New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards Announces 2015 Finalists

RTÉ Ireland Leads Followed by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

New York, NY | May 14, 2015

New York Festivals® International Radio Program Awards announced the 2015 Finalists for the World’s Best Radio Programs℠ competition.

World-wide since 1982, NYF’s International Radio Program Awards honors the most innovative work in radio broadcasting, receiving entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from around the globe. 

The Grand Jury selected 289 Finalists from entries submitted from over 30 countries worldwide. Entries were judged on production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity, and use of the medium. All Finalists proceed to the medal round to determine Gold, Silver, and Bronze trophies.

RTÉ Networks Ireland programming dominated this year with 33 Finalists, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation programming had 24 entries selected as Finalists, BBC 16, TBI Media United Kingdom 10, and Radio Television Hong Kong saw 9 entries achieve Finalist status.

To view the 2015 Radio Finalists click: HERE.

This year, NYF’s radio Awards launched multiple new categories including Best Innovation, launched to showcase creative and technical innovations in radio broadcasting. Eight entries moved on to the medal round.  Finalists include: “D-Day: 70 Years On” TBI Media UK; “The Sister Cities Connection” Birmingham City University UK; “IMGR - State of the Art Station Imaging, Production and Delivery” IMGR UK; “Park Bench” RTÉ Radio 1 Ireland; “Leaving Home” BBC Radio Lincolnshire UK; “Ek Kahani Aisi Bhi” Digital Radio (Kolkata) Broadcasting Limited India; “Blowback” Deutschlandradio Germany; and “Radio, with new wings” CBS Radio South Korea.

Audio Books categories were introduced to showcase the rising trend in spoken entertainment. Five entries achieved Finalist status: “HOOD: The Scribe of Sherwood” Spiteful Puppet Entertainment UK; “The Brenda and Effie Mysteries/Bat Out of Hull” Bafflegab Productions UK: “Walt Whitman: Kinder Adams/Children of Adam” Harbuch Hamburg Verlag Germany; “Straight White Male” and “Darling Monster: The Letters of Lady Diana Cooper to her Son John Julius Norwich 1939-1952” both by RNIB UK.

Sound Art remained in the spotlight with two entries moving forward: “In Search of Captain Cat of Llareggub” Frequency Oz Australia and “Cathedral's Fall” Serbia.

History Category entries were in the forefront with a robust 19 entries achieving Finalist status including: “The Kalb Report: Writing History - Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Journalism's Finest Hour” National Press Club Journalism Institute USA; “Archive On 4: Malcolm X  in Oxford” Overtone Productions Ltd UK; “Damn The Torpedoes” Alabama Public Radio USA;   “A New York Philharmonic Tribute to Lorin Maazel” New York Philharmonic USA; “The Irish woman who shot Mussolini” RTÉ Radio 1 Ireland; and “All Those Years Ago” Accessible Media Inc. Canada.

Music Specials struck a chord with this year’s jury. Entries moving on to the medal round exhibited crowd appeal in a variety of genres. Finalists include: “Elvis: That's All Right 60 Years On” TBI Media UK; “Simon Marlow with Ed Sheeran in Afghanistan” British Forces Broadcasting Service UK; “Vocal Chords: In Conversation with Peter Gabriel” Athena Media Ireland; “Scotty Moore and the Guitar that Changed the World” Ten Alps Radio UK; and “Meet the Wainwrights” Wise Buddah UK.

Categories focusing on comprehensive coverage of world events saw entries from around the globe achieve Finalist status. Coverage of Breaking News Finalists include: “Back Bay Fire” WGBH USA; “Parliament Shooting Special” CBC Radio USA; “Stowaway Boy's Parents” Voice of America USA; “Papal Coverage” ABS-CBN Corporation Philippines; and “Languishing in Lebanon, Syrian refugees wait for war to end” Today fm Ireland. Best Investigative News Finalists include: “Outside the Lines and The Sporting Life: "Victims of Inaction” and” Outside the Lines and The Sporting Life: "Friend Who Fired" “ESPN Bristol USA; “Human Trafficking: The Merchants Of Innocence” Radio Rivadavia Argentina; “Underage Marriage in Sudan” Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc USA;  and “The Secret Registry” and “The Insider” Swedish Radio Sweden.

Culture & The Arts Finalists included: “Crime Scene” Radio New Zealand; “Professor Heaney” RTÉ Radio 1 Ireland; “Inside the National Recording Registry” Ben Manilla Productions, Inc. USA; “The Soul of Ireland “BlokMedia Ltd  Ireland; “To Bite” Radio Educación Mexico; “Laurie Lee 100” BBC UK; “Variations Martin Luther King around the dream” Radio France; “PhyuPhyuKyayThein, Myanmar's First Lady of Rock” Radio Television Hong Kong; “Yulu's Coal” Tigereye Productions Australia; and “The Aging Art Form Of Opera” Bloomberg LP USA.

New York Festivals, in collaboration with the United Nations Department of Public Information, established the United Nations Awards in 1990 to honor programs highlighting global concerns of interest to the UN.  Each year, the United Nations Department of Public Information convenes a panel to review nominated Finalists for the United Nations Department of Public Information Award. This coveted award honors radio broadcasting that best exemplifies the ideas and goals of the United Nations.  

NYF enlists jurists from all over the world to serve on the Radio Awards Grand Jury. These prominent men and women include some of the most recognizable voices and captivating programming producers in the radio industry.

The 2015 competition will honor the World’s Best Radio Programs on Monday, June 22nd at the annual awards gala taking place at Manhattan Penthouse in New York City. To purchase tickets for the 2015 gala click: HERE.

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