Broadcast Dialogue 2020 Canadian Radio Awards

Nominations are open for the inaugural Broadcast Dialogue 2020 Canadian Radio Awards which we are affectionately dubbing “The Howards” after our publisher emeritus Howard Christensen.

When Howard, a radio news veteran, started Broadcast Dialogue in 1992, he saw the need – in a quickly evolving industry where talent, sales, and other staff made frequent moves – for a publication that would both inform and create a sense of community in the industry. Led by our publisher Shawn Smith, these awards honour that legacy, in what has been a particularly challenging year for radio.

The Howards aim to recognize the great radio borne of those challenges from community service initiatives to the feats of engineering that saw thousands of staff transition to work from home.

Starting Thursday, Nov. 12, entries are being accepted across 13 categories, until Nov. 29, with a jury of past and present industry professionals to make 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place determinations, and the winners to be announced online Monday, Dec. 14.

Broadcast Dialogue is grateful to the sponsors and supporters who have stepped up as foundational partners in this awards program. We encourage all Canadian radio stations, whether commercial, public, multicultural, campus or community, to enter. There is no entry fee, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.

Category Descriptions and Criteria

Station of the Year - Media Results Inc.

Recognizing overall excellence in radio broadcasting, this award goes to a local station demonstrating its ability to impact and engage with its target audience; including but not limited to personality strength, client effectiveness, community involvement, promotions and marketing, as well as creativity and innovation. Any supporting ratings data must be cume and share specific for the station’s target audience. Ratings are not the main determinant for this category and not required (particularly for unmeasured stations or where no data is available).

Program Director of the Year - NLogic

Awarded to a Program Director who demonstrates leadership, while promoting positive workplace culture, creativity, and the conception of unique programming that engages the station’s target audience. PD of the Year nominees may also be judged on community involvement, innovation, talent development, and efforts to promote the station’s identity and core values.

Music Director of the Year - MusicMaster

The Music Director of the Year honour reflects excellence in tastemaking in the curation of station playlists. Nominees will be judged on their demonstrated ability to assess what will resonate with listeners, including the addition/discovery of new releases and new local talent if applicable to station format. Nominees may also be judged on conception of music-related station contests, giveaways, and other initiatives.

Best On-Air Team or Host (Music Format) - HD Radio

Awarded to an individual or on-air team who display an outstanding ability to engage, inform and entertain their target audience, judged on originality, presentation, and co-host synergy, as well as community involvement and ability to convey station brand and identity.

Best On-Air Team or Host (News/Talk/Sports) - Signal Hill Insights

Awarded to an individual or on-air team who display an outstanding ability to engage, inform and entertain their audience, judged on originality, presentation, and co-host synergy, as well as credibility, relevance, and ability to approach complex topics with clarity and balance.

Best Anchor or Reporter

Awarded to an individual who demonstrates excellence in their ability to present news with clarity and credibility, including but not limited to live, breaking news, special events, and continuing coverage.  Nominees will be judged on presentation, creativity, ingenuity, and demonstrated ability to respond and pivot to bring emerging stories to air.

Best Broadcast to Podcast - Pippin Technical

Awarded to the producer, and on-air personality or team, who demonstrate creativity and originality in their approach to transitioning/re-imagining their radio broadcast for a podcast audience. Entries are limited to podcasts published by station groups.

Best On-Air Promotion - vCreative

Awarded to a station for excellence in contesting or station promotion. Nominations will be judged on audience engagement, creativity, programming integration, production value and on-air execution.

Best Sales Promotion - Matrix Solutions

Awarded to a station that demonstrates excellence in executing a local sales campaign or promotion for a client, demonstrating creativity, target audience engagement, and results.

Best Commercial Production - David Kaye

Recognizing creative and technical excellence in commercial production, consisting of either an individual spot or client campaign.

Best Imaging Production - Benztown

Recognizing creative and technical excellence in station i.d. imaging. Entry may be for a single station or network brand.

Best Achievement in Engineering

Awarded to an individual or station engineering/IT team that demonstrates excellence in technical problem-solving. Nominees are judged on their ability to navigate technical challenges, whether individual events or as part of a station build, transition or ongoing project, as well as ingenuity, knowledge, and adaptability.

Best Community Service Initiative

Awarded to a station that demonstrates creativity, engagement, and impact in the execution of a community service initiative. Nominees will be judged on programming integration, station creative and production values, and on-air and street team execution.

Divisions: Major (PPM-rated) – Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton | Medium (pop >100K) – Ottawa, Quebec City, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Kitchener, London, Halifax, Victoria, Windsor, Saskatoon, Regina, St John’s, Kelowna, Kingston, etc. | Small (pop <100K) – All other markets

Please Note: When you submit your entry the browser window must remain open. Once your files have been uploaded you will see a success message on the page and you will receive an email confirmation to the address you have provided.

If you require technical assistance please reach out to James Wallace directly at james@momentummediamarketing.com

Entry Guidelines

Entries in each category should consist of supporting materials limited to an mp3 (no longer than 3 minutes in length), as well as a supporting jury brief limited to 200 words (and no longer than two pages max), in addition to ratings data if applicable.

Broadcast Dialogue will select a maximum of five finalists per category, with a jury of past and present industry professionals to select a winner and two runner-ups in each category.

Nominations open Thursday, Nov. 12 and close Sunday, Nov. 29 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Winners will be announced Monday, Dec. 14 online and featured on BroadcastDialogue.com, in addition to receiving a physical award.

Rules & Regulations

To be eligible for the 2020 competition, entries must have been published or aired on Canadian radio between Nov. 1, 2019 and Nov.  1, 2020. Winning entries will be showcased on our website. By entering you agree to Broadcast Dialogue’s publication and use on social media of all materials attached to your awards submission.

Only one entry per station is allowed in any particular category.

Jury Brief Requirement

To help our jury evaluate your work, include any relevant details that add context to your submission on why you deserve recognition in a particular category. This could include, but not be limited to ratings data, results, audience engagement, and overcoming challenges.

If your entry is not produced in English, a complete script in English for radio is required for the jury.

Any questions, concerns or suggestions, can be forwarded to info@broadcastdialogue.com.

Awards Schedule

Nominations open Thursday, Nov. 12


Nominations close Sunday, Nov. 29 at 11:59 p.m. PT


Winners will be announced Monday, Dec. 14

Questions

Any questions, concerns or suggestions, can be forwarded to info@broadcastdialogue.com