The nominees list for the 2014 Radio and Television Personality Awards has been released by the event organizers, Big Events Ghana. As usual, this year’s impending event has started receiving a lot of bashing from close players and followers of the industry.
Analysts have expressed similar concerns raised by yours truly in the first year of the awards during which broadcasters in B/A agitated against the criteria and lack of stratification in the shortlisting.
Speaking on Joy FM’s Entertainment program on Saturday evening, entertainment analyst and former Luv FM presenter, Mr James Oberko aka ‘The Jamester’, who is also a former General Manager of KFM (now Solid FM)indicated that, the list is full of unwarranted mistakes.
According Mr Oberko, Ghana’s radio landscape is complicated, very regional in nature which means that some radio stations have strong presence within their catchment areas and so clumping them together without considering their impact in their areas of operation is very wrong.
The analyst also complained about the lack of clarity in the criteria and the fact that no one even seems to be aware of the scale of measure. He went on to question whether the measure is based on quality or quantity and asked that if it’s about quality, then what goes into it?, or if it’s quantity then there’s got to be some research to bring out the figures.
In a sharp response, Prince Mackay, CEO of Big Events Ghana, claimed that radio presenters in all the regions were given forms to nominate their peers whom they thought did very well during the year under review and that one needed to go to the award’s website to read about the award criteria.
In 2011, the same organizers had to include a few nominees from Ashanti, B/A and Western regions after strong protestation from these regions and I remember one presenter in B/A who was so outspoken on this issue kept quiet as soon as his name was included as a nominee.
Over the years, Big Events Ghana has succeeded in shutting up the under-represented regions by creating only a category to award one radio personality in each region. With this category, they have strategically sought to appease the most outspoken presenters in these regions and have got them to keep quiet over the inconsistencies and inefficiencies of the awards.
The following are the nominees for Best Radio Personality for Brong-Ahafo:
Alhaji Avuba Tanko (Ark FM)
Paa Kwesi Amo Gyampong (Dinpa FM)
Nana KAS (Suncity FM)
Tony Kobla Abochi (Classic FM)
Dickson Smith (Space FM)
Click below for the full list of nominations for the 2014 RTP Awards