Save the Podcast Awards

$3,410 of $25k goal

Raised by 55 people in 13 months
Todd Cochrane  KAPOLEI, HI

I am Todd Cochrane the founder of the People's Choice Podcast Awards.  I find myself back in control of the awards, with a great deal of work to be done.

After 10 years,  2,200 Nominees, 220 Winners and 100's of millions of page views the Podcast Awards site needs a complete overhall. 

The GoFundMe goal is to rebuild and restructure the podcast awards site and process. With the support of the Podcasting Community we can make it happen.

We will hire a web developer to completely rebuild and modernize the site to meet the objectives of the awards moving forward. There will be full public disclosure of how the funds are spent with oversight of an steering committee

If there is money left over at the end of the rebuild, we will apply the money towards supporting the awards going forward.

On 4-1-2016 we will be announcing the new rules and nominations will open on 4-15-16

I challenge podcasters to donate $100 each and then encourage your listeners to contribute what they can, together we can rebuild The People's Choice Podcast Awards.

Todd...

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Update 11
Posted by Todd Cochrane
10 months ago
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Voting closed late yesterday evening. All told we had a very successful year with very high listener participation. I look forward to hosting the awards ceremony on the 26th

Sadly while we have fell well short of goal, we should be able with combined funds from sponsors, podcaster registration fees, and this campaign get started on the rebuilding of the site.

As the development team gets ready to kick off, I will update you on our rebuilding plan.

Todd
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Update 10
Posted by Todd Cochrane
11 months ago
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In response to Kip.

1. The awards need to be sustainable. Kip are you willing to write the $4-5k Check to support the awards Annually with no registration fees.

2. The Trophies are unique, we are not going to lower the standards of the trophies to save a few dollars.

3. Currently their are 12 shows of 315,000 shows globally that are no longer eligible for a podcast awards. Those 12 shows have won their category a minimum of 5 times over 10 years.. Those same shows are now part of the steering committee. To date all shows that have been designated as Legacy have agreed with the decision, and have earned a permanent place on the website.

The response to the rules change has been very positive. No longer do we have shows that get nominated but never acknowledge they have been or worse yet win and then never say thanks or attempt to participate in the awards ceremony.

Todd.
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Update 9
Posted by Todd Cochrane
11 months ago
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The slate has been announced along with the full accounting of the 9k that has been raised so far.

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Update 8
Posted by Todd Cochrane
11 months ago
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The Podcast Awards Slate Announcement is on Sunday @ 8pm EST. @ PodcastAwards.com
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Brandan Schulze
11 months ago

I'm with Troy. It would be worth chipping in an additional fee to get some feedback on ways we could improve, especially since the reviewers already went through the trouble. Maybe there's a way to do it without giving away the formula? I thought it was a great call to have podcasters pay for their trophies. Maybe not ideal, but if it means continuing the awards into the future, I think it's a great compromise in the meantime until you can get it to a point where the awards are sustainable. Thanks for all of the time you put into this, Todd!

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Troy Heinritz
11 months ago

Hey Todd, I know you said you would never give out the rankings of the shows in their categories but had an idea. Really appreciate the time you took to share the state of podcasting on the slate announcement show. It would be great if the nominated shows, perhaps for a small additional fee say $10, would be able to obtain their show specific grading sheet. 1) It would help continue to fund the campaign, 2) It would help shows improve in the areas you are grading against which in the end is ultimately better for the listener and podcasting as a whole. I know this may add some overhead but you could build that overhead into the cost to acquire the grading sheet. Just a thought to help fund the campaign. I know I would pay for mine especially for an area where a show of mine was not nominated.

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Kip Droidi
11 months ago

1. No entry fees 2. Acrylic? Try Lean, is not that expensive 3. High amount award winners being considered for panels also need to be allowed back in: TWiT for example 4. No maximum on how many awards one can win (that was utter bullshit) Take care of all that, THEN I will donate a LOT.

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Gary Martland
12 months ago

Thanks for the heads-up Segovia. Todd didn’t answer any of my questions or concerns in the video but he did refer to them as being “quite ignorant”. In my funding experience there are no ignorant questions from prospective backers…and demeaning members of your audience is likely not the best way to achieve your goal. Despite this, I do wish the project success.

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Segovia Smith
12 months ago

Gary, looks like Todd answered some of your questions below in the latest video he posted on the main PCA site today (http://podcastawards.com). And Todd, thanks for staying on top of things. Let us know how else we can support your efforts.

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Gary Martland
12 months ago

Thank you again Todd for taking the time to answer my questions. I'm sorry about any duplicate comments and the backward order of my points below. This commenting system is challenging!

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Gary Martland
12 months ago

Industry acknowledgement/acceptance - The awards have been around for 10 years, yet some of the major players in the space apparently still have no interest in participating or even mustering up the courtesy to contact you. This lack of respect will likely be exacerbated now that there is another, and more visible, podcast award framework at play (Academy of Podcasters Awards) which didn’t really exist prior to last year. A fancy new website for the ‘peoples choice’ podcast awards is not going to fix this problem. Therefore perhaps a decent portion of the funds you are raising should instead be used for marketing and outreach. Otherwise I see this venerable award icon dying on the vine or relegated to the “B” or “C” team players in podcasting.

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Gary Martland
12 months ago

Lack of detail about the new website. I have not been able to locate any specifics about the new website that you are raising the funds for except for the statement that it would be a “flagship site”. Would this new site include its own online, secure voting system? …or are you using buying/paying for a third-party online voting solution? …or continuing with the current email system? The one-time and recurring cost requirements for each of these solutions would be vastly different and the current award website does not (appear to) include anything that can’t be found off-the-shelf for Wordpress…so what will the $24,500 provide to everyone?

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Gary Martland
12 months ago

High cost of trophies. You recently stated publicly that you might be able to get them cheaper somewhere else, but you did not seem to show any interest in doing so. This may not fill some ‘investors’ with confidence that the funds being raised for the website will be used as effectively and wisely as possible. Also, $700.00 seems excessive for a single acrylic award, especially when purchasing them in quantity.

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Gary Martland
12 months ago

Thank you so much for answering my prior questions (in your update #1). I am glad to know that only a very small percentage of your fundraising goal is needed for this year’s award process. In my opinion you face at least three challenges that I hope can be overcome as you move forward in your fundraising efforts. They are (in no particular order):

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Gary Martland
13 months ago

I want to support this endeavor and I hope for it to be successful. Without more information though, I feel that I would be investing in a ‘bridge too far’. Considering the lack of enthusiasm evident so far in the fund-raising campaign, perhaps I am not alone in my apprehension. It would help me (and perhaps others) to learn more about some key aspects of the awards going forward; including: Venue/Ceremony - With the demise of the New Media Expo and the obvious confusion generated if holding the presentation of awards around Podcast Movement, how will the award ceremony or presentation be handled going forward? Will there be an in-person award ceremony, and if so, when and where will it be held (even potentially)? Proposed spending allocation - While I appreciate that a full accounting of the money spent will be forthcoming after the fact, I am more concerned with gaining a better understanding of where the money will be spent BEFORE I invest my time or money. Based upon everything I have read and viewed I am concerned that you may be seeking to build a Cadillac when a Chevy will do just fine (for now). Do you really need a “flagship site” at this point in time? Is the site really where the bulk of the money and attention needs to be spent considering that you likely face other more critical challenges in getting the awards up and running again? Nominations - With a nomination period slated to open approximately 3 weeks from now, it would seem likely that you will not be funded within that timeframe, and certainly not have the time to begin the bidding and development process for a new infrastructure. Hence I am confused as to whether this funding campaign might be for the 2017 awards instead of 2016? I love the awards and I sincerely wish for them to continue. I am hopeful that the availability of more information surrounding the questions above will help in strengthening the confidence of investors like myself. Thank you for doing this!

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$3,410 of $25k goal

Raised by 55 people in 13 months
Created March 18, 2016
SL
$100
Steve Lee
10 months ago

On behalf of International Podcast Day

$100
Mark Pentleton
10 months ago

The Coffee Break Languages team is delighted to support the Podcast Awards and see the organisation continue to develop.

$100
Dave Hamilton
10 months ago

The Podcast Awards have been a staple in our community for the past decade, and Todd and his team do yeoman's work keeping it going. Hopefully we can all come together and push it even further forward.

RH
$100
Ray Harris
10 months ago

I am thrilled to support the Podcast Awards! It have done so much to help the community and put me into contact with some amazing Podcasters!

SM
$100
Scott Millican
10 months ago
$100
Mark Des Cotes
10 months ago

Proud to have my show nominated, and proud to say I'm supporting the Podcast Awards. I hope you make your goal.

KP
$10
Kris Van Pelt
10 months ago
CS
$10
Clint Simonsen
10 months ago
$10
Bradford Belk
10 months ago
$100
Gordon Rochford
10 months ago

Todd, Mackenzie and the Blubrry crew helped us to get on the road with our podcast 'Those Conspiracy Guys' and have been immense help along the way. These guys do a lot for the podcasting community including providing a free Wordpress plugin to get people started podcasting. We are proud to be nominated and shortlisted in the Podcast Awards and we gladly support them. We are supported and funded by our awesome fans and this is just sharing out the podcast love and hoping the awards stick around!

Brandan Schulze
11 months ago

I'm with Troy. It would be worth chipping in an additional fee to get some feedback on ways we could improve, especially since the reviewers already went through the trouble. Maybe there's a way to do it without giving away the formula? I thought it was a great call to have podcasters pay for their trophies. Maybe not ideal, but if it means continuing the awards into the future, I think it's a great compromise in the meantime until you can get it to a point where the awards are sustainable. Thanks for all of the time you put into this, Todd!

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Troy Heinritz
11 months ago

Hey Todd, I know you said you would never give out the rankings of the shows in their categories but had an idea. Really appreciate the time you took to share the state of podcasting on the slate announcement show. It would be great if the nominated shows, perhaps for a small additional fee say $10, would be able to obtain their show specific grading sheet. 1) It would help continue to fund the campaign, 2) It would help shows improve in the areas you are grading against which in the end is ultimately better for the listener and podcasting as a whole. I know this may add some overhead but you could build that overhead into the cost to acquire the grading sheet. Just a thought to help fund the campaign. I know I would pay for mine especially for an area where a show of mine was not nominated.

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Kip Droidi
11 months ago

1. No entry fees 2. Acrylic? Try Lean, is not that expensive 3. High amount award winners being considered for panels also need to be allowed back in: TWiT for example 4. No maximum on how many awards one can win (that was utter bullshit) Take care of all that, THEN I will donate a LOT.

+ Read More
Gary Martland
12 months ago

Thanks for the heads-up Segovia. Todd didn’t answer any of my questions or concerns in the video but he did refer to them as being “quite ignorant”. In my funding experience there are no ignorant questions from prospective backers…and demeaning members of your audience is likely not the best way to achieve your goal. Despite this, I do wish the project success.

+ Read More
Segovia Smith
12 months ago

Gary, looks like Todd answered some of your questions below in the latest video he posted on the main PCA site today (http://podcastawards.com). And Todd, thanks for staying on top of things. Let us know how else we can support your efforts.

+ Read More
Gary Martland
12 months ago

Thank you again Todd for taking the time to answer my questions. I'm sorry about any duplicate comments and the backward order of my points below. This commenting system is challenging!

+ Read More
Gary Martland
12 months ago

Industry acknowledgement/acceptance - The awards have been around for 10 years, yet some of the major players in the space apparently still have no interest in participating or even mustering up the courtesy to contact you. This lack of respect will likely be exacerbated now that there is another, and more visible, podcast award framework at play (Academy of Podcasters Awards) which didn’t really exist prior to last year. A fancy new website for the ‘peoples choice’ podcast awards is not going to fix this problem. Therefore perhaps a decent portion of the funds you are raising should instead be used for marketing and outreach. Otherwise I see this venerable award icon dying on the vine or relegated to the “B” or “C” team players in podcasting.

+ Read More
Gary Martland
12 months ago

Lack of detail about the new website. I have not been able to locate any specifics about the new website that you are raising the funds for except for the statement that it would be a “flagship site”. Would this new site include its own online, secure voting system? …or are you using buying/paying for a third-party online voting solution? …or continuing with the current email system? The one-time and recurring cost requirements for each of these solutions would be vastly different and the current award website does not (appear to) include anything that can’t be found off-the-shelf for Wordpress…so what will the $24,500 provide to everyone?

+ Read More
Gary Martland
12 months ago

High cost of trophies. You recently stated publicly that you might be able to get them cheaper somewhere else, but you did not seem to show any interest in doing so. This may not fill some ‘investors’ with confidence that the funds being raised for the website will be used as effectively and wisely as possible. Also, $700.00 seems excessive for a single acrylic award, especially when purchasing them in quantity.

+ Read More
Gary Martland
12 months ago

Thank you so much for answering my prior questions (in your update #1). I am glad to know that only a very small percentage of your fundraising goal is needed for this year’s award process. In my opinion you face at least three challenges that I hope can be overcome as you move forward in your fundraising efforts. They are (in no particular order):

+ Read More
Gary Martland
13 months ago

I want to support this endeavor and I hope for it to be successful. Without more information though, I feel that I would be investing in a ‘bridge too far’. Considering the lack of enthusiasm evident so far in the fund-raising campaign, perhaps I am not alone in my apprehension. It would help me (and perhaps others) to learn more about some key aspects of the awards going forward; including: Venue/Ceremony - With the demise of the New Media Expo and the obvious confusion generated if holding the presentation of awards around Podcast Movement, how will the award ceremony or presentation be handled going forward? Will there be an in-person award ceremony, and if so, when and where will it be held (even potentially)? Proposed spending allocation - While I appreciate that a full accounting of the money spent will be forthcoming after the fact, I am more concerned with gaining a better understanding of where the money will be spent BEFORE I invest my time or money. Based upon everything I have read and viewed I am concerned that you may be seeking to build a Cadillac when a Chevy will do just fine (for now). Do you really need a “flagship site” at this point in time? Is the site really where the bulk of the money and attention needs to be spent considering that you likely face other more critical challenges in getting the awards up and running again? Nominations - With a nomination period slated to open approximately 3 weeks from now, it would seem likely that you will not be funded within that timeframe, and certainly not have the time to begin the bidding and development process for a new infrastructure. Hence I am confused as to whether this funding campaign might be for the 2017 awards instead of 2016? I love the awards and I sincerely wish for them to continue. I am hopeful that the availability of more information surrounding the questions above will help in strengthening the confidence of investors like myself. Thank you for doing this!

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