The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards Presented to 13 Winners From Five Continents in Virtual Awards Show


The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards Presented to 13 Winners From Five Continents in Virtual Awards Show


LOS ANGELES, CA, and LISBON, PORTUGAL, November 12, 2020 – Benztown, a global leader in radio imaging, voiceover, programming and jingles, and P1 Media Group, providing research, strategies and consulting to radio stations worldwide, announced today with Radiodays Europe the winners of The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards. The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards were presented virtually today at 9:00am EST/3:00pm CET. The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards were voted for by professionals in the radio and audio industry worldwide.

The 13 winners in 13 categories represent five continents and are:

– Best Social Media Video: “Social Distancing”, KIIS 106.5, Sydney, Australia

– Best Virtual Event: “Up Yours Corona”, BBC Radio 1, UK

– Best Parody: “Wash for Me”, FLY FM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

– Best Virtual Concert: “We Are One Africa Concert “, NRG Radio, Kenya

– Best Station Promo: “Keeps New York Connected”, 1010 WINS, New York U.S.A.

– Best Community Service: “Let’s Make Some Noise”, Global Radio, UK (Capital, Capital Xtra, Heart, Smooth, X, LBC, Classic FM & Gold)

– Best Social Media Visual: Magic 92.5, San Diego, U.S.A

– Best Community Spirit: “Share the Kindness”, BFBS, UK

– Best Sales Promotion: “I Want Free Ads”, NRG Radio, Kenya

– Best Mega Promotion: “Times Like These”, BBC Radio 1, UK

– Best Reporting/Journalism: “Coronavirus Update”, NDR, Hamburg, Germany

– Best Podcast, Creativity and Entertainment:  “Now Wash Your Hands”, BBC Radio 4, UK

– Best Podcast, Long-form Storytelling: “Buscando Una Luz”, Podium Podcast, Spain


Andreas Sannemann, Chief Executive Officer, Benztown, remarked: “In uncertain times, where the world seems to work entirely remotely, the stress on individuals seems to be at an unparalleled high. In that light, we are especially thrilled to honor the most innovative, influential and creative radio ideas and talent with the Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards. Thanks to all the radio stations, on-air talent and radio lovers who submitted their ideas. You are impacting your community and society as a whole in a positive and meaningful way.”

Ken Benson, Partner, P1 Media Group, noted: “The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Awards all began with an idea. Back in mid-March, we felt compelled to do something, somehow, to help radio navigate its way through the oncoming crisis. We knew there was no programming playbook for COVID-19, yet listeners all around the world were depending on radio to keep them informed and entertained through the pandemic. We had a gut feeling that if we could create a hub for stations to share and exchange the brilliant content they were creating, those ideas would inspire other stations, and together we would find our way. Today’s awards were all about recognizing radio’s incredible global response to the Coronavirus.”

The jury panelists who voted on the winners of the Best Coronavirus Podcast are: Kellie Riordan, Australia, Director, Deadset Studios and PodSquad Newsletter; Martin Liss, Germany, Media & Management Consultant; Adèle Humbert, France, Investigative journalist and independent podcast producer; Mike McVay, USA, President, McVay Media Consulting; Valerie Geller, USA, International Broadcast Consultant and President, Geller Media; Tor Arnbjörn, Denmark, CEO, Rakkerpak Productions and Co-Founder, Nordic Podcast Academy; and Faima Bakar, UK, award-winning journalist, Metro. Joining them on the judging panel will be Ken Benson, Partner, P1 Media Group; Anders Held, Co-Founder, Radiodays Europe; and Andreas Sannemann, CEO, Benztown.


About the Coronavirus Radio Ideas Facebook Group

The Coronavirus Radio Ideas Facebook Group was launched by Benztown and P1 Media Group on March 26, 2020. The group currently has over 2,600 members, representing more than 80 countries, and has collectively shared more than 300 ideas during the first four months of the Covid-19 pandemic. The group became the place for radio professionals worldwide to share and exchange ideas about how members’ respective stations were navigating the global pandemic. To join The Global Radio Ideas Facebook Group, visit:

About Radiodays Europe, Radiodays Asia & PODCAST DAY

The meeting point for the world of radio and audio Radiodays Europe was born in 2010 as a response to the needs of the European industry, public and private, to come together to discuss the new media challenges, across borders. It has since grown to become the most important annual conference for radio professionals with over 1500 participants from 62 countries.

Radiodays Asia was launched with the same aims as those in Europe but for the Asian radio and podcast industries. Started in 2019 the first event was a success with 400+ speakers and attendees from the majority of countries in the region. The next event will be held in March 2021.

PODCAST DAY by Radiodays Europe was created in response to the need to bring together the Podcast world in Europe. The first PODCAST DAY was held in 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Last year the event was held in London and was a sell out with 400 participants, the day was focused on innovation, business, strategy and all things podcasting. For more information on all events contact Communications Manager:

About Benztown

Benztown is a leading international audio imaging, production library, voiceover, programming, podcasting, and jingles company with over 2,900 affiliations on six different continents. Benztown was named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 by Inc. magazine for five consecutive years as one of America’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies. With studios in Los Angeles, New York, and Stuttgart, Benztown offers the highest quality audio imaging workparts for 23 libraries across 14 music and spoken word formats including AC, Hot AC, CHR, Country, Hip Hop and R&B, Rhythmic, Classic Hits, Rock, News/Talk, Sports, and JACK. Benztown provides custom VO and imaging across all formats, including commercial VO and copywriting in partnership with Yamanair Creative. Benztown Radio Networks produces, markets and distributes high quality programming and services to radio stations around the world, including: The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Countdown, The Daily Dees Show, The Todd-N-Tyler Radio Empire, Hot Mix, Sunday Night Slow Jams with R Dub!, Vipology, Audio Architecture, Incentive Sales Rewards, Top 10 Now and Then, Tough Love With Siri, Ask Alexa and Flashback. For more information, visit or contact Masa Patterson or (818) 842-4600.

About P1 Media Group

P1 Media Group was created by successful, sage radio veterans who are passionate about applying their experiences and new thinking to radio stations looking to achieve higher performance. We are not scientists who come from academic research, but real people with real radio experience. We understand what it takes to transform a station to achieve greater success and know that it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution, but rather a unique blend of adjustments for each station. We are zealous about radio and about our work, and that shines through in our meaningful, vibrant relationships with our partner stations. We live to help shape and improve the future of radio.

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