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Celebrating podcasts’ rise out of the muck of amateurism


Celebrating podcasts’ rise out of the muck of amateurism

It’s tumultuous and awkward, but the Podcast Academy is on a quest to make its Ambies the Oscars of podcasting

Ashley Carman

Inside the Mayan theatre in central Los Angeles, journalist Sam Sanders gazed down at the trophy in his hands. “It looks like an Oscar,” he said, grinning. 

It was a Tuesday night in March, several days before the 94th Academy Awards (year of the slap edition) and in the shadows of Hollywood’s biggest self-congratulatory spectacle a lesser known gathering was trying to take root. At the outset at about 5pm, a crowd of about 300 guests strolled down a mini red carpet and into the kitschy theatre.

The occasion was celebratory. They were there to fete and be feted at the Ambies, the podcasting industry’s latest, and likely greatest, attempt to build something akin to an Oscars for audio. Due to the pandemic, it was the first time the ceremony was held in person. ..

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