Independent Podcast Awards | whynow and Verbal Diorama announce inaugural awards

whynow have joined forces with Verbal Diorama to launch the inaugural Independent Podcast Awards, with entries now open ahead of a ceremony in London later this year. 

Independent Podcast Awards

The awards will celebrate independent podcasters across the UK and Ireland, recognising talent over 18 categories. These include True Crime, Sport, Music, Film & TV and will culminate in an Overall Podcast of the Year award, chosen from the winners of each category. 

Winners will be announced during an evening ceremony at The Phoenix Arts Club on 12th October 2023. As well as the recognition that comes with a national award, winners will receive support from sponsors including Adelicious, Captivate, Overtune and Pirate. 

Podbible is also supporting the event through a media partnership. 

Information on how to enter can be found here, with the Independent Podcast Awards open to everyone creating a podcast independently – i.e. not funded by a publisher, big brand or similar.

Independent Podcast Awards

whynow, a media company based in London is home to the award-winning Film Stories Podcast. It launched its spin off show, The Film Quiz Podcast, in 2022. 

Verbal Diorama, itself an independent podcast, was founded in 2019. Having recently reached the 200 episode mark over the last four years, it looks at the history behind many movies you know, and some movies you’re probably less familiar with.

Emma Turner, Head of Events & Publicity at whynow Media said: “We’re so excited to be working on this project with Em from Verbal Diorama. The ethos of whynow is to champion the positive stories coming from the arts and culture world, and so championing the rise of independent podcasts and those that make them fits well with that.” 

Em McGowan, creator and host of Verbal Diorama said: “Independent podcasts are the cornerstone of podcasting. These are people with regular jobs, families and other commitments, who still endeavour to put out quality podcast content regularly, often from spare bedrooms, garages or the dining room table. They don’t set out to get acknowledged for their hard work or achievements, so we think it’s about time they were recognised. I’m delighted to be working with whynow on this incredibly exciting event!”


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