Third Consecutive Gold at NYF Radio Awards for Vocal Chords


Vocal Chords: ‘Iarla Ó Lionáird in conversation with Peggy Seeger’
has won Gold in the Biography/Profile category at the New York Radio Festival 2018.



“It’s immensely rewarding to have the recognition of our radio peers for our work in the Vocal Chords series. Since 2014 we’ve been working with the outstanding singer Iarla Ó Lionáird on this series to explore the journey of the human voice in song. This Gold for the Peggy Seeger feature in 2017 is our 4th award for the series since 2015 and our third GOLD.

Crafting radio like this is team work and its the hard work of our audio editor Pearse Ó Caoimh who helped me craft the final show as well as the good fortune we have to work with such a talented and engaging presenter. We also want to thank our commissioning editor Olga Buckley who supported us from day one and of course our funding support from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the TV licence fee.

Nothing in this series could have been made without the public funding support of the BAI scheme and we are extremely grateful for that support to our creative and artistic work.”

— Helen Shaw, Athena Media MD


Listen back to the episode in full

For more on this episode, head to the Vocal Chords: In Conversation with Peggy Seeger webpage.



The series has two previous Golds at the New York Radio Festival – first in 2016 for the initial 5 part series and then in 2017 for the In Conversation with Paul Brady episode. The prototype for the In Conversation series with Peter Gabriel won Silver in New York for global music programme in 2015. It has also been recognised at the Celtic Media Festival (2016) for the episode ‘Singing Our Way Home.



Vocal Chords is a multi award winning music documentary series made by Athena Media for RTÉ Lyric fm presented by one of Ireland’s most acclaimed sean-nós singers Iarla Ó Lionáird made with the funding support of the BAI and the TV licence fee. The initial project, in 2015, An Odyssey of the Human Voice, maps a global exploration of the power of song.


The series began with Peter Gabriel (2015) and then added episodes with Sinead Ó ConnorChristy MooreJulie FowlisPaul BradyPeggy Seeger and Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill. On October 29th 2017 our latest episode with Glen Hansard is broadcast on RTÉ lyric fm at 6pm with future editions due with Linda Buckley and Veronica Dunne.