NEW YORK festivals Announces Winners of the 2006 Radio Programming & Promotion Awards

October 12, 2006: It is perhaps the one night of the year the people behind the voices of radio get to be seen and not just heard.  The New York Festivals' 24th Annual International Radio Programming & Promotion Awards gala will be held the evening of Thursday, October 12, 2006 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square.

The evening will not only pay homage to Mr. Harvey and his illustrious career by presenting him the Lifetime Achievement Award in Radio Programming and Promotion, but will celebrate the World's Best Work™ in international radio this past year. 

So, to quote a certain famous radio broadcaster, here is "the rest of the story": 

Proving they put the "eh" in "radio," the Toronto-based Canadian Broadcasting Corporation made a clean sweep of the 2006 New York Festivals Radio Programming & Promotion Awards competition.

The CBC takes home a total of 13 medals - two Bronze, five Silver, and six Gold World Medals - making them the company to win the most awards in this year's competition. 

The Bronze medals were awarded for their entries:  "World at Six in Shanghai" for Best News Magazine, and the Environmental Program, "Trails End."

The Silver World Medals were awarded for:  "Landslide World Wide Net" (Best Investigative Report - Longform); "The Wire: The Impact of Electricity On Music" (Culture & The Arts); "Inform, Impeach, Unite" (Editorial/Viewpoint Program); "The Secret World of Og" (Best Children's/Young Adult's Program); and "Cities Where Worlds Collide" (Talk Special: Host Driven).

Gold World Medals were given for "What Happened to Punky" in the History category; "Year of Disasters: 2005" (Ongoing News Story - Longform); "The Cause of Thunder" (Educational); "Get With It - Wire Tap" (Best Regularly Scheduled Comedy Program); "A Stone's Throw" (Best Writing); "The Wire: Episode 2, The Change of Sound" (Best Editing).

For the CBC, "13" is indeed a lucky number.  The New York Festivals has awarded them the 2006 Broadcaster of the Year Award to recognize their showing in this year's competition.

Radio Netherlands in Hilversum also received four awards:  "The Research File: Bridges of Bone and Blood" (Science & Technology) and "Ciudad Juarez: Historia de un feminicidio" (Best News Documentary/Special) for Bronze; a Silver in the category of Social Issues/Current Events for "Vox Humana: Testing the Alarms"; and a Gold Medal for the Human Relations piece, "From Brooklyn to Banja Luka."

Kerrang! Radio in the U.K. came away with four awards this year:  "Tim Shaw's Asylum" won a Bronze World Medal in the category "Best Regularly Scheduled Comedy Program" and a Silver for "Best Comedy/Humor Personality: Local";  another Silver was awarded for their program, "The Ugly Phil Breakfast Show" for "Best Music/Personality Show";  and finally, "Kerrang! Station Sound" won a Gold World Medal for their "Station ID."

The U.K. boasted twelve other Gold winners, including:  100-102 Century FM for "Road to Einhoven" (Best Sports Coverage); 96.6 FRM and Magic 1170 in England for Best Human Interest Story entitled, "Crisis in Rape Convictions"; BBC Radio Ulster (Belfast) for "The Stephen Nolan Programme" (Best Two Way Phone/Interview Show); Blue Revolution Ltd with "Totally 80s with Gary King" (Best Regularly Scheduled Music Program);  Brook Lapping Productions for "Lennon: the Wenner Tapes" (Best Director); Campbell Davison Media with "The Obit Writers" (Social Issues/Current Events); Down the Line Productions with "Down the Line" (Best Regularly Scheduled Comedy Program); GCap Media for "John Lennon Remembered" (Best Special Event); Key 103 in Manchester for "Toolan in the Morning" (Best Music/Personality Show); Premier Media Group with "Unbelievable: Evolution versus Intelligent Design" (Talk Program: Panel Discussion/Debate); and Ten Alps Radio for Best Musical Special, "Classic Singles."

Other Gold World Medal winners were:  Toronto radio stations 92.5 Jack FM with "Jack Superband" (Station Promotion) and Newstalk 10100 CFRB for "The Queen's Park Standoff" (Best Breaking News Story); Pirate Entertainment in Aurora, Ontario, Canada with "John Lennon: The Dream Never Dies"; ABC News Radio in New York for "Hurricane Katrina" (Best Ongoing News Story); Deutsche Welle Radio with "Uwe from Outer Space: In Search of the Lost Game" (Education); JoAnn Mar in Berkeley, California for "Crime Pays: A Look at Who's Getting Rich From The Prison Boom" (Social Issues/Current Events); Radio Telefís Eireann in Dublin for "Twenty Seven" (Best Drama Special); "Bohemian Recipe" (Station Promotion) from Sirius Satellite Radio in New York; "The Busker and the Diva" (Culture & the Arts) from SOUNDPRINT Media Center, INC. in Laurel, Maryland; The World Vision Report (Seattle) with the Best Investigative Report, "Ghana Child Slavery";  and finally XM Satellite Radio for "The Bob Edwards Show: Exploding Heritage" (Environmental Programming) and "Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan" (Best Regularly Scheduled Music Program).

The entries in the New York Festivals Radio Programming and Promotion competition are judged by panels of radio experts from stations and companies throughout the world for their production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity and use of the medium.

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