The 2022 grand prizes go to BBC Sounds & BBC Radio 5 Live, Magnum Opus Broadcasting and BMP Audio
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, April 27, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — NYC Festivals® Radio Awards announced on 2022 Storytellers gala winners. Innovative audio works created by world-class storytellers from 24 countries were celebrated at the April 26 Storytellers Gala virtual event.
Creative and compelling audio entries from around the world have been recognized by the Radio Award 2022 Grand Jury, including compelling podcasts and audiobooks, masterful dramas and documentaries, up-to-the-minute news coverage, entertainment and musical specials, all created by world-renowned storytellers.
RTÉ Ireland, the international radio network, received the Broadcaster of the Year award. Captivating award-winning entries rewarded with gold trophies include: “Sing! Dublin’s Gay and Lesbian Choir” and “One Day / Lá Dá Raibh” (RTE Lyric FM), “Mamó, by Sara Keating, read by Ingrid Craigie” and “Documentary on One: L’Agression” (RTÉ Radio 1).
Welcoming the award, RTÉ Chief Executive Dee Forbes said: “We are honored that our radio stations and programs, as well as our employees, have been recognized amongst such a prestigious company by the New York Radio Festivals Awards. As radio rapidly evolves in a highly competitive media landscape, it continues to hold a special place in the lives of our listeners who come to us, not just for vital news and information, but to connect to life and to the culture of this country through arts and entertainment, music and performance, theater, factual documentaries, sports and much more. It is important that we continue to satisfy the evident appetite for authentic, diverse and original local content and that we provide a valuable platform for our talents. Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees.”
HarperCollins Publishers UK has been awarded Radio Production Company of the Year 2022 for Outstanding Audiobooks. Gold trophy winning work includes ‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘Gangsta Granny Strikes Again’ and ‘Einstein the Penguin’.
“We are delighted to be recognized with the award for Production Company of the Year. This is a wonderful testament to a landmark year for the HarperCollins Audio team, with outstanding productions across a wide range of genres. We were able to work with some of the most talented actors of the era, as well as spotlight new talent from diverse backgrounds and bring together incredible actors to make our recordings truly memorable.” – Fionnuala Barrett, Publishing Director audio, HarperCollins UK
Grand Prizes 2022
“Have you heard George’s podcast? – from BBC Sounds & BBC Radio 5 Live – Narrative/Documentary Podcast. The award-winning BBC Podcast is a genre-defying, award-winning and critically acclaimed podcast that offers a fresh take on city life through a mix of storytelling, music and fiction.
“So you haven’t heard George’s podcast? you have to. In this final Chapter 3, George the Poet and Producer Benbrick continue to raise the creative bar, beautifully showcasing the possibility and power of audio to tell important stories, and in particular stories about the lives and music of Black. They have also collaborated with the BBC Concert Orchestra in what must be the first time a full orchestra has recorded the score for a podcast series, and all under strict lockdown conditions. We’re really proud of the Have You Heard George podcast? and delighted that this is the second year in a row that a BBC Radio 5 Live & BBC Sounds podcast has been awarded the Grand Jury Prize. —Dylan Haskins, Head of Podcast Commissioning, BBC Sounds and BBC Radio 5 Live
“U.Me: The Musical” – Magnum Opus Broadcasting – Best Original Score. The award-winning new original musical created especially for the BBC World Service is a love story for radio and the podcast tells the story of two young people from opposite sides of the world who meet online and make a real connection.
“I think the overarching message the project gave to us at Magnum Opus Broadcasting was the power of collaboration: especially in a socially distanced and locked-down world. londontheatrereviews.co.uk described U.Me: The Musical as:” without a doubt… the most creative and inspiring work of art produced by the devastating effects of this pandemic. Whether or not it is, it is a “work of art” designed to offer hope; and she could not have done it without this collaborative process. And if the pandemic has taught us anything, perhaps it’s that collaboration — in the arts, medicine, or any field — can overcome many seemingly insurmountable obstacles.” –Lewis Borg-Cardona, producer , Magnum Opus Broadcasting
“The sounds of America” BMP Audio – Culture and arts. BMP Audio’s award-winning Peabody series, The Sounds of America, features some of the works selected for the National Recording Registry which selects 25 works each year to be preserved forever. BMP’s award-winning documentary series won the 2022 Grand Prix.
“We are thrilled to be honored with the Grand Award for The Sounds of America radio series! The series features audio recordings held in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. Recognize recordings that have had a significant impact on American culture! What better way to pay homage to our audio heritage than through audio storytelling. —Ben Manila, Founder/Executive Producer, & Jennie Cataldo, Producer, BMP Audio
The New York Festivals Storytellers Gala honored CBS Sports President Sean McManus with the twelfth annual New York Festival® Life Achievement Award. Greg Gumbel, television host for CBS Sports, presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. McManus
Podcasts around the world have engaged listeners across a wide range of genres. Gold trophy winners include “American Radical” (NBC News), “9-11 Janice Brooks, the South Tower” (Sky News Radio), “Jaleh’s Drive For Freedom” (ABC Radio National), “Sounds of the Moana” (Centre for the New Zealand Music Trust), “Vital Signs – My Mind Is Terrorizing Me” (SiriusXM), “Embrace Everything – The World of Gustav Mahler” (Aaron Cohen Productions), “The Effect” (B7 Media/ Audible), “My Only Story: Back to School” (Media24 & My Only Story NPC), “Afghan Interpreters: Leave or Die” (Radio-Canada), “Before–After: The 1972 Bulltofta Hijacking” (Sveriges Radio), The Greatest Menace” (Lockdown Productions/Audible), “Tender” (Broadwave), “The Lake” (Popsock Media) and “False Idol” (Religion of Sports).
Audiobooks captivated listeners. Gold-winning entries include “Lord of the Rings”, “Gangsta Granny Strikes Again” and “Einstein the Penguin” (HarperCollins Publishers), “A Slow Fire Burning” (Penguin Random House UK) and “Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Audiobook by Paul Simon” (Pushkin Industries).
Captivating documentaries celebrated gripping non-fiction narratives explored through sound. Work awarded the gold trophy includes ‘King Louis The First Of Britain’ (6Foot6 Productions), ‘Encounters – Stories about our Natural World’ (Regan Hutchins), ‘Stuff The British Stole’ (Marc Fennell), ‘Virgin Radio Pride” (Virgin Radio UK), “Game of Empires. Malvinas 1982: Colonized by Dictatorship” (National Radio of Argentina. Public Radio), “The Doc Project – The Skyluck Journals” (CBC), “The Let It Be Story” (Howlett Media Productions Ltd.) and “The Long Distance: Texas and the Pandemic” (Texas Standard).
Exciting entertainment entries took gold including “U.Me: The Musical” (Magnus Opus Broadcasting), “Major Events” (Sveriges Radio), silver trophy winners: “Exonerated with Clay Cane” ( SiriusXM), “Enoch Arden, From The Balcony From ICI Premier” (Radio-Canada), and “The Adventures of a Young Pirate Queen – Season Two” (Roundstone Media Ltd). Money-winning sound entries: “JUKEBOX | 25 Miniatures” (Götz Naleppa) and “Films and musicals with Aedín Gormley: Special Sondheim” (RTE Lyric FM).
News coverage, reports and investigative reports from broadcasters around the world won gold: “Assault On The US Capitol” and “The Fall of Afghanistan” (CBS News), “The Disconnect: Power , Politics and the Texas Blackout” (KUT 90.5) and “Third Squad: After Afghanistan” (Airloom Media). Silver winners include “Mina Smallman, For All Women” (BBC Radio 4) and “My Name is Joe McDonnell, Hunger Striker” (Ocean FM).
All entries for the 2022 competition were judged online by the NYF Radio Awards Grand Jury made up of more than 200 producers, directors, writers and other creative media professionals from around the world.
New York Festivals announced the 2022 award-winning entries at the virtual 2022 Storytellers Gala event on April 26 at 6:00 PM EST. All winning entries are featured on the Radio Awards Winners Gallery: https://radio.newyorkfestivals.com/winners/List/a38e6f40-0a53-4e6c-a6ee-634bcce860e0
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