Gold Award for Vocal Chords at New York Radio Festival 2016

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Vocal Chords: ‘The Odyssey of the Voice’ has won Gold in the Music Documentary category at the New York Radio Festival 2016.

Broadcast on RTE Lyric FM, in this series, presenter and The Gloaming singer, Iarla Ó’Lionáird explores the roots of traditions and folk song and how language, culture, identity and belonging are all tightly interwoven with song and singing. Song, Iarla says, becomes a vocal map to ourselves, to our roots, to our home. From the island of Inis Mór in Ireland with Sean Nós singer Treasa Ní Mhoilláin, and the Cwmbach Male Choir in Wales, to the spirituals in Africa and beyond, Iarla brings singing back to its roots and uncovers how songs and singing can bring you home. Huge thanks from everyone at Athena Media to everyone who contributed to the series and supported the project. To win in a competitive International field like this is a demonstration of the intrinsic value of public-funded, collaborative art projects, and we’re grateful to be regularly funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and to have our work aired nationally on RTÉ lyric fm.

Athena Media’s radio work has been awarded one of the highest prizes internationally with its documentary The Kinder Letters winning the overall Grand Award at this year’s New York Radio Festival. Another Gold was awarded for The Kinder Letters, a story of love, loss and innocence in post World War 2 Europe broadcast on Newstalk.
A third programme by Athena Media Bright Sparks for RTÉ Radio 1 was awarded a finalist certificate in the new category of climate change programme. All three winners in the competition were funding supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the TV licence fee.