June 29, 2007: Pioneering radio innovator, satirist and performer Stan Freberg has won the New York Festivals (NYF) 2007 Radio Broadcasting Lifetime Achievement Award.
With an illustrious career, Freberg broke into show business as a teen after winning an audition at the Warner Bros. cartoon studio to do voice-over work and later went on to provide the voices of Walt Disney characters including the Beaver in Lady and the Tramp. He came to prominence in radio broadcasting with The Stan Freberg Show on CBS Radio in 1957, meant as a summer stand-in for the long-running Jack Benny Show. A visionary program, Freberg used his humor to comment on all aspects of American society of the 1950s. The series ran for only 15 episodes due to the rising prominence of television, a medium he soon entered. Credited as the first person to inject humor into TV spots, Freberg founded his own advertising firm, Freberg, Ltd.* (but not very), where he and his wife Hunter still work today. In the 1990s he produced a daily commentary show titled Stan Freberg Here. In addition to the NYF Lifetime Achievement Award, Freberg has been honored many times throughout the years, culminating in a Grammy, numerous Emmys, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.
Nominated for the prestigious award by New York Festivals Honorary Radio Broadcasting Board of Distinguished Judges and Advisors alongside Freberg were Ray Cordeiro, Ira Glass, Charles Grodin, Paul Holmes, Don Imus and Dick Orkin. The selection of this yearâ€™s winner was decided by the broadcasting industry at large through an online voting procedure. Previous recipients include Air America's Al Franken (2006) and The Rest of the Storyâ€™s Paul Harvey Jr. (2006).
This year's Radio Broadcasting Awards, which were held June 28 at the Tribeca Rooftop in Manhattan, recognized Grand, Gold, Silver, and Bronze-winning work spanning all aspects of radio programming and production, with medalists from 13 countries. Entries were judged by panels of radio experts from stations and companies throughout the world for their production values, organization, presentation of information, and creativity. In conjunction with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI), New York Festivals also presents the UNDPI Awards each year to entries that best exemplify the ideals and goals of the United Nations.
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The New York Festivals (NYF) oversees six international awards competitions: Television and Radio Advertising; Design, Print and Outdoor Advertising; Film & Video; Television Programming and Promotions; Radio Programming and Promotions; and now Interactive & Alternative Media. Entries to each of the competitions are judged around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. In addition, NYF also oversees three stand-alone international competitions: The Midas Awards for financial services communications; the Global Awards for healthcare communications; and the AME Awards for advertising and marketing effectiveness. Founded in 1957, NYF now has representation in 62 countries. For more information, go to: www.newyorkfestivals.com
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