New York Festivals International Radio Awards Finalists

New York Festivals® International Radio Program & Promos Awards announced the Finalists for The World’s Best Radio Programs & Promos™ on May 13th. The competition received submissions from 36 countries around the globe, and honors the most innovative work in radio broadcasting, with entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers. The 2013 Grand Jury selected 233 entries as Finalists to move on to the medal round. All Radio Finalists go on to the medal round of judging to determine Gold, Silver, and Bronze award winners and winners will be announced  at the New York Festivals International Radio Awards ceremony on June 17th at Manhattan Penthouse in New York City.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation saw 19 entries moving on to the medal round, followed by RTE Ireland with 14 and TBI Media United Kingdom with 8 entries moving forward. Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd. India, 100-102 Today’s FM Ireland, and BBC UK were each honored with 7 Finalists.

ESPN USA, Radio Television Hong Kong, and Real and Smooth Radio United Kingdom each had 6 entries achieve Finalist status. Wise Buddah Creative United Kingdom saw 5 entries moving forward as Finalist. The following companies each had 3 entries moving on to the medals round: Wise Buddha Jingles & Music Imaging Ltd.; O’Reilly Television Inc. Canada;  British Forces Broadcasting Service England;  Radio France; Fever 104 FM India;  Radio Mirchi 98.3FM India;  Radio Netherlands Worldwide; GMG Radio United Kingdom; Ben Manilla Productions, Inc. USA; New York Philharmonic USA; and Sirius XM Radio USA. To view the complete list of 2013 Radio Finalists visit: Finalists.

NYF Radio Awards Grand Jury member Stefan Frech, host NDR2 & hr3, Germany said, “We had wonderful entries from all over the world. What is fascinating is that more and more radiomaniacs concentrate on very difficult and serious topics. They represent not only outstanding radio crafts but also braveness and great journalism. Obviously radio is not only games’n gags!”

Mark Travis, New York Festivals Advisory Board/Grand Jury Member, had this to say about this year’s finalists. “This year’s field features perhaps the greatest concentration of “heavy hitters” as compared to any previous competition I’ve judged. Not only are we hearing the usual world-class reporting from India and South East Asia and in-depth features from the BBC and CBC, but also several long-time mainstays of the industry have also come to play:  This American Life, The Thistle & Shamrock, WGBH, ESPN, Bloomquist Media, and Bob Edwards to name but a few. In keeping with the competition’s mission, this is truly the world’s finest radio. The breadth of the entries this year is also extremely wide-reaching. Judging has been downright fun this year as not every medal-worthy piece is a tear-jerker; rather, there are several outstanding music, satire, and sports programs in the mix.”

This year the competition launched several new categories to honor the exceptional work created by the radio community. Finalists included:  “Bob Edwards Talks with Children’s Book Author Jack Gantos” Sirius XM Radio USA (Best Interview); “The Thistle & Shamrock” Fiona Ritchie Productions Scotland (Best Interview) and Ciarán Hinds for “The Dreaming of Roger Casement by Patrick Mason” RTE Radio 1 Ireland (Best Performance by an Actor). Other new categories with Finalists included Social Issues, Current Affairs, and Student Drama.

The 2013 competition will celebrate the World’s Best Radio Programs & Promos™ on June 17th at their annual awards ceremony at Manhattan Penthouse in New York City. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to:,4,11


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