Clare FM have been honoured at the New York International Festival Radio Program Awards for The World’s Best Radio Programs. The Station received a bronze award in the Human-Interest category for their documentary “Top of the World”. The gold and silver went to Canada’s state broadcaster Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for a documentary on Isis. The New York Festival Awards honours radio content in all lengths and formats and across all platforms from radio stations, networks and independent producers from around the globe.
Clare FM’s Managing Director Liam O’Shea, General Manager and Associate Producer Susan Murphy and Head of Programming and Producer of the award-winning documentary Padraic Flaherty were in New York to accept the award.
Susan Murphy said “It’s a very proud moment to be judged by your peers from across the world and then sit in a room with some of the finest Radio Producers and Presenters in the business. This is the fourth time Clare FM have won at the New York Festivals and you are competing with the very best in the World, so it was amazing for us to take to the stage and get an opportunity to talk about Clare and Clare FM and the work that we do”
“Top of the World” followed the fortunes of Clare native John Burke as he began his journey to be the first Clare man to climb Mount Everest. Clare FM were given unlimited access to his preparations, his training and his family. Susan Murphy continued “We are very grateful to John, his wife Aoibhan and his family and friends for allowing us into their lives and giving us the opportunity to tell his story as well as being able to promote John’s charity Elevate, which aims to promote positive mental health with Teenagers. We all face our own “Everest” at times and it was an honour to be able to tell such a positive story. Over twenty hours of material was recorded and edited by Producer Padraic Flaherty and it was a real labour of love and dedication through to final completion”.