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Podcast Academy Announces Nominees For Its Premiere The Ambies Awards.

The Podcast Academy has released the list of 164 nominees across 23 categories that are up for its inaugural Awards for Excellence in Audio, otherwise known as The Ambies. The Podcast Academy’s award show geared to increase awareness of the medium and celebrate excellence in podcasting will be held Sunday, May 16 in Los Angeles. Winners will be voted on by Podcast Academy members.

The podcasts Dirty Diana and The Left Right Game – both from QCode – and Wind of Change from Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media and Spotify each earned four nominations, the most for any podcast.

Spotify/Gimlet leads with 13 nominations, followed by Wondery with 11, QCode (9), iHeartRadio (6), NPR (6), and Earwolf/Sticher (5). But most companies scored just a single nomination.

Tenderfoot TV President Donald Albright, who chairs The Podcast Academy, said the list of nominees are “just as diverse as the creators, both in front of and behind the mic, and are reflective of the far reaching medium.”

But just as notable is which shows were not chosen by the blue ribbon panel including some of the medium’s most listened-to series such as Crime Junkie were snubbed. Other popular shows such as such as The Joe Rogan Experience and The Daily apparently were not submitted for consideration.

The Ambies winners will be selected by every voting member of The Podcast Academy in addition to a Governor’s Award given to an especially talented individual, company or podcast whose specific accomplishments The Podcast Academy wants to highlight. Eligible new members will be able to vote to determine this year’s winners if registered by March 26.

The Ambies ceremony will be streamed live on YouTube, Twitch and other platforms on Sunday, May 16 beginning at 8pm ET/5pm PT with a pre-show starting a half hour earlier. The Podcast Academy has not announced a venue or whether because of the pandemic the show will be entirely virtual.

Here is the complete list of The Ambies 2020 nominees –

Podcast of The Year:

Blockbuster: The Story of James Cameron (Miniseries)

Bunga Bunga

Chasing Cosby


Dirty Diana

Dying for Sex

For Life: The Podcast

Forgotten: Women of Juarez

Say Their Name

The Happiness Lab

Best Business Podcast:

An Arm and a Leg

Brought to you by...

Go For Broke

Masters of Scale


The Heist

Women at Work

Best Comedy Podcast:

Conan O'Brien Needs A Friend

Culture Kings

Don't Ask Tig


How Did This Get Made?

The Breakfast Club


Best Documentary Podcast:

California City

Conviction Season 2: American Panic

For Life: The Podcast

I'm Not A Monster

Louder Than a Riot

Painkiller: America’s Fentanyl Crisis

The Edge: Houston Astros

Best Entertainment Podcast:


Even the Rich

For Life: The Podcast

Office Ladies

Prime Video Presents

The First One

The Plot Thickens

Best Fiction Podcast:

Asking For It

Blood Ties - Season 2


Dirty Diana

Frozen Frights: Aurora Borealis "Vacant"

The Left Right Game

Two Princes

Best History Podcast:

American History Tellers

American Scandal


Driving the Green Book

Slow Burn

Unfinished: Deep South

Very Presidential with Ashley Flowers

Best Interview Podcast:

A Winning Mindset: Lessons From The Paralympics

Asian Enough

Back from Broken

Death, Sex & Money

More With Anna Maria Tremonti

The FRONTLINE Dispatch

Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller

Best Knowledge, Science or Tech Podcast:

American Innovations

Brave New Planet

How to Save a Planet

In Machines We Trust

Short Wave

Tai Asks Why

Unlocking Bryson’s Brain

Best News Podcast:

Do No Harm

Post Reports

Suspicious Activity: Inside the FinCEN Files

The Journal

Today, Explained

VICE News Reports

What Next

Best Original Score and Music Supervision:

Bunga Bunga - Scott Velasquez, Jeff Schmidt

Dead and Gone - Makeup And Vanity Set

Jacked: Rise of New Jack Sound - Marcelino Villalpando

Revisionist History - Luis Guerra

Throughline - Ramtin Arablouei, Drop Electric, Hania Rani

Treasure Island 2020 - Chris Tarry, Jennifer Rowekamp

Two Princes - Score: Greg Laswell; Theme and additional scoring by Bobby Lord; Music Supervision: Jonathon Roberts

Best Performer in Audio Fiction:

DUST, Season 3: CHRYSALIS - Corey Hawkins

Hank the Cowdog - Matthew McConaughey

Light House - Aly Trasher

National Geographic Kids Greeking Out - Kenny Curtis, Tori Kerr

The Left Right Game - Tessa Thompson

Two Princes - Noah Galvin, Ari'el Stachel, Samira Wiley, Gideon Glick, Wesley Taylor, Alfredo Narciso, Mandi Masden, CJ Wilson, Michelle Gomez

We Are Not Alone - Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg

Best Personal Growth / Spirituality Podcast:

Borne the Battle

Dare to Lead with Brené Brown

Dear Therapists

Hey Spirit!

Meditative Story

On Being with Krista Tippett

Stay Calm with Bob Roth

Best Podcast Host:

Amicus Presents: The Class of RBG - Dahlia Lithwick

Back Issue - Josh Gwynn, Tracy Clayton

Bunga Bunga - Whitney Cummings

MOBITUARIES: Anna May Wong (Death of a Trailblazer) - Mo Rocca

Revisionist History - Malcolm Gladwell

Science Vs - Wendy Zukerman

Wind of Change - Patrick Radden Keefe

Best Politics or Opinion Podcast:

Burn the Boats

Gaining Ground: The New Georgia

Our Nation of Immigrants

Politically Re-Active

The Dan Bongino Show

The NPR Politics Podcast

Winning Wisconsin

Best Production and Sound Design:

Canary: The Washington Post Investigates - Bishop Sand

Conviction: American Panic - Matthew Boll

Dirty Diana - Millie Iatrou, Ryan Walsh, Katie Halliday, Justin Davey, Matt Yocum & Ben Michev, Neely Oeftering

The Left Right Game - Ryan Walsh, Matt Yocum, Will Files, Ryan Sullivan

Unfinished: Short Creek - John DeLore

Where is George Gibney? - Ger McDonnell

Wind of Change - Henry Molofsky

Best Reporting:

Fiasco: Iran-Contra - Leon Neyfakh

I'm Not A Monster - Josh Baker

Planet Money - Sarah Gonzalez, Kenny Malone, Jacob Goldstein, Robert Smith, Amanda Aroncyzk, Karen Duffin, Mary Childs

Reveal - Shoshana Walter, Laura Starecheski, Ike Srikandarajah

The Take - Malika Bilal, Stefanie Dekker, Safwat al-Kahlout

Unfinished: Short Creek - Sarah Ventre, Ash Sanders

Wind of Change - Patrick Radden Keefe

Best Scriptwriting, Fiction:

Appearances - Sharon Mashihi

DEM TIMES - Rhys Reed-Johnson, Jacob Roberts-Mensah

Dirty Diana - Shana Feste

Looking For Latoya - Amy Aniobi, Chris Sanford, Kindsey Young

Make It Up As We Go - David Hudgins, Brooks Hudgins

National Geographic Kids Greeking Out - Kenny Curtis, Jillian Hughes, Emily Everhart

The Left Right Game - Jack Anderson

Best Scriptwriting, Nonfiction:

And Nothing Less - Robin Linn

Heavyweight - Jonathan Goldstein, Kalila Holt, Stevie Lane

Masters of Scale - WaitWhat Team, Adam Skuse, Katie Clark Gray

Resistance - Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr.

Suspicious Activity: Inside the FinCEN Files - Jonathan Menjivar, Jenelle Pifer, Joel Lovell

Whistleblower - Tim Livingston

Wind of Change - Patrick Radden Keefe

Best Society and Culture Podcast:

Code Switch

Ear Hustle


Into America

Latino USA


You and Me Both with Hillary Clinton

Best Sports Podcast:

17 Weeks


Sports Uncovered

The Cam Chronicles

The Edge: Houston Astros

The Lead


Best True Crime Podcast:


Chasing Cosby

Dr. Death Season 2: Dr. Fata

I'm Not A Monster


Supernatural with Ashley Flowers

The Messenger

Best Wellness or Relationships Podcast:

Adult ISH

Dying for Sex

Last Day Season 2

The Happiness Lab

Therapy for Black Girls

We Got You

Where Should We Begin?

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