Feast of Fools podcast wins People’s Choice Award

Thu. August 17, 2006 12:00 AM

Chicago, IL - Feast of Fools podcast makes history as the first gay themed podcast to win the People's Choice Podcast Award.

This year marks the first time any gay themed podcast has won the award in its own GLBT category. Over 7.9 million votes were submitted making this year the most contested and anticipated for the awards.

Over the 15 day period from the 1st to the 15th of July, 3,285 shows were nominated from a submission pool of 875,000 nominations. A team of volunteers reviewed, listened and graded over 500 podcast sites and shows in order to determine the final voting slate. Recognized were the top five shows in 22 categories for a total of 110 shows representing a very diverse range of subjects. New categories for this year included Best Podcast Directory, Best Mobile Podcast and Best GLBT Podcast.

Fausto Fernós and his partner Marc Felion spearheaded the podcasting revolution in February 2005 with their comedy talk show, the Feast of Fools. As the first gay couple in history to produce a podcast, along with their ensemble of on-air personalities, the show's irreverent look at odd news and cultural trends defined the podcast talk show genre and continues to rank on top of the charts as one of the most popular programs available online.

The Feast of Fools podcast holds the proud distinction of winning the 2006 People's Choice Podcast Award and having the distinction of being the only GLBT podcast recognized by Apple Computer as a "pioneering show that helped bring podcasts from an underground movement to a mainstream phenomenon."

Some of the show's past celebrity guests have included: filmmaker John Waters, actress Teri Garr, comedian Kathy Griffin, drag legend Lady Bunny, and Star Trek legend George Takei.

Every show is downloaded on the range of 6000-8000 times a month, with an average weekly distribution of 30,000 downloads. As a result, The Feast of Fools podcast is the most popular comedy podcast coming out of Chicago. No other gay-themed podcast has more listeners.

A real-life gay couple, Fernós and Felion bring light to many serious issues not brought up in mainstream media, but within the gay community itself. Bringing a sense of humor to their daily discussion on odd news and social trends they connect on a deep and personal level with their listeners five days a week.

On the Web: www.feastoffools.net