Radio Sausalito is proud to announce that one of its locally produced shows, The Joys of Jazz, has won a prestigious New York Festivals Award as one of the best radio shows in the world. The trophy, in the form of a bronze microphone, was presented Monday in New York City to the show’s host and producer Bob Hecht. This marks the first time a Radio Sausalito show has earned such high honors on an international stage.
The New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards honors radio programming and promotions in all lengths and formats from radio stations, networks and independent producers from around the globe. The Joys of Jazz was nominated in the category “Best Regularly Scheduled Music Program” which is open to radio shows featuring music of any genre. Other nominees in this catagory, with entries from over 30 countries, included The New York Philharmonic This Week hosted by Alec Baldwin, and Song Travels with Michael Feinstein.
Show host Bob Hecht has been producing The Joys of Jazz each week in the Radio Sausalito studios since the show began in 2013. A veteran jazz DJ, Hecht is honored to win the award, “It’s especially gratifying and encouraging that a show presenting jazz, a genre representing such a small segment of the commercial market, is being recognized in such a big way,” Hecht said.
The Joys of Jazz presents carefully curated musical programs each week focusing on particular themes along with excerpts from Hecht’s interviews with a variety of notable musicians. The show celebrates the works of great jazz composers, instrumentalists and singers, as well as the central role played by the Great American Songbook in enriching the jazz repertoire. The Joys of Jazz is heard every Friday at 4 and 8 pm and again on Sunday at 8pm on Radio Sausalito.