The New York Festivals Awards Gala took place yesterday evening at the Tribeca Rooftop in Manhattan, hosted by Kerrang! Radio's Tim Shaw. Several UK stations and shows were nominated, and many came away with the top prize. Winners include Town 102, Totally 80s with Gary King, Girls Talk on FM107.9 and Radio City's Pete Price.
Pete won an award for Best Radio Show – for his daily phone-in on Emap's Liverpool station, and silver for Best Talk Show Host. Chrysalis won Gold World Medals for "Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Harriet Scott" and "Heart Drivetime with Emma Band."
Oxford’s FM107.9 Sunday show, Girls Talk scooped bronze in the category of Best Music/ Personality Show. Ian Walker — FM107.9’s General Manager told RadioToday.co.uk: "Girls Talk is a unique forum for Oxford women to chat about the things that really matter to them, everything from dating to dieting, breast cancer and between the sheets confessions. It seems fitting that this has happened in the county’s millennium year — Oxfordshire should be very proud indeed that we are being represented on a global scale."
West Midlands based Kerrang! Radio has boosted its impressive awards tally by adding another four more honours. Tim Shaw picked up three awards including a double gold for his late night show “The Asylum”. The show has won a total of 9 New York Festival Awards in a mere 3 years! Shaw said: “We noticed a gap in the night-time commercial radio market. Everyone else is either doing phone-ins or music intensive content. No one is doing the funny stuff, all that is stuck in Breakfast!”
Kerrang! Radio was also awarded a bronze in the “Best Alternative Format” category. Gordon Davidson, Programme Director for Kerrang! Radio said: “These awards recognise the outstanding creativity and innovation by the team, over the past year.”
Blue Revolution programme 'Totally 80s With Gary King' has picked up another award this year. After winning Gold at the 2006 ceremony in the 'Best Regularly Scheduled Music Programme' category, this year the show has won Silver for 'Best Oldies/Nostalgia Format'.
"It's an amazing achievement to get such a prestigious award not just once but twice," said Blue Revolution's Managing Director Paul Hollins. Gary King, the show's presenter added, "Wow, so lightning does strike twice. I'm delighted our hard work has been recognised again. I'd also like to take a moment to congratulate all the other winners."
Ipswich station Town 102 won an International Award for the Bob Strong programme. David Rees, Regional Programme Controller said: “Bob Strong always puts his listeners first, he’s a genuine guy with lots to say. I’m delighted that we found Bob when we launched Town 102. He’s a star in our eyes, and we think he’s Top Notch!”
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