate award categories, enough to flesh out a full evening. Twitter and Instagram followers are being invited to vote for their favorite podcast shows, with five of the categories being determined by a judge’s panel. The categories are broken into subjects, such as food or news, along with more standard award categories. And yes, even though IheartRadio is hosting the awards show, the awards are open to anyone in the industry regardless of where they hang their shingle.
While podcasting is still seen as the Internet equivalent of public access TV in the 1980s, an egalitarian culture with no gate-keeping, there are still several podcasters with celebrity status, such as Conan O’Brien, Rachael Maddow, and Logan Paul. For a medium which is entering its second century, it’s surprising that an official recognition of its best contributors has been so long in coming.