NEW YORK — From Toronto to Dublin, and from London to Melbourne, there’s some great radio across the English-speaking world.
These efforts were honored Monday night at the annual New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, which salutes the “World’s Best Radio Programs.”
NYF’s Grand Jury awarded global networks and content creators from 31 countries. Trophy-winning digital content, podcasts and audiobooks, live events, dramas and documentaries, breaking news coverage, multi-genre music specials, sound art, and promos from around the globe were celebrated.
The 2018 Grand Jury honored RTÉ Ireland as Broadcaster of Year and TBI Media UK as Production Company of the Year.
RTÉ Ireland was honored with the title Broadcaster of the Year for the fifth year. The network took home an impressive 8 Gold Trophies, 11 Silver, 2 Bronze and 15 Finalist Certificates.
The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC), Guardian Australia and TBI Media each earned the New York Festivals Grand Award.
The BBC was singled out for “BBC Radio 1 Vintage,” a three-day digital “pop up” radio station featuring a compilation of archival material and classic tracks culminating in 50 hours and 50 shows in celebration of Radio 1’s 50th anniversary. The network also earned two Gold trophies and a Silver. BBC’s top management recently announced that the radio networks will no longer actively compete against commercial radio and instead focus on attracting digital audio consumers who are increasingly using on-demand and customized audio streaming for music.
The CBC was honored for a podcast, which chronicles the story of Syrian émigré Mohammad Al Masalma whose fight for freedom during the 2011 revolution led to his arrest and detainment by the Syrian regime. The entry also earned a Gold trophy and the UNDPI Silver Award.
Podcast entrants earning recognition include 30 for 30 ESPN Films and WNYC Studios.
Gold-wining documentaries included “A Day In The Sun” from SiriusXM.
News and Talk/Interview Gold winners include Westwood One‘s “Pain & Pride: Remembering Vietnam – 50 Years Later”.
Westwood One also earned the Silver trophy for “America in the Morning.”
Earning a Bronze trophy— CBS News Radio‘s “CBS World News Roundup”.
Rose Anderson, VP & Executive Director of New York Festivals, said, “As the radio landscape evolves to accommodate the shift in the way individuals consume audio, New York Festivals Radio Awards is at the forefront celebrating all popular forms of audio content available today.”
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