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Vote for Skeptoid in the Podcast Awards

by Brian Dunning, Nov 19 2009

I’m excited to announce that Skeptoid has made it to the final round of the annual Podcast Awards for 2010! The real voting starts now.

As you may know, Skeptoid has been my labor of love for over three years. Unlike most other nominated podcasts, I do it almost entirely on my own: I have no co-hosts, producers, company, or sponsors behind me, like most. So I make my pitch that (if you like Skeptoid) it deserves your vote through all my hard work, even if there are other shows also nominated that you also like.

You may note that there are several of your favorite skeptical podcasts nominated in various categories, including the excellent SGU from our fellow SkepticBlogger Steven Novella. I encourage you to vote carefully: If skeptics split our votes, we may have a Ross Perot effect and some totally random podcast will beat us all. So I’m asking you to choose Skeptoid in the Education category, which is the category in which it has a plausible chance to win.

To vote, go to, and vote for Skeptoid in the Peoples Choice category (they misspelled it, but don’t be thrown off), and also the Education category. Then fill in your name and submit the form.

Heads up that there are two annoying things about the voting process. First, you have to enter your email in a form (don’t worry, no spam) and click a link in your email to confirm your vote. Second, you can vote once per day through November 30. While you don’t have to, other podcast listeners will, so your vote diminishes if you don’t also.

So please vote for me, and please set yourself an alarm to do it every day through the rest of the month. Show that you appreciate a good podcast, and that you like to see it recognized. Thanks!

11 Responses to “Vote for Skeptoid in the Podcast Awards”

  1. Thanks for the reminder, Brian.

    I would point out, though, that while Skeptoid is also in the People’s Choice category, SGU is only in the Education category. So is Astronomy Cast, which is very worthy also.

    Also in the running is Quackcast in the health category, both Scam School and Mr. Deity in the video podcast category, and Skepticality in the Science category.

    So there is an opportunity to promote a variety of skeptical podcasts with this year’s award. It would be nice for skepticism to have a solid showing. It’s unfortunate that three are bunched in the education category.

  2. Brian M says:

    Hmm, sounds like someone is whoring out for votes…

    I found a half dozen of the podcasts I listen to in all kinds of categories. I voted, of course for skeptoid. As Steve pointed out, it was a hard choice between scam school and Mr Deity, but comedy won.

    Thanks for the heads up on being able to vote once daily. I will make the trek back there daily to vote.

  3. James says:

    I agree with Mr. Novella and am voting for Skeptoid in the People’s Choice category and SGU in the Education category. I may have to throw a few to Astronomy Cast as well over the next couple of weeks. Pamela has the sexiest voice ever.

  4. Bill says:

    > Pamela has the sexiest voice ever.

    …and she’s really smart, too.

  5. Max says:

    Have they considered a Condorcet voting method?

  6. =^skepticcat^= says:

    It says I can come back and vote for you guys again tomorrow. It seems kind of silly but I suppose it shows dedication.

  7. Jason M says:

    I have to agree with James, I don’t know if Brian can beat the voice of Dr. Pamela Gay, but it’s worth a shot I guess.

  8. Steve says:

    It is a bit of a bummer how the stuff got categorized. Not that the awards really matter, but it would be nice to see one of the core skeptic podcasts win. I’ve been trying to devote one category to SGU.

  9. Thundur Freyr says:

    I tried to email PZ Myers to get him to send his minions over to the poll. I hope he notices my email.

    We need to get as many skeptics to participate in this thing.

    Reason needs to prevail.

    Send the word out.

  10. Nigel says:

    Actually, Brian’s voice has always reminded me of Ted Baxter…