A broadcast by Melbourne’s gay and lesbian radio station Joy 94.9 on youth suicide has won an Australian Commercial Radio Award, the second major award received by the joint broadcast between Joy and commercial station 3AW.
The award for Best Community Service Project was presented at a ceremony in Brisbane on Saturday to 3AW radio host Neil Mitchell, who co-hosted the broadcast from Melbourne’s City Square with Joy President David McCarthy.
“This was an initiative of JOY 94.9 and I am delighted that they wanted to do this with 3AW. It is fantastic that the broadcast has been recognised. It was an honour to be part of it and my real hope is that we saved a life somewhere,” said Mitchell.
The broadcast included politicians, mental health workers and advocates engaging with the issue of youth suicide, and previously received a 2012 Community Broadcasting Association Award for Most Innovative Outside Broadcast or Special Event Broadcast.
“Joint broadcasts between commercial and community radio are pretty rare but to win both the CBAA Award and the Commercial Radio Australia Award is an even rarer occurrence,” said McCarthy.
“It was great radio and I am very proud of everyone at JOY 94.9 who worked extraordinarily hard to put this together. This award belongs to all of them and the people who had the courage to talk publicly about the tragedy of youth suicide.”