Here we are once again, it’s the start of the new year and what new year’s celebration would be complete without us taking a look back at 2014 and the things I liked? A little self centered? Maybe. But there’s nothing I can do, they’re called the “Wayne’s Choice Awards” and I’m contractually obligated to provide this list.
So, here we go! Today we’ll be handing out the Wayne’s Choice Awards for best podcasts.
FAVORITE PODCAST of 2014: The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast
The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast Was a new podcast on the scene this year but it’s not like many of these other podcasts that feature pastors sharing leadership tips or maybe a snippet of their sermon. It’s more like a conversation between two ministry leaders wanting to help each other and others excel and what it is that they do. Carey does an incredible job of asking the right questions to draw out not just the successes but what other leaders have learned to get to the point that they are right now and what they are continuing to learn. If you are in ministry or if you are just looking to get better and whatever it is that you do give this podcast to try.
Listen to: Episode 2 with Perry Noble
FAVORITE LAUGH OUT LOUD PODCAST of 2014: Brant & Sherri Podcast
I’m a radio guy. But I’m not a radio guy. Maybe it’s the background that I have but I just can’t bring myself to listen to regular morning radio anymore. However listening to Brant and Sherri’s podcast is one of my favorite things to do. Not only do they have really great but short conversations about faith and what it really means to live it out today. But for some reason when it comes to humor Brant just gets me. I laugh out loud more in the car or at home whenever I’m listening to this podcast and much of anything else that I take in throughout the day. Brant was a guest on our very first episode of the rebooted Geek Pastor podcast check it out!
Listen to: Episode 1 – Between Jobs
Listen to: Geek Pastor Episode 001 with Brant Hansen
FAVORITE TECH PODCAST of 2014: Mac Power Users
If I’m looking for the right tools to use to better my workflow I look no further than Mac Power Users. The hosts of this podcast do an incredible job of talking about any of the latest apps or hardware and how it applies to their work lives. They also bring in guests from time to time to talk about their own workflows and apps that they are currently using. Deftly worth a look.
PRODUCTIVITY PODCAST THAT’S NOT REALLY ABOUT PRODUCTIVITY: Beyond the To-Do List
BTTDL Is a very refreshing podcast that is about productivity but in reality it’s about the people behind the productivity. This is more than just about tips and tricks this is about how you take the same skills and incorporate them into all aspects of your life. Here you will hear some great authors and strategists talk about what works for them in every aspect of life. Give it a listen!
GEEKIEST PODCAST OF 2014: The Incomparable
What I love about this show, is that the Incomparable is not about one single area of geek culture. But rather on each episode you can hear discussions that range from comic books, to movies, to TV shows, and they’ll even spend an entire hour of the podcast playing through a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. If you remember those days of hanging out in the school hallway with your friends talking about the TV show you just watched last night this is the podcast for you.
BINGE LISTEN PODCAST of 2014: Serial
I discovered this podcast very late in the game. Serial is a spinoff from NPR’s This American Life radio program, in fact is very much like an episode of This American Life except it is focused on one story for 13 episodes. My description can’t do it justice but if you’re looking for something to get hooked into for several hours, if you need something to keep you company on a long road trip, or if you’re looking to dive into a story with traceable conspiracy theories throughout all the Internet, this show might be for you.
Listen to: Episode 1 – The Alibi
PODCAST THAT MADE ME FEEL SMARTER in 2014: The Phil Vischer Podcast
This year I finally found a podcast that really challenges me to think about the way I feel about American culture, faith, and the rest of the world. The Phil Vischer podcast is fun, entertaining, and very thought-provoking. Definitely one of my favorites to keep on my podcast player.
SURPRISE FAVORITE OF 2014: Talk is Jericho
Talk is Jericho. Maybe you wouldn’t think that a podcast hosted by one of the most entertaining professional wrestlers of all time would hit this list but after a few episodes of this show really grabbed me and slammed me down to maintain a spot in my podcast player. Chris Jericho spends his time on this show talking with current and former professional wrestling greats and legends in the world of heavy metal if any of those things sounds entertaining to you give this a shot. Jericho is a great interviewer who really gets into the behind-the-scenes stories of the personalities you remembered and loved “back in the day”
Listen to: Episode 36 with Michael Sweet of Stryper