iHeartMedia Celebrates The Best in Podcasting During The Fifth Annual iHeartPodcast Awards Hosted by Comedian Brian Baumgartner

“Las Culturistas” takes home coveted Podcast of the Year Award presented by Autonomy

Emmy award-winning sportscaster Bob Costas opens the 2023 iHeartPodcast Awards show

Special guest presenters included Jason Alexander, Charlamagne Tha God, Zach Braff and Donald Faison, Will Arnett, Mayim Bialik, Angela Yee, Malcolm Gladwell and more


NEW YORK – March 14, 2023 – 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 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.

The 2023 iHeartPodcast Awards event highlights include:

  • Jason Alexander and Peter Tilden awarded “Las Culturistas” the most coveted award of the night, which is voted on by the fans themselves, Podcast of the Year presented by Autonomy, to Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang who thanked Marc Maron and Snookie for paving the way in podcasting.
  • 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.
  • Charlamagne Tha God presented Best Music Podcast of the Year Award to Questlove, host of “Questlove Supreme.”
  • Zach Braff and Donald Faison award Nicole Byer host of “Why Won’t You Date Me” with Best Comedy Podcast of the Year.
  • Will Arnett joined as special guest presenter to honor Sarah Marshall host of “You’re Wrong About” with the Best History Podcast of the Year Award.
  • Mayim Bialik presented Best Crime Podcast award to “Believer Her” host Justine van der Leun and spoke about how true crime podcasts have helped to exonerate wrongly imprisoned people.
  • Angela Yee presented the Audible Audio Pioneer Icon Award to technology journalist and podcaster Kara Swisher who shared the importance of changing and shifting with the times and venturing out into the great unknown.
  • Colin Cowherd stopped in to give the Best Sports Podcast of the Year Award to host Draymond Green (“The Draymond Green Show”) who spoke about the importance of authenticity.
  • Bethany Joy Lenz introduced the Innovator Icon Award, presented by Planet Oat Oatmilk, which was given to Ashley Flowers of “Crime Junkie.”
  • Alex Borstein (Family Guy, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) presented Nicole Byer with her second iHeartPodcast Award of the night for Best Overall Host.
  • Comedian Iliza Shlesinger awarded the new show category Best Overall Ensemble to Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett of “SmartLess.”

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

Podcast of the Year Award, presented by Autonomy

  • “Las Culturistas” 

New! Best Overall Ensemble: 

  • “SmartLess”

Best Business & Finance Podcast:

  • “Planet Money”

Best Comedy Podcast:

  • “Why Won't You Date Me”

Best Crime Podcast:

  • “Believe Her”  

Best Pop Culture Podcast:

  • “Decoder Ring” 

Best Food Podcast: 

  • “The Sporkful”

Best Wellness & Fitness Podcast:

  • “Maintenance Phase” 

Best History Podcast:

  • “You're Wrong About”

Best Kids & Family Podcast: 

  • “Wow In The World”

Best Music Podcast:

  • “Questlove Supreme” 

Best News Podcast:

  • “The Daily” 

Best Fiction Podcast:

  • “Welcome To Night Vale” 

Best Sports Podcast: 

  • “The Draymond Green Show”

Best Science Podcast: 

  • “Radiolab”

Best Technology Podcast:

  • “Pivot” 

Best Ad Read Podcast: 

  • “Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend” 

Best Overall Host: 

  • Nicole Byer 

Best Political Podcast: 

  • “NPR Politics Podcast” 

Best TV & Film Podcast:

  • “Films to be Buried With”

Best Spanish Language Podcast: 

  • “Ciudad Mágica”

Best Advice & Inspirational Podcast: 

  • “Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People”

Best Beauty & Fashion Podcast: 

  • “Natch Beaut” 

Best Travel Podcast:

  • “Atlas Obscura”

Best Green Podcast:

  • “TED Climate”

Best Spirituality & Religion Podcast: 

  • “On Being”

Best Branded Podcast: 

  • “Smart Talks with IBM” 

Best Emerging Podcast:

  • “Sounds Like A Cult”

Best International Podcast:

  • “El Viaje” (Mexico)

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 iHeartPodcastAwards.com.

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About iHeartMedia, Inc.

iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month. It consists of three business groups.

With its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, the iHeartMedia Multiplatform Group has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. Its leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 860 live broadcast stations in over 160 markets nationwide; its National Sales organization; and the company’s live and virtual events business. It also includes Premiere Networks, the industry’s largest Networks business, with its Total Traffic and Weather Network (TTWN); and BIN: Black Information Network, the first and only 24/7 national and local all news audio service for the Black community. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio suite of data targeting and attribution products using data from its massive consumer base.

The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the company’s fast-growing podcasting business -- iHeartMedia is the number one podcast publisher in downloads, unique listeners, revenue and earnings -- as well as its industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service, available across more than 500 platforms and 2,000 devices; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; its digital advertising technology companies; and its audio industry-leading social media footprint.

The company’s Audio & Media Services reportable segment includes Katz Media Group, the nation’s largest media representation company, and RCS, the world's leading provider of broadcast and webcast software.

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