The best of the best at the ABC

Staff Writer

The ABC Local Radio Awards are held every year to celebrate the best of the ABC. Today, the finalists have been announced.

Kate Dundas, Director ABC Radio, said…

“The quality of entries means that judging the Awards always involves difficult decisions for our judges and this year is no exception. 2012 has once again brought some of our best content into the Awards spotlight and revealed the skills and passion of Local Radio staff."

Winners will be announced at an event held in Sydney on Thursday October 4.

Here are the full list of finalists….

Station of the Year (Metropolitan)

720 ABC Perth WA

936 ABC Hobart TAS

702 ABC Sydney NSW

Station of the Year (Regional)

ABC Mildura – Swan Hill VIC

ABC North West WA

ABC Kimberley WA

Content Maker of the Year

Joel Rheinberger – 936 ABC Hobart TAS

Miranda Grant – ABC Southern Queensland QLD

Liz Trevaskis – 105.7 ABC Darwin NT

Rural Reporter of the Year

Liz Trevaskis – 105.7 ABC Darwin NT

Warwick Long – ABC Goulburn Murray VIC

Caddie Brain – 783 ABC Alice Springs NT

Sports Broadcaster of the Year

Gerard Whateley – 774 ABC Melbourne VIC

Quentin Hull – 612 ABC Brisbane QLD

Peter Walsh – 891 ABC Adelaide SA

Best use of the Medium – Radio (In Memory of Paul Bodington)

Libbi Gorr and Courtney Carthy – Sunday School – 774 ABC Melbourne VIC

Ginger Gorman, Melanie Sim, Amanda Roberts – The Emporium – 666 ABC Canberra ACT

James Valentine, Lawrence Champness, Laura McAuliffe – Afternoons with James Valentine – 702 ABC Sydney NSW

Best use of the Medium – Online

1233 ABC Newcastle for "River Stories‟ NSW

702 ABC Sydney for "Get A Real Job‟ NSW

ABC South East NSW for "ABC South East Music‟ NSW

Local Program of the Year (Metropolitan/National)

Mornings with Jon Faine – 774 ABC Melbourne VIC

Drive with Richard Glover – 702 ABC Sydney NSW

Breakfast with Adam Spencer – 702 ABC Sydney NSW

Local Program of the Year (Regional)

Breakfast with Robert Blackmore – 90.3 ABC Coast FM QLD

The Country Hour – Northern Territory NT

Your Afternoon with Penny Terry – Tasmania TAS

Outstanding Coverage of a Local Story

1233 ABC Newcastle for "Hooked on Heroin: The Price We Pay in the Hunter‟ NSW

Mornings with Jon Faine, 774 ABC Melbourne for "Human Roadblock‟ VIC

The Country Hour for "Coal Seam Gas Journey‟ QLD

Community Event of the Year (Metropolitan)

666 ABC Canberra – "Now Hear This‟ ACT

720 ABC Perth and Statewide WA for "Lifeline WA‟s 12 Days of Christmas Auction‟ WA

702 ABC Sydney – Breakfast with Adam Spencer for "Dry July‟ NSW

Community Event of the Year (Regional)

ABC Statewide Drive Victoria for "Let‟s Talk About It Forum‟ VIC

ABC Queensland Statewide Evenings for "Coast to Coast‟ QLD

630 ABC North Queensland for "Cyclone Sunday‟ QLD

Promotions Producer of the Year

Mark Jennings – 666 ABC Canberra ACT

Michael Spooner – 702 ABC Sydney and NSW NSW

Hamish Robertson – 105.7 ABC Darwin and NT NT

Marketing Campaign of the Year

720 ABC Perth and Statewide WA for "Lifeline WA's 12 Days of Christmas Auction‟ WA

702 ABC Sydney for "Exhumed‟ NSW

612 ABC Brisbane for "The 612 Promo Film Campaign‟ QLD

Best New Talent

Suzie Taylor – ABC Goulburn Murray VIC

Lucy Barbour – ABC Western Victoria VIC

Eloise Fuss – 639 ABC North and West SA

Program of the Year (Digital, Streaming or Podcast)

The Main Ingredient with Kelli Brett – 774 ABC Melbourne VIC

Bombing of Darwin Walking Tour – 105.7 ABC Darwin and NT NT

The Emporium with Ginger Gorman – 666 ABC Canberra ACT

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