2016 INDUCTEES

These 2016 Hall of Fame inductees will be inducted on July 6 at the Academy of Podcasters Awards and Hall of Fame Ceremony.

Dawn Miceli
Dawn Miceli2016 HOF Inductee

Dawn Miceli

Dawn Miceli is the first female podcaster and co-creator of one of the world’s longest running podcasts, The Dawn and Drew Show! Dawn is a true renaissance artist, creating paintings, sculptures, music and documentary films. She is also an accomplished musician with an album by Smitten Bayou and has toured extensively with the band Rasputina for many years. Dawn currently lives on a farm in Wisconsin with her husband Drew and many pets but returns often to Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast to help the orphaned and injured jungle animals at the Jaguar Rescue Center. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, Time, Wired, Rolling Stone and many more.

Drew Domkus
Drew Domkus2016 HOF Inductee

Drew Domkus

Drew Domkus, podcaster / skateboarder, and all around nerdy guy from Burbank, California, has been working online and with new media since the mid 90’s. After learning about RSS and weblogs from fellow podcasting pioneer Pete Prodoehl, he went on to start The Dawn and Drew Show! with his wife Dawn back in September of 2004. They partnered up with Adam Curry for 3 years, producing content for both Mevio and Sirius Satellite, they then continued producing their long running podcast along with other projects while they took their audience on a B&B adventure in Costa Rica. Dawn and Drew are back at their farm in Wisconsin, producing content, engaging with their audience, and keeping busy with multiple projects.

Gary Leland
Gary Leland2016 HOF Inductee

Gary Leland

Gary recorded his first podcast “The Sport’s Podcast” in December of 2004. Then in 2005 he quickly became known for his creation of The Podcast Pickle website. Podcast Pickle was one of the very first directories and user forums dedicated to the growth of podcasting. In 2006 Podcast Pickle was listed in Time Magazine as one of the “50 Coolest Websites”.
The Sport’s Podcast soon evolved into the Fastpitch Radio Network and is part of the Fastpitch.TV Network. It is now the go-to place for the growing sport of girl’s fastpitch softball.
Gary is a founder of Podcast Dallas, The Arlington Social Media Group, Podcast Movement, and the publisher of Podertainment Magazine.
Go to Lelands.org to find more information on Gary.
Mignon Fogarty
Mignon Fogarty2016 HOF Inductee

Mignon Fogarty

New York Times bestselling author Mignon Fogarty is best known by her online persona, Grammar Girl.

Mignon is the creator and host of the Grammar Girl podcast and the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips, which began as a podcasting network and is now, in partnership with Macmillan Holdings, also a large content website, newsletter publisher, and book publisher, and is home to 16 other podcasts including Nutrition Diva, Money Girl, Get-It-Done Guy, and Get-Fit Guy.

Mignon is the author of seven books about language, including Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. She has been featured in the New York Times, BusinessWeek, the Washington Post, USA Today, CNN.com, and more, and she has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

She is also the Donald W. Reynolds Chair of Media Entrepreneurship in the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. She hates the phrase “grammar nazi” and loves the word “kerfuffle.”

Rob Walch
Rob Walch2016 HOF Inductee

Rob Walch

Rob Walch is the Vice President of Podcaster Relations for Libsyn.  Prior to joining Libsyn in 2007, he was President and founder of podCast411, Inc. Rob is Co-Author of the book “Tricks of the Podcasting Masters” – Que 2006, an editors pick as a Top 10 Reference book for 2006 by Amazon.com. Rob was listed as the 5th most influential person in podcasting according to the book “Podcasting for Dummies” – Wiley Press 2005. He has consulted on podcasting for Jack Welch, Senator Edwards, Governor Bill Richardson, Noah Shanok (Stitcher), Tim Ferriss, and the Sacramento Kings/Monarchs to name just a few. He is also a monthly columnist for Podertainment The Podcast Magazine. Rob was Chair of the Education and Outreach Committee for the Association of Downloadable Media.

Rob started podcasting in 2004, and is the host of the award winning podCast411 podcast, where he has interviewed such prominent podcasters as Quincy Jones, Walt Mossberg, Colin Ferguson (Eureka), Ronald Moore (Executive Producer of Battlestar Galactica), Phil Gordon (World Series ofPoker), Larry Kudlow (CNBC’s Kudlow and Company) and Leo Laporte (TechTV, G4 TV).  Additionally Rob is host of Today in iOS (iPhone) Podcast – The first and largest podcast about the iPhone – www.todayinios.com and also the KC Startup 411 podcast which covers the Kansas City Start up scene – www.kcstartup411.com

Since 2004 Rob has presented at over 100 events on the subject of podcasting and New Media including the Newspaper Association of America Marketing Conference, the US Latino Film Festival, the Corporate Podcasting Summit, The Association for Women in Communications 2006 Annual Professional Conference, Social Media 2007, Ad-Tech, Podcast Movement, New Media Expo, and Blogworld Expo. He is also a regular guest Lecturer at the University of Kansas School of Journalism.  Rob was the Track Leader for the Podcasting sessions at the 2009 Blog World Expo – where he recruited 25 top experts to speak on podcasting.

In 2004 Rob received his MBA from the University of Connecticut. He also has an Engineering degree from the University of Dayton.

2015 INDUCTEES

Adam Curry
Adam Curry2015 HOF Inductee

Adam Curry

As a true New Media pioneer, Adam Curry has been bringing his special brand of social commentary, music, humor and geek wizardry to your earbuds via podcast since August 13th of 2004. Adam was the first person to put together syndication and scripting technology with a daily audio show.

Adam is a podcaster, an announcer, internet entrepreneur and media personality, also known for his stint as VJ on MTV and being one of the first celebrities personally to create and administer Web sites. Now best known as the co-host of the No Agenda show, he has been called the ‘Podfather’ because of his efforts and contributions to the podcast community.

Danny Peña
Danny Peña2015 HOF Inductee

Danny Peña

Danny Peña is the Founder and Host of Gamertag Radio. Gamertag Radio (GTR) is an independent online gaming website dedicated to the gaming community that was founded in 2005, and intended to help to unite all gamers. Over the past few years, GTR has grown from a small website to one of the largest and most respected gaming information sites on the Internet. Every week GTR records and distributes new episodic content recapping the news of the past week, including discussions about what is happening in the online gaming community along with interviews and a weekly custom soundtrack highlighting up & coming Hip Hop artists. GTR was recently announced as an addition to CBS RADIO’s “Play.it” podcast network.

Leo Laporte
Leo Laporte2015 HOF Inductee

Leo Laporte

Leo Laporte is the host of a national radio technology talk show every Saturday and Sunday from 2-5p Eastern on over 180 stations on the Premiere Radio Networks, including XM Channel 166, He also appears regularly on many television and radio programs including Live with Kelly.

Leo founded one of the first commercially successful podcast networks in April, 2005, the TWiT Netcast Network. TWiT produces some of the most popular podcasts in the world, including this WEEK in TECH, Security Now!, Windows Weekly, MacBreak Weekly, This Week in Google, and The Giz Wiz with more than 5 million listeners each month.

In May, 2008, Leo launched a live streaming video version of TWiT called TWiT Live with 30 hours of original programming each week. 2.6 million people watched TWiT Live in its first month and the numbers continue to grow. TWiT broadcasts from a 10,000 square foot live-streaming video studio in Petaluma, California.

Mur Lafferty
Mur Lafferty2015 HOF Inductee

Mur Lafferty

Mur Lafferty is a podcaster and writer from Durham, NC. She made her name with podcasting (Geek Fu Action Grip, I Should Be Writing, The Angry Robot Podcast, and Escape Pod, the premier SF podcast magazine) and has written for magazines, roleplaying games, and audio and video podcasts.

She’s the author of the popular Shambling Guides series, with books 1 (Shambling Guide to New York City) and 2 (Ghost Train to New Orleans) out now.

Scott Sigler
Scott Sigler2015 HOF Inductee

Scott Sigler

New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler is the creator of fifteen novels, six novellas and dozens of short stories. His works are available from Crown Publishing and Del Rey Books.

In 2005, Scott built a large online following by releasing his audiobooks as serialized podcasts. A decade later, he still gives his stories away — for free — every Sunday at scottsigler.com. His loyal fans, who named themselves “Junkies,” have downloaded over thirty-five million individual episodes.

He has been covered in Time Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher’s Weekly, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, io9, Wired, The Huffington Post, Business Week and Fangoria.

Scott is the co-founder of Empty Set Entertainment, which publishes his Galactic Football League YA series. He lives in San Diego, CA, with his wee little dog Reesie. They’re both diehard Detroit Lions fans.

Todd Cochrane
Todd Cochrane2015 HOF Inductee

Todd Cochrane

Todd has been executive producer of Geek News Central, an audio and video tech show, the past ten plus years. Cochrane is also the co-host of the New Media Show and founder of the People’s Choice Podcast Awards and the Tech Podcast Network.

In 2005, Cochrane wrote Podcasting: The Do it Yourself Guide, the first book on podcasting. Cochrane is the CEO of RawVoice / Blubrry, representing 30,000 media creators and podcast networks. RawVoice / Blubrry provides podcast data analytics, media hosting and advertising oppportunities as well as the creators of the PowerPress Podcasting Plugin.

Cochrane lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is married to Shoko Higa Cochrane. They have four children together.