2SER wins big at New York Radio Festival Awards

Former Features Editor

2SER has been recognised for producing some the world’s best work in radio broadcasting at this year’s New York Radio Festival Awards.

Despite tough competition from the likes of Radio New Zealand, Swedish radio, TBI and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Sydney-based community radio station has been awarded both Gold and Silver awards in the category of Information and Documentary for programs Think: Health (Gold radio winner) and Think: Digital Futures (silver radio winner).

“We are over the moon to be awarded for making some of the world’s best work in radio broadcasting,” 2SER station manager Melanie Withnall said.

“The unique collaboration between 2SER radio and UTS has allowed us to make great quality programs and we look forward to making more into the future.”

Withnall attributed the success to both the demand for unique content and the hardworking team of researchers and producers that bring the shows together.

Three of the four ‘Think’ radio programs that are produced by 2SER were listed as finalists in this year’s awards: including Think: Digital Futures for science and technology, Think: Health for health and medical reporting and Think: Sustainability for journalism on the environment and ecology.

The award-winning team includes Ellen Leabeater (previous Think Health and current Digital Futures reporter), Jake Morcom (Think Sustainability reporter), Josh Nicholas (previous Think Digital Futures reporter), Ninah Kopel (previous Think producer), Miles Martignoni (previous Think Supervising Producer), Emma Lancaster (Think Supervising Producer) and Melanie Withnall (2SER Station Manager).

Gold Radio winner recipient Ellen Leabeater says she is not surprised that the content made at 2SER is worthy of global recognition.

“We have a really rare opportunity at 2SER to work with experts who have spent decades honing their knowledge and by using radio as a connecting medium, we can put a human face to their research for greater impact,” she explained.

You can find a full list of the winners and finalists for this year’s New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards here.

(Pictured from left: Jake Morcom, Emma Lancaster, Melanie Withnall, Ellen Leabeater).

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Robert Wilks
23 Jun 2017 - 10:32 am

Great Win…but how did that community station manage to fund 4 of it’s people to attend an event in New York???

23 Jun 2017 - 12:49 pm

Great point Robert.

Maybe they should have invested that money into making content for their “community”.


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