Radio Roundtable: Grand Jury POV

New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards announced the 2016 award winners  on June 20th at their annual gala in New York City. Winners and attendees from around the globe mingled over cocktails, dined together with their peers, and celebrated the World’s Best Radio Programs℠ surrounded by sweeping views of Manhattan’s skyline.

Each program entered into the competition is judged by New York Festivals Grand Jury which includes some of the most award-winning recognizable voices and captivating programming producers in the industry. Entries are judged on production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity, and use of the medium.

New York Festivals caught up with a few members of the jury and asked them to share their thoughts on this year’s entries. Here’s what they had to say:

Battle of Britain at 75

“What thrilled me about this year’s entries was the tremendous range of top-quality submissions.  One entry recreated the Battle of Britain including the spoken accounts of participants, still living and not, before a live audience of thousands, incorporating visuals that could be seen by audience members who visited one of some 300 movie theaters across the UK, all produced over a bed of stirring music composed specifically for the program.  Another, just as effective in its own way, featured the simple voice of a single speaker, reading some short poems on the subject of the growing heroin problem in Dublin, Ireland.  The diversity of entries takes full advantage of the supple yet broad range of what radio programming can achieve.” John N. Catlett, Media Objectives International, Broadcast Consultant, USA

“I can honestly say this year’s entries were among the most original conceptually, with powerful storytelling. Congratulations to all the winners! Valerie Geller, Geller Media International, President, USA

“It never ceases to amaze me how much creativity and joy there is in the world of radio. Every year and especially this year the contributions for best student work sparkled with potential. As did the depth and sensibility of the specials and documentaries. If there is an overall trend it is how open and close people working with audio are getting to their audiences whether it is a podcast or a broadcast. What I heard in the entries from around the world was a desire to be relevant, to bring perspective and change, and to be an integral part of their communities. I heard a desire to be heard above the chatter.” Havoc Franklin, CBC Radio, Director of Local Program Development, CANADA

“Radio, that most intimate of all media, continues to dazzle, entertain, enlighten and tug at your heartstrings, as evidenced by the superb entries in this year’s New York Festivals competition. From substance to sizzle, this was a tour de force of the best-of-the-best around the globe. Bravo to all who have taken radio so boldly into the digital age!” Michael Freedman, Professor of Journalism George Washington University and former general manager, CBS Radio Network, USA

To view this year’s World’s Best Radio Programs visit: Here.

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