1. I recently spoke with an iHeart executive about the company's process for determining awards nominations and category fit. The executive responded that the company "[has] a panel that makes these decisions, and it's not just iHeart people." She sent me the list of the panelists, which I published in this newsletter yesterday. Since then, I've received a number of responses from representatives of the companies and organizations that were included. Here's an example:
We were asked to vote on winners, yes. However, we were not at all involved in selecting who the finalists would be. That was done before it got to me. We were simply sent a voting form with all of the finalists already on there, and told that is who we had to pick from. No write-in option or anything.
I heard this same thing from others, including Podnews' James Cridland, who posted a detailed article on the matter this morning.
I've reached out to iHeart for comment; if anything comes of that, I'll report it here.