Already for the fifth ime, Hamburg has been host of the German Radio Awards. Germany‘s best radio presenters and productions of 2014 were honoured in the presence of some 1,000 guests, including celebrities like US pop singer Taylor Swift, the British singer Charli XCX and top German top bands and artists such as “Die Fantastischen Vier”, “Revolverheld”, Mark Forster, and Jan Delay. Barbara Schöneberger presented the prize-giving ceremony in shed 52 of the Port of Hamburg.
The jury of the Grimme Institute nominated three finalists for each of the ten categories. The winners reflected the diversity of the genre.
Best comedy: radio ffn – Guten Morgen Niedersachsen – “Günther, der Treckerfahrer” – Dietmar Wischmeyer
Best innovation: WDR KiRaKa und Funkhaus Europa – “Kelebek im Konzert – Kelebek Konserde”
Tuba Tunçak and Mirjam von Jarzebowski
Best interview: BAYERN 3 – “Mensch, Otto!” – Thorsten Otto and Julia Liebing
Best presentor: Kristian Thees – SWR 3 SWR 3 Club (SWR 3 Talk with Thees, SWR 3 Grillparty)
Best speaker: Diane Hielscher – FluxFM – “FluxFM Superfrüh”
Best morning show: 104.6 RTL – “Arno und die Morgencrew – Berlins lustigste Morgensendung”
Katja Desens and Arno Müller
Best news broadcast: SR 1 Europawelle – SR 1 DOMINO – “Nachrichten für dich – infos pour toi” – Boris Theobald and Christian Langhorst
Best programme action: HITRADIO OHR – “Die Buchstabenjagd zur 1. Ortenauer Kreisputzete 2013”
Claudia Roggisch and Yannick Steffen
Bes report: MDR SPUTNIK – “Land unter Suchtdruck” – Karoline Scheer und Gerald Perschke
Best radio broacast: NDR N-JOY, ARD’s programmes for young listeners – “Kanzlercheck”
Nina Zimmermann and André Steins
Germany‘s only media event was broadcasted simultaneously by 57 stations on the radio, the television, and on the Internet as live stream at www.deutscher-radiopreis.de. Sina Peschke, LandesWelle Thüringen, and Andreas Kuhlage, N-JOY, reported from the event for all listeners on the radio.
The awards were founded and are being funded by the public radio programmes of ARD, Deutschlandradio,
and the German private radio stations. Next to Grimme Institute, co-operation partners include the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Hamburg Marketing GmbH, the radio marketers AS&S Radio and RMS, and the association Radiozentrale e.V. Hamburg’s regional radio station NDR Norddeutscher Event directed the organisation of the event.
The importance of radio for society
In his opening speech, Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz underlined the great importance of radio for society: “Telling people to turn on the radio when things become dangerous show, how importance radio is still today in daily life. There is no other way that allows to reach people as quickly and directly, and each citizen in town. In the morning, a test of the flood sirends had taken place prior to the gala in shed 52 of the Port of Hamburg. In case of emergency, their howling sound invades the city, and all Germans know what this means: turn on the radio.
Started as an experiment
The German Radio Award, started in Hamburg as “something daring experiment,” has become one of the most important media awards in Germany. The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg support the award from the beginning, and will continue to do so, promised Scholz: “A good framework for the media does not only mean good regulations and laws, but also places for the industry to meet and exchange ideas .” Therefore, Hamburg not only determined media regulations meeting the demand of digital age, but also hosts events showing the power inherent in media creation. “Hamburg enjoys to be the capital of radio in Germany,” Scholz said.
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