Open Mic Grand Jury Spotlight: Ernie Rowe

New York Festivals Grand Jury are some of the best and brightest in the radio industry and the brilliant creative minds who judge the 2019 NYF Radio Awards. These award-winning directors, producers, journalists, writers, actors, creative directors, composers, on-air talent, and programming executives are all actively involved in creating today’s innovative radio content.

Ernie Rowe, Head of Forces Radio for BFBS

Open Mic Spotlight spends a few minutes each week with NYF’s respected Grand Jury members and each NYF Spotlight interview shares the insights of these esteemed content creators from the wonderful world of radio.

This week we shine the spotlight on NYF Radio Awards Grand Jury member, Ernie Rowe, Head of Forces Radio for British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS), National and UK Bases. Ernie brings more than 27 years of broadcasting experience to the Grand Jury panel. She has worked for BFBS as a presenter/producer  around the globe including Belize, London, Gibraltar, Germany, Falkland Islands, Brunei, Cyprus, Bosnia, Kosovo, Canada, and Germany. Throughout her career with BFBS she has served in such roles as Head of News and Information Germany; Programme Director, Germany; General Manager, BFBS Radio Germany; and Head of BFBS Radio Global.


New York Festivals: What qualities are most important in award-winning work?

Ernie Rowe: Attention to detail, compelling subject matter produced with passion and enthusiasm and work that absolutely includes the listener.

New York Festivals: How does your experience within the industry help you throughout the judging process?

Ernie Rowe: With 27 years experience in the radio industry to draw from, I can recognize the methods employed to put audio pieces together, and can spot a bad edit at 20 paces!  Having done every job from broadcasting to news reporting and now enjoying a long stretch in mentoring and talent management I can celebrate sublime editing and the correct use of soundscaping, appropriate vocabulary and tone as I understand how each is achieved and the complexity of the work involved.

New York Festivals: How do you think content creators will change the way they tell stories in the future? 

Ernie Rowe: The distribution will change, as technology ever will, but as long as the content creators choose compelling stories that appeal to our most basic human instincts they really don’t need to change these fundamentals at all. Humans are humans, and stories will continue to feed their souls and imagination just as they have for centuries.

New York Festivals: What project meant the most to you in your own history? 

Ernie Rowe: Shaping the sound and feel of my station in Germany to be tailored to, and include our military listeners and their families, and the lives they lead. Including their needs and preferences in every on-air decision we took brought the audience so much closer and they became more fiercely loyal than ever before in their support of our station – which was, in fact, theirs.

New York Festivals: What advice do you have for young people just beginning a career in the industry?  

Ernie Rowe: Be honest and kind. Use criticism to strengthen your skills. When you know better, you do better.  Never stop learning and work hard.

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