|By Business Wire||
|October 14, 2010 09:33 AM EDT||
Wizzard Media (NYSE Amex: WZE), the world’s leading podcasting network, announced today that Skeptoid: Critical Analysis Podcast won the prestigious Parsec Award for "Best Fact Behind the Fiction" podcast, and was recognized by the Independent Investigations Group (IIG) for "Outstanding Contribution to Science and Skepticism".
Skeptoid, a weekly science podcast dedicated to furthering knowledge by blasting away the widespread pseudosciences that infect popular culture is currently the topped ranked Social Sciences podcast in iTunes. Each weekly episode focuses on a single phenomenon — an urban legend, a paranormal claim, an alternative medicine therapy or something just plain silly — that you've heard of and that you probably believe in.
With 108,000 weekly downloads, Skeptoid attempts to expose the folly of belief in non-evidence based phenomena that distracts attention and public funding from scientific advancement. From the sublime to the startling, no topic is sacred, politically incorrect though that may be.
Science journalist Brian Dunning is the host and producer of the award winning weekly science podcast Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena (www.skeptoid.com), applying critical thinking to urban legends and popular pseudoscientific subjects promoted by the mass media. Brian is also the author of two books based on the podcast, Skeptoid and Skeptoid II.
As both a computer scientist and as a former Silicon Valley CTO, Brian uses new media to showcase the rewards of science and critical thinking. He has appeared on numerous radio shows and television documentaries and also hosts the science video series inFact with Brian Dunning (www.infactvideo.com). Brian is also one of the featured bloggers on SkepticBlog, the official blog of the prospective TV series The Skeptologists, which he hosts.
Mur Lafferty, Michael R. Mennenga & Tracy Hickman founded The Parsec Awards in 2006 to celebrate Speculative Fiction Podcasting, under the banner of Farpoint Media. Podcast shows are nominated by fans and finalists are chosen by a yearly steering committee. These finalists are then voted on by an independent panel of judges from outside of podcasting. Awards are given in several categories ranging from content to audio quality. The Parsec Awards are presented with the support of Farpoint Media in conjunction with Dragon*Con.
About Wizzard Media:
Wizzard Media provides podcast publishers with distribution and monetization services. Our clients include Microsoft, National Geographic, Harvard Business Review, Usher, NPR and more than 16,000 others who use Wizzard Media products to measure their podcast audience, deliver popular audio and video entertainment and monetize their content through advertising and App sales. In 2009, the Wizzard Media Network received over 1.4 billion podcast requests from approximately 50 million people worldwide through iPods, iPhones, iPads, iTunes, Blackberrys, Zunes and many other devices and destinations. We are part of a publicly held, Pittsburgh based company with thousands of shareholders and a world-class team. Visit us on the web at www.wizzardsoftware.com/media, email us at [email protected].
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