Selected as one of five nominees, MiNDFOOD Radio is in the running to win the coveted title of Australia’s Best Syndicated Radio program.
The news come after this week’s announcement of the award’s finalists, after a record number of entries – nearly 1300 from over 260 metropolitan and regional radio stations across the country – were submitted.
“We are pleasantly surprised at being included amongst this year’s finalists in ACRA’s Best Syndicated Radio program category As a brand new show it’s heartening to share the honour alongside shows that have been on the airwaves for many, many years,” MiNDFOOD Radio co-host and the brand’s editor-in-chief Michael McHugh says of the announcement.
Now in their 25th year, the ACRA awards are designed to recognise excellence in all areas of national radio broadcasting; including news, talk, sport, music and entertainment.
Commercial Radio Australia’s chief executive officer, Joan Warner, believes the ACRA’s are a major highlight of the radio industry calendar: “Regional, country and metropolitan radio personalities, executives and station staff all come together to celebrate excellence and achievement in the industry,” Warner said.
The 34 award categories are all peer judged by industry members from a wide cross-section of the commercial radio industry, advertising agencies, production houses and educational institutions.
Judges devote countless hours of their time for the painstaking task of selecting the ACRA finalists. Winners are then awarded across three divisions in each category: metropolitan, provincial and country commercial radio stations.
Celebrated categories include: Best Current Affairs Presenter, Best Talk Presenter, Best Music Presenter and recognising the innovation and development of digital radio in Australia, Best New Digital Radio Format.
MiNDFOOD Radio is currently in its second year of production after hitting national and rural airwaves at the beginning of 2012. Co-hosted by MiNDFOOD’s editor-in-chief Michael McHugh and radio personality Ben Starr, the weekly hour long program broadcasts to over 30 stations – both national and rural. Interviews and segments form the show are also available as online podcasts for MiNDFOOD reader’s to listen to and download , click here to find out more.
Featuring MiNDFOOD’s signature ‘Smart Thinking’ content, the program has interviewed a long list of inspiring people, from unsung, local and international heroes to celebrities, actors, musicians, astronomers, historians, chefs, cooks and athletes, as well as health and lifestyle experts and cutting-edge researchers in various fields of interest. The MiNDFOOD Radio program is co-produced by McHugh Media and Radio Australasia.
Winners will be announced at the black tie gala awards ceremony to be held for the first time at Brisbane’s Royal International Convention Centre on Saturday the 12th October.
For more information about the ACRA Awards or for a full list of nominees visit the Australian Commercial Radio Industry website: www.commercialradio.com.au