For those who are unfamiliar, Stitcher is a free mobile application that compiles and presents audio programs “for the world beyond music.” Talk radio, podcasts, live radio, news specials, you name it — Stitcher is a smart aggregate for all things audio. Personally, I mostly use it to listen to Nardwuar the Human Serviette’s interview show (you New Jersians are so lucky with your WFMU) or various NPR programs but my personal tastes are irrelevant to this post.
So Stitcher Radio has been downloaded over 5 million times since its 2009 release and of all its users, they found the top-voted programs in 20 categories and held the first annual Stitcher awards. The show was held at Temple SF on December 4th and was hosted by Marc Maron.
Out of 160,000 votes tallied, the following winners took home a Stitcher award:
Best Overall Show: This American Life with Ira Glass (WBEZ Chicago)
Best Comedy Show: The Nerdist with Chris Hardwick (Podcast)
Best News and Politics Show: BBC Global News
Most Original Journalism: WYNC’s Radiolab
Best Sports Commentary: The Dave Dameshek Football Program
Does anyone out there listen to the radio anymore? I’m more of a free-format, college radio guy myself. If its strange to me, I want to hear more of it. Readers, what on-air shows are good these days?