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Two graduates from Wellington’s Radio Training School win industry awards

Press Release – Whitireia Polytech
Radio Training School graduates have won again at this year’s New Zealand Radio Awards.

Gary Pointon has picked up the Best New Broadcaster – Promotions award while Laugharne Kemp has picked up the Best New Broadcaster – Creative + Technical award.

Both of these students studied at the Whitireia Media Training Centre in Wellington over the last two years and have worked extremely hard at their craft. “We’re over the moon for them said Jono Manks, Programme Manager, New Zealand Radio Training School at Whitireia. “Being recognised at these industry awards will set them up well for their careers in radio”.

The annual Radio Awards acknowledge on air-personalities, programming, news and sports reporting, promotions, creativity and production, sales and community involvement. A special recognition award along with awards for services and contributions to radio were included this year also. 62 radio broadcasting personalities received awards.

This is the second year running that our graduates have dominated the Best New Broadcaster category at the Radio Awards said Manks. “Last year saw Libby Greatbatch winning the Creative +Technical category as well as the overall prize.”

Another graduate of the Radio Training School was recognised recently at the 2013 New Zealand International comedy Festival Awards. Tim Batt picked up awards for Creative Marketing of a show and Best Newcomer (Auckland). Along with his stand-up comedy show Unified Theory, Tim still puts his radio skills to good use, producing the Radio Hauraki Drive Show.

The New Zealand Radio Training School is owned by Whitireia New Zealand Limited. It offers a six month, full-time programme in Commercial Broadcasting from its Media Training Centre in Wellington City and from its campus in Auckland. Starting in July is the new Diploma in Radio Journalism, a one year full-time programme offered from the Media Training Centre in Wellington City only.

The Radio Training School keeps pace with industry. It turns out graduates in tune with what the radio industry wants. These recent awards are a testament to this.

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