2020 JURY PHOTO ALBUM

USA
David Ankers
Director of Content WWOZ 90.7 FM and wwoz.org
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David Ankers

Dave Ankers is the Director of Content at WWOZ 90.7 FM and wwoz.org, New Orleans' Jazz & Heritage station.  He has worked in radio since 1984, starting at WMMR in Philadelphia, and then at SW Networks, Launch Media, Launch Radio Networks under Yahoo! Music, and United Stations Radio Networks.  At WWOZ since 2012, he has been a project manager and a liaison to the Archive of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, as well as producer of the radio program New Orleans Calling and of the station's Tricentennial Music Moments.  He has also been the producer and executive producer of many live broadcasts, including from the eight-day New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.  

INDIA
Swarup B R
Co-Founder/Creative Director Stark Communications Pvt. Ltd.
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Swarup B R

Swarup nurtured Stark Communications Pvt. Ltd., from its inception in 1994 in Trivandrum, South India, to an agency recognized for its distinctive creative, work ethic, people-centric growth and outstanding client retention record. He played a key role in building the Kerala Tourism brand for two decades, actively partnering the brand’s journey from a non-entity to India’s No.1 tourism destination. Swarup’s tourism campaigns have consistently set benchmarks in the realm of destination marketing in India and won him many national and international awards.

SCOTLAND
Ronnie Bergman
Independent Formerly U.W.S. & Radio Clyde
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Ronnie Bergman

USA
Anthony Bero
Producer Interlochen Public Radio
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Anthony Bero

India
Harrish M. Bhatia
CEO MYfm
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Harrish M. Bhatia

Mr. Harrish M Bhatia is the Chief Executive Officer of 94.3 MY FM, the Radio Business of DB Corp Ltd. and the driving force behind the station’s record breaking performance in the short span of its existence. Starting in 2007, he led the MY FM brand through 17 spectacularly successful launches in less than two years, to the operational break-even in just three years and turning PAT positive within 5 years of operation. As an agile, versatile and multi-tasking individual, he has been spearheading innovations within the brand and the business operations to maintain the dynamic performance of MY FM. Under his visionary leadership, MY FM has been delivering outstanding performance quarter after quarter, making it a dominant player in the national radio space. During his tenure at MY FM, Mr. Bhatia’s efforts have been recognized through several awards which have been bestowed on the radio station as well as on him individually.

He is an old hand at Bhaskar and has to his credit the launch of Divya Bhaskar (newspaper ) in Gujarat in 2003 and Dainik Bhaskar in Jaipur. Prior to joining Bhaskar, he had served as the Product Head at the Korean Multinational LG Electronics in India He has an extensive experience in setting up new projects and turning around operations.

Malaysia
Olya Booyar
Head of Radio Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
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Olya Booyar

Olya Booyar is Head of Radio for the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union, an association of broadcasting and associated industry bodies reaching more than half the world’s population.

Based at the ABU’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Olya is responsible for setting the strategic direction for Radio as well as helping to drive an expansion of services to the ABU’s more than 270 member organisations across the region and around the world. She takes a hands-on approach to public service broadcasting and media development in the digital era, organising and presenting numerous development initiatives for ABU members.

Born in Ukraine and educated in Canada, Olya began her career as an on-air broadcaster-journalist with the multicultural, multilingual Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) in Australia. She rose rapidly through the organisation’s journalism, programming and management ranks to become SBS’s first Corporate and Community Relations Executive, before leaving to become Deputy Director of the nation’s Classification Board. She has also been a General Manager in charge of content, consumer and citizen matters for the Australian media regulator the Communications & Media Authority (ACMA).

She is a past-President of the global International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) and is on the Board of the World Summit on Media for Children Foundation, the International Radio and Television Union (URTI) and Australia’s National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN).

USA
Graelyn Brashear
Creative Director Al Jazeera Network
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Graelyn Brashear

NEW ZEALAND
Paul Bushnell
Auckland Manager Radio New Zealand
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Paul Bushnell

Paul Bushnell is an experienced documentary and feature producer with many years’ experience in judging international radio award competitions. He is Auckland Manager for Radio New Zealand, the country’s public broadcaster.

United Kingdom
George Butler
Head of Marketing Radio Centre
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George Butler

George is Head of Marketing at Radiocentre, the industry body for commercial radio. In his role he runs the UK’s biggest audio conference, works on national ad campaigns promoting radio and also produces the award winning Mental Health Minute. On top of his role at Radiocentre, George presents on national UK station Fun Kids.

Canada
Dave Calvert
Creative Director HotSpots
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Dave Calvert

Dave left the ad agency world in 2004 to join Rogers Radio.  Over the last fifteen years he has created imaging and advertising for 54 stations, winning dozens of Canadian and international awards.  He is a seven-time New York Festivals trophy-winner, including two Grand awards.  

ARGENTINA
Diego Cannizzaro
Producer - Owner DMC Studio Argentina
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Diego Cannizzaro

Diego Cannizzaro is a Script Writer, Sound Designer, Music Composer and an independent Radio Producer. His experience goes from 1995 till today. During these years he worked in the best frontline radio stations, as well as an independent producer, creating an unmistakable style through sounds, between all productions in the media. He is the Owner and Director of "DMC Studio" in Buenos Aires, Argentina, specialized in radio arts, script writing, ads, directing, field recording, sound design for media, post-production and audio mixing for radio, tv and Films.

USA
Jennie Cataldo
Vice President of Production BMP Audio
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Jennie Cataldo

Jennie Cataldo has been producing radio programs and podcasts since 2013. She cut her teeth working with Ben Manilla Productions, producing radio programs, podcasts, ongoing series, radio specials, long and short form documentaries and more, for a variety of commercial and non-commercial outlets. Her current work with BMP includes contributions to the following programs: Studio 360, The Science of Happiness, Masters of Scale, and Voices in the Hall. Jennie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University in 2012. Website: jenniecataldo.com

USA
John N. Catlett
Broadcast Consultant Media Objectives International
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John N. Catlett

John Catlett is a life-long radio broadcaster, having been introduced to the medium as an undergraduate volunteer at WPRB-FM at Princeton University in 1960. He completed his studies with an MBA in marketing at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. After early experience at King Broadcasting Company in the Pacific Northwest and Time-Life Broadcast in New York City, he was tapped to manage CBS-owned WBBM-FM in Chicago just as the potential of FM radio was beginning to see its earliest realization. In 1972, he was transferred by CBS to take over WCBS-FM in New York City, where he installed the first major-market all-oldies format in July of 1972. Without any significant promotion support, the station suddenly became the first FM station to break into the top ten rated stations in the market, with a #5 ranking overall, and only six stations nationwide--AM or FM--had larger cumulative audiences. The oldies format survives to this day at WCBS-FM, with strong ratings.

United Kingdom
Jack Chalmers
Senior Editor HarperCollins Publishers
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Jack Chalmers

Jack Chalmers is a Senior Editor in the Audio team at HarperCollins Publishers. He oversees the audio content for William Collins, 4th Estate, and Collins Reference. He has worked with authors such as David Attenborough, Elizabeth Day, David Cameron, and many more. His production of Life on Earth by David Attenborough won a Gold – NonFiction Audiobook of the Year at the New York Radio Festival Awards in 2018.

Singapore
Eeva Chang Mei Hsiang
Chairwoman Rediffusion
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Eeva Chang Mei Hsiang

Ms. Eeva Chang Mei Hsiang is a Singaporean media executive, broadcaster, talk-show host, producer, actress, educator, and a thinker.  Ms Eeva is the current chairwoman of Rediffusion - an iconic radio station boasting 70 years of history and also the founder of Eeva Productions and Eduplus Language Centre.

People addressed her as the “Godmother of talent show in Southeast Asia, language visualisation expert, advocator of the power of the mind.” Her ideals and works have had great influence on Singapore's broadcast and media industry.

She is the first Mandarin TEDx speaker in Singapore.  In 2016, she shared about three-dimensional language visualisation on the TEDx stage, by her language guidance, it been able to transcend national boundaries. She also served as the Speaker Coach for TEDxPickeringStreet from 2016-2018.

She has won the Golden Bell Award for best social radio programme at the beginning of her professional career. She was also later awarded the ASEAN Literature Choice Awards for her essay collection. Recently, Ms Eeva also won the Best Narration Gold Award in New York Festivals World's Best Radio Programs.

United Kingdom
Jax Coombes
Producer BBC
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Jax Coombes

Jax Coombes is a Radio Producer with over ten years’ experience working at BBC Radio 6 Music making award-winning documentaries including a Palme D’Or in 2015 for John Grant’s Songs From A Dark Place, a documentary exploring the music, magic, and rise of Icelandic music.

ARGENTINA
Juan Pablo Cordoba
Productor Artístico Radio Mitre S.A.
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Juan Pablo Cordoba

Radio Mitre is the Nº 1 radio station of Argentina. It has great quality in its sound and promotions. There is one guy who is responsible for writing these promotions and monitor its editing and coordinate its airing. He is in charge of maintaining the highest quality standards in music and institutional jingles; he is the director of special reports; he is the Artistic Producer of the whole broadcast... He is Juan Pablo Córdoba. He studied Social Communication (UBA - University of Buenos Aires) and Multimedia Production (EMBA), and he is a vital part of Radio Mitre since 2004.

United Kingdom
Francis Currie
International Radio Consultant and Partner Currie Nordén
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Francis Currie

Francis Currie is an International Radio Consultant and Partner in Currie Nordén, the specialist radio research company.

Francis provides independent expert support to radio stations & digital media companies in competitive markets around the world. If you want help with any aspect of your radio station’s research, programming, marketing or digital activity he can help.

A former market-leading Programmer himself, he specialises in turning around under-performing stations, developing market-leading Morning Shows and building strong brands. He is also an experienced trainer and certified coach.

From research and strategy to action plans and dealing with the day-to-day challenges of running a radio station, he can work with your team to get the results you want.

Canada
Nick Davis
Manager, Program Development Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio
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Nick Davis

Nicholas Davis has worked in radio, television and print for the past 27 years covering everything from current affairs to the arts. He has won many awards for his journalism, including a 2006 Gabriel Award. For the past 17 years Nicholas has worked at CBC as a reporter and producer -- most notably as Senior Producer for Metro Morning, the number one morning show in Toronto. He’s currently the Manager of Program Development for CBC, where he is responsible for the ongoing development of local programming in radio, television and online.

Canada
Andrika De Lanerolle
Audio Producer AMI Accessible Media Inc
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Andrika De Lanerolle

Andrika De Lanerolle is an award-winning producer. She has been a New York Festivals Jury Member since 2016. 

 

She began her career in radio as a music show host and producer for CHRY 105.5FM in Toronto. There, she was recognized by the Government of Ontario for her efforts and contribution. 

 

In 2012, Andrika began producing for AMI-audio’s Sirius Satellite channel. She later became producer of original programming, directing entertainment shows like ‘Mosaic City’ and 'Kelly and Company’. 

 

Across her ten years of experience, Andrika has produced several award-winning documentaries including “St. John’s: In Through the Narrows,” a finalist at the 2016 New York Festivals Radio Awards. She also produced “Two Steps Forward: Indigenous and Disabled in Saskatchewan,” a finalist for a 2017 RTDNA award in Canada. 

 

Andrika is currently producing AMI-audio’s long-form interview show ‘The Pulse’ and co-produces their morning news show ‘Live From Studio 5.’  

Outside of producing, you can catch her talking about her favourite albums, what she had for lunch and her opinions on the latest Hollywood flicks.

GERMANY
Evelyn Doerr
Director ARD
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Evelyn Doerr

Dr. Evelyn Dörr studied Theatre, Dance and Music in Berlin. Since 2001 she has worked as a radio director and writer. Her radio drama features have been nominated for prestigious European and American radio awards (Prix Italia, PRIX EUROPA, New York Festivals, Prix Marulic and Grand Prix Nova) and have been arranged by German theaters (Deutsches Theater Berlin) as theatre plays. She is the founder of the Edition Akustische Bühne with its first number The Man in the Moon. A Radioballett with Charlie Chaplin. Currently she is working for Swiss radio.

USA
Pat Duggins
News Director Alabama Public Radio
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Pat Duggins

Pat Duggins is news director at Alabama Public Radio. He’s an internationally recognized and award-winning journalist, and a published author. Duggins covered 103 Space Shuttle missions, including 14 years on National Public Radio.

Within a year and a half of re-organizing of the APR newsroom, Pat and his team were generously honored with the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence alongside NBC network TV and CBS Network Radio. The APR news team has won over 40 awards for journalism excellence since Duggins’ arrival.

United Kingdom
Elaine Dunseath
Radio Producer BBC Northern Ireland
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Elaine Dunseath

Elaine Dunseath is an award winning radio producer at BBC Northern Ireland. A journalist for 15 years at the organisation, she has a background which includes researching and producing television current affairs investigations and television news.  She has a particular interest in highlighting the plight of society’s most vulnerable and helping those who often don’t have a platform to be heard. In June 2019, she and reporter Declan Harvey won bronze at the New York Festivals Radio Awards Social Issues category for ‘Did A Serial Killer Murder My Sister?’ which explored how alcoholism can often mean domestic abuse victims go unnoticed. Her most recent documentary is ‘Silent No More: Fermanagh’s Abused Children’ which showed how one person speaking out has forced a rural community to confront how widespread child sexual abuse was allowed to go on for years. 

UAE
Kaushik Dutta
Head 89.1 Radio 4 FM
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Kaushik Dutta

Kaushik Dutta is a versatile Media Professional with over 10 years of experience in Radio, Digital, Television and Advertising. Kaushik currently heads 89.1 Radio 4 FM (Channel 4 radio Network) at the UAE. Prior to this he was Head of Programing at Radio City in Mumbai. In his tenure he has produced famous shows like “Bumper to Bumper” with RJ Naved and “Kasakai Mumbai” with RJ Salil and Archana and the 1st Indian commercial FM documentary “Ek Boond Zindagi Ki”. He has also won numerous Radio, Marketing, Digital and Advertising awards like Golden Mikes, IRF and ACEF. Kaushik is 5 time winner at the New York Radio Festival, the biggest radio award in the world. Kaushik has worked with organisations like Radio Mirchi, Radio City, NDTV and Gulf News (UAE). He also consults with various brands on media planning and content integration. He has many awarded and acclaimed campaigns under his name like “Abki Baar Dedo Akhbaar”, “Direct From Kisaan” and “Diwali Ek Rupaye Wali”.

IRELAND
Padraic Flaherty
Head of Operations & Group Programme Director Clare FM & Tipp FM
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Padraic Flaherty

Padraic is now Head of Operations of Clare FM and Group Programme Director of Clare FM & Tipp FM. 

Over the past few years Padraic has directed & edited several documentaries including, “Vincent Hanley Cominatcha” the life story of one of Ireland’s greatest presenters, Vincent Hanley.

“Bullets & Ballads in the Banner County”.  2018 he produced “Top of the World” the story of a local Clare man becoming the first Clare man to climb Mount Everest.  It received a bronze award at the New York International Festival Radio Program Awards for The World’s Best Radio Programs in the Human-Interest category.

In 2019 Padraic and his colleague Gavin Grace produced “The Rescue” the story of Jim Warny a local Clare man that travelled to Thailand to aid in the rescue of the Wild Boar Soccer Team.  The documentary received a Gold award at the New York International Festival Radio Program and a silver award in the IMRO awards.

Over the years Padraic has produced several imagining packages for Clare and Tipp FM. 

Strong production and programming content remains Padraic’s passion in life.

USA
Michael Freedman
Professorial Lecturer, Journalism & Executive Producer, The Kalb Report School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University
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Michael Freedman

Michael Freedman is a 35-year radio executive, broadcast journalist, university administrator and professor. He has served with distinction as general manager of CBS Radio Network News, vice president and managing editor for the Broadcast Division of United Press International, leadership press secretary to the Democratic Whip of the United States House of Representatives, vice president and professor of journalism at The George Washington University, and (currently) senior vice president and professor at University of Maryland University College. In addition, Freedman serves as executive producer of the acclaimed public broadcasting series The Kalb Report, This Just In!, and GW Presents American Jazz (in collaboration with the legendary Tony Bennett). Over the course of his career, Freedman and his teams have earned more than 85 honors for broadcast excellence including 14 Edward R. Murrow awards from RTNDA, five Gold World Medals and a Grand Award in New York Festivals International Radio Awards.

AUSTRALIA
Maddy Fryer
Creative Content Media Producer, Leader Independent
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Maddy Fryer

Maddy is a creative content media producer and leader who most recently worked for SBS Australia as the Executive Producer of SBS PopAsia. SBS PopAsia is a digital community for young multicultural Australians who are actively engaged in radio, podcasts and digital content. Prior to SBS PopAsia, Maddy led the youth team from the SBS radio program - Alchemy, who in 2008 became Silver Medal Recipients of United Nations Department of Public Information Award. The program looked at the Stolen Generation and the subsequent apology to Australia's indigenous people. Maddy creates and listens to media of all kinds and knows that nothing can ever beat great content, on any media platform.

USA
Valerie Geller
President Geller Media International
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Valerie Geller

International Broadcast Consultant VALERIE GELLER is president of Geller Media International. She works with top broadcasters in radio, TV, internet throughout the world, and has consulted on several award winning documentary films. As a content and story consultant, trainer and seminar leader, Using proven methods she developed over years of working in 35 countries with over 500 radio and television stations, Geller coaches and trains on air personalities, programmers, producers and broadcast news journalists to become more Powerful Communicators Geller has worked with some of the top personalities in the world. to get, keep and grow their audiences using the proven POWERFUL COMMUNICATOR techniques - Geller, a former program director (WABC, New York) and News Director (K101, San Francisco) has been training broadcasters since 1991. Her clients in Europe have included LBC, The BBC, Australia's ABC Sweden's MTG,among others.

SERBIA
Slobodan Govorcin
Editor of drama and fiction program RTV VOJVODINA
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Slobodan Govorcin

Slobodan Govorcin, holds B.A. in dramaturgy. He is Editor in Drama and fiction Department with the Public media institution RTV Vojvodina in Serbia. He has been a jury member of international radio drama festivals for several times now. He also served as a selector for national amateur theatre festivals and for the festival of monodrama for children. As the author of radio dramas he won awards at the Prix ex Aequo in Slovakia and at the Festival of Best Radio Shows in New York. He was preselected at Prix Europa in Berlin, Prix Nova in Bucharest, HearNow in Kansas and UK radio drama festival in Herne Bay.

SWEDEN
Lena Gramstrup Olofgors
Producer Swedish Educational Broadcasting company
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Lena Gramstrup Olofgors

Lena Olofgörs, Producer at Swedish Educational Broadcasting Company,  since 1998.

I received gold 2015 in the category Educational

United Kingdom
Sunny Grewal
Presenter BBC
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Sunny Grewal

Sunny and Shay are multi-award winning Radio and TV presenters at BBC WM 95.6FM and BBC Radio London from Channel 4's BAFTA nominated 'The Family' they delighted us as members of the Grewal’s whose antics were followed daily– their Punjabi wedding became a major part of the series and gave its non Asian viewers an insight into the build up to a British Asian wedding!

Since the success of the show they have gone on to host awards across the country, voice over large scale media campaigns, host TV shows and worked extensively with the BBC Asian Network.

They were the first high profile British Asians to join local radio and present a daily mainstream radio show on BBC WM 95.6FM from Monday to Thursday and spend the weekends from Friday to Sunday on BBC Radio London and have regularly featured in the Top 101 most Influential Asians in the UK.

United Kingdom
Shay Grewal
Presenter BBC
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Shay Grewal

Sunny and Shay are multi-award winning Radio and TV presenters at BBC WM 95.6FM and BBC Radio London from Channel 4's BAFTA nominated 'The Family' they delighted us as members of the Grewal’s whose antics were followed daily– their Punjabi wedding became a major part of the series and gave its non Asian viewers an insight into the build up to a British Asian wedding!

Since the success of the show they have gone on to host awards across the country, voice over large scale media campaigns, host TV shows and worked extensively with the BBC Asian Network.

They were the first high profile British Asians to join local radio and present a daily mainstream radio show on BBC WM 95.6FM from Monday to Thursday and spend the weekends from Friday to Sunday on BBC Radio London and have regularly featured in the Top 101 most Influential Asians in the UK.

India
Viplove Gupta
Head - Ideations DB Corp Ltd
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Viplove Gupta

With over 24 years’ experience in the advertising, radio, movie content and newspaper industries Viplove has been at the forefront of  creating and curating multiplatform content, client led brand solutions, radio programming and music management.

A post graduate in English Literature, Viplove has been writing for newspaper and publications on films and film music since an early age, paving his way to advertising industry where he started heading a team of copywriters in no time.

Started his radio career in 2001, he has launched 29 radio stations across India, hired and trained many talents who went on to winning many international accolades.

With an intention to create a positive and meaningful impact on the radio industry of India, he is in the process of launching a podcast for radio professionals who are not finding radio as a challenging medium any more.

NEW ZEALAND
Phil Guyan
CEO CBA - Christian Broadcasting Association
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Phil Guyan

United Kingdom
Joel Hammer
Senior Journalist, BBC Sport BBC Sport & BBC World Service
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Joel Hammer

Joel Hammer Senior Journalist, BBC Sport. I am an award winning senior journalist, presenter and radio producer for BBC Sport and BBC World Service. I specialise in stories that go beyond the field of play, where sport meets culture, politics and society

NEW ZEALAND
Cathie Harrop
Producer/Performer Independent Producer
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Cathie Harrop

Cathie has worked for various Radio and Television companies internationally including those in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

This award winning broadcaster has been extensively involved on both sides of the microphone

Scripting, performing and producing a wide range of programmes for television, radio, and live performance, has given Cathie the opportunity to work with professional musicians and actors in various countries, and with young people both in entertainment and education. More recently she has specialized in researching and producing historical entertainments.

Cathie has had a long association with NEW York Festivals almost since its beginning days.

Her website is www.cathieharrop.com

INDIA
Saiam Hasan
Creative Independent
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Saiam Hasan

Saiam Hasan is a Creative Writer, Producer, Voice Artist, and an independent Musician. He has an experience of over 8 years. During these years he has worked in the most frontline radio stations, creating an unmistakable style through words & sounds. He currently is an independent writer and Musician in India. 2 of his releases are “Aye Sajni” & “Nodey – Krishna”. Saiam has been responsible for looking after many aspects of the Creative and sound output in Radio City, India, and for maintaining the highest quality standards for almost 5 years. His work has already won him 6 New York Radio Awards till now and many more national radio awards like ACEF, Golden Mikes etc.

USA
Robert Hecht
Producer/Host The Joys of Jazz
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Robert Hecht

Bob Hecht is the producer and host of The Joys of Jazz Podcast (thejoysofjazz.com), a program dedicated to educating the public about the timeless giants of ‘America’s Classical Music.’ The show won a Silver Medal in the Music Podcast category of the 2019 NYF Radio Awards. His previous broadcast radio version of The Joys of Jazz also medaled in 2015. His work as a jazz content producer and host dates back to the 1960’s.

IRELAND
Mike Hogan
Producer Classic Hits 4FM
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Mike Hogan

Mike Hogan is a multi award winning radio producer and presenter based in Dublin, Ireland. Mike specialises in Entertainment Breakfast, Hot Talk shows and Documentaries. He has been very successful in each style. He currently produces the ‘PJ and Jim in the Morning’ breakfast show on Classic Hits. The programme has claimed gold in the Irish IMRO radio awards for the last two years running. Mike lives and breathes radio. He started his obsession at 15 years of age by purchasing a transmitter and aerial and broadcasting from his parents’ garden shed. He knows good radio when he hears it and is excited to listen to the best in the world by judging the New York Radio Awards. 

UNITED KINGDOM
Paul Hollins
CEO Blue Revolution & Radio Express
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Paul Hollins

Paul Hollins is a London-based radio Broadcaster, Author and CEO of the multi award-winning digital content company Blue Revolution. His on-air CV includes many of the national UK brands including Capital FM, Heart & Smooth. In 2012 his first book on radio, called ‘Hang the DJ?’ became an instant Amazon best-seller in its category in both paperback & Kindle editions. Paul is also the founder & CEO at Blue Revolution, a company which syndicates radio content such as The Kim Wilde 80s Show internationally.

UNITED KINGDOM
Matt Hopper
Co-founder Trisonic
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Matt Hopper

Matt has worked in the radio industry for more than 35 years, and in 2018 founded Trisonic, a specialist audio creative and media agency. Trisonic creates and promotes the use of audio in all its forms. Matt was a pioneer in the field of radio commercial production, has extensive experience in creating editorial audio content and programme management. He is a highly skilled radio copywriter, audio producer and director in his own right, and also founded Spiteful Puppet Entertainment, whose audio dramas have scooped numerous accolades from the BBC and New York Festivals.

United Kingdom
Will Jackson
Managing Director AudioUK
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Will Jackson

Will Jackson is Managing Director of AudioUK, the trade body for audio-led production companies working across radio, podcasts, audiobooks and more. AudioUK has over 100 member companies large and small based across the UK, producing audio content for BBC and UK commercial radio, Audible, Spotify, Acast and other platforms and corporate clients. Alongside this, Will also works as an industry journalist and consultant, with recent clients including Radio World and ScreenSkills. He's also presented and produced for the BBC, and managed radio projects for transmission provider Arqiva, the UK media regulator, Ofcom and the UK government's Highways Agency.

UNITED KINGDOM
dinah jones
TV and radio producer Silin
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dinah jones

USA
Ben Katz
Producer Figdonia
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Ben Katz

Ben Katz is a podcast producer most recently known for the mini-series ‘The Long-Distance Con’ on the New Yorker Radio Hour podcast which won a silver New York Radio Award and was a finalist for two Webby awards and an ASME Ellie award in 2019. ‘The Long-Distance Con’ was also featured on Refinery29 as one of most anticipated 2018 podcasts. Ben is also a video producer who has produced work for This American Life, Radiolab, Snap Judgement, Startalk Live, The Foo Fighters, Motion City Soundtrack, Dr. John and Miranda July.

Australia
Aaron Kearney
Director AKS Media International
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Aaron Kearney

Aaron Kearney is a multi-award winning broadcaster, journalist, sports commentator, five-time New York Festival award winner, AIPS Sports Award Silver Medallist and the 44th MEAA Prodi Journalist of the Year.

He is the creator of a 'Sports Broadcast for Development’ Commentary system used at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. It was first adopted in Australian indigenous communities in Tiwi Islands and later the basis for Pacific-wide coverage of the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

In demand around the world as a speaker, mentor and trainer, he is currently working in media consultancy, sports diplomacy and broadcast development in Australia and overseas as Director of AKS Media International.

UNITED KINGDOM
James Keen
Station Director,Channel 103 and Island FM Tindle CI Broadcasting
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James Keen

James has worked in radio for more than 20 years, as a Journalist, Presenter, Head of News, Programme Controller and Regional Managing Director. He has worked for GWR Group, GCap Media, UKRD and is currently Managing Editor for Global Radio’s market-leading station Heart Essex. James is a former chair of the Anglian branch of the Radio Academy and has taught media at the UK’s National Police Training College and for Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

CANADA
Greg Kelly
Executive Producer, Ideas CBC Radio One
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Greg Kelly

Greg Kelly is the Executive Producer of the CBC Radio Program IDEAS. Before that, he was Editor of the Radio Netherlands Program The State We're In and Senior Producer and co-creator of American Public Media's The Story. Greg's documentaries in both radio and television have won multiple international awards and honours. Unlike most of his peers, he does not have his own podcast.

Australia
Jaye Kranz
Producer
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Jaye Kranz

HONG KONG
Kathy Lam
Producer/Presenter RTHK Radio 4 Radio Television Hong Kong
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Kathy Lam

Kathy Lam is a graduate of Columbia University, with a master’s degree in Arts Administration. She joined Radio Television Hong Kong as a Producer and Presenter upon graduation. She has been named a ‘Top 10 Most Favourite English Presenters’ in Hong Kong, and her programmes are voted as ‘Top 10 Most Favourite English Programmes’. Her programme ‘Madly Musical’, which discusses the mental states of various composers, was awarded a Bronze prize at New York Festivals® (Information/Documentary: Culture and the Arts category) in 2017.

USA
Juleyka Lantigua-Williams
Founder & CEO Lantigua Williams & Co.
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Juleyka Lantigua-Williams

Juleyka is the Founder/CEO of Lantigua Williams & Co., an award-winning digital media studio that builds team that create beautiful experiences in digital audio and film. She is a journalism veteran with 20 years of experience as a writer, reporter, editor, syndicated columnist, book editor/scout, lecturer, and audio producer. Lantigua Williams & Co. produces original shows like Latina to Latina, 70 Million, and Feeling My Flo, and provides tailored consulting and white-label production services for clients that include Macmillan Podcasts, the Phi Beta Kappa Society, WHYY, KQED, and Civil Beat. Follow her @JuleykaLantigua on Twitter and Instagram.

United Kingdom
Steve Levine
Founder Magnum Opus Broadcasting
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Steve Levine

STEVE LEVINE BIOGRAPHY 2019
Starting as a tape-op at CBS studios in 1975, Steve progressed to in-house engineer
and worked with many new wave, punk & pop acts including The Clash, The Jags,
The Vibrators, XTC & Sailor.
Beach Boy, Bruce Johnson was to play an important part in Steve's early career,
culminating with Steve producing an album for the Beach Boys several years later.
Steve produced all of Culture Club’s classic hits and the bands’ three multi-platinum
albums.
Artist collaborations include Honeyz, China Crisis, Gary Moore, Ziggy Marley,
Louise, The Creatures, The Angelic Upstarts, Lemmy & Motorhead, David Grant,
Jimmy The Hoover, Westworld, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Mis-teeq, 911.
Steve has collected a number of prestigious industry awards including a Brit Award,
Musicweek Award and a Grammy for his work with Deniece Williams.
He has appeared on many radio and TV programes, is a regular guest presenter of
the newspaper review on BBC weekend Breakfast and on BBC’s 6 Music with his
own show.
His radio production company produces original high quality radio content, in
particular, The Record Producers, a series for BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music.
Steve has won a SONY Radio Award and most recently 2 Gold Awards at the New
York Radio Festival.
He has also presented The Record Producers Live with special guests.
Busy producing new acts, recently XamVolo , Space, and a remix project for the
legendary Millie Jackson entitled “Exposed” for ACE records.
He is currently in the studio working with games producer MILKY TEA on the
soundtrack to a new exciting game HYPERBRAWL currently exclusive to the new
Apple Arcade platform .........more news soon ......and more tracks for
Electronic project Pretty Robotic.
Steve is a Director of PRS for music, a member of the MU, PPL,
and a LIPA Companion and recently elected to the new Liverpool Region Music
Council

United Kingdom
Matt Lissack
Programme Controller Capital South Wales
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Matt Lissack

He started his career as a presenter on a variety of radio stations across the UK, such as: Plymouth Sound, Gemini FM and GWR FM.

He has also hosted programmes on Capital 95.8 in London and The Capital Network – broadcasting to many major radio markets such as: London, Birmingham and Manchester.

Before moving into a Programming role, he spent the last six years co-hosting Capital Breakfast in South Wales.  The show won the coveted ‘Best Breakfast Show’ at the Arqiva Radio Awards, both in 2014 and 2016, whilst securing two extra nominations on top of that.

ARGENTINA
Rosario Lufrano
Journalist Independent
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Rosario Lufrano

Rosario Lufrano has a degree in Journalism. She began her career at the start of democracy in 1983. She has been involved in producing and hosting various programs on Radio Belgrano, Mitre, Continental, American, National and Rivadavia. On Radio Rivadavia, Lufrano currently hosts "I Say What I think." Among the documentaries which aired on that program were "30 Years Of Democracy: Everybody’s Story” which won the Gold at the New York Festivals and “Human Trafficking: Merchants of Innocence" which was awarded the Ondas award, the highest award given by Cadena Ser in Spain, in the presence of Pope Francisco. On television, she was the creator of Public TV whose programming received 6 Martin Fierro and TV Fund Gold, the most important distinctions in Argentina and by hosting the program "Telefe Noticias" she claimed a Marin Fierro.

SCOTLAND
John MacCalman
Broadcast Producer/Consultant Independent
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John MacCalman

I was one of the original employees at Radio Clyde in Glasgow joining the station in November 1973. Through the 80s and 90s, I was Production Controller for Radio Clyde when the station won "Sony Station of the Year" 3 times and was nominated twice. I was also the producer on two Sony Award-winning shows for Best Rock and Pop Programme - Hue and Cry (1989) and The Big Day C1 (1991). I have 10 New York Radio World Medals as producer or co-producer. Among the other career highlights was the innovatory series of 17 annual open-air Kelvingrove Free Music Festivals which provided to launch pad for many local bands performing original music. I have always had an interest in aviation and have produced three critically acclaimed aviation documentaries. Doing the Continental – An hour-long examination of Continental’s first brush with Chapter 11 made in 1985/86 and featuring Continental pilots and crew, the FAA, and an exclusive interview with Phil Bakes. Britannia 300 Alph

HONG KONG
Angie Man
Radio Producer RTHK
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Angie Man

Angie Man is a Multimedia Editor of Radio 3, RTHK. She used to be a journalist for local Chinese newspapers and worked for different online platforms. In 2008, she joined RTHK and has worked as producer and web content editor.  She also has managed several RTHK online projects like Bookmarks, Teen Time, Hong Kong's Top Story etc. 

India
Astha Mandiratta
Head Client Solutions News18 Network
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Astha Mandiratta

I am working for Brand Marketing for News18 Hindi Network, largest regional news network of India with 13 regional channels, covering 23 states, and are part of country’s biggest network, Network 18.

 I am majorly responsible for designing campaigns and events for big clients and Branding awareness for our network pan India.

 With almost 14 years in media ,I have served 9+ years with television Anchoring various celebrity talk shows in ETV & Star news while 4 years in radio With 94.3 MY FM - Dainik Bhaskar Group, where I was responsible for programming for Rajasthan and my focus had always been working towards gender sensitivity which is need of hour in our country and thus time to time I did such campaigns some of which like BOL & save girl child are recognised on national level as well.

·         I am winner of laadli media award for my work in the field of “gender sensitivity” in year 12-13 & 13-14 the campaigns were around saving girl child and respect women hood.

·         My name has been in list for top 100 successful women of Jaipur ( Rajasthan) for my work in media organised by a leading NGO of city in June 2015

·         I have also  Won “Women of eminence” award in 2014, given by Education Minister for exemplary work in media.

ARGENTINA
Liliana Manna
Journalist Independent
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Liliana Manna

Liliana Manna is a journalist who graduated in 1972 from the School of Journalism of the city of Buenos Aires and 1974 from the Institute of Radio Education. She was the first woman in Argentina radio to be named a writer-broadcaster in the News Service of Radio Belgrano and served as producer on various radio and television programs. In 7 opportunities, Manna was awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze trophies at the New York Festivals. The last occasion was in 2014 where she won the Gold for Best Documentary for “30 Years of Democracy: Everybody’s Story.” Also in 2014 she won the Ondas Award, awarded by the Cadena Ser Spain, for best documentary radio program in the world “Human Trafficking: Merchants of Innocence” which on December 3rd was delivered in a special audience with Pope Francisco. Other international awards have included: (with journalist Nelson Castro) the "King of Spain" International Award. First distinction achieved by Argentine journalist radio special prize

CANADA
Nick McCabe-Lokos
Executive Producer CBC Radio
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Nick McCabe-Lokos

Nick McCabe-Lokos is the executive producer of Front Burner, a daily podcast from CBC News. Prior to that he ran a series of award winning radio programs including Quirks & Quarks, Q and Day 6. Before working in radio he was a television news producer and print reporter.

UNITED KINGDOM
Tony McShane
NightOwls Producer Bauer Media
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Tony McShane

Tony McShane is an award winning producer who has been making programmes with Bauer Media for over 6 years, producing the legendary Night Owls phone in show which has been on the air for over 40 years. The show has taken home a GOLD NY award for the past 2 years running. He is multi skilled having worked both on-air and off air with over 12 years experience in commercial radio.

Russia
Oleg Medvedev
Editor in Chief Foundation for Independent Radio Broadcasting
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Oleg Medvedev

AUSTRALIA
Florencia Melgar
Coordinating Producer SBS
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Florencia Melgar

Florencia Melgar Hourcade is a Uruguayan – Australian investigative journalist with almost 20 years of experience working across platforms in Latin America and Australia.

In Uruguay she published a number of investigative works, being “Sabotage to the Truth” the longest investigation, edited by Planeta publishing. The book brought to light new information on a cold case from the dictatorship involving the murders of two members of Parliament. The investigation led the Prosecutor to reopen the case that remains open in 2017.

She worked for Uruguay’s public television. She was also a media adviser for organisations like the United Nations for Development Program in Uruguay, the Canadian Embassy in Montevideo and the Spanish Government cultural affairs’ “Cervantes Institute” in Sydney.

In 2013 Florencia did an investigation published as “The Other 9/11”, a report that brought to light documents and testimonies of the participation of Australia’s intelligence in Augusto Pinochet’s coup in the 1973’s coup in Chile. The story also disclosed that a former Chilean intelligence official, who had escaped Chile after being prosecuted by Chile’s courts for torture and murder, was hiding in Australia. This investigation triggered the first extradition request from Latin America to Australia for a case of human rights.

This experience of collaborative investigations has allowed Florencia to identify the main opportunities and challenges of doing investigative journalism across cultures and across borders and led her to do a PhD by research that was completed in October 2019.

United Kingdom
Becky Milligan
Presenter BBC
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Becky Milligan

USA
Fran Minarik
Composer Independent
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Fran Minarik

UNITED KINGDOM
Neil Moore
Manager, Music & Station Sound British Forces Broadcasting Service
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Neil Moore

Neil Moore is an ex-Royal Navy diver turned Gold Award-winning Technical Producer and Dance Music Maestro. With 20 years experience in producing and presenting live radio shows for the British Forces worldwide and more than 2 decades as a DJ and Audio Producer, Neil has just celebrated a landmark 600th edition of his weekly Club Culture dance show for BFBS Radio. His back-catalogue spans over 1000 Specialist Dance Music Radio Shows, most live, and many from locations including Hostile environments, Café Mambo in Ibiza and dance festivals across Europe. Neil’s currently the Principal Programmer Station Sound for BFBS Radio worldwide.

UNITED KINGDOM
Simon Moorhead
Producer TBC Audio
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Simon Moorhead

Simon Moorhead produced the award-winning feature films Mirrormask, written by Neil Gaiman & directed by Dave McKean and Luna, written & directed by Dave McKean.  (Best British Feature Film at Raindance 2014)

Simon has been associated with many award-winning TV projects including A Different Drummer, Jigsaw, Threads, The Life and Loves of a She Devil, The Bill, BT Global Challenge, Widowmaker & the ITV series Chimera.

After Luna, Simon took the decision to move full time into producing audio drama, live theatre and publishing

In 2017, Simon produced, directed & created the sound design for ‘The Boleyn Brothers’, the story of the West Ham ‘Pals’ battalion during WW1. The production won Best Audio Drama Podcast at the International Radio Awards in New York in July 2019.

During 2018/19 Simon commissioned, produced & created the sound design for over 21hrs. of original audio drama for The Other 1% and commissioned a further 6 hours’ worth of scripts that are ready to go into production.

ARGENTINA
Eduardo Morino
Presenter RADIO MITRE S.A.
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Eduardo Morino

Eduardo "Lalo" Morino is an Argentine based voice actor, broadcast journalist, scriptwriter and a professor. He's been working in the global Media Industry for the past 28 years.

Since 2000, he's been part of Radio Mitre, the leading radio station of Argentina, as a service journalist, voice talent, and radio host. Currently, Eduardo's hosting "Overnight, weekend edition" (narrative, music & news) and has been part of teams widely recognized by the industry and audiences all over the world (King of Spain Award, New York Festivals, Martin Fierro, among others).

He is the institutional voice of La100FM and Golf Channel Latin America, and he works as Voice Actor and Voice Talent in various fiction, commercial and documentary productions (DirecTV, MTV, Tenaris University-Techint Group, and others).

He is a full professor at ISER (Instituto Superior de Enseñanza Radiofónica) and an independent media & comunication consultant.

Eduardo strongly believes that Radio can empower ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

USA
Leslie Mullen
Producer NASA/JPL
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Leslie Mullen

Leslie Mullen is the writer, producer and host of the NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory podcast “On a Mission.” A science photojournalist for over 20 years, she also is a documentary filmmaker and was previously the producer for Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “StarTalk” podcast.

Canada
Mary O'Connell
Producer Independent
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Mary O'Connell

Mary O’Connell has been making documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for three decades.  But she got her start in radio, reading obituaries on-air, following the newscast.  (You’ve got to start somewhere).  Since then she has tackled subject matter as diverse as:  “Phallus in Wonderland:  A Cultural History of the Penis”, “In the Shadow of Charm City”, a devastating portrait of the legacy historical racism has left on the city of Baltimore and “Playdoh’s Republic: Children as Natural Philosophers”.  In the process she has garnered over 25 awards and distinctions, including over a dozen from the New York Radio Festivals, a Major Armstrong Award, a B’nai B’rith and accolades from the RTNDA and Canadian Association of Journalists.  Mary is also a mentor and editor – in her spare time.  

Ireland
Helena O'Toole
Producer Classic Hits 4FM
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Helena O'Toole

Helena O’Toole is an experienced and award-winning producer based in Dublin, Ireland. Helena currently works for Classic Hits and is the producer of the multi award-winning Niall Boylan Show. She produced a winning entry which took home Gold in the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Awards for Best Regularly Scheduled talk show.

MEXICO
Laura Elena Padron Hernandez
Producer Radio Educacion
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Laura Elena Padron Hernandez

In 1979 she began her work in Radio Education, has produced more than 60 series, experimenting with all kinds of genres and formats.

She has worked for the public radio and commercial radio service, and is a trainer in the field of radio throughout the country.

She has been sworn in several radio competitions in Mexico and abroad. She has received national and international awards for her work in radio and theater.

Since 1991 she became involved in the performing arts by participating in more than 60 national and international festivals

INDIA
Anurita Patel
Vice President - Programming Radio City
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Anurita Patel

Started my radio career in 2002 as a DJ with a renowned radio station in Delhi, moved on to become the Program director with Radio City91.1FM, Mumbai in 2009. Have been part of the Radio city family ever since. I now work in the capacity of Vice President & Programming director-west for Radio City. I head 11 markets including mumbai.

In all close to 17 years of experience in my favourite forever- Radio!

USA
Amir Payam
Reporter BBC Persian Service- BBC World Service
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Amir Payam

Amir Payam is a broadcast journalist with BBC News in Washington, DC, where he produces and broadcasts reports for BBC Persian TV, radio, and online. He is creator and producer of Chamedan (“Suitcase”), a program dedicated to Iranian diaspora that won the 2014 Silver Award in the Information/Documentary | Human Relations category at the New York Festivals. With over 15 years’ experience as a journalist working in Iran, the UK, and US, Amir is especially recognized for his in-depth reporting and subject matter expertise on substance abuse in Iran. Amir was formerly Editor in Chief of two magazines, and initially showed interest in making documentaries in 1992, when he produced a video-report on an abandoned "leprosy village" in the Northwest of Iran. He was honored by the Iranian government for the creative direction and production of a public service announcement on the topic of substance abuse.

United Kingdom
Helen Quigley
Senior Audio Producer B7 Productions Limited
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Helen Quigley

Helen is a Voiceover Artist and Producer with nearly twenty years’ experience in producing audio for broadcast. As a Producer, her work includes network radio trails for the BBC’s flagship TV programming, including Poldark, Line of Duty, Doctor Foster, The Apprentice and Blue Planet II. Previously she was a Continuity Announcer and Producer for Comedy Central UK, working with up-and-coming comedians who are now far too famous to call her any more. She also launched Robin Ince and Josie Long on their first forays into podcasting as Producer of Robin Ince’s Show and Tell and Utter Shambles. As a Voiceover Artist she records commercials, training modules, telephone messages for major tech companies and narration for web videos – from corporate to comic – including the worldwide viral hit, Porn Sex Vs Real Sex: The Differences Explained With Food, viewed more than 17 million times on YouTube.

India
Indira Rangarajan
EVP & National Programming Head Radio Mirchi
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Indira Rangarajan

Indira Rangarajan is the National Programming Head for Radio Mirchi’s second frequency, Mirchi Love. She has spent the last 13 years of her life across various roles in Radio Mirchi from heading programming across various cities to managing and curating music across multiple stations in India. Her recent expedition involved creating celebrity shows like Calling Karan with Karan Johar and What Women Want with Kareena Kapoor Khan that break the boundaries and stereotypes around the age old idea of love. Alongside programming, She also works on Radio Mirchi’s TV properties like the Mirchi Music Awards and Mirchi Top 20 which has amassed an unmatched popularity in the last 12 years. Her prior experience includes stints as a creative copywriter in agencies like SSC&B Lintas and Ogilvy.

AUSTRALIA
Robyn Ravlich
Producer (Independent) Robyn Ravlich
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Robyn Ravlich

Australian writer and independent radio feature maker following a long creative career at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a highly-regarded producer and presenter across a range of innovative, specialist programs, including The Listening Room and Into the Music. She has collaborated with composers, performers, writers, sound artists and musicians to create unique radio works for these shows and mentored emerging radio creators and artists in residence.

Recipient of international and national awards, including New York Radio Festivals Silver and Bronze awards, the Australian Human Rights & Equal Opportunities Commission Radio Award and the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Prize for Radio.

ARGENTINA
Mariana Rotondaro
Head of Marketing Radio Mitre S.A.
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Mariana Rotondaro

Mariana has a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences, graduated from the University of Buenos Aires.
She’s been Head of Marketing at Radio Mitre for the past three and a half years, working for all its brands and products. She´s been in the business for more than 15 years in marketing and communication areas in large companies (Citibank, British American Tobacco, Cencosud) and advertising agencies (J. Walter Thompson).

UNITED KINGDOM
Jamie Ryan
Radio Producer BBC Radio Stories
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Jamie Ryan

Jamie Ryan, a BBC radio producer and journalist from the UK.

ARGENTINA
Nicolas Harry Salvarrey
Journalist RADIO METRO S.A.
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Nicolas Harry Salvarrey

Nicolás Harry Salvarrey is an Argentinian radio journalist, producer and works as a co-host in Perros de la Calle, FM Metro 95.1. He also writes about beer, food and lifestyle as a freelancer.

India
Kanwar Sameer
Consulting Vice President, Radio City- Content & Creative Radio City
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Kanwar Sameer

Kanwar Sameer is an astute media professional with an insightful & cross cultural work experience of more than 16 years, comprising of Radio, Television, Digital Marketing & Events. He is a self-motivated individual, with proven skills in managing teams to work in sync with the corporate set parameters & motivating them for achieving business and individual goals.
Kanwar Sameer is a tech savvy and data driven person with great propensity for creativity & innovation. He is an expert at creating, integrating and monetizing content for various mediums. He has excellent understanding of brand, client solutions, marketing and sales.
Over the years, he has collaborated with organizations like UNICEF, Round Table India, Mohan Foundation, Care India, SOS Children’s Village, Guru Vridh Vishram Ashram, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Daler Mehendi Folk Studio, Sangram Singh etc. to name a few.
He has won many national and international accolades like the prestigious: New York Festivals, India Radio Forum, Golden Mikes, Asian Consumer Engagement Forum, Radio4Child and Limca Records.
He is currently a member of Grand Jury at New York Festivals and has served as an executive jury member for India Radio Forum and Asian Customer Engagement Forum & Awards.

India
Abhishek Sharma
Associate Programming Director Radio City 91.1 FM
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Abhishek Sharma

Abhishek’s radio career spans over a decade with experience of working with popular Indian Radio brands like the Radio city and Radio Mantra. His work for Radio has been recognized and awarded by the most prestigious awards forums in India and Abroad.  Abhishek also a radio mentor, is known for giving gigantic execution to simple ideas. His work has been awarded at the New York festivals, India Radio Forum, Golden Mikes, ACEF and Radio Duniya awards.

He has hosted and executed campaigns like Shukriya Soldier that was broadcasted in countries like USA, India, New Zealand, Australia and UAE. This was much awarded and recognized by award forums in India and Abroad. Another important campaign being Dil Deke Dekho that was one of the most appreciated initiatives of the year 2015-2016.With admirers not just from Indian Cinema, politics but also competition Radio stations. Dil Deke Dekho was the most awarded radio campaigns of the year 2015-16 from India.  

IRELAND
Helen Shaw
Founder/Director Athena Media
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Helen Shaw

Helen is an awarding winning producer/director and has been a judge with the New York Radio Festival since 2013. She runs Athena Media, in Ireland, a digital and broadcast storytelling agency, and Athena Media has previously won the Grand Award, six Gold, 2 Silver and a Bronze for its work at the New York Radio Festival. Athena Media has also been a multiple awardee at both the Celtic Media Festival Awards and the Irish Radio Awards. Helen is a graduate of UCD, DCU and was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University at the International Affairs Centre. She has worked as a news reporter with the Irish Times, a current affairs producer with RTE and she was editor news and current affairs at BBC Northern Ireland before taking up the post as Head of RTE Radio. RTE is Ireland's public broadcasting service. She ran RTE Radio for five years, launching RTE Lyric fm and leading the digital transformation before taking the sabbatical at Harvard University and post that she set up Athena Media. Athena Media creates award winning podcasts and runs Podcasting Ireland. Some of its recent work includes a new transmedia project called Mother's Blood, Sister Songs www.mothersbloodsistersongs.com exploring the intricate relationship between Ireland and Iceland, through story and song. Helen sits on the board of Arts Council Ireland and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy's Social Sciences Committee. 

UNITED KINGDOM
Des Shaw
Co-Founder Zinc Media
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Des Shaw

Des Shaw is Co-founder and Director of Ten Alps Radio, a multi-format independent radio production company based in London, England. Des has over 35 years experience programming radio stations and producing multi-format projects for clients including the BBC, Austereo, Sky, BP, Orange, O2, Capital Radio, Xfm, Channel 4, Absolute Radio, SiriusXM and Universal Music. Ten Alps Radio has won numerous international broadcast awards for projects featuring a diverse range of presenters including Johnny Depp, Bono, Antonio Banderas, Susan Sarandon, Jerry Hall, Cameron Crowe, Tony Visconti, Deborah Harry, John Sebastian and Anthony Daniels. Ten Alps is now re-branded as Zinc Media.

UNITED KINGDOM
Peter Shevlin
Producer BlokMedia
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Peter Shevlin

Peter has been in Radio his whole working life. Straight from University in 1996 he joined a small station in Manchester called Fortune 1458 and went on to work at BBC World Service as a Studio Manager and then as a Producer for human interest show ‘Outlook’. Radio has taken Peter around the world for stories in South East Asia Central Europe and the US. BlokMedia was set up with former BBC colleagues and Peter now produces long-form docs for BBC as well as other media outlets. Trivia – Peter used to be a club DJ in North London.

South Korea
Mikyung Shin
Executive Producer BeFM / Busan English Broadcasting Foundation
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Mikyung Shin

Mikyung Shin is the executive producer at Busan English Broadcasting Foundation(BeFm), the one and only English Radio Broadcasting in Busan, South Korea.

She is currently the producer of the flagship morning news program for the station.

She has been a dedicated member of the broadcasting field since 1996, at first as a host for various shows across television and the radio in TBC, UBC and TBN.

She began her tenure at BeFM as a producer, in charge of programs spanning various genres, from news to entertainment.

Mikyung has also created many radio documentaries on multiple issues. She has received the Gold Award at the 2018 New York Festival International Radio Program Award.

HONG KONG
Theo SHUM
Executive Producer Radio Television Hong Kong
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Theo SHUM

Theo SHUM is currently the executive producer and the programme host of two radio programmes broadcasting 6 days a week on Radio 1, RTHK.  He possesses experience across multiple platforms: from a TV journalist to a web broadcast manager and now a radio producer.  Theo is interested particularly in cross media productions and his innovations gained him awards in International Digital Emmy Awards, AIB International Media Excellence Award, and etc.

Theo has been teaching Broadcasting in Hong Kong Baptist University since 2011; aiming at nurturing new talents in this rapid changing and converging media environment.

UNITED KINGDOM
Neil Sloan
Group Programming Director Communicorp UK
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Neil Sloan

Neil is the Group Content Director for Communicorp UK, overseeing the output of ten radio stations across the country. Neil joined Communicorp UK as the Programme Controller for Capital South Wales.

Neil is also the Content Director of Voiceworks, a "voice first" production company that specialises in digital and short form audio content production.

 

He is a former Radio 1 producer where he produced Greg James’ first shows for the BBC.  Neil then worked as an executive producer at Wise Buddah for their  BBC Radio 1, 6 Music and Radio 2 programmes.

Australia
Fyona Smith
Head of Radio Australian Film Television and Radio School
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Fyona Smith

Fyona Smith is Head of Radio at The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), responsible for the development and delivery of AFTRS Radio and Podcasting courses.

She is EP of AFTRS Audio Boom channel, showcasing student work and industry research and holds a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching.

Prior to AFTRS, Fyona produced and presented SCA’s national top rated School of Rock radio show, hosted Southern Cross Television’s, Australian music TV show ‘School of Rock Oz Made’ and held the position of Network Music Director for Triple M Localworks.

Fyona has produced and presented award winning local and national shows and is a multi-Australian Commercial Radio Award winner.

USA
Jennifer Stayton
“Morning Edition” Host and Reporter KUT 90.5
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Jennifer Stayton

Jennifer Stayton holds a Master’s Degree in Radio-Television-Film from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. She has worked in radio for over 25 years. Since 2004, she has been the local host of National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” on KUT 90.5 FM in Austin, Texas.

USA
CRAIG N SWAGLER
VP & General Manager CBS NEWS RADIO NETWORK
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CRAIG N SWAGLER

IRELAND
KEN SWEENEY
Radio Producer Independent
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KEN SWEENEY

Ken Sweeney is an independent radio documentary maker working with RTE Radio in Ireland. His first doc, an RTE Radio Doc One One, 'Michael Jackson's Irish Driver' won an Irish PPI Radio Award and was a finalist in the New York Festivals in 2014. Since then his music docs on artists including influential Scottish band The Blue Nile have aired on RTE Radio, BBC Radio 6 Music, and CBC. His latest RTE music doc 'REM Out Of Athens' won Silver at the 2018 New York Festivals. An ex-musician, he is a regular contributor to Irish radio as Irish Showbiz Writer 2016 and 2018 at the Irish Newspaper awards ENDS.

USA
Howie Sylvester
Executive Producer 98.5 The Sports Hub
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Howie Sylvester

Responsible for the production of over 200 professional sports broadcasts per year Documentary Producer/Writer: programs include: Kraftwork: 25 Years of Patriots Ownership Rough Injustice: the Story of the 1976 New England Patriots Too Many Memories: the Bruins-Canadiens Rivalry All In: the Cam Neely Story Call to the Hall: the Willie McGinest Story Gil & Gino Behind the Mic Hail McHale: the Kevin McHale Story Number 33: the Larry Bird Story

SIngapore
Choon-ping Teoh
Associate Director Eeva Productions
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Choon-ping Teoh

Choon-ping Teoh is the Associate Director for Programme Quality Control at Rediffusion and also the Soundscaping Engineer at Eeva Productions. Ping managed to clinch the Best Sound Gold Award for his international debut with the New York Festivals World's Best Radio Programs.

Ping graduated with a Bachelor of Audio Production at SAE Institute Perth, Australia in 2013.

IRELAND
Alison Toomey
Producer/Director/Co-founder Real Films Ltd
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Alison Toomey

Alison Toomey is a Producer/Director/Co-founder at Real Films TV & Radio Production Company in Ireland. Real Films TV/Radio Production Company & Radio work has been awarded six IFTA nominations (Irish Film & Television Awards) and has won three IFTA s. Alison's radio work has won a Gold Medal at the New York Festivals 'World’s Best Radio Programs' in the 'Best International Educational Documentary' category and achieved two finalist certificates. Real Films specialize in producing high-end documentaries in Film, Television and Radio. Alison Toomey has been a Grand Jury member at the New York Festivals 'World’s Best Radio Programs' International Radio awards festival for the last five years. You can listen to Alison's work on https://soundcloud.com/alison-toomey-ireland “Being a Grand Jury Member for the World’s Best Radio Awards is now part of my working calendar. I absolutely love it! I get to listen to radio producers work from all over the world. I always learn so much

USA
Mark Travis
Associate Director of Media, Production New York Philharmonic
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Mark Travis

Mark Travis has over 20 years of experience in the music industry as a writer, producer, broadcaster, lecturer, and audio engineer. Since 2011, he has been the Associate Director of Media, Production for the New York Philharmonic and he has produced the orchestra's broadcasts since 2003. Mark has also served as a writer and producer for Chicago’s WFMT Radio Network where he wrote and produced over 800 nationally syndicated programs--notably the Bucksbaum Family Lyric Opera of Chicago broadcasts. As a freelance producer, he has produced English-language broadcasts for the Berlin Philharmonic, The Suisse Romande Orchestra, the Bavarian State Opera, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, and the Milwaukee Symphony. Mr. Travis also has an extensive discography as a music-producer that ranges from recordings by the New York Philharmonic to recordings by William Warfield, Jenny Lin, Jeffrey Siegel, Susan Merdinger, Maria-Luisa Rayan-Forero and the Chicago Chorale for Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos

USA
Tom Versen
Founder T&T Creative
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Tom Versen

Tom Versen founded Blue Sky Productions, now T&T Creative, in 1994 and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with and produce several notable clients/shows including the The Dave Koz Radio Show, The BeBe Winans Radio Show, The Donnie McClurkin Show, airline programming for over a dozen carriers, and Classic Covers with Ray Manzarek of the Doors. In 1999, Tom Versen ventured to New York and served as founding Director/Production and Creative Services for the groundbreaking launch of Sirius Satellite Radio. He was responsible for the development and production of 100 channels of audio programming. He also provided channel direction and imaging and collaborated with Program Directors to ensure the highest standard of programming. His duties also included managing a staff force of producers, writers, and voice talent professionals, as well as controlling the production and imaging budget. Tom Versen began his career at Peters Productions as a Production Engineer.  In 1986, he took his talents to KGMG/Magic 102 in San Diego, CA as Producer/DJ. Between 1990 and 1993, Tom Versen was at the helm of Digital Planet, one of the world’s first multi-channel digital audio offerings. As Production Director, he was responsible for all aspects of show production including imaging and writing. Additionally, he was responsible for day-to-day management and administrative functions

ARGENTINA
Juan Villalba
Radio U General Director National University of Cuyo
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Juan Villalba

Juan Villalba Filippini is a journalist, radio producer, screenwriter, editor and communication professor, with more than twenty years of experience in the media, especially on radio. He worked on radio stations in Argentina and made works for England, Spain and Colombia. He has made documentaries on social issues and also radio shows on sound experimentation. One of the central concepts of his work is to relate the language of radio with the tools of art. He received more than ten national and international awards, including the Silver Award of the New York Festival and two Martín Fierro in his country. Currently, Villalba is the general director of Radio U of the National University of Cuyo, one of the largest public universities in Argentina.

USA
Stephanie Welch
Senior Producer Bioneers
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Stephanie Welch

Stephanie Welch is Senior Producer at the nonprofit Bioneers, and since 2004, has produced its award-winning syndicated program Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature. She is also a filmmaker. Welch directed and produced the recently released documentary film A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream.

UNITED KINGDOM
Will Wilkin
Producer British Broadcasting Corporation
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Will Wilkin

Will is one of BBC network radio’s youngest producers. Having secured several programme commissions for Asian Network he is now one of the creative leads at the forefront of redesigning the network for a new generation of listeners. He has presented and produced in commercial stations as well as across the BBC. His work in both entertainment and documentary radio has seen him win Sony Radio Awards, New York Radio Awards, Gillards, two nominations for the Radio Academy’s Producer of the Year and, in each of the last three years, he been named as one of the Radio Academy’s 30 under 30. 

ITALY
Megan Williams
Correspondent Freelance Reporter-Producer
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Megan Williams

Megan Williams in a Canadian Rome-based foreign correspondent, writer, and radio documentary producer who can be heard regularly on CBC, Deutsche Welle, PRI-BBC's The World and other outlets around the world. Megan has reported from throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe. International recognition for her work includes numerous N Y Festivals awards including two Golds; a James Beard Award for best radio broadcast, a Gabriel Award and second place in Prix Italia for Works on Music. For the past several years, Megan has headed the jury and co-produced the Italian Golden Globe film awards. She is the author of the story collection Saving Rome.

UNITED KINGDOM
Andrew Wright
Managing Director Wright Communicators Ltd
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Andrew Wright

Andrew Wright started his career in the radio and television industry working in some of the world's most dangerous locations as a news sound recordist. He spent 10 years as a broadcaster and latterly programme producer where he developed his production and media management expertise working with programmers, advertisers, official regulators, and talented broadcasters. His company. Wright Communicators, now helps broadcasters develop content, and businesses communicate their brand, marketing and training messages. Andrew’s diverse and valuable experience has also led him to become a leading trainer in creative, personal communication, technical and management disciplines as well as soft skills development. Areas of specialty, past, and present. TV and Radio Broadcaster Broadcasting resources Manager Commercial Copy Writer Professional trainer. (Advert and promotional writing, Digital production, talent development, Core skill development, Business skills.) Company Man

AUSTRALIA
Karena Wynn-Moylan
Presenter/Producer Bay FM radio 99.9
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Karena Wynn-Moylan

Karena Wynn-Moylan has a long-standing weekly show Arts Canvass on Bay FM 99.9 in Australia. She has a background in filmmaking, fine art, and music as well as radio documentary. She is also the founder of the Narratives Library which is the world’s only online archive of authors reading short extracts from their own work. She has won National and international awards for her work. She lives in Bangalow, a small village near Byron Bay.

Canada
Iris Yudai
Senior Advisor, Local Services CBC/Radio-Canada
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Iris Yudai

Iris is an award-winning broadcaster with decades of experience in launching, refreshing and sustaining programs, and a passion for mentoring the next generation of storytellers. She is inspired every day by the creativity and dedication of her colleagues at CBC and at other public broadcasters around the world.

USA
Carole Zimmer
Journalist & Host Independent
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Carole Zimmer

Carole Zimmer is the host of the podcast “Now What?” about big life decisions, transitions and how you navigate all those curves in the road. She worked at Bloomberg Multimedia as a digital video and television producer as well as a radio reporter for 15 years and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Edward R. Murrow award for her radio documentary “Stalking a Silent Killer.” Before joining Bloomberg, Ms. Zimmer worked at NPR and the CBS and NBC radio networks. She has been a contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, Harper’s and other publications.

USA
Sue Zizza
Owner SUEMEDIA Productions
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Sue Zizza

Sue Zizza is the owner of SueMedia Productions, a full-service audio production company based on Long Island in New York. She is an audio producer, director, writer, and sound designer as well as an adjunct member of the Tisch Film School. Sue is also the Program Chair of the HEAR Now Festival, which helps to celebrate audio fiction productions annually in June. (www.hearnowfestival.org) For more than 25 years she has been producing award-winning audio drama for public radio and audiobooks as well as sound for other entertainment media. Her many productions have earned her numerous Audie, Gracie, Wilbur, Communicator, Ear Phone, NY International Radio, Golden Reel, and many other awards.

South Africa
Tim Zunckel
Media Consultant Connect
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Tim Zunckel

Tim is an award winning creative programmer, problem solver and lover of audio. With a experience in the radio, music and audio space, Tim loves creative ideas and innovation. He is passionate about developing talent and is actively involved in radio training, coaching and consulting across Africa. Tim is always keen to engage and share thoughts and ideas. He is terrible at telling jokes but likes to laugh. Pastimes included running out of petrol on his retro Vespa.