New York, NY - May 14, 2012 - The New York Festivals Radio Program and Promotion Awards, recognizing the best radio programs, announced the finalists for the 2012 Radio Awards. Established in 1982, the competition honors the most innovative work in radio broadcasting, with entries from radio stations, networks and independent producers from around the globe. This year's grand jury selected 196 entries representing 22 countries as finalists.
Several prominent international companies took the lead in the preliminary judging round: RTE Ireland - 22 finalists; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - 12 finalists; Australian Broadcasting Corporation - 10 finalists; ESPN USA - 8 finalists; and Radio Netherlands Worldwide - 7 finalists. American Public Media USA, Reliance Broadcast India, and Wise Buddha Creative UK were each honored with 5 finalists. In addition, O'Reilly Television Canada, Radio Free Asia USA, and TBI Media UK each earned 4 finalists. All radio finalists go on to the medal round of judging to determine gold, silver and bronze award winners.
Selections from this year's Grand Jury finalists include ESPN for "E:60 Angel in the Outfield", Radio Free Asia for "Unification of North Korea: In Search of Answers", RTE Lyric FM Ireland for "Jazz Alley - Louis Armstrong 'Pops is Tops!'", Sirius XM Radio/Howard Stern for "SNL on Stern", and Wise Buddah Creative Limited UK for "Satchmo By Satchmo: The Louis Armstrong Tapes."
Student documentaries earning finalist status include 107 Spark FM, UK for "A Tale of Procrastination" and "The Zombie and You", The Audio Orchard Ireland for "The Fear of 9/11", RTE Radio One Ireland for "My Dad's Depression", and WSOU-FM for "WSOU 25 Years of Metal: Documentary."
Trophy winners will be honored at a gala awards ceremony, to be held June 18 at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York.
All entries were judged by the NYF Radio Program and Promotion Awards Grand Jury, consisting of radio experts from stations and companies around the globe. The jury represents the most recognizable voices and experienced programming producers in the medium of radio. Each entry is judged on its own merits. All entries are judged on their production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity and use of medium. Each jury member listens to and scores entries via the NYF online judging website.