PolyCast (PC) was not the successful winner in either the "Best Produced" or "Gaming" categories of the 2010 Podcast Awards (PA). There is no less reason to be proud of the show's standing, which to me is humbling in its reflection of the Civilization community's support to the show.
In the three years which PC has been a participant in this effort, it has been a successful category nominee twice and three times respectively. There are 22 PA categories with 10 nominees apiece -- that's 222 slots for podcasts. There are only 13 shows which appear in both a genre as well as an 'overall' category of either "Best Produced" or "People's Choice", and PolyCast is one of those. During the nomination process, PA founder and operator Todd Cochrane described the competition as "fierce". Some addition data from him helps put these results in greater context.
There were 2931 shows put in for nomination. With 207 shows appearing on the nomination slate, that gave each podcast nominated a 7.1% chance of being a successful nominee. Further, more than 1.1 million nominations were received -- more than three times as many as any previous year. (This was the sixth year for the PAs.) As for the subsequent voting for each categorical winner, the reported difference between the nominees that received the most and the least votes was -- at most -- in the 4,000-5,000 range.
In closing, I again thank all for their efforts in achieving PolyCast's most respectable standing once more in the annual Podcast Awards. Its 2011 edition is to begin next October.