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The Edge Wins Network Radio Station of the Year


Thursday 8 May, 2014


MediaWorks Radio dominated the 2014 NZ Radio Awards; taking home the lion’s share of the major trophies, including Station of the Year, Broadcaster of the Year, Best Music Breakfast Show, Best Music Non-Breakfast Show, Best Radio Website, Best Newsreader, Best New Broadcaster - Journalist, Best New Broadcaster - On Air Personality, and Sales Team of the Year.

The Edge was named Network Station of the Year, the first time the station has won the coveted trophy.

The Edge’s Jay-Jay Feeney, Mike Puru and Dom Harvey were celebrated as best-in-class, winning the inaugural Sir Paul Holmes Broadcaster of the Year award, Best Music Breakfast Show - Metropolitan, and ‘The Blackie’, awarded in memory of Kevin Black for a ‘golden moment’ in Radio.

The Rock’s Jono Pryor and Robert Taylor were named Best Music non-Breakfast hosts - Metropolitan, and also retained the Best Radio Website Award, a category it has won every year.

Hilary Barry was named Best Newsreader, and her RadioLIVE colleague, Lloyd Barr took home the award for Best New Broadcaster – Journalist.

MediaWorks strength in Local Radio was evident with The Breeze Wellington awarded Station of the Year – Surveyed Market, and More FM Taupo winning Station of the Year – Non-Surveyed Market.

More FM also took home Best Music Breakfast Show – Regional (Mike West, Gareth Pringle and Renee Pink, More FM Manawatu); Best Music Non-Breakfast Host – Regional (Blair Kiddey, More FM Nelson); and Best Music Host – Provincial (Andrew Leiataua, More FM Taupo), and Extended Community Campaign or Contribution (More FM Dunedin). Renee Pink was named Best New Broadcaster – On Air Personality.

A clean sweep of the Sales awards saw MediaWorks Auckland named Metropolitan Sales Team of the Year, and MediaWorks Tauranga win Regional or Provincial Sales Team of the Year. The Edge won Best Client Digital Promotion, Best Direct Client Campaign, and Best Station Digital Promotion, and The Rock was awarded Best Single Commercial, best Promotional Trailer and Best Station Imaging.

MediaWorks Radio CEO Wendy Palmer says: “This is a fantastic night for MediaWorks Radio and the industry as a whole. I’m incredibly proud of all our winners and finalists across the board.
“A special congratulations to Leon Wratt, Jay-Jay, Mike and Dom and The Edge. To be #1 in the latest survey* and also take the top awards tonight is an extraordinary achievement. The Edge is a team at the top of their game, and with Edge TV on the horizon 2014 is very much their year.

“It’s also fantastic to see the depth of our local radio talent recognized across the country. The secret to our success is the talent and commitment of our people, and the communities where they live and work – thanks to our listeners, clients and everyone else who has contributed to tonight’s achievements.”

Full list of MediaWorks Radio winners follows.

*The Edge is the #1 radio network in New Zealand with 454,400 people tuning in each week.
TNS New Zealand Commercial National Survey 1/2014, Cumulative Audience (000s), All 10+ Mon-Sun, 12mn-12mn


Station of the Year – Network
The Edge - Leon Wratt & Emily Hancox - The Edge, Network

Station of the Year - Non-Surveyed Market
93.6 More FM - Penny Lyons & Christian Shearer - More FM, Taupo

Station of the Year - Surveyed Market
The Breeze - Tim Lockhart, Renata Hayward, Craig Boddy, Fred Thaisen - The Breeze, Wellington

Sir Paul Holmes Broadcaster of the Year
The Edge Breakfast with Jay-Jay, Mike & Dom - Jay-Jay Feeney, Mike Puru, Dom Harvey - The Edge, Network

'The Blackie' (Award)
Jay-Jay, Mike & Dom Wreck Wrecking Ball - Jay-Jay Feeney, Mike Puru, Dom Harvey, Sophie Hallwright, Carl Thompson, Michael Kooge - The Edge, Network

Best Music Breakfast Show – Metropolitan
Jay-Jay Feeney, Mike Puru, Dom Harvey - The Edge Breakfast with Jay-Jay, Mike & Dom - The Edge, Network

Best Music Breakfast Show – Regional
Mike West, Gareth Pringle & Renee Pink - Mike West in the Morning with Gareth & Renee - More FM, Manawatu

Best Music Non-Breakfast Host or Hosts – Metropolitan
Robert Taylor & Jono Pryor - Robert and Jono - The Rock, Network

Best Music Non-Breakfast Host or Hosts – Regional
Blair Kiddey - The Drive Home with Blair - More FM, Nelson

Best Music Host or Hosts – Provincial
Andrew Leiataua - The Andrew Leiataua Breakfast Show - 93.6 More FM, Taupo

Best Newsreader
Hilary Barry - RadioLIVE

Best New Broadcaster - Air Personality
Renee Pink - 92.2 More FM, Manawatu

Best New Broadcaster – Journalist
Lloyd Burr - RadioLIVE, Auckland

Best New Broadcaster – Creative and Technical
Alex Martin – Mai FM, Kiwi FM & The Breeze, Network

Best Direct Client Campaign
#SameSexWedding - Leon Wratt, Dena Roberts, Robert Dickey - The Edge, Auckland

Best Promotional Trailer
Justin Bieber- Jason Mac & Grant Brodie - The Rock, Network

Best Client Digital Promotion or Campaign
Telecom Presents The Edge Social Games - Leon Wratt, Robert Dickey, Dena Roberts, Fuchsia Davidson, Kendall Forbes - The Edge, Auckland

Best Station Digital Promotion or Campaign
Jay-Jay, Mike & Dom Wreck Wrecking Ball - Jay-Jay Feeney, Mike Puru, Dom Harvey, Sophie Hallwright, Carl Thompson, Michael Kooge - The Edge, Auckland

Best Single Commercial - Effectiveness
Corn Evil 'Run For Your Life' - Alastair Barran - The Edge, The Rock – Auckland

Best Commercial Voice Talent
Gerard Cronin - All Stations, Auckland

Best Radio Website - Gorjan Ivanovski, Michael Baker, Ella Brockelsby -The Rock

Station Imaging
Grant Brodie - The Rock - Network

Commercial Production
Devil Burger 'Got the Devil Inside' - Chris Hurring - The Edge & The Rock, Southland

Extended Campaign or Contribution
More FM, Dunedin - Cindy Davies - More FM, Dunedin

Associated Craft Award
Rachel Langford - MediaWorks, National

Metropolitan Sales Team of the Year
Auckland Sales Team - MediaWorks, Auckland

Regional or Provincial Sales Team of the Year
Tauranga Sales Team - MediaWorks, Tauranga

Outstanding Contribution to Radio
Belinda Mulgrew

Services to Broadcasting
Errol Wilkinson


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