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    NYF International Radio Program Awards: Finalists announced

    Finalists for the New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards have been announced.

    The New York Festivals Radio Program Awards honours the World’s Best Radio Programs, receiving entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from around the globe.

    NYF’s grand jury selected 353 finalists from entries submitted from 31 countries worldwide. Entries were judged by the 2018 grand jury on production values, organisation, presentation of information, creativity and use of the medium. All entries achieving finalist status proceed to the trophy round.

    Creativity and innovation

    “From audio books, podcasts, and sound art to documentaries, drama, and breaking news,” said Rose Anderson, VP/executive director of New York Festivals Radio Program Awards. “The international grand jury members once again selected finalists whose content exhibited creativity and innovation.”

    RTÉ Ireland saw a robust 38 entries advancing. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation moved forward with 25 entries, the BBC saw 15 entries advance and SiriusXM saw 10. Penguin Random House UK, Radio New Zealand, and TBI Media UK each saw 9 entries achieve Finalist status. To view the entire list of 2018’s Radio Awards Finalists, please click here.

    Documentaries provided listeners with entertaining stories with a distinctive view and voice. Entrants advancing: Brook Lapping/BBC Radio 4, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, RTÉ Radio 1, Trevor Dann's Company Ltd, Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), ORF Austrian Broadcasting Corp., and Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

    Dramas, Mini Series and Comedy Specials

    Dramas achieving finalist status include: From Eden by Stephen Jone” RTÉ Drama On One Ireland; Blood on Satan's Claw Bafflegab Productions UK; The Hours Corporation For Independent Media/BBC Radio 4; and Donjon - Duck Heart Swiss Radio and Television. Mini Series advancing include: This Is Country Music - Brad Paisley TBI Media; Tumanbay Goldhawk Productions/BBC/Panoply; and After Tuskar Rock Eoin Brennan/Newstalk/Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. Comedy Specials advancing include: Joan Rivers: A Life In Comedy SiriusXM and Colm O'Regan Wants a World Wide Word RTÉ.

    Music Specials and Sound Art

    Music Specials and Sound Art captivated listeners, Finalists include: Magic at the Musicals TBI Media; Aaj Bhi Sare Jahan Se Achcha Radio Mirchi; Bing Crosby Tribute Concert JAZZ. FM91; Strauss & Bernstein from Hill Auditorium New York Philharmonic; Ode to an Enigma: How Bobbie Gentry Ghosted Us All Ben Manilla Productions; and Bruce Springsteen: Long Walk Home Lonesome Pine Productions. Sound Art Finalists include the following companies: Deutschlandradio, Naleppa Audio Productions, and protophonic.

    Talk/Interview Special

    Breaking news reported on headlines issues from around the globe and Talk/Interview Special showcased a broad spectrum of topics. Companies achieving finalists status include: Westwood One, Radio Television Hong Kong, ABS-CBN Corporation, Radio Mitre S.A., George Washington University, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, W Radio Colombia, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

    Digital Content, Podcasts and Audio Books

    The popularity of Digital Content, Podcasts and Audio Books is on the rise. Digital Content entrants advancing include: BBC Radio 2, The Guardian, Ebow Productions, Radio Mitre S.A., and Radio Free Asia. Podcast moving forward include: Intelligence Squared US Debates, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Bloomberg News, Swedish Radio, Radio New Zealand, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, ESPN Films, and BBC. Audio Book entrants achieving finalist status include: Penguin Random House UK, Radio Mirchi India, and Hörbuch Hamburg.

    To view the complete list of 2018 Radio Program Awards finalists please click here.

    New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs will celebrate 2018’s award-winners on 18 June at the annual 2018 awards ceremony taking place at Manhattan Penthouse in New York City.

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