Winner’s Spotlight – 2015 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards

Last night, Radio’s most recognizable voices, captivating storytellers and program producers from 32 countries around the globe gathered in New York City to celebrate the World’s Best  Radio Programs. Award-winners attending the annual cocktail reception and awards gala at Manhattan Penthouse accepted their trophies with the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower as a stunning backdrop.

“This year’s entries were both exceptional and innovative,” said Rose Anderson, executive director, New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards. “World-class radio programming raised the bar this year from drama to documentary and reporting –  demonstrating the power of the individual voice, the depth of their subject matter and their storytelling ability inspired listeners and captured the attention of the Radio Awards Grand Jury members from around the globe.

Rose Anderson, executive director, New York Festivals Radio Program Awards

World-wide since 1982, New York Festivals International Radio Program competition honors the most innovative work in radio broadcasting, receiving entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from around the globe.

Highlights of last nights winners include: RTÉ Radio Ireland earned the Broadcaster of the Year Award; this is the third time that RTÉ received this honor. The network also earned an incredible 6 Gold trophies, 9 Silver (plus a UNDPI Silver trophy), 4 Bronze, and 9 Finalist Certificates.

Jim Jennings, Managing Director of RTÉ Radio, said: “For RTÉ Radio to be named New York Festivals’ Broadcaster of the Year for the third time is truly an honor. The win is testament not only to the collective output of our stations, but also to the global appeal of our programming. In this digital age, that is shaping and changing the way people listen, it is important that our content appeals to our international audience as much as our listeners in Ireland. That our programmes not only have relevance to our global audience, but that they resonate to a point that RTÉ Radio has been named Broadcaster of the Year once again, is extremely important to us as a public service broadcaster. I would like to wholeheartedly thank New York Festivals and extend my congratulations to the producers, editors and staff in RTÉ Radio who have excelled in their dedication, creativity and professionalism once again.”

Tom McGuire, Head of RTE Radio 1

RTÉ Radio 1′s Tom McGuire accepted on behalf of RTÉ Radio.

The spotlight was on TBI Media UK, the London-based company was honored with the title of Production Company of the Year. TBI Media earned a total of 7 Gold trophies, 2 Silver trophies and a Finalist Certificate.

All at TBI are delighted to be the 2015 Production Company of the year. I’m enormously lucky to work with such a terrific team at TBI. Their dedication and consistent professionalism is only outstripped by their passion for great ideas and determination to deliver the best results. In short – to be recognised in this way amongst the global radio community is a real honour.”-Phil Critchlow, Founding Director, TBI Media UK

D-Day: 70 Years On – live at the Royal Albert Hall

“D-Day: 70 Years On” TBI Media United Kingdom with Snappin’ Turtle Productions received the Grand Award in the Best Special Event category for their program honoring the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings. The award-winning program earned 7 Gold trophies.

Phil Critchlow had this to say about TBI Media earning the Grand Award, “D-Day was undoubtedly one of the most challenging projects we’ve been involved with, with a huge team pushing the envelope in so many ways, and this result is testimony to that team effort.  From the presenters and performers to the BBC Radio 2 team, to the TBI team, to Snappin’ Turtle, to the extended technical crews – all played a critical role in delivering this particularly big idea.”

“The New York Philharmonic This Week” earned the Grand Award for Best Regularly Scheduled Music Program. A special edition program of The New York Philharmonic This Week honors the memory of the orchestra’s former Music Director, Lorin Maazel, who passed away. Mark Travis also earned the Gold for Best Director. The New York Philharmonic in total earned 5 Gold trophies, 1 Silver trophy, and 1 Bronze.

“To be awarded this Grand Prize by a jury of peers is a tremendous honor in and of itself,” said Mark Travis, managing producer, New York Philharmonic, “but more than this, I think this award is a victory for classical music and it speaks volumes to the notion of music as an international language; all you have to do is listen.”


“60 Words” WNYC – Radiolab USA was honored with the Grand Award in the National Or International Affairs category. The award-winning program analyzed how a 60-word sentence, (AUMF) the law “ Authorization for Use of Military Force,”  which was created after 9/11, led to drone strikes far from Afghanistan, indefinite detentions, and the longest war in U.S. history.

When asked about what earning the Grand Award meant to the Radiolab team, Kelsey Padgett, Producer, WNYC – Radiolab commented: We are so thrilled to be receiving such a great award. Your recognition of our hard work is greatly appreciated. The whole staff of Radiolab feels honored and deeply grateful. Thank you so much!”

WNYC Radiolab MAtt Kielty and Kelsey Padgett

To view the complete list of  2015 Radio Awards winners visit: Here.

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