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With commuter audiences suddenly not commuting amid the Covid-19 quarantines, many podcasters likely feared the year would be a damaging one for the audio industry. And while professional-oriented shows did indeed see short-term audience drops, the podcast universe also grew considerably as homebound thought leaders began putting their energy into audio content.
That spirit of innovation and adaptation in the face of adversity is readily apparent in this year’s winners of Adweek’s Podcast of the Year Awards.