New York, NY - Jun 19, 2012 - New York Festivals International Radio Program and Promotions Awards, honoring the world's best radio programs, celebrated its award winners on June 18, 2012, at the 2012 Radio Awards ceremony. The gala was held at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City. NYF's Art Deco trophy, reminiscent of the classic 1920s radio microphone, was presented to this year's award-winning entries. The 2012 Grand Jury awarded two Grand Trophies: Pirate Group, Canada; and George Washington Global Media Institute, USA.
George Washington Global Media Institute, USA was honored with a Grand Trophy in Best Talk/Interview Special category for "The Kalb Report - Anchoring 9/11: The Day and The Decade." In this special edition of "The Kalb Report," moderator Marvin Kalb delved into the decade following the tragic 9/11 event, with a panel of network anchors who covered the chaos, including Charles Gibson (ABC), Dan Rather (CBS), Brit Hume (Fox), and Frank Sesno (CNN).
Pirate Group Inc., Canada earned a Grand Trophy in the Business/Consumer Issues category for "The Happy Homemaker: How Advertising Invented The House Wife." The award-winning two-part episode examines how Madison Avenue created the archetype of the Happy Homemaker in an effort to create a market for all the household products it was advertising. Terry O'Reilly, Pirate Radio co-founder and host of CBC Radio's Age of Persuasion accepted the Grand Trophy.
RTE Radio Ireland's exceptional work earned the prestigious Broadcaster of the Year Award for the second year in a row for its exceptional work. Liam O'Brien, series producer "Documentary On One" RTE Radio accepted the trophy. In addition, RTE received four Gold Awards, six Silver, five Bronze, and 10Finalist Certificates.
This year's competition received many distinguished entries commemorating 9/11. In addition to earning the Grand Trophy for "The Kalb Report -Anchoring 9/11: The Day and The Decade," the entry also received a Gold Trophy.
The following entries highlighting the anniversary of 9/11 also garnered awards in this year's competition:
◊ "Flaps Podcast - September 2011" by Flaps Podcast, UK was honored with a Gold Trophy
◊ "The Fear of 9/11" by The Audio Orchard, Ireland earned a Silver Trophy
◊ "Victim No. 0001" Documentary on One for RTE Radio, Ireland took home a Silver Trophy, in addition to a Finalist Certificate for "The John Kelly Ensemble - Reich WTC 9/11", RTE Lyric FM, Ireland
◊ "The Day Before 9/11" for BBC Radio 4, UK received a Silver Trophy, and "Michael Goldfarb On 9/11" for BBC Radio 3, UK by Wise Buddah, UK earned a Bronze Trophy.
◊ Both "Performance Today: 9/11, Ten Years Later" by American Public Media, USA; and "Faith and 9/11" created by TBI Media, UK were recognized with a Finalist Certificates.
Music-themed entries scored top honors:
◊ "Elwood's BluesMobile" was awarded a Gold Trophy and "Jimi Hendrix: The Live Experience" was honored with a Bronze for Ben Manilla Productions, USA
◊ "Killer Queen" took home Gold and Bronze Trophies for TBI Media, UK
◊ "Mr Mojo Risin" was awarded both Gold and Silver trophies for Ten Alps Radio, UK
◊ "Marianne Faithfull - In Her Own Words" was honored with a Silver Trophy for Smooth Radio, UK and a Finalist Certificate for "The Best of Love Live Music 2011"
◊ "Bob Dylan and Me" was awarded a Finalist Certificate for BBC Radio 4,Whistledown Productions, UK
The 2012 international Grand Jury awarded 37 Gold, 44 Silver, and 45 Bronze Trophies from entries from 28 countries around globe. In addition, 70 entries received Finalist Certificates. Now in its 30th year of honoring the world's best radio programs, the competition honors the most original and innovative work in radio broadcasting, with entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from around the world. For a complete list of this year's award winners go to www.newyorkfestivals.com/rpshow/2012/.