Announcing the 2017 Hall of Fame Class

Each year since 2015, Podcast Movement has been proud to partner with the Academy of Podcasters to induct a new class to the AofP Hall of Fame. After an open nomination process, all current members of the HOF voted on the finalists, and we’re pleased to announce the 2017 Class.

These five podcast industry veterans will be inducted on Wednesday, August 23 at the Academy of Podcasters Awards and Hall of Fame Ceremony, taking place in conjunction with Podcast Movement 2017 in Anaheim.


Brian Ibbott

Brian Ibbott is best known for his podcast Coverville. Coverville is a podcast that started in 2004, produced every Wednesday, that focuses on cover songs – a new rendition of a previously recorded song. Coverville is one of the longest running podcasts in the iTunes Store, and also is in the top rankings for overall episode numbers. The show has won multiple awards over the years, and has been nominated as an AofP Awards finalist for Best Music Podcast.


Dan Klass

Dan Klass has been releasing the award-winning The Bitterest Pill since 2004. Dan also co-wrote Podcast Solutions: The Complete Guide to Audio/Video Podcasting. Dan has produced and consulted for companies like Speedo, Grey Advertising and Big Brothers/Sisters under his company Jacket Media, since 2005. He is a proud member of the Academy of Podcasters, and is a podcast instructor at UCLA university.


Elsie Escobar

Elsie Escobar a die hard podcast junkie who lives and breathes podcasting, and has worked in the medium for over ten years. She, like many of us, started as someone who barely knew what a digital recorder was, and has since grown into the co-host of the popular She Podcasts, and The Feed: The Official Libsyn podcast. Elsie is currently the Community Manager at Libsyn, and is the founder of Podcasting School for Women.


Luria Petrucci (aka. Cali Lewis)

Luria Petrucci is a pioneer in the podcasting and live streaming world, known for her shows GeekBeat.TV and GeekBrief.TV, amongst others. Since 2005, she’s grown an audience of 2 million social followers, and has produced and hosted video & live streams for her own communities, Samsung, Panasonic, AT&T, OnStar, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS, Bausch + Lomb, BBC Click. and more. You can find the majority of her work now on Geeks Life.


Rob Greenlee

Rob Greenlee is the Head of Podcast Content at Spreaker and Adore Podcast Network. Rob was formerly with PodcastOne as EVP/CTO, and for six years was the Business Manager and Content Manager for podcasts at Microsoft Zune, Xbox and Windows Phone. Rob currently hosts the Spreaker Live Show podcast, and co-hosts the New Media Show. He is also former lead host of WebTalk World Radio Show; recognized as the first nationally syndicated radio program in the world to begin podcasting, on Sept 15th, 2004.


Please join us in congratulating the members of the 2017 Academy of Podcasters Hall of Fame Class, and join them for the induction ceremony THIS AUGUST!