New York Festivals Reveals 2020 Radio Awards Finalists


Prominent broadcasters have taken a lead position as honorees in the just-announced 2020 Radio Awards Finalists as determined by New York Festivals.

They include a global array of top audio content creators, such as RTÉ Ireland, the 2019 Broadcaster of the Year; the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the 2015 Broadcaster of the Year; Radio New Zealand; and CBS News Radio.

Podcasts, Audio Books and Documentary entries were prominent this year, scores of entries submitted by content creators from around the globe advanced to the medal round.

Podcast finalists include: “30 for 30 Podcasts: Season 6” ESPN Films, “Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith” Spotify,  “Altamont” The Washington Post, “Hunting Warhead” CBC Radio and Audio ,“Music Life” BBC World Service,  “Dolly Parton’s America” OSM Audio/ WNYC Studios, “The Last Voyage of the Pong Su” The Age Newspaper Australia,  “Stardust” Journal Media, “Bad Batch” Wondery, “Sleepwalkers “ iHeartMedia, “On the Green Fence” Deutsche Welle (DW), “Breaking Kids News” Swedish Radio, “Babies Behind Bars”,  and “The Take by Al Jazeera” Al Jazeera Digital.

Compelling Audio Books entries advanced including “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “War of The Worlds”  and “The Secret Commonwealth” Penguin Random House, “The Beast of Buckingham Palace” and “Nightingale Point” Harper Collins Publishers, “The Little Match Girl” Almost Tangible, “Wizenard Book Series” Granity Studios, “Rose: An Inspiring New Musical “ Soulpepper, and “To the Infernal Rhythm of the Bomba” ACSR.

Documentaries dominated, compelling documentaries captivated listeners with riveting stories and unique points of view. Finalists  include: “One Giant Leap” CBS News Radio, “Abbey Road Phase One and Two” Howlett Media Productions Ltd./Sirius XM Radio, “Virtues of Vulnerability” TBI Media, “The Whistleblower” RTÉ Radio 1, “On Gladys Avenue” CBC Radio & Audio, “Stories from the New Silk Road” BlokMedia, “Selling Kids: Human Trafficking in Alabama” Alabama Public Radio, “China’s Great Famine:  Sad Songs of Peasants in a Food War” Radio Free Asia, “Berlin 30 – The Fall of the Wall” BFBS Radio and “Forgotten Men of a Forgotten War” Radio National -Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Breaking news, feature and investigative reports captured events and provocative topics unfolding on the world stage. Finalists include: “Christchurch Terror Attacks” Radio New Zealand, “America in the Morning” and “75th Anniversary of D-Day” Westwood One, “Protests Grip Hong Kong” Bloomberg LP, “CBS World News Roundup”  and “Notre Dame“ CBS News Radio, “Stroke of Luck” Radio Metro S.A., “Delhi Is Injurious To Health” Radio Mirchi  and “13 North Koreans’ 10,000 km Journey in Search of Freedom” Radio Free Asia.

Entertainment Finalists include: “Voices in the Hall” BMP Audio, “Conversation with Margaret Atwood” CBC Radio and Audio, “Northern Lights by Stephen Jones” RTÉ Radio 1 “Passport To Oblivion” Spiteful Puppet Entertainment, “The Ash Tree” Bafflegab Productions and “Sunday Playground: The But’s Theatre” R2, Radio Television Hong Kong, “Sound & Vision” BBC 6 Music, “Ricky Gervais is Deadly Sirius” SiriusXM Satellite Radio, “Blockbuster: George Lucas, Steven Spielberg & the 1970s Movie Revolution” Epicleff Media, “Absolute Radio Stories” Absolute Radio “Celebrating James Galway at 80” RTÉ Lyric FM, “Magical History Tour” SiriusXM Satellite Radio, “The Sound Odyssey : Loyle Carner in Guyana” BBC 6 Music, “The Putumayo World Music Hour” Big Toe Audio, and “50th Anniversary of Apollo 11” FM Communications.

Best Children/Young Adult Program entries advanced: “The Punies” Granity Studios, “The Brothers Lionheart” Swedish Radio, “Dhrighangchu” Radio Mirchi, and “Kids Commute” Interlochen Public Radio.

Sound Art finalists include “Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith and Werner Herzog – The Peyote Dance” Soundwalk Collective, “ZENScapes | Stadt, Land, Fluss” Götz Naleppa and “The Skewer” Unusual.

The 2020 NYF Radio Awards international Grand Jury evaluated entries submitted from 40 countries around the globe and selected Finalists based on production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity and use of the medium. All entries achieving Finalist status advance to the medal round of judging.


To view the complete list, please visit: 2020 Radio Finalists.