Marc Maron’s long-running interview podcast “WTF” is the recipient of the Podcast Academy’s top honor for the Podcast Academy’s inaugural Ambies Awards.
The Podcast Academy selected “WTF with Marc Maron” as the winner of the first Governors’ Award, which recognizes a podcast or individual for “the compelling impact it has had on the industry”. Maron and “WTF” co-creator Brendan McDonald to accept the award at the Ambies 2021 ceremony, scheduled for May 16 in Los Angeles.
The Ambies – an effort to create the industry’s version of the Oscar or Emmys podcast – will air live on YouTube, Twitch, and other platforms from 5 p.m. PT (after a pre-show from 4:30 p.m. PT). The organization announced a total of 164 Ambies nominees last month.
The independent production “WTF with Marc Maron” premiered in September 2009 and has since recorded over 600 million downloads across over 1,200 episodes. The show’s flagship episode in 2015 with President Barack Obama broke podcast records when it was released.
“WTF With Marc Maron” has been a pioneer for media since its inception and represents what is unique in the industry, “said Donald Albright, President of the Podcast Academy and President / Co-Founder of Tenderfoot TV Podcast Studio. , in a prepared statement. “As co-creators, producers, and owners of ‘WTF’, Marc and Brendan have been global pioneers for podcasters big and small, in front of and behind the mic. The Podcast Academy is honored with honoring the WTF with the first-ever Governors Award. ”
Maron and McDonald said in a joint statement, “It is a true honor to be recognized by our peers as a major influence on podcast media. The show has evolved into what it is now thanks to our perseverance, creativity, discipline and curiosity. We are grateful for this recognition and the freedom that podcasting gives us. “
For more than three decades, Maron has written and performed comedies. On “WTF”, he interviewed people from all walks of life, including comedians, actors, directors, writers, authors and musicians. Guests over the years have included Robin Williams, Keith Richards, Stacey Abrams, Mel Brooks, Anna Kendrick, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, John Legend, David Letterman, Sir Paul McCartney, Eddie Murphy, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld , Sarah Silverman, Bruce Springsteen, Dick Van Dyke and Kate Winslet.
Maron starred in the Netflix series “Glow” and his scripted series “Maron” aired for four seasons on IFC. His 2020 specials “Thinky Pain,” “Marc Maron: Too Real” and “End Times Fun” are currently airing on Netflix. He has also had recent roles in “Joker”, “Spenser Confidential”, “Sword of Trust” and “Stardust” and stars in Aretha Franklin’s upcoming biopic “Respect” alongside Jennifer Hudson. He also recently finished filming the feature film “To Leslie”, starring Andrea Riseborough and Allison Janney.
McDonald, executive producer and editor of “WTF with Marc Maron,” began working with Maron in 2004 as part of a partnership that included two radio shows and daily video streaming. McDonald’s also produces podcasts for MSNBC and was previously a senior producer for the news network.
Founded in February 2020, the Podcast Academy is a non-profit organization whose charter is to foster community, professional development, and industry connections. The Ambies Awards Ceremony is sponsored by Amazon Music, PRX, Tenderfoot TV and Wondery (recently acquired by Amazon); Adobe Systems is sponsoring the pre-show.