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Arch D announces awards via podcast


Thinking creatively in these ever-changing times has enabled the Arch D Catholic youth radio show to go ahead and announce its 2020 award winners using one of its recognised mediums – the podcast.

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Initially the awards night was scheduled for Friday March 13 but was postponed after the Sacred Heart College venue was closed for cleaning in response to a student testing positive for coronavirus.

With government restrictions then in place for the number of people able to gather indoors, Arch D producer James Meston had to think creatively if the awards were to go ahead at all.

“It was clear that some serious out-of-the-box thinking was required,” said James.

“I mean, how can you gather 150 people together and have a red-carpet awards ceremony, but not be able to be in the same room?”

Fortunately, the answer lay right in the middle of Arch D’s offerings in the form of a podcast.

Recorded as close to its release date as possible – with the winners kept secret until it went ‘live’ – the awards also included a ‘red carpet’ which was launched on Facebook an hour prior to the podcast release.

“Students and guests could send in their photos in their ‘red carpet looks’ so that they could still be as much a part of the event as possible,” he said.

The Arch D Radio Awards is a major event for Catholic schools and students passionate about developing the voice of young people and learning about creating high quality radio shows and podcasts.

Since starting in 2011, the Arch D radio show has grown its audience to more than 30,000 listeners each week. It can be heard on 1079 Life every Wednesday at 9pm and every Saturday at 10pm.

The awards podcast was released on Arch D’s School Life Podcast Channel, which is available to subscribe on all popular podcast apps, including Spotify, Apple, Google and iHeart. The podcast is available at

2020 awards winners –

Broadcaster of the Year: Katie Panton (Cabra old scholar)

In the Spirit Team Award: joint winners Gleeson College & St Aloysius College

Most listened podcast for radio: Matthew, Keeley, Sam, Nic and Katie (Cabra/Cabra old scholar)

Most listened podcast exclusive: 150 Years of Stories (St Mary’s College)

Improvised talk-break of the year: Rylee, Tom & Rachael (Cabra/Rostrevor/SHC old scholars)

Structured talk-break of the year: Bella, Ronan & Katie (Cabra/Cabra old scholar)

On the Mic Award (female senior): Michaela Howard-Jones (Sacred Heart College)

On the Mic Award (male senior): Taras Zagajewski (Cardijn College)

On the Mic Award (female junior): Star Thomas (Cardijn College)

On the Mic Award (male junior): Jai Harte (Blackfriars)

Best on air team: Emma, Ziggy & Kaitlyn (Cardijn College)

Rising Star Award: Jayla Ngo (St Gabriel’s School/OLSH College)

Arch D Hall of Fame inductees: Tom Basso (Rostrevor old scholar); Cailin Alexander (St Francis De Sales old scholar); Katie Panton (Cabra old scholar)


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