Community radio station Bay FM has just been awarded a top honour in the 2015 New York International Radio Awards.
Its three-part series Memories of Sarajevo has won the bronze trophy in the category Information/ Documentary / Social Issues.
The entry was up against stiff competition in a field of more than 30 countries (including ABC and SBS in Australia).
Memories of Sarajevo was wholly conceived, written, directed and presented by Bay FM presenter Karena Wynn-Moylan , who has been fronting the regular weekly arts magazine program Arts Canvass every Thursday morning for more than 16 years. It is the first time she has entered the award .
The first episode in the series Memories of Sarajevo: Radio Zid-rock under Siege was also awarded Best Spoken Word /Documentary at the Community Broadcasting Awards in 2014.
The series was co-produced by Bay FM station producer William Martin and based on research by Dr. Peter Wynn-Moylan of Southern Cross University with social media research by Deb Sharp of the station’s management team.
A video Karena also made to accompany a song she wrote for the series was also awarded a Special Mention by judges in the Byron Flickerfest short film awards last year.
The series has a specially written musical soundtrack by composer/pianist Ken Naughton and Karena and also features examples of rare archival music produced during the war in Bosnia by the many underground bands that flourished during the siege of Sarajevo.