Columbus Podcast Awards Announce First-Ever Ceremony
Established in 2018 by a group of local podcasters, the Columbus Podcast Awards was an idea inspired by the growing podcast community in Columbus.
Founder Jerome Barkley, who hosts the podcast “Cloth Talk,” moved to Columbus by way of Philadephia in 2016. He says when he first moved to Columbus, he came to realize how many podcasts were based in the city. He has invited a few onto his podcast, where he first pitched the idea for an awards show.
In recent years, Podfest Midwest — previously known as the Columbus Podcast Festival and a partner of the awards — has hosted an annual, four-day festival featuring local, regional and national podcasts in front of a live audience. The Columbus Podcast Awards is the first time Columbus will recognize its podcasting community in its entirety.
“It’ll be great for the city of Columbus to recognize that … and to get the city excited about this great podcast community we got going on,” said Barkley.
Barkley says because this is the first year for the awards, any Columbus-based podcast is eligible. Currently, 82 different podcasts are listed in various categories, including arts, entertainment, comedy, entrepreneur, and TV and film.
“I’m pretty much just a podcaster who just was the first one to think of it, I guess,” he said. “I just want people to feel like the work that they’re putting into podcasting — you want to get recognized for that.”
The Columbus Podcast Awards will be held Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at the Gateway Film Center, from 6 to 8 p.m. For tickets, guests must register for free via Eventbrite.
For more information, visit columbuspodcastawards.com.