New York Festivals International Radio Awards Honors World’s Best Radio Programs in New York; George Washington Global Media Institute, USA, and Pirate Group Inc., Canada Earn Grand Trophies

RTÉ Radio, Ireland Named Broadcaster of the Year for the Second Year in a Row

New York Festivals® International Radio Program & Promotions Awards, honoring the World’s Best Radio Programs™, celebrated its award winners on Monday, June 18th at the 2012 Radio Awards ceremony. The gala was held at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York City. NYF’s Art Deco trophy, reminiscent of the classic 1920s radio microphone, was presented to this year’s award-winning entries.

The 2012 Grand Jury awarded 2 Grand Trophies: Pirate Group Inc., Canada; and George Washington Global Media Institute, USA.

George Washington Global Media Institute, USA  was honored with a Grand Trophy in Best Talk /Interview Special category for “The Kalb Report – Anchoring 9/11: The Day and The Decade.” In this special edition of “The Kalb Report,” moderator Marvin Kalb delved into the decade following the tragic 9/11 event  that changed the world, with a panel of network anchors who covered the chaos, including Charles Gibson (ABC), Dan Rather (CBS), Brit Hume (FOX), and Frank Sesno (CNN).

George Washington University Professor and Executive Producer Michael Freedman had this to say, “We are deeply touched to be recognized by The New York Festivals which celebrates the most enduring and endearing medium of all – radio. To see our students light up when they first feel the magic of the medium is so very special and to have their efforts rewarded with an honor of this magnitude can only deepen their commitment to raise the bar for the next generation. This is a very special moment for all of us and one we shall never forget.”

Pirate Group Inc., Canada earned a Grand Trophy in the Business/Consumer Issues category for “The Happy Homemaker: How Advertising Invented The House Wife.” The award-winning two-part episode examines how Madison Avenue created the archetype of the Happy Homemaker in an effort to create a market for all the household products it was advertising. Terry O’Reilly, Pirate Radio Co-Founder & Host of CBC Radio’s Age of Persuasion accepted the Grand Trophy. “Winning a Grand Trophy at the NYF Program & Promotion Awards is simply one of the highest tributes in the radio world because of what it represents: The best programs judged by the most respected radio professionals in a show where 28 countries compete. And to win it two years in a row is just an incredible honour. We are thrilled,” commented Mr. O’Reilly.

RTÉ Radio Ireland’s exceptional work earned the prestigious Broadcaster of the Year Award for the second year in a row for their exceptional work. Liam O’Brien, series producer “Documentary On One” RTÉ Radio accepted the trophy. In addition, RTÉ received 4 Gold Awards, 6 Silver, 5 Bronze, and10 Finalist Certificates.

“It’s true to say that, as a people, we have always taken particular delight in recognition from across the waters, be it the Atlantic Ocean or the Irish Sea. And so with this award. To be named Broadcaster of the Year in this awesome international context – among world-renowned peers like the BBC and American Public Media – is important not just for RTÉ, but for Ireland,” said Clare Duignan, Managing Director RTÉ Radio.  “The individual wins, on Radio 1 and lyric, across documentary, drama and music, are to be celebrated in themselves. The overall award points to, in my view, RTÉ Radio’s excellence not simply on FM, but to the strength and accessibility of our online international presence on sites for Documentary on One, Drama on One and of course the new RTÉ Radio Player. As broadcasters, we’re only as good as our latest programmes, and these latest programmes are now award winners on the international stage. It’s a timely reminder of the value, relevance and quality of programming across RTÉ Radio. My thanks to New York Festivals. And my congratulations to the producers, editors and staff in RTÉ Radio who work with such dedication, and for whom being best in the world is a daily goal.”

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