NYF’s Open Mic Spotlight spends a few minutes each week with prominent Grand Jury members who judge creative entries from around the globe, each Spotlight interview shares the insights of content creators from the wonderful world of radio.
New York Festivals International Radio Awards jury of award-winning directors, producers, journalists, writers, actors, creative directors, composers, on-air talent, and programming executives are actively involved in creating the innovative content on radio today, their efforts have resulted in the 2018 NYF Radio Awards Finalists.
This week’s Spotlight interview features Nick Davis, Manager of Program Development for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where he is responsible for the ongoing development of local programming in radio, television and online.
Nick has worked in radio, television and print for the past 27 years covering everything from current affairs to the arts. He has won many awards for his journalism, including a 2006 Gabriel Award. For the past 17 years he has worked at CBC as a reporter and producer — most notably as Senior Producer for Metro Morning, the number one morning show in Toronto.
New York Festivals: How did you get your start in the radio industry?
Nick Davis: I started in radio quite by accident. I was walking in the food court while in university during freshman orientation week when a man at a table asked me if I wanted to volunteer at the school radio station. I politely declined, but the man continued with his spiel of how great it would be and what an opportunity to express myself. I politely declined again, but the man would not take no for an answer. He eventually wore me down and I agreed to volunteer for CHRY Radio at York University. The accident part was I that I had no intention of going to the orientation fair. I got lost looking for the bookstore.
Needless to say, getting lost help me find my future career.
New York Festivals: What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the industry?
Nick Davis: The industry has changed dramatically in the 30 years I have been a journalist. Technology, of course, has been the biggest change. When I started in radio you had to listen to your program of choice at the time it aired on the radio. Now people listen to their audio content when they want and how they want. From on demand content to podcasts there are numerous ways people consume audio content.
New York Festivals: What is the responsibility of journalists in today’s world?
Nick Davis: From a technical point of view, journalists are responsible for filing stories on multiple platforms – digital, television, radio and social media. From a practical point of view, journalists are responsible for telling the truth. The same thing they were charged with at the beginning of journalism. And the truth should help people have a better understanding of the world we live.
New York Festivals: How has podcasting changed the way you create content?
Nick Davis: Podcasting has allowed us to create content that is not constricted by the framework of terrestrial radio. Audio stories can be 5 minutes or 50 minutes and we can weave in more elements that help us tell better stories. No need to worry about commercials or news break that sometimes can interrupt the flow of storytelling. Podcasts have also allowed us to reach new and more defined audiences.
New York Festivals: What do you think are the hallmarks of award-winning work?
Nick Davis: Award-winning work is good storytelling that makes you feel something. It makes you angry. It makes you sad. It makes you cry. It makes you happy. It makes you laugh. It makes you think. It makes you self-reflective. It moves you to action. On the course of whatever emotional and intellectual journey the story takes you on, hopefully it`s filled with surprise, wonder and awe.
For more information on the 2018 New York Festivals Radio Program Awards or to view the 2018 Finalists please visit HERE. For information or tickets for the 2018 Radio Awards gala taking place on June 18th in New York City, please visit HERE.