Two of Otago Access Radio’s younger broadcasters were the big winners at Otago Access Radio’s biennial Air Awards held at Burns Hall, First Church on 7 November.
Daniel Tucker (12) and Jayden “TJ” Jesudhass (11) host Global Kids NZ which airs on the station’s Youth Zone each Wednesday at 4pm. The programme featured interviews, stories and music, with an emphasis on cultural diversity.
An audience of more than 110 gathered to celebrate the achievements of the station’s 180 locally-based volunteer broadcasters, and were entertained by the Otago-Southland Chinese Association Lion Dancers.
Public Service Association assistant secretary Jeff Osborne presented the PSA Supreme Award trophy and cash prize to Daniel and Jayden, whose programme was described as ambitious and impressive by the awards judging panel.
Community Information (joint winners): My Money, Dunedin Budget Advisory Service, and Valley Voice Radio, Marty Cancilla (Valley Project);
Children and Youth: Space Station Kiwi, Marchell Lynzey; Youth Zone: Global Kids NZ, Daniel Tucker and Jayden TJ;
Music: Golden Sounds of Stage and Screen, Russell Campbell;
Music (Community Supported): Connections Collection, Connections Activity Centre;
Languages and Cultures: The French Roast, Sandrine Feillet, Ebony Hinds, Sylvie Leduc, Romain Garby;
Faith: Radio Church, Tokerau Joseph and Tengaru Paniora, Dunedin Inner City Ministries;
Health and Wellbeing: Joan’s Joyful Hour, Joan Middlemiss;
Special Interest: Necessities of Life, Barbara Brookes and Tree Cocks;
Arts and Literature: The Library Mix, Dunedin Public Libraries;
Listener’s Choice: Radius Fulton Residents’ Show, Radius Fulton;
Most Popular Podcast: Eco Living In Action, Maureen Howard;
Most Valued Volunteer: Ron Esplin;
PSA Supreme Award: Global Kids NZ, Daniel Tucker and Jayden TJ.