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The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards Show To Take Place Virtually on Thursday 12 November 2020

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- The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards Show To Take Place Virtually on Thursday, November 12, 2020

- Benztown, P1 Media Group, Coronavirus Radio Ideas Facebook Group and Radiodays Europe, Radiodays Asia and RDE PODCAST DAY announce judging panel for the Best Coronavirus Podcast category – which includes some of the brightest names in podcasting and radio

- Also announced are the five winners of tickets to one of three Radiodays Europe events

LOS ANGELES, CA, and LISBON, PORTUGAL, October 8, 2020 - Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles, and P1 Media Group, providing research, strategies and consulting to radio stations worldwide, announce today with Radiodays Europe that The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards Show will be held virtually on Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 9:00am EST/3:00pm CET. To attend The Coronovirus Radio Ideas Awards Show, register at: https://event.webinarjam.com/channel/awardshow.

The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards were voted for by professionals in the radio and audio industry worldwide. The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards will be awarded for the best ideas in 10 categories: Best Social Media Video Content, Best Virtual Event, Best Parody, Best Virtual Concert, Best Station Promo, Best Community Service, Best Social Media Visual, Best Hometown Video, Best Sales Promotion, Best Mega Promotion, Best Podcast and Best Journalistic content. 

Also announced today are the jury panelists who will vote on the winners of the Best Coronavirus Podcast. Some of the best and the brightest from the world of radio and podcasting, the judges for this category are: Kellie Riordan, Australia, Director, Deadset Studios and PodSquad Newsletter; Martin Liss, Germany, Media & Management Consultant; Adèle Humbert, France, Investigative journalist and independent podcast producer; Mike McVay, USA, President, McVay Media Consulting; Valerie Geller, USA, International Broadcast Consultant and President, Geller Media; Tor Arnbjörn, Denmark, CEO, Rakkerpak Productions and Co-Founder, Nordic Podcast Academy; and Faima Bakar, UK, award-winning journalist, Metro. Joining them on the judging panel will be Ken Benson, Partner, P1 Media Group; Anders Held, Co-Founder, Radiodays Europe; and Andreas Sannemann, CEO, Benztown.

The award for Best Coronavirus Reporting will also be judged by a small panel of industry experts and both of these special awards will be announced separately at the Radiodays Europe “Christmas Lunch” on Monday, December 14, 2020.

The decision to announce the winners of the other awards early was due in part to the in-person Radiodays Europe event moving to May 2-4, 2021, making it impossible to hold the awards ceremony so long after the voting. It was felt that the winners should be announced in this, the year of COVID-19 to recognize their exceptional work in a timely manner.

Anders Held, Co-Founder, Radiodays Europe, said: “While sadly we have had to move the in-person Radiodays Europe event to next year, we really wanted to go ahead with the Awards as they are such an important showcase of radio and audio innovation. Therefore we look forward to welcoming you on November 12th to the online announcement.”

Andreas Sannemann, Chief Executive Officer, Benztown, remarked: “Voting in the awards was so close and the nominations for the awards were the best of what was posted on the Facebook page. The competition was tough in all categories and we thank all those who were nominated. It’s a thrill to recognize not only the winners, but also all the nominees who represent the unbelievable talent in the radio and audio industries. Now more than ever, people need radio stations and podcasts that effectively connect with and inform listeners.”

Ken Benson, Partner, P1 Media Group, noted: “This awards process has been a labor of love for all involved. When we first set up the Facebook page, we didn’t imagine that it would touch the lives of so many industry professionals. The breadth and depth of the content posted and the diversity and number of the nominees and the eventual winners are something we are very proud of. We look forward to announcing the winners, as there will be some surprises so watch the Coronavirus Radio Ideas Facebook page. We would also like to thank all the radio professionals who took the time to vote!”

Also announced today are the names of the five randomly selected winners of a free registration to either Radiodays Europe, Radiodays Asia, or PODCAST DAY 2021 by Radiodays Europe. The winners are:

- Thomas Korponay-Pfeifer at 88.6 in Vienna

- Christina Polite at Beasley Media USA

- Aqilah Zainal at Hot FM Kuala Lumpur

- Ilja Maintz at Maintz Media Netherlands

- Judy Paterson at ACE Radio Australia

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Susan Aksu at Benztown at sa@benztown.com or (818) 842-4600.

About the Coronavirus Radio Ideas Facebook Group

The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Facebook Group was launched by Benztown and P1 Media Group on March 26, 2020. The group currently has over 2,600 members, representing more than 80 countries, and has collectively shared more than 200 ideas during the first four months of the Covid-19 pandemic. The group became the place for radio professionals worldwide to share and exchange ideas about how members’ respective stations were navigating the global pandemic. To join The Global Radio Ideas Facebook Group, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronavirusradioideas.

About Radiodays Europe, Radiodays Asia & PODCAST DAY

The meeting point for the world of radio and audio Radiodays Europe was born in 2010 as a response to the needs of the European industry, public and private, to come together to discuss the new media challenges, across borders. It has since grown to become the most important annual conference for radio professionals with over 1500 participants from 62 countries.

Radiodays Asia was launched with the same aims as those in Europe but for the Asian radio and podcast industries. Started in 2019 the first event was a success with 400+ speakers and attendees from the majority of countries in the region. The next event will be held in March 2021.

PODCAST DAY by Radiodays Europe was created in response to the need to bring together the Podcast world in Europe. The first PODCAST DAY was held in 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Last year the event was held in London and was a sell out with 400 participants, the day was focused on innovation, business, strategy and all things podcasting. For more information on all events contact Communications Manager: Rosie@radiodayseurope.com

About Benztown

Benztown is a leading international audio imaging, production library, voiceover, programming, podcasting, and jingles company with over 2,900 affiliations on six different continents. Benztown was named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 by Inc. magazine for five consecutive years as one of America’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies. With studios in Los Angeles, New York, and Stuttgart, Benztown offers the highest quality audio imaging workparts for 23 libraries across 14 music and spoken word formats including AC, Hot AC, CHR, Country, Hip Hop and R&B, Rhythmic, Classic Hits, Rock, News/Talk, Sports, and JACK. Benztown provides custom VO and imaging across all formats, including commercial VO and copywriting in partnership with Yamanair Creative. Benztown Radio Networks produces, markets and distributes high quality programming and services to radio stations around the world, including: The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Countdown, The Daily Dees Show, The Todd-N-Tyler Radio Empire, Hot Mix, Sunday Night Slow Jams with R Dub!, Vipology, Audio Architecture, Incentive Sales Rewards, Top 10 Now and Then, Tough Love With Siri, Ask Alexa and Flashback. For more information, visit www.benztown.com or contact Masa Patterson mp@benztown.com or (818) 842-4600.

About P1 Media Group

P1 Media Group was created by successful, sage radio veterans who are passionate about applying their experiences and new thinking to radio stations looking to achieve higher performance. We are not scientists who come from academic research, but real people with real radio experience. We understand what it takes to transform a station to achieve greater success and know that it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution, but rather a unique blend of adjustments for each station. We are zealous about radio and about our work, and that shines through in our meaningful, vibrant relationships with our partner stations. We live to help shape and improve the future of radio.