Sounds Catholic wins national award

13 June 2012


Plains FM staff and Sounds Catholic programme makers hear the announcement of the winner of Community and Access radio programme.


Left to right, Yuji Kudo, Plains FM manager, Nicki Reece, manager Fresh FM access radio Nelson Mike Williams, Sounds Catholic advisory board members Gerard Duignan and Maryanne Martin, studio operator Naoko Kudo, Ken Joblin, guide dog Nelson, Programme Director Liz Belcher.

A labour of love and high standards in radio production have won Sounds Catholic the prestigious 2012 NZ Radio Industry Award for best spoken programme in the Community and Access category. The magazine style weekly programme is produced and hosted by Ken Joblin of the Catholic Tertiary Chaplaincy, and can be heard Sundays at Noon, repeated at 10pm and via online podcast.

The winning episode featured highlights from a year of challenges faced by the Christchurch Diocese. At times the sound of an aftershock can be heard during a recording.

“Ken needs absolutely no help from anyone when it comes to digital editing and multi-tracking,” reports the Plains FM web site. “He does it all himself totally independently. No easy task for even for a sighted person. It all comes down to great ears and a deft touch.”

A heart-warming recent programme features Ken's personal recounting of the passing of his treasured guide dog Tiger, which offers insights into Christian ways of dealing with grief. It can be heard online at  (April 22nd)

The programme, funded by Bishop Barry Jones, took over from Catholics on Air which broadcast for over a decade.

The award recognises the best amongst 12 community access stations throughout the country partly funded by NZ on Air. Hundreds of programmes are broadcast daily, produced by local community groups and individuals, especially for women, children and youth, ethnic groups and other minorities.

Listen to the winning programme below

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(This programme looks back on our first full year of programmes.  We've met people with beautiful spiritual insight, people doing and saying interesting things; we've prayed and listened to Catholic music).