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.
Nominations open Thursday, Nov. 12
Nominations close Sunday, Nov. 29 at 11:59 p.m. PT
Winners will be announced Monday, Dec. 14
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