The 29th Radio and Television Advertising Practitioners Association (RAPA) awards saluted nearly 45 entries in various categories, which included best script, best television and radio spot, talk show, comedy and soap opera. Sony’s favorite girl, Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin bagged the award in the best soap opera (Hindi) category while Kanaka won the award in the category of the Kannada soap opera. Faces and Names, a talk show in English bagged an award, while ZEE telefilms Jeena Isi Ka Naam, hosted by cine star Farooque Shaikh also won an award at a function.
Punch creations walked away with the prize for the best radio spot in Marathi. The best radio spot went to Dhananjay Kale for SBI Mutual Fund in the non film Hindi category, while Enil, Radio Mirchi Chennai won the prize for the best radio spot in Malayalam. Sri Adhikari Brothers bagged a lot many prizes at the function which included best comedy (Hindi) and best talk show (English.
WIN 94.6, building on last year’s tally of 4 awards at the 28th RAPA Awards, managed to capture seven awards in its kitty. The first award WIN 94.6 won was for English Radio Programme Script, despite being an essentially Hindi based station. Aditya Mehta bagged this award for his brilliantly funny Arvind Swamy daily segment. The Hindi Radio Programme Script was also won by WIN 94.6 for Khwaish, its Sunday evening show by Anurag Pandey. Then came the award for WIN 94.6’s creative talent - Jardin Lobo winning the Marathi Radio Spot Script for Sachin’s Birthday. Voice wizard Chetan won awards for the close-up jingle and the best TV jingle.
WIN 94.6’s morning jockey Malishka won the coveted best Hindi Radio Jockey award, an interesting moment during the awards, as she was also comparing the show at that moment with Alaric Ferns! As the only private FM station to have dedicated Marathi programming, WIN 94.6 also got credit in the form of best Marathi Radio Jockey for Anjali and her daily show from 5am-7am.
The glittering awards ceremony ended with four special awards, two of which were bagged by WIN 94.6. The RAPA Hameed Sayani Trophy was won by Roshan Abbas. WIN 94.6’s popular Khanak programme from 9pm-12pm everyday was hosted by Roshan Abbas. Then came the final award of the night – the RAPA D.S. Mittle Trophy –which was won by WIN 94.6’s Breakfast Radio.
WIN 94.6 may be off air, but is clearly not out of the news circle. Commenting on WIN 94.6’s exceptional performance, Brij Mittle, President of RAPA said, “Our 90 odd jurors only gave awards for excellence. The work done by WIN 94.6 during 2003, both by its producers and performers, has been just that – excellent. Congratulations to the entire team. We at RAPA are also praying hard that it will turn out just like last year, when WIN 94.6 came back on air a few days after winning at the RAPA awards!”
All in all the 29th RAPA Awards was an enjoyable experience. The show was interspersed with a ravishing performance by Baba Seghal and singer Jo Jo.