Move over, Apple. “The Ron Burgundy Podcast,” “The Bobby Bones Show,” “The Joe Rogan Experience,” “The Breakfast Club” and “The Ben Shapiro Show.” Those are the top 5 leaders of the new iHeartRadio Top Podcasts Chart, introduced July 1. Featuring the most-listened-to podcasts on iHeartRadio each week, the network is now home to more than 250,000 on-demand programs.
“More and more fans are listening and now we are sharing with you what everyone is loving,”
the iHeart blog says in its announcement. “Through our Top Podcast Chart, it is easier than ever for listeners to discover their very first podcast or next binge listening. From comedy to true crime to politics to cooking, there is something for everyone and now it’s right at their fingertips.”
A new chart with iHeart’s proprietary podcasts appears each Monday. An interesting note: Three among the top 5 in the debut chart for July 1, have ties to radio. “The Bobby Bones Show” and “The Breakfast Club” are also both over-the-air radio shows, while “The Ben Shapiro Show” was a podcast that then co-opted to radio. The recently expanded “Ben Shapiro Show” from Westwood One is now carried on more than 150 terrestrial stations across the country. iHeart’s nationally syndicated “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” is also in the top 10, at No. 9; while iHeart CEO Bob Pittman’s eight-week-old podcast “Math & Magic: Stories from the Frontiers of Marketing,” ranks at No. 14.