Global Award Win for Downtown Country’s Stuart Banford

Downtown Country’s Stuart Banford has received global recognition, winning the silver trophy at the New York Festival (NYF) Radio Awards for Best Country Format. He upstaged the legendary country star, Keith Urban, who was presented the bronze winner at the event.

The tribute follow’s Stuart’s success last week when he received the bronze award for Specialist Music Broadcaster at the 2021 IMRO Awards.

The NYF Radio Awards receives entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from over 30 countries around the globe, so this is quite the achievement. The awards honour the achievements of those who make up the global audio storytelling community.

This well-deserved award recognises Stuart’s passion for country music as well as the great ‘behind the scenes’ work he carries out to bring his show to life.

Rose Anderson, VP/Executive Director, New York Festivals Radio Awards commented:

“Once again, this year’s Finalists in addition to appealing to their own listeners, also impressed the Grand Jury with their mastery of the audio medium.

“Across all genres, they proved that radio – the original social medium – is robust and thriving. From podcasts and audiobooks to sound art and breaking news, these talented storytellers bring the world together and engage in real time.”

Looking back on his career in radio, Stuart said: “I want to say a massive thank you to John Paul Ballentine who gave me my first break in commercial radio. Getting the opportunity to chat to some of my musical heroes has been a dream of mine, I’m just glad so many others love what we do each day.”

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