NZME celebrates huge haul at 2022 NZ Radio Awards

NZME celebrates huge haul at 2022 NZ Radio Awards

 Newstalk ZB takes Network Station of the Year, Hosking wins Sir Paul Holmes Broadcaster of the Year for the third time, ZM takes Best Network Team Show and Blackie Award

New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) is tonight celebrating one of its biggest wins at the NZ Radio Awards, taking out six of the seven awards in the premier category and winning the majority of the overall awards’ pool.

The 2022 NZ Radio Awards were held this evening and delivered via a live webcast, with teams across the country tuning in for the radio industry’s much-anticipated annual event.

Chief Radio Officer, Jason Winstanley, says he couldn’t be prouder of the award results. “Our teams are incredibly hard working – so much goes on behind the scenes to present the world class news content and entertainment that our radio hosts and teams broadcast across Aotearoa each and every day. To be recognised like this, with such huge success in tonight’s awards is so exciting, and truly humbling,” he says.

The nation’s top-rating commercial radio network, Newstalk ZB, was once again a standout performer, taking out eleven awards in total, including four premier awards: Station of the Year (Network Metropolitan), Mike Hosking winning the prestigious Sir Paul Holmes Broadcaster of the Year Award for the third time, Heather du-Plessis Allan – Best Breakfast or Drive Talk Presenter, Marcus Lush – Best non-Breakfast or Drive Talk Presenter. 

Mike Hosking, who celebrated 40 years in radio broadcasting this year accepted his award saying: “Thank you to everyone who makes the Mike Hosking Breakfast what it is. What I’ve enjoyed in this very difficult time for our country is how wonderfully well the radio industry is doing.  I put it down to the magic and simplicity of radio –the ability to turn the radio on wherever you are and hear an opinion, an idea, some information, some entertainment – that’s what makes our industry so wonderful,” he says.

The ever-popular ZM network also celebrated seven awards in total, including Fletch, Vaughan and Megan taking out the hugely competitive Best Network Team Show – the fifth year in a row the breakfast show has won such an award.  ZM also won the esteemed Blackie Award for host Hayley Sproull’s hilarious Driver’s Licence segment.

Radio Hauraki and The Hits both won two awards each, with Hauraki’s Matt and Jerry Podcast winning Best Podcast by a Radio Show, and The Hits winning Best Client Promotion/Activation for Jono & Ben’s Battery Operated Torch Tour with The Warehouse.  Gold AM – now Gold Sport – also took out an award for its coverage of the ICC World Test Championship.

NZME Chief Content Officer, Mike McClung, says the performance of the music radio networks in the awards this year was brilliant. 

“The latest GfK Commercial Radio Audience Survey showed that Kiwis love ZM, with the station having the most listeners across several highly competitive commercial demographics, and it continues to absolutely own the breakfast music radio spot.  It’s also great to see our Hauraki and The Hits teams recognised this evening,” says McClung.

In a very special individual award, NZME’s much-loved receptionist, Iona McHenry, was recognised with a Services to Broadcasting Award.  Iona first slipped her feet under the desk at Radio New Zealand in 1986 and since then has enjoyed a long, impressive career within the radio industry, and her voice and smile are synonymous with NZME.

On a commercial note, NZME’s local Taranaki team was also celebrating a big win this evening as Sales Team of the Year.

NZME CEO Michael Boggs says he is thrilled with the big wins across NZME.

“I’m so proud of our NZME whānau for their impressive award haul tonight – it was great to hear from so many winners this evening and for the radio industry to come together, albeit virtually, to celebrate the talented people within our industry. Kiwis nationwide love to listen to radio, and despite the challenges we’ve all faced over the past few years as an industry, having the chance to celebrate tonight was fantastic.

“A huge thanks to our customers and clients, and also to the Kiwis who tune in every day – whether that be to hear their favourite music, be kept in the know on local and global events, or to hear the latest opinion of their favourite talk show host – we truly value your ongoing support,” says Boggs.

Source: GfK Commercial RAM, S2/22, Total NZ, Cume, AP10+, M-S 12mn-12mn (unless otherwise stated)


Best Content Director / Content Team

Jason Winstanley, Edward Swift, Laura Heathcote

Newstalk ZB Network

Best Show Producer or Producing Team - Music Show

Ben McDowell, Anastasia Loeffen

ZM's Bree & Clint - ZM Network

Best Show Producer or Producing Team - Talk Show

Michael Allan, Sam Carran, Glenn Hart

The Mike Hosking Breakfast - Newstalk ZB Network

Best Station Imaging

Alistair Cockburn, Brynee Wilson, Sam Harvey, Zoe Norton

ZM Network

Best Station Trailer

ZM's Add To Cart

Alistair Cockburn, Tom Harper, Sarah Accorsi, Claire Chellew - ZM Network

Best Video - Short Form

Taskmaster NZ Co-Pro

Claire Chellew, Anthony Plant, Allan George, Susan Bridges, Evan Paea

Radio Hauraki Network

Best Network Station Promotion

The Box - Alistair Cockburn, Gary Pointon

ZM Network

Best Digital Content

ZM Online - Megan Sagar, Carwen Jones, Sarah Mount, Rowan Naude, Ella Shepherd, Gary Pointon

ZM Network

Best Branded Podcast

Business Class

Phil Guyan, Heather du Plessis-Allan, Josh Couch, Mick Andrews, Stephanie Soh, Emma Freeman, Anna Lawson

Drum Agency / Newstalk ZB

Best Podcast by a Radio Show

The Matt & Jerry Show Podcast - Matt Heath, Jerremy Wells, Chris Goodwin, Finn Caddie

Radio Hauraki / iHeart Radio

'The Blackie Award'

Hayley's Driver's Licence - Hayley Sproull

ZM Network

Best Network Team Show

ZM's Fletch, Vaughan & Megan

Carl Fletcher, Vaughan Smith, Megan Papas, Anna Henvest, Sarah Mount, Jared Pickstock, Carwen Jones, Hayley Sproull

ZM Network

Best Local Music Host

Dave Nicholas - The Hits Auckland

Best Talk Presenter - Breakfast or Drive

Heather du Plessis-Allan - Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

Newstalk ZB Network

Best Talk Presenter - Non-Breakfast or Drive

Marcus Lush - Marcus Lush Nights

Newstalk ZB Network

Best News Story - Team Coverage

Delta 2021 - Newstalk ZB Team

Newstalk ZB Network

Best Newsreader

Niva Retimanu - Newstalk ZB Network

Best Sports Reader, Presenter or Commentator

D'Arcy Waldegrave - All Sport Breakfast & Sportstalk

Newstalk ZB Network

Best Sports Story - Team Coverage

ICC World Test Championship

Bryan Waddle, Jeremy Coney, Andrew Alderson, Malcolm Jordan, Peter McGlashan, Craig Cumming, Andy McDonnell

Gold AM Network

Best Client Promotion/Activation

Jono & Ben's Battery Operated Torch Tour with The Warehouse

Harriett Whiting, Danielle Tolich, Ben Boyce, Jono Pryor, Ben Humphrey, Margaret Hawker, Gareth McDonald, Ben Sullivan, Sarah De Villiers, Jessica Boell, Anthony Plant

The Hits Network

Best Marketing Campaign

Newstalk ZB Brand

Monique Hodgson, Xanthe Williams

Best Voice Talent

Chris Ryan - NZME

Sales Team of the Year

NZME Taranaki - Nikki Verbeet, Tracey Blake, Colleen Deegan, Carole Morgan, Julie Petley

Network / Metropolitan Station of the Year

Newstalk ZB

Sir Paul Holmes Broadcaster of the Year

Mike Hosking