Double success as broadcasting charity scoops radio awards
Media and healthcare charity HCJB Global had a successful run at two different awards ceremonies this month for their creative radio programmes aired on mainstream stations ...
Media and healthcare charity HCJB Global had a successful run at two different awards ceremonies this month for their creative radio programmes aired on mainstream stations.
Whistling Frog Productions, their creative radio department, won top prizes at both the CBC Media Awards and the Jerusalem Awards.
At the Christian Broadcasting Council (CBC) Awards held at the Tower Bridge Hotel in London, HCJB Global came first in the Radio Short Features category for The Band That Played On. This five-minute programme mixed voices and music, with a central interview from Christian author Steve Turner, and told the story of the band leader Wallace Hartley, who conducted the ship’s orchestra as the Titanic sank.
Wallace was a man of strong Christian faith and the Easter message of the piece was clear, that no matter what trials we go through in life, Jesus is our hope and will be with us always.
The programme was played on Easter morning across the 16 stations of the UKRD network, reaching over 900,000 listeners from Cornwall to Scarborough. The award was presented by comedian Tim Vine, and the CBC judges commented that the feature “packs a big punch, provoking thoughts about how we ourselves would face imminent death”.
Then, just one week later, HCJB Global had further success at the Jerusalem Awards, held this year at BAFTA in London. These awards are organised by the Jerusalem Trust, one of the Sainsbury family charitable trusts.
This time the Whistling Frog Productions team scooped the Short Form Audio Award for The Pulse Passion, a series of five one-minute radio spots produced for popular FM station The Pulse of West Yorkshire. Each radio spot told the Passion story by using a modern-day testimony that reflected a different aspect of Holy Week, such as violence, grief and new life. The judges said the Pulse Passion was "gritty, relevant, well-produced and perfect for its audience".
Colin Lowther, Chief Executive of HCJB Global in the UK, said: "The whole team is delighted to be recognised in this way. Jesus reached the unbelieving crowds by telling powerful, entertaining stories and planting seeds. As we aim to be the voice of Jesus on mainstream radio here in the UK and around the world, we follow the same strategy. It worked then and it works now!"
The Whistling Frog team are currently producing brand new Christmas material for Sunrise Radio, Pulse 2 and the UKRD network.