I’m a huge fan of podcasts. If I’m driving, running errands, or doing housework, I’m probably listening to a podcast. While I have a wide range of podcast interests, I want to share a list of local Columbus podcasts for you to check out.
I love supporting these Columbus podcasters, and they all bring different interests and topics to the table.
Podcasts are free to listen to, and easy to access. You can go to the link for each, and listen through your preferred app or method. Or you can use your smartphone podcast app to subscribe to the ones you’d like to follow.
The following podcasts are about Columbus, or made by Central Ohio residents. It’s definitely not an all-inclusive list. If you know of other local ones to include, please leave a comment or email email@example.com. I’d love to check them out! Happy Listening!
Check out the tagline/description after each in parenthesis to get an idea of the topic. Some of these contain explicit language, but should be marked by an “E” in your podcast app if so.
General Interest about Columbus
The following Columbus podcasts are about people living in and enjoying Columbus and throughout Central Ohio.
Columbus Something New: “Columbus! Something New is a podcast with a mission: connecting you to all things local”. This is one of my favorite! They offer a little bit of everything, but it’s always relevant to Columbus!
Live Forward Live with Experience Columbus “Go behind the scenes in Columbus to learn about some of the best-kept secrets of things to see and do….and meet the people that make it happen.”
Life in the 614: “Weekly lifestyle podcast at the Columbus Dispatch, providing a taste of upcoming arts, entertainment and leisure activities in central Ohio”
The Confluence Cast, presented by Columbus Underground: “Weekly, Columbus-centric podcast focusing on the civics, lifestyle, entertainment, and people of our city hosted by Tim Fulton”
Columbus Confidential: “Talking about all the things Columbus, Ohio has to offer ranging from events, new development, and anything interesting Columbus wise.”
A Hell Called Ohio: “Bask in the awe of an unfortunate soul living in Central Ohio. News, Events, Weather, Motorcycles, this is what Buckeyes do when the weather doesn’t cooperate.”
Social and Culture
People talking about what’s going on in their lives, pop culture, parenting, work, and more. Grab a coffee or drink, and listen in.
The Dadass Podcast: “To help us all try to figure out this whole parenting and adulting thing one conversation and drink at a time regardless if you’re a Dad, Mom, Husband, Wife, Funcle, Best Aunt Ever or just someone trying to get by while growing older”
Momcast: Motherhood and parenting in Columbus
The Confident Woman: “Rachel and Erin show up as their true authentic, transparent, and vulnerable selves and talk about everything including confidence, body image, relationships, business, finances, fitness, freedom, travel and fun, all rolled into one!”
C Average Podcast: “Recording out of the great city of Columbus, Ohio. Four friends created a podcast for the average everyday person, or the “Joe Schmo” of the world. We talk about anything and everything from sports, comedy, video games, movies, tv, pop culture, parenting, marriage, and anything else we feel like talking about.”
Not Well: “Join two hysterically funny gay guys from Columbus Ohio (Bobby & Jim) as they tear down life’s greatest obstacles one laugh at a time.”
Wine Night Podcast: “Best friends get together to chat about dating, love, sex, careers, and the beauty of being women in their thirties.”
Street Fight Radio: “The #1 Anarcho-comedy show on any station across the nation.”
If This Bar Could Talk: “A podcast about bartenders and the stories they have to tell.”
Speak Easily with Krista Stauffer: “Since Columbus, Ohio was the founding spot for prohibition (thanks a lot, Columbus), we gather today to sit down with a beverage and incredible humans just telling their stories.”
Whiskey Business: A podcast not so much about whiskey, as it is one with whiskey.
What We Talkin’ ‘Bout: “The Culture from an Midwest Point of View”
Lauer Road Radio: “A comedy podcast geared toward middle aged dudes who have kids. Common topics include food, movies, music, the #dadlife, sports, tv shows, snacks, parenting… and always ends with a Netflix Suggestion of the Week.”
The Awakened Soul Podcast: “Insightful & vivifying look at music, movies, media & social issues and how they relate culturally & globally!”
From the Middle: “Middle-class guys, living in the middle of America, in the middle chapters of their lives, with a point of view that’s somewhere in the middle. FtM is a comedy, entertainment, and culture podcast”
The Barbershop: “A podcast for anyone that doesn’t like how the dishonest, racist, anti-black, mainstream media covers the issues affecting black people, and is not recommended for anyone easily offended.”
Arts and Entertainment
Music, TV, Movies, Comedy, and more
The Sounds of Bustown: “Sounds of Bustown is a collection of rad peeps that are absurdly passionate about the music scene, in Columbus and beyond. Through our podcast, blog and events our goal is to promote, connect and cultivate a thriving music community.”
Rogue Squadron: “A Star Wars & Pop Culture Show”
Comedians on South High: “Stories from working comedians on the road, from some of their most recent shows to the first time they took the stage, and how jokes get written – life, family, and more.”
Nerd Association: “Nerd Association is a gathering of geeks who will happily make a short story long on a variety of topics, such as movies, TV shows, video games and other esotery (but mostly those first three things). Join hosts Marc Finch (a.k.a. Chops) and Daniel Barnett (a.k.a. Daniel) as they explore the nerd universe along with their friends.”
Small Joys with Hanif Abdurraqib: “Small Joys is a series of conversations between best-selling writer and Columbus-native Hanif Abdurraqib and creative people of all stripes about what keeps them going.”
Bluegrass Ramble: “Chet DeLong, Chris Johnston, and Rich Baker soldier on as Bluegrass Ramble hosts”
It’s All Been Done Radio Hour: “It’s All Been Done Radio Hour is a live comedy show in the style of old radio serials. There are currently five programs that we rotate through. Once a month, several of these are performed in front of an audience near Columbus, Ohio, then the content is released weekly as a podcast (along with extras, such as cast interviews and fake commercials).”
The Good, The Bad and the Geeky!: “Nick Arganbright sits down with some of his friends in the local Columbus Ohio theater, film and improv scene and talk a bunch of geeky stuff.”
Columbus Local: “Hosted and Produced by guitarist Len Damico, each “COLUMBUS LOCAL” episode features discussion with primarily local Columbus Ohio musicians”.
Advice and Self-Improvement
Looking for some inspiration? These advice podcasts can help!
Minimalist Moms Podcast: “Think more and do with less”
Lawyer Talk: Off the Record: “Legal advice, lessons on life, and other marginal insights by practicing criminal defense lawyers.”
The Ohio Wedding Podcast: “A resource for brides and grooms planning your perfect wedding day. We feature the best wedding vendors in Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland who are so excited to share their wisdom with you on how to have the best wedding day experience possible.”
The Better Everyday Podcast: “The Better Everyday Podcast is here to give you the tools and inspiration to take control of your life and commit to becoming the next best version of yourself, every single day”
Take Control Podcast: “Three women learning to take control in the midst of losing control.”
Pink Lemonade Podcast: “A self-help podcast to help you turn life’s lemons into lessons”
The Mosaic Life Podcast with Trey Kaufman: “Through conversations with thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and authors, The Mosaic Life Podcast seeks to share the invaluable wisdom learned through decades and centuries of research and personal experience to help us all live happier and more content lives.”
True Crime Garage: “Hosts Nic and the Captain invite you to grab a chair, grab a beer and join them as they talk some true crime. This is no ordinary garage: it’s a rabbit hole of true crime, with a generous supply of alcohol and banter to lighten the load.”
BuckeyeXtra Football Podcast: “A weekly podcast on Ohio State football featuring beat writers from The Columbus Dispatch.”
BuckeyeXtra Basketball Podcast: “A weekly podcast on Ohio State men’s basketball featuring beat writers from The Columbus Dispatch.”
The Buckeye Show with 97.1 The Fan: “All about Buckeye Sports.”
The Buckeye Cast: “The Buckeye Cast is a podcast about Ohio State football. We bring strong opinions and some humor to the topic.”
Soccer Speakeasy: “A podcast about everything Columbus Crew SC from the Columbus Dispatch.”
Tim May on Ohio State Football: “Tim May brings decades of experience to his work covering Ohio State football. The award-winning journalist retired from his post at the Columbus Dispatch after the 2018 season but remains a fixture around the Buckeyes and continues to loom as an authority on the program.”
Front & Nationwide: “A show about the Columbus Blue Jackets”
The Cannon: For Columbus Blue Jackets Fans: “The official home for audio programming from The Cannon, SB Nation’s community for fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets.”
News and Politics
From the Newsroom with The Columbus Dispatch: Short bites of local news from the Dispatch
ONN Daily: “From the award-winning newsroom of the Ohio News Network, ONN Daily is a digest of the top headlines from around the State of Ohio. Hear the latest news and sports from around Ohio as told by our news team and our 80+ affiliates in every corner of the state.”
Snollygoster: “Snollygoster takes an in-depth look at politics in Ohio. Each week we dig into the top political stories in Columbus and Ohio and explore national stories that impact the state by talking with politicians, reporters and other news-makers”
All Sides with Ann Fisher: “All Sides with Ann Fisher is a two-hour, daily public-affairs talk show designed to over time touch upon all sides of the issues and events that shape life in central Ohio.”
Education Matters: “Source for insightful conversations with the people who shape the education landscape in Ohio.”
The Community’s Conversation: “Founded in 1976 by 13 visionary women leaders in Columbus, Ohio, the Columbus Metropolitan Club connects people and ideas through community conversation. Each week, the Columbus Metropolitan Club hosts a forum discussion on topics that range that gamut, from business to policy to social services and more.”
Columbus Can’t Wait: “Conversations around local politics in Columbus, Ohio”
Columbus Concerns: “Public affairs presentation of NABCO in Columbus, OH. Weekly, 20-minutes long program that focuses on local public affairs and issues of public concern in the central Ohio area.”
Business and Local Business Leaders
Columbus podcasts about local business leaders, and business in Ohio
Conquering Columbus: “Conquering Columbus is a podcast covering the stories of those throughout the city that are doing extraordinary things in business, science, athletics, and more!”
Women of Influence: “From Columbus Business First, Women of Influence is an interview series showcasing some of the most powerful women in the Central Ohio business community. Hosted by Eleanor Kennedy, Assistant Managing Editor.”
614Startups: “At 614Startups, we believe that Columbus, Ohio is poised to become the next great startup city. Our mission is to build a community of passionate and driven entrepreneurs, investors, executives and economic development professionals committed to helping Columbus startups and small businesses go from Idea to Scale to Impact.”
Driving the Cbus: “The Driving the Cbus podcast co-hosts, Scott McComb, CEO of Heartland Bank and Kailyn Bucklew (McComb), a third-generation community banker, offer two different perspectives as they sit down and get real with local business owners. From well-established companies to startups, small businesses are the heart and soul of Columbus.”
cbuzz: “Columbus Chamber of Commerce sharing stories from some of the best business leaders of the Columbus Chamber members.”
For Columbus Podcast: “Interviews with congregational, parachurch, and marketplace Christian leaders; highlighting their flourishing impact on our city.”
Columbus Entrepreneurs’ Podcast: “Columbus Entrepreneurs’ Podcast is primarily for members of the Columbus, Ohio chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).”
For the Love of Licking County: “A monthly podcast focused on entrepreneurship, leadership and community impact presented by the Licking County Chamber of Commerce.”
L to K – Onward and Upward: “Two business partners set on sharing any and all information while building a real estate portfolio and other assets.”
Have other local podcasts we should check out? Leave a comment or email firstname.lastname@example.org.