GOOD WORKS: Our first annual Youth Radio Awards | Children's Radio Foundation

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Thatho (middle), representing GL FM for winner of Best Feature

We hosted our first annual Youth Radio Awards in Cape Town June 16th and the Best Feature winner is testament to the positive impact CRF programs have, not just in the lives of the children we serve but also the surrounding communities.

Thato (pictured here in the middle) smiles proud collects the prize on behalf of his fellow youth reporters for their show Boom Talk’s winning piece – a PSA on social grants and how to access them. In his winning speech he proudly explains, “In the absence of our community radio station we don’t know where we would be because people depend on us to be solving their own problems.”

You can listen to all the entries on our SoundCloud profile. 

Thank you to all who played a part in making the first ever Youth Radio Awards on June 16 a great success! The Children’s Radio Foundation team worked long and hard to make the Youth Radio Awards (YRA) happen, but we could not have done it without support and those whose encouragement and well wishes came from different parts of the world.

This was the first event of its kind to be held in Africa and we hope it will grow more successful in years to come. Youth representatives from the nominated South African Young Reporters Network sites as well as local incubator projects attended the event and acted as inspiring ambassadors.

Here is a complete list of winners and finalists from the different categories:

1. BEST PRESENTER:
WINNER: Vaaltar FM
FINALISTS: Emalahleni FM and Vibe FM
2. BEST FEATURE:
WINNER: Greater Lebowakgomo FM
FINALISTS: Vibe FM and Emalahleni FM
3. BEST SHOW:
WINNER: Kurara FM
FINALISTS: Emalahleni FM; Takalani Radio
4. BEST JINGLE:
WINNER: Emalahleni FM 
FINALISTS: Vibe FM and Vaaltar FM
5. BEST PERFORMING SITE:
WINNER: Moutse Community Radio
FINALISTS: Radio Atlantis; Aganang FM

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