Hamburg (dpa) – Corona pandemic, catastrophic floods, Taliban takeover in Afghanistan – at this year’s German Radio Prize difficult and serious topics were given high priority.

However, there was still enough time to celebrate. Because Thursday evening in Hamburg, the focus was above all on the radio creators who dared to be new, courageous, funny, exciting and moving. “Listening to the radio is always topical,” said sports journalist and commentator Marcel Reif, one of the praise.

The gala had its most moving moment when the Advisory Board received the special award. He went to Radio Wuppertal. A small private radio station that recognized the urgency of providing detailed information on the night of the flood and stayed on the air until the emergency generator gave up. The creation of the advisory board has caused goosebumps in many places.

“On this historic night, Radio Wuppertal showed what good local radio is. It was caring and caring. It helped the local people. Warned, informed, spoke and comforted. This performance was not easy that night, ”said ARD audio president Valérie Weber. “This little station worked really well that night. And even if he didn’t rock a dry cellar, he stayed with the people. “

After a selection by the Grimme jury, the undoped prize was also awarded in ten categories, for which 437 suggestions from 142 radio programs had already been submitted.

The best program is therefore the production “100 years of radio – A journey through time to 1920” by Tobias Prager and Marcus Fahn (Bayern 1). Sümeyra Kaya of WDR COSMO received the trophy for best moderation for her “open, critical and never informative look”.

The best podcast is the daily background podcast “Back to Topic” by Ina Lebedjew and Stephan Ziegert (FM detector). “Das Rassismus-Bullshit-Bingo” by Carmen Schmalfeldt (Radio Leverkusen) received the award for best interview. Steffen Lukas and Claudia Switala were able to win the prize for best morning show for the PSR radio show “Die Steffen Lukas-Show”.

Presenter Gloria Grünwald was honored as the best newcomer for her musical program “egoFM Netz am Freitag”. The prize for the best report went to Bremen-Zwei journalists Jens Schellhass and Tobias Nagorny for the authentic and touching report from a retirement home, “Mr Nickels Shoes – A Journey to the End of Life”. The best news format is the young program “N-JOY Worldwide” by Gina Thoneick and Carolin Wöhlert from N-JOY radio of the North German Broadcasting Corporation.

The best comedy is the Corona home office comedy “Gottis Corona Diary Liveticker” by Martin “Gotti” Gottschild and Jürgen König (rbb radioeins). Florian Federiconi’s contribution “We are colorful together – Anti-Racism Week on TOGGO Radio” received the award for best program action.

The situation in Afghanistan also played a role in the gala. An Afghan radio presenter reported in a video the difficult and frightening days of the Taliban takeover. “There are still many, many Afghans who are still stranded in Kabul and the rest of the country. Today under the Taliban regime, ”said TV journalist and foreign reporter Antonia Rados. A free report would not have been possible without the on-site assistants.

That’s why she – like actress and filmmaker Enissa Amani a little later – appealed to the federal government and the gala audience: “Please don’t forget these people. I ask you to raise your voice whenever you can and when it comes to bringing young journalists – and especially women – out of Afghanistan or giving them any form of assistance. “

Over 50 radio stations are broadcasting the gala live. It was also shown on the internet and on television with a time lag. In addition to the British pop musicians of Duran Duran, there were also Johannes Oerding and Wincent Weiss, Zoe Wees, Revolverheld, Nathan Evans and Rag’n’Bone Man on stage.