June 29, 2007: The New York Festivals (NYF) 2007 Radio Broadcasting Grand Trophies were awarded to ABC News Radio, Youth Radio Berkeley, GCap Media, and Heart 106.2 at this yearâ€™s Awards Gala held Thursday, June 28, at the Tribeca Rooftop in Manhattan.
ABC News Radio of New York City won a Grand for Best News Program or Insert for their entry "America on High Alert," a special report broadcast the night following the announcement that a London terror plot to blow up planes was thwarted. Host Gil Gross discussed the story with correspondents across the globe as well as with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
Youth Radio Berkeley in Berkeley, California, won for Best Information Program with their entry â€œRace in Your Face,â€ in which four reporters delve into the complexity surrounding racial identity and discrimination. This entry also won the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) Bronze Medal, which is given out by the UNDPI to work that best exemplifies the ideals and goals of the United Nations.
GCap Media in London took the Grand for Best Entertainment Program with a special program titled "The Beatles Love," that featured all Beatles songs from a soundtrack originally produced for Cirque du Soleil, including obscure tracks and previously unheard out-takes. Broadcast in its entirety, the program also featured narrations from Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. GCap Media also took home a Gold World Medal for the "The Magic of Motown."
Londonâ€™s Heart 106.2 captured the Grand for Best Programming Format. For the first time in London commercial radio history Heart 106.2 became the number one in reach, share and at breakfast. The station also took home Gold World Medals for "Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Harriet Scott" and "Heart Drivetime with Emma Band."
With an impressive two Gold, four Silver and five Bronze World Medals the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation claims NYF 2007 Radio Broadcaster of the Year for the second straight year. One standout entry is the Gold-winning "Opening the Gates of Heaven," a documentary by Bob Carty that features adopted Canadians looking to reunite with their birth families. Another is "Jodyâ€™s War (Dispatches)," an in-depth exploration of one Canadian soldierâ€™s journey from war-torn Afghanistan to becoming a disabled citizen.
Medals were awarded to 13 countries at the NYF 2007 Radio Broadcasting Awards Gala on Thursday, June 28, at the Tribeca Rooftop in Manhattan. Winning entries were selected by an international panel of broadcasting professionals.
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