IRELAND HAS WON six top prizes at the prestigious World’s Best Radio Programmes awards at the New York Festivals – with RTÉ Radio being named Broadcaster of the Year for the second year in succession.
Aside from the national broadcaster’s award – in recognition of the number of entries for which RTÉ was recognised – there were also five Gold Radio awards for Irish productions.
Radio 1 won four gold awards – including prizes for Seamus Martin’s documentary ‘Death on an Empire’ recounting the collapse of the Soviet Union, and ‘Conversations in the Dark’, an 11-minute piece by Colette Kinsella on the night-time sounds at Dublin Zoo, produced for The Curious Ear.
The Curious Ear also took another prize for Liam Nolan’s 15-minute piece about long-distance relationships, ‘Because You Can’t Smell Someone on Skype’, and for ‘My Dad’s Depression’, the first RTÉ radio documentary produced by DCU student Conor McGinnity.
Zoe Comyns of Tinpot Productions also won a Gold Radio award for ‘Flights of Fancy’, a drama broadcast on Newstalk FM, in the ‘Best Writing’ category within the craft and technique competitions, as well as being named a finalist in two other categories for the same piece.
RTÉ took six of Ireland’s seven silver awards – with the ‘Doc on One’ series taking four, ‘Drama on One’ taking one, and Lyric FM’s piano tuition podcasts also being acknowledged – while another DCU student Chris Cleary was recognised for his documentary ‘The Fear of 9/11′ in the student categories.
Radio 1′s ‘Doc on One’ also took four bronze awards, with ‘Drama on One’ taking a fifth, while there were also bronze awards for 98FM’s Dermot and Dave in the ‘Best Comedy/Humour Personality’ categories, and for Niall Boylan of Classic Hits 4FM in the human interest category for ‘Rhoda’s Story’, an interview with a Dubliner with serious health issues living in a rat-infested council flat.
Another five Radio 1 entries, five Lyric FM entries, and two for Newstalk were awarded finalists’ certificates.
Clare Duignan, the managing director of RTÉ Radio, said to be given such a high honour in an “awesome international context” was “important not just for RTÉ, but for Ireland.
“As broadcasters, we’re only as good as our latest programmes, and these latest programmes are now award winners on the international stage,” she said.