Listen to the Sony Award

Hi everyone. At long last we’ve got around to podcasting our Sony Radio Academy Awards entry. Go here, and you have until Monday June 2 to download it. We promise to stop going on about our Gold for Listener Participation soon. Here’s the text of the entry…

“World Have Your Say” is the only daily global interactive programme in the world. The agenda for the “global conversation” is decided by the community (listeners, bloggers, contributors) around the programme. Some of that community listen to us on the radio and access us by phone/text/e-mail, some talk to others – and us- on the blog, and some take part in the editorial meeting which is open to listeners every day. Listeners have regularly co-presented the programme.

  • It was the WHYS community that told us they wanted a way to send messages to kidnapped BBC Correspondent Alan Johnston every day during his captivity. They sent open letters, e-mails, even poems to him and inspired others – like Scottish footballers and famous authors to do the same. It turned out for the last two months of his ordeal he heard every one of them.
  • It was a member of that community – Lubna, a 20 year old medical student in Baghdad – who posted on our blog after two of her friends were killed in the same week. She asked people what she had to be optimistic about as she turned 21. You’ll hear on this CD what WHYS listeners told her when we devoted a whole programme to her. Incidentally, please bear with the phone line ; Lubna was trapped in her house because of the security situation there and not only can she not go out, she can’t be seen talking to the western media. The phone is the only way to hear her story.
  • and when Alan was freed, in his first interview he talked about the messages he’d heard on WHYS and a few hours later came on the programme to say thank you – and talked to Lubna.
  • Listeners in Harlem invited us to their neighbourhood to talk about gentrification; you’ll hear the programme co-presented by New York rapper NYoil.
  • Issa, a listener in Uganda, insisted on our blog that we hear about the lives of him and his friends by broadcasting from his house. We did, though the lack of power meant we had to do the show by firelight.
  • And when David Milliband’s office contacted us to ask if the Foreign Secretary could come on the show we said fine, but our listeners and the listeners to all our language services will decide what he should be asked. They agreed. Listeners spent the week before the broadcast choosing the questions.

    So that’s what you’ll hear on the MP3 file, introduced by Ros and with our highlight from the awards ceremony (which you can check out on our Flickr page).

  • 4 Responses to “Listen to the Sony Award”

    1. May 27, 2008 at 16:09

      Hello to all of you my Precious friends… To the whole supermarvellous WHYS team I say : ” I’M EVERYTHING I AM BECAUSE YOU LOVE ME !”… With my love… Yours forever, Lubna…

    2. 2 Dennis Jr
      May 27, 2008 at 18:06

      Hi to my precious friends and the WHYS team!!! I wish i could listen to the SONY Awards!

      Madrid, United States of America

    3. May 28, 2008 at 11:18

      Well done guys, the entry sounded brilliant. I have listened to WHYS on and off for the past 2 years. Unfortunately I was having one of my *not listen to WHYS* moments over the months that Alan Johnson was kidnapped. After listening to the entry I wish I had been listening because it was very moving what you all did and made great radio.

    4. May 28, 2008 at 12:39

      I had listened to all the shows, extracts of which are in the podcast. In fact I rarely miss any of the shows.

      The podcast of WHYS: Sony Radio Academy Award is a revival of some of the best episodes of the show. But I think there are still others. But concerning those featured, centre on the human face of the show through the case of Alan Johnston who received worldwide sympathy and the case of Lubna who found comfort through WHYS team and the listeners.

      Broadcasting the show from Issa’s house was an opportunity to get even closer to the listeners.

      Perhaps, including the contribution of David Miliband is an attribute to Anu Anand, who left the BBC – to quote her-“after ten glorious years at the BBC”.
      The episodes of the show that had also more resonance are those presented before a large audience in different locations in Africa and the USA and India. It was also broadcast from restaurants in London.

      There is also an exception to the show when it was broadcast from a cab. Ros must well remember this. So on that day, the BBC didn’t just pay the phone bill to contact the contributors to the show, but also the cab fee!

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