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AVIAN Podcast, Space Shovel, Receives 2021 Gold MarCom Award

Nov 4th, 2021

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. - Podcasting popularity has reached an all-time high thanks to services like Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts. Since 2019, Spotify’s podcast library has grown by over 300%. So naturally, we, at AVIAN, wanted to get in on the action, and well, we knocked it out of the park!

On October 25, MarCom Awards announced winners in the 2021 international creative competition for marketing and communication professionals. There were over 6,000 entries from throughout the United States, Canada, and 39 other countries.

AVIAN has received a gold award in the Video/Audio, Podcast Series category for its innovation-focused podcast series, Space Shovel.

Space Shovel is one of three podcasts on the Work Awesome Network, powered by AVIAN. The podcast's goal is to build awareness for AVIAN and showcase its team’s entrepreneurial spirit.

The Space Shovel podcast is hosted by Ian Wolbert, AVIAN’s Integrated Marketing Communications Specialist, and Dan Nega, Vice President of Strategic Engagement and Initiatives.

“I am extremely excited and humbled to receive the MarCom award on behalf of AVIAN,” said Wolbert, “receiving this award not only highlights all of the hard work that was put into the production, but also the amazing conversation that came from our diverse group of expert guests.”

Each episode of Space Shovel focuses on trending topics with an AVIAN  twist. In its premiere episode, guests chatted about the LiDAR built into the newest iPhones with one of AVIAN's resident LiDAR experts, Tyler Sautter. In the conversation, the group imagines where the technology could lead in the future and how AVIAN services and consulting could make those ideas a reality.

LiDAR is just one high-tech topic discussed in this inaugural run of the series. Topics include everything from the Mars Rover, Elon Musk, new USPS trucks, and the hack on the Colonial Pipeline in the spring of 2021.

The Space Shovel series is available on all audio streaming platforms, YouTube, and the Work Awesome Network website,

MarCom Awards recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design, and production of marketing and communications materials and programs. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, public relations firms, design shops, production companies, and freelancers.

Judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.

Winners are selected from over 300 categories in Print, Web, Video, and Strategic Communications. A list of Platinum and Gold Winners can be found on the MarCom Awards website at


AVIAN (pronounced *a-v-yin*) is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business.

AVIAN believes talent and passion generate solutions to today’s business challenges. We understand that these characteristics thrive in a business culture that embraces innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit.

We are resourceful, responsive, and reachable for our clients in program, financial, and logistics management; engineering and systems engineering; test and evaluation of manned and unmanned aerial, surface, and subsurface systems; workforce development and training; communication strategy and graphic design.

AVIAN is headquartered in Lexington Park, Maryland with hundreds of employees located across the county. Overall, AVIAN provides a broad range of niche expertise to organizations such as the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR); the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA); the Office of Naval Research (ONR); the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) and a variety of commercial clients.

About The MarCom Awards

MarCom is one of the oldest, largest, and most-respected creative competitions in the world. Winning a MarCom Award is highly sought-after, peer recognition from the creative industry. MarCom winners range from huge international creative agencies and Fortune 500 companies to individual creative professionals.

MarCom is sponsored and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), a 25-year-old international organization consisting of several thousand creative professionals. As part of its mission, AMCP fosters and supports the efforts of creative professionals who contribute their unique talents to public service and community organizations. Over the past few years. AMCP has given over $250,000 in charitable contributions.

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