iHeartRadio Podcast Awards: See The Full List of Nominees

By Taylor Fields

October 22, 2018

iHeartRadio Podcast Awards

Over the last few years, podcasts have become increasing popular to listen to. So, to celebrate all of the amazing podcasts that are out there, iHeartMedia, which is the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher globally (with 20,000 podcasts available), has announced the first annual live iHeartRadio Podcast Awards! 

The inaugural iHeartRadio Podcast Awards Presented By Capital One®, will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019 at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles. With 22 categories, the event will honor the most entertaining and innovative podcasts of 2018, as well as celebrate podcast fans by giving listeners the opportunity to decide the winners in 17 of the 22 categories with podcasts Atlanta Monster,” “Dirty John,” “Hardcore History,” “Joe Rogan,” “Radiolab,” “Serial,” “Slow Burn,” “Stuff You Should Know,” “The Daily” and The Habitat” nominated for Podcast of the Year. 

That's right. YOU get to vote! Fans can vote for their favorite podcasts beginning today (Oct. 22) through January 6, 2018 online and socially across Twitter and Instagram. Visit iHeartRadio.com/PodcastAwards for a complete list of nominees and voting details.  

Hosted by Holly Frey, co-host of "Stuff You Missed in History Class" (one of today’s biggest history podcast), Charlamagne Tha God, nationally-syndicated on-air host and co-host of "The Brilliant Idiots" and "The Breakfast Club" podcasts, and Bobby Bones, top Country radio host, multiplatform personality and host of the leading Country music focused podcast "Bobbycast" and creator of the Nashville Podcast Network, the event will run 90 minutes and will include a live audience with a live stream hosted by on-air and TV personality Mario Lopez

Presenters during the awards show include Payne Lindsay ("Up & Vanished"), Aaron Mahnke ("Lore"), Jake Brennan ("Disgraceland") and Marc Smerling ("Crimetown"), with more to be announced. 

Aside from all of the fan voting, the winners of five major categories — Podcast of the Year, Breakout Podcast, Best Branded Podcast, Best Social Impact from Podcast/Host and Podcast Innovator Award — will be determined by a panel of blue-ribbon podcast industry leaders, creatives and visionaries, including Marc Smerling ("Crimetown"), Jake Brennan ("Disgraceland") Alex Blumberg (Gimlet), Conal Byrne and Chris Peterson (iHeartMedia), Aaron Mahnke (Lore), Anya Grundmann (NPR), Max Cutler (Parcast) and Owen Grover (Pocket Casts), Maggie Taylor (PRX), Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark ("Stuff You Should Know"), Holly Frey ("Stuff You Missed in History Class"), Donald Albright and Payne Lindsay (Tenderfoot TV), Sim Sarna (Unqualified Media), and Hernan Lopez (Wondery).

2019 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards Nominees:

Podcast of the Year:

"Atlanta Monster"

"The Daily"

"Dirty John"

"The Habitat"

"Dan Carlin's Hardcore History"

"The Joe Rogan Experience"



"Slow Burn"

"Stuff You Should Know"

Best Business Podcast:

"Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran"

"Business Wars"

"The GaryVee Audio Experience"

"How I Built This with Guy Raz"

"Planet Money"

"RISE Podcast"

Best Comedy Podcast:

"2 Dope Queens"

"Anna Faris Is Unqualified"

"The Brooklyn Boys Podcast"

"Monday Morning Podcast"

"The Joe Rogan Experience"

"WTF with Marc Maron"

Best Crime Podcast:

"Atlanta Monster"



"Dirty John"

"In The Dark"

"Up And Vanished"

Best Food Podcast:

"Burnt Toast"


"House of Carbs"

"The Kitchen Sisters Present"

"Sips, Suds, & Smokes"

"The Sporkful"

Best Entertainment TV Podcast:

"Bachelor Party"

"Inside Jaws"

"Movie Crush"

"Pop Culture Happy Hour"

"Whine Down with Jana Kramer"

"You Must Remember This"

Best Curiosity Podcast:

"99% Invisible"


"Revisionist History"

"StarTalk Radio"

"Stuff To Blow Your Mind"

"Stuff You Should Know"

Best Health & Fitness Podcast:

"10% Happier with Dan Harris"

"Almost 30 Podcast"

"The goop Podcast"

"Mental Illness Happy Hour"

"Sleep With me"

"TEDTalks Health"

Best History Podcast:

"Dan Carlin's Hardcore History"


"Revisionist History"

"The RFK Tapes"

"Slow Burn"

"Stuff You Missed in History Class"

Best Kids & Family Podcast:

"Pants on Fire"

"Reading With Your Kids"

"Stories Podcast"

"Story Pirates"

"Wow in the World"

"Young Ben Franklin"

Best LGBTQ Podcast:

"Dumb, Gay Politics"

"Food 4 Thot"

"Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness"

"The Heart"


"Throwing Shade"

Most Bingeable Podcast:

"Atlanta Monster"

"Dr. Death"


"Slow Burn"

"Stuff You Should Know"

"This American Life"

Best Multicultural Podcast:

"2 Dope Queens"

"The Breakfast Club"

"Latina Rebels Radio"

"The Nod"

"Radio Ambulante"

"The Read"

Best Music Podcast:

"All Songs Considered"


"Cocaine & Rhinestones: The History of Country Music"


"Song Exploder"

"Turned Up"

Best News Podcast:

"The Ben Shapiro Show"


"The Daily"

"Pod Save America"

"Today, Explained"

"Up First"

Best Scripted Podcast:

"A Very Fatal Murder"

"Alice Isn't Dead"

"The Control Group"

"Mission To Zyxx"

"Welcome to Night Vale"

"Wolverine: The Long Night"

Best Sports Podcast:

"30 For 30 Podcasts"

"Against All Odds with Cousin Sal"

"The Bill Simmons Podcast"

"Footballers: Fantasy Football Podcast"

"The Herd with Colin Cowherd"

"Pardon My Take"

Best Science & Tech Podcast:


"WSJ The future of Everything"

"Note to Self"

"Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher"

"Reply All"


Breakout Podcast:

"Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard"

"Atlanta Monster"

"Dirty John"

"Dr. Death"

"Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness"

"Happy Face"

"The Habitat"


"Slow Burn"

"The Wilderness"

Best Branded Podcast:

"#LipStories" (Sephora)

"Closer than They Appear" (Jetty)

"DTR - the Official Tinder Podcast" (Tinder)

"The Future According to Now" (Fidelity Investments)

"Hackable?" (McAfee)

"Inside Trader Joe's" (Trader Joe's)

"IRL: Online Life Is Real Life" (Mozilla)

"Spit" (23&Me)

"Trained" (NIKE)

"You Can't Make this up" (Netflix)

Best Social Impact Podcast:

"Ear Hustle"

"Impact Boom"

"On Being"

"Stanford Social Innovation Review"

"Tiny Spark"

"Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom"

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