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Two SOUNZ podcast series shortlisted in prestigious 2022 New York Festivals Radio Awards!

The Magpie House Podcast Series
Sounds of the Moana Podcast Series
SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music is thrilled to announce that two SOUNZ podcasts have been shortlisted in the prestigious 2022 New York Festivals Radio Awards!


SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music is thrilled to announce that two SOUNZ podcast series, The Magpie House and Sounds of the Moana, have been shortlisted in the prestigious 2022 New York Festivals Radio Awards!

Global broadcasters who have been shortlisted include BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBS News Radio, NBC News, RTÉ Ireland, Deutsche Welle (DW), Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Mediacorp.  

The Magpie House is the story of the modernist, black and white house at 22 Ascot Street, Thorndon, Wellington, where composer Douglas Lilburn lived for more than 40 years.   

Lilburn was the father of classical music composition in Aotearoa and today the house is a composers' residency.

In this four-part series, Kirsten Johnstone weaves together stories of seven colourful decades in the Magpie House creating a Forrest-Gump-esque saga of war and music, cold-war espionage and persecution, the search for identity and a place to call home.

The Magpie House has been shortlisted in the Culture & The Arts category.

Hosted by Tau’ili’ili Alpha Maiava, the podcast series Sounds of the Moana explores the indigenous sound of Moana-Nui-ā-Kiwa (Oceania) and asks how this musical identity can be kept alive today.

Sounds of the Moana has been shortlisted in the Music category.

World-class audio entries created by storytellers from 24 countries around the globe were judged online by the 2022 New York Festivals Radio Awards Grand Jury

Shortlisted entries include audiobooks, dramas, documentaries, breaking news coverage, entertainment, and music specials from radio stations, networks, prominent production companies, and independent producers.  

Other prominent companies making the shortlist include HarperCollins Publishers, TBI Media, Radio New Zealand, ABC Radio National, Bloomberg, Intelligence Squared U.S., Lockdown Productions, Fresh Air Productions, SiriusXM, Penguin Random House UK, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Swedish Radio, Unusual Productions, Colorado Public Radio, DCP Entertainment, FM Club, JAZZ.FM91, GoLoud, Magnum Opus Broadcasting, Media 24, Radio Free Asia, Radio-Canada, Religion of Sports, Sky News Radio, Sveriges Radio, USG Audio, Virgin Radio UK, and Wondery

New York Festivals Radio Awards honours storytellers from around the globe. Since 1957 NYF has celebrated excellence and innovation across all genres and platforms, keeping pace with industry-wide developments and global trends. The mission of the competition is to honor the achievements of the men and women who make up the global audio storytelling community. 

To view the 2022 shortlist, visit HERE.

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SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music | Toi te Arapūoru

4 Apr 2022

SOUNZ champions the music of Aotearoa New Zealand At SOUNZ we believe that New Zealand music enriches our world and our vision is to make New Zealand music widely heard and valued.