The 4th annual Spark Media Ignite 2023 Conference for Christian Podcasters was held in Houston Set 28-30. It was held at the beautiful Houston CityPlace Marriott Springwoods.
The event is put on each year by Spark Media CEO Misty Phillip. Spark Media is a leading force in the media and entertainment industry, dedicated to fostering creativity, innovation, and excellence in Christian Podcasting. Through its events, initiatives, and collaborations, Spark Media brings together visionaries, thought leaders, and emerging talent to shape the future of Christian podcasting, media and entertainment.
Misty told HisAir, “Last week, Spark Media’s Ignite Conference actively celebrated the zenith of Christian Media excellence! It was an exhilarating showcase of creativity, innovation, and unparalleled quality in podcasting, writing, speaking, music, radio, film, and ministry. You didn’t just witness it – you experienced the Spark Media difference firsthand!.”
Exhibit booths from Focus on the Family, Soundstack, Blubrry, Frontgate, and more.
The Ignite Conference Awards Gala was held Saturday night and highlighted the keynote speaker, podcast pioneer Adam Curry who shared about the history and future of podcasting.
Curry was given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the gala. This award honored the former radio DJ, MTV VJ) Curry, whose lifetime of work has made an indelible impact on the media, entertainment, and podcast landscape. In his keynote address, Adam Curry said it was the best podcast conference he ever attended.”
“We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to host the Spark Media Ignite Conference Awards Gala, an event that truly captures the essence of creativity, innovation, and excellence in our industry,” said Spark Media Founder & CEO Misty Phillip. “The award recipients and attendees have demonstrated that media and entertainment continue to evolve and reach new heights. We look forward to what the future holds and to seeing the impact these individuals and organizations will have on our industry.”
The gala included the presentation of the Spark Media Ignite Awards, which recognized outstanding individuals for their significant contributions to the industry. These coveted awards were bestowed upon recipients who have consistently demonstrated excellence, creativity, and innovation in their respective fields.
The Fan favorites for 2023 include:
- Best Female – Ashley Opliger, Cradled in Hope
- Best Male – What Else with Corey Man
- Best Solo Podcast – Linda Goldfarb, Your Best Writing Life
- Best Interview – Christian Mindset with Alicia Michelle
The Spark Media award winners for 2023 include:
- Best Bible study devotional podcast- LifeSpring! One Year Bible with Steve Webb
- Best Business Podcast- Good Business with Clay Vaughan
- Best Church/Ministry Podcast -The Best Known Church Show with Justin Nava
- Best Co-Hosted – Gutsy Faith with Gari Meacham & Carla Della Femina
- Best Comedy Podcast- Cancer & Comedy with Brad Miller
- Best Female Host- A God Shift Podcast with Shayna Rattler
- Best Interview Podcast- Conversations with Christian Engaged with Bunni Pounds
- Best Kids & Family Podcast- The Collide Kids Podcast with Christen Clark
- Best Lifestyle Visibly Fit Podcast with Wendie Pett
- Best Male Host- The God and Gigs Show with Allen Paul
- Best New Podcast 2023 Set Life Inspiring Stories of the Entertainment Industry with Amber Butaud
- Best Cover Art- Warfare Parenting Podcast with Laine Lawson Craft
- Best Podcast for Families- Raising Christian Kids with Lee Ann Mancini
- Best Podcast for Men-The Dad Whisperer with Dr. Michelle Watson Canfield
- Best Podcast for Women- What is a Woman with Jennifer Strickland
- Best Producer – Ian Phillip with Phillip Productions
- Best Radio Show- Crossroads with Jenny Bushkell
- Best Society & Culture- The Overthinkers with Nathan Clarkson
- Best Solo Show- Old Ladies Know Stuff with Rhonda Stoppe
- Best Theology Podcast- Bible Threads with Dr Bruce Becker
- Most Binge-Worthy Podcast – Everyday Miracles Podcast with Julie Hedenborg
- Most Original Podcast Concept- The Old Trail Boss with Joe Geoffrey