Radio success recognised at national awards

Radio success recognised at national awards

New Zealand Broadcasting School graduates were among those who received top accolades at the prestigious New Zealand Radio Awards.

CPIT sponsors the awards, which were held this year in Auckland on Thursday, May 8. Three New Zealand Broadcasting School graduates won Best New Broadcaster awards, while three others took out group awards as part of campaigns.

Head of the New Zealand Broadcasting School, Tony Simons, says he was very pleased with the level of success which graduates enjoyed at the awards.

“I was fortunate enough to be at the ceremony at The Cloud in Auckland and felt privileged to be able to bask in the reflected glory of so many of our alumni taking awards in many different categories.”

Daniel Peek, who works for ZM, won the CPIT New Zealand Broadcasting School sponsored Overall Best New Broadcaster Award, as well as Best New Broadcaster in Promotions.

Lloyd Burr, who works for RadioLIVE, won Best New Broadcaster in the Journalist category, while Alex Martin, who works at Mai FM, Kiwi FM and The Breeze, won Best New Broadcaster in the Creative and Technical category.

Graduate Leon Wratt, who works for The Edge, was part of the team who took out Best Direct Client Campaign award for the Same Sex Wedding Campaign, and Winner of Best Client Digital Promotion for The Edge Social Games.

Sophie Hallwright, also from The Edge, won ‘The Blackie’ Award, which celebrates funny and entertaining radio excellence, for Jay-Jay, Mike & Dom’s Wreck Wrecking Ball music video. The Edge, including Leon, also won Radio Station of the year.

Tim Lockhart from The Breeze won Station of the Year in Surveyed Market.

The New Zealand Broadcasting School also had many finalists in various categories, including Adam Cooper, Zoey May and Gracie Allum.

Simons says the New Zealand Broadcasting School continues to be at the forefront of the industry.

“Our graduates continue to do well not least because the New Zealand Broadcasting School places great store on selecting students on success criteria, then preparing them well for the realities of the workplace,” he says.

“As part of the three year degree the six-month internship also helps us to build and maintain highly productive two-way relationships with media employers.”