Felicitating the fine-tuned


By Sanuj Hathurusinghe

State Radio Wards Ceremony was held recently at the Elphinstone Theatre, Maradana under the aegis of the State Minister of National Heritage, Performing Arts and Rural Arts Promotion Vidura Wickramanayaka. Organised by the Department of Cultural Affairs under the purview of the Ministry of Buddhasasana, religious  and Cultural Affairs, the State Radio Awards Ceremony aims to felicitate journalists who have rendered an invaluable service for the social, economical, and cultural development of the country via the radio – the mean of first electronic media of the country.

This year’s award ceremony has seen over a 1,000 applications in all three languages and the awards were given in 27 different categories. The Prathibha Pranama Award – the once-in-a-lifetime honorary award for exceptional service rendered to the radio – was awarded to six radio veterans; Sumana Jayathilaka, D.S. Dayarathna, Shan Wickremesinghe, Merle Walpola, Newton Gunarathna, and S, Nadaraja Iyer.

Winners in the English medium are as follows;

Best Trailer in Radio

Aabid Aman – Superdad (Sun FM)

Best Jingle

M. Feroz Deen – Made in India COVID-19 Vaccines (E FM)

Best Creative Radio

M. Feroz Deen – Lakeside Broadcast (E FM)

Best Morning Drive

Sohan Fernando and Jimmy Dean – The Gold Morning Drive (Gold FM)

Best Evening Drive

Shevon Perera – The Evening Drive (Gold FM)

Best Interview Programme

Sohan Fernando and Jimmy Dean – The Gold Morning Drive (Gold FM)

Best Music Programme

Aabid Aman – Slow Flow Sunday (Sun FM)

Best News Editor

Sacheendra Jayasundara – News (Gold FM)

Best News Presenter (Male)

V. Sandro Sathyajith Perera – English News (Gold FM)

Best News Presenter

Punshani Edirisinghe – News (Gold FM)

Best Radio Compere (Male)

Dimithri Shevon Rohanatha Perera – The Frank (Gold FM)

Best Radio Compere

S.M. Antonia Wille – Wind Down (Gold FM)

(Pix by Venura Chandramalitha)