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Nominee Announcement & Call To Vote

The Coronavirus Radio Ideas "Best Of" Awards

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Benztown, P1 Media Group, Global Radio Ideas Facebook Group, Radiodays Europe, Radiodays Asia and RDE Podcast Day Announce Nominees and Call for Online Voting for “The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards”

- Awards Will Showcase World’s Best Radio Ideas During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Will Be Presented at Radiodays Europe Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, on December 14, 2020

- Radio and Podcasting Pros Who Vote in All Categories Between Today and September 17th Are Eligible to Win One of Five Free Registrations to Their Choice of Radiodays Europe, Radiodays Asia or RDE Podcast Day 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA, and LISBON, PT, August 11, 2020 - Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles, P1 Media Group, providing research, strategies and consulting to radio stations worldwide, Radiodays Europe, Radiodays Asia and RDE Podcast Day announce the nominees of “The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards” and call on radio and podcast professionals worldwide to vote online now for the best ideas presented by these nominees. The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards will honor radio professionals from around the world that have used their brands and platforms in creative and innovative ways to better serve their listeners, partners and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nominees were selected from more than 300 ideas nominated by industry professionals around the world. The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards will be presented at the Radiodays Europe conference in Lisbon, Portugal, on December 14, 2020.

Online voting for the nominees will begin on Tuesday, August 11, 2020, and will continue through Thursday, September 17, 2020. Participants will vote on all categories and have a chance to win one of five conference registrations to their choice of Radiodays Europe, Radiodays Asia or RE Podcast Day 2021. To vote, visit:

https://survey.listenerinsights.com/s3/bestofcoronavirusradioideasawards.

The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards will recognize the best ideas in 10 categories, including: Best Social Media Video Content, Best Virtual Event, Best Parody, Best Virtual Concert, Best On-Air Promo, Best Community Service, Best Social Media Visual, Best Community Spirit, Best Sales Promotion and Best Mega Promotion. A further two categories, Best Podcast and Best Journalistic Content, will also be part of the awards. Nominations for these two special categories can be submitted to the Facebook page #Coronavirusradioideas closing date 7th September. These two special categories are being judged by a panel of experts.

Ken Benson, Partner, P1 Media Group, said: “When we joined with Benztown to open this page back in March, we knew that the world of radio and podcasting was full of innovative people with a special connection to their audiences and listeners. What’s emerged from these awards is that radio is more than ever at the heart of communities and is a place in which listeners put their trust.”

Andreas Sannemann, CEO, Benztown, commented: “To all the people who nominated their station, themselves or their ideas, we salute you and we are sorry we couldn’t have all of you as nominees, as the field was incredibly strong. If you haven’t read through the Facebook page and work in radio or podcasting, we highly recommend you do so as it’s truly inspirational. As an industry, we can be proud of how we have supported people in this worldwide pandemic.”

Nominees for The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards are:

Best Social Media Video:

“Social Distancing” - KISS 101.1, Melbourne, Australia

“Get Naked”- 96.9 JACK, Calgary, Canada

“Barbershop Roulette with Ben & Liam” - Nova 91.9, Adelaide, Australia

“The Isolation Tapes” – BBC Radio 5 Live, UK

Best Virtual Event:

“Love is Bigger than Corona” - Kronehit, Austria

“Isolation Quarantine Party” - Mix, Cyprus

“6o Hour Music Festival from Finnish Summer Cottage” - YLEX, Finland

“Up yours Corona” - BBC Radio 1, UK

Best Parody:

"Covid Cup" - Ace Radio Network, Australia

"Corona" - FFN, Hannover, Germany

“Humans are Emerging” – CFOX, Vancouver, Canada

“Wash for Me” - FLY FM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

Best Virtual Concert:

"We Are One Africa Concert " - NRG Radio, Kenya

"NRJ Music Tour at Home" – NRJ, France and Europe

“45 Artists, 45 Hours” - Radio Italia Ora, Italy

“Europa Home Festival” - Europa FM, Spain

Best Station Promo:

"Wolf Pack" - 99.5 The Wolf, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.

"Don't Go Anywhere Weekend" - Chris Country, UK

"Keeps New York Connected" - 1010 WINS, New York, U.S.A.

Best Community Service:

"Listener Help" - RIX-FM, Bandit, STAR-FM, Power Hit Radio, Sweden     

“Share the Kindness” – BFBS, Scotland

“The Rolling Stones support Pattaya” - Fabulous 103, Thailand

“Let’s Make Some Noise” - Global Radio; Capital, Capital Xtra, Heart, Smooth, X, LBC, Classic FM & Gold, UK

Best Social Media Visual:

Radio Mango, India

Magic 92.5, San Diego, U.S.A

Heart, UK

Red FM, India

Best Community Spirit:

"Not Cancelled" - 98.9 The Bull, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. 

"Good New Okanagan" - 101.5 EZ Rock, Kelowna, Canada

"Parade Patrol" - B103.9, Fort Myers, U.S.A.

“Best of Us” - Radiozentrale and 100 radiostations, Germany

Best Sales Promotion:

"Where Do We Go from Here " – iHeart Radio, Dallas, U.S.A.

"£100,000 Advertising Fund" - JACK FM, Oxfordshire, UK

"I Want Free Ads" - NRG Radio, Kenya

“Virus Ridden Economy. What to do?” - Radio Guerilla, Romania  

Best Mega Promotion:

"Times Like These" - BBC Radio 1, UK

"Nightly Cheers for Essential Workers" - Power 96.1, Atlanta, U.S.A.       

"Everyday Heroes Light Show" - Z100, New York, U.S.A.

“You’ll Never Walk Alone” - 3FM, the Netherlands and 100 European radio stations

The genesis of The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards was Benztown and P1 Media Group’s Coronavirus Radio Ideas Facebook Group, launched on March 26, 2020 at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronavirusradioideas.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Susan Aksu at Benztown at sa@benztown.com or +1 (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 2,800 members, representing 87 countries, and has collectively shared more than 300 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 Coronavirus 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 industry. 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.

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  +1 (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. Visit us www.p1mediagroup.com or contact Ken Benson ken@p1mediagroup.com or +1 360 9104119