On Tuesday, the GoBronx Podcast won Best Limited Series Podcast in the 25th Annual Webby Awards Internet Celebration. The podcast, founded by Bronx Tourism Council Executive Director Olga Tirado, had launched during the pandemic to keep interest in the Bronx alive.
“We launched the podcast in the height of the pandemic because if people couldn’t come to The Bronx, we brought The Bronx to people,” says Tirado. “It was our way of sharing the history of this great borough with them even if they couldn’t be here.”
Co-host and historian Angel Hernández said “working with Olga on Go Bronx Pod was one of my best experience during the pandemic. With museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions closed, we’ve managed to keep our borough citizens informed with their hometown history – and we did it with fun. The Bronx is a special place with a rich history encrusted with firsts, while it continues to host an array of diversity and change that always made good content for a future episode. We are so honored to receive the 2021 Webby Award and would like to thank our supporters and subscribers for listening to us. God bless The Bronx.”
“The ‘Go Bronx Podcast’ combines two of my favorite things: history and the borough of The Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. ” This platform is a great way for all of us to learn more about what makes The Bronx so historically special.”
The podcast’s first season featured 26 episodes, including stories such as the Lost Villages of the Bronx, The History of Transportation in the Bronx, and The Dark Knight – a history of the creation of The Batman right in the Bronx.
The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet. IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of Internet industry experts including MOMA Senior Curator Paola Antonelli, and Host of NPR’s Code Switch Shereen Marisol Meraji. Other nominees for the Best Limited Series Podcast included “Today, Explained to Kids” from Vox Media Podcast Network, and “Letters from Lockdown” by Snap Judgement.
As Tirado awaits funding for a second season of the podcast, she and her team can celebrate a successful debut performance.