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The Podcast Academy announced that its Board of Governors will honor WTF with Marc Maron with the Governor’s Award which honors a podcast or individual for their contributions to the growth of the podcasting industry.
WTF’s Marc Maron and Brendan McDonald will accept the award at the inaugural Awards for Excellence in Audio (The Ambies) on May 16. The ceremony will be streamed live on YouTube, Twitch, and other platforms at 8 PM ET, with a pre-show starting at 7:30 PM ET.
“WTF with Marc Maron has been a trailblazer for the medium since its inception and represents what’s unique about the industry,” said Chairman of the Podcast Academy, Donald Albright. “As co-creators, producers, and owners of WTF, Marc and Brendan have served as global pioneers for podcasters big and small, both in front of and behind the mic. The Podcast Academy is humbled to honor WTF with the first-ever Governors Award.”
Maron and McDonald added: “It’s a genuine honor to be recognized by our peers as a major influence on the podcast medium. The show has evolved into what it is now through our persistence, creativity, discipline, and curiosity. We’re grateful for this recognition and the freedom that podcasting affords us.”
Launching independently in 2009, WTF has become one of the longest-running and most successful podcasts with more than 600 million downloads. The comedian’s wry wit and personality have attracted major guests like Barack Obama, Jerry Seinfeld, Paul McCartney, Dick Van Dyke, and many others over the more than 1,200 episodes of the show.