Today’s podcasts have matured well beyond droning voices spreading conspiracy theories from basements. Podcasting has found its way to the cool kids club, and it’s spreading like wildfire. Apple has long since surpassed 1 billion subscriptions for podcasts and a 2014 national survey from Edison Research found an estimated 39 million Americans listened to a podcast in the past month – an all-time high in the history of podcasting.
As podcast listenership grows, so does the content. Fans can listen to hosts discuss everything from politics to beer to the latest celebrity gossip – and personal finance is no exception. There is a wide range of personal finance podcasts that appeal to specific audiences such as millennials, serious investors, women and entrepreneurs. Others are dedicated to financial goals like getting out of debt or building income.
But how do you know which shows are worth your listening time? As part of our Money on the Air competition, GOBankingRates evaluated more than 50 finance shows and narrowed them down to the 15 best for 2015. Here’s a look at the best podcasts and radio shows on air today.
Top 15 Financial Radio Shows and Podcasts
1. BiggerPockets Podcast.
The BiggerPockets Podcast boasts it’s the No. 1 rated real estate podcast on iTunes. Hosts Josh Dorkin and Brandon Turner deliver interviews and tips each week for listeners who want to grow their real estate business. Fans praise the show for offering real, practical advice from real estate investors. Whether you are thinking about starting a career in real estate or are already a seasoned real estate investor, BiggerPockets could be a great podcast to help you improve your skills, get insight into the market and, hopefully, make some money.
2. The Clark Howard Show.
Clark Howard, a longstanding name in the personal finance community, is a consumer expert and host of both a podcast and radio show. The nationally syndicated “Clark Howard Show” covers how to save more, spend less and avoid consumer rip-offs. Fans can listen live and even call in to speak to Howard on the air every weekday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST or listen to his podcasts at their leisure. No matter your listening preference, this is the show for getting straightforward, applicable advice on how to save money and prepare for the future.
3. The Dave Ramsey Show.
Dave Ramsey is a celebrity in the personal finance world, so it’s no surprise his radio show and podcast are among the most widely listened to. The best-selling author expounds on the principles that made him famous: Get out of debt and start saving money. More than 8 million weekly listeners tune into “The Dave Ramsey Show,” which is available on more than 500 radio stations across the country, and fans from all walks of life call in to ask Ramsey for advice or share their success stories.
4. The Disciplined Investor.
Certified financial planner, author and host, Andrew Horowitz, gives listeners his expert investment advice to take control of their financial situations. Whether you are just getting your feet wet or a seasoned investor, Horowitz offers tips that will broaden your horizons, keep you up-to-date with the ever-changing markets and help you make smart, lucrative investments.
5. Like a Mother with Emma Johnson.
Emma Johnson, Wealthy Single Mommy blogger, takes her tell-it-like-it-is advice to Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. She digs into the paradox of balancing work, family life, relationships, money and career and dares to answer the question, “Can we really have it all?” You might not ever find the answer, but you are sure to be entertained while trying.
6. Entrepreneur On Fire.
The Entrepreneur On Fire podcast delivers inspiration and motivation for budding entrepreneurs seven days a week with its host John Lee Dumas. Each episode features an entrepreneur who has experienced both failure and that “aha!” moment that leads him or her to achieve their dreams. The episodes also end with a lightning round when Dumas and his guests give listeners final takeaway messages that can be applied in their own ventures.
7. Epic Real Estate Investing.
Epic Real Estate Investing offers a rather contrarian point of view – the message behind the show is not to pile money up in savings, but put it to work for you. Instead of building your bank account balance, host Matt Theriault advises listeners on how to create streams of money through real estate investing. Fans can tune into Epic Real Estate Investing to hear concepts that challenge popular beliefs, including the notion that people don’t have money problems – they have idea problems.