Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac has been honored by the Public Radio Exchange's Zeitfunk Awards. The program and its director / producer were recognized this Spring by the on-line public radio distribution network for public radio programs as being among it's most licensed projects for 2008. Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac received a first place Zeitfunk Award for director / producer Sue Zizza as Most Licensed Debut Producer of the Year. ''This is our best new artist category,'' explained PRX Executive Director, Jake Shapiro.
The program also tied for third under the Zeitfunk Award's Most Licensed Piece (by stations), which the PRX considers their 'best-sellers list' of programs.
Excerpts from Sue Zizza's Acceptance Speech: When I ... return[ed] to being an independent audio drama producer I wasn’t really sure where the road might lead, but I knew it was time to take a new path. Being awarded the PRX’s 2008 Most Licensed Debut Producer for thethis project says to me, I took the right road. And that it arrived in the same year I turned 50 says it is never to late to start something new, especially if it makes you happy.
Thanks to the many stations and programmers who made this award, and our third place tie as Most Licensed Piece, possible. While the award may be for Most Licensed Debut Producer, I could not have won it without the support, help, and love of many people; playwright Patrick Fenton, producing partner David Shinn, the cast, crew, and funders of “Jack’s Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac.” Finally, there are two people no longer with us, to whom I would like to dedicate this award, as they were the ones who taught me to “tell my stories in sound” – Jeff Kraus and Al Schaffer — thank you both for the years of inspiration and encouragement. . Sue Zizza ~ SueMedia Productions
Kerouac Audio Drama Wins Audie Nomination
Sue Zizza (center) with Dr. Mark Beckerman (left), David Shinn and Helen Engelhardt
On Friday, May 29, 2009, members of the cast and crew of Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac, attended the annual Audio Publisher's Associations Audie Awards and Gala at the New York Historical Society in Manhattan. Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac won a 2009 Audio Drama of the Year Audie nomination for SueMedia Productions.
The Audies, sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA), is considered the premier awards program in the US recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Through the Audies award competition, finalists were selected in each of the various categories with one winner was awarded in each. The complete list of 2009 Audie Winner's and Nominations can be found at the Audio Publisher's Association.
Playwright Patrick Fenton with wife Pat.
Kerouac Audio Drama Wins New York Festivals' World Bronze Medal
Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac has received a 2009 World Bronze Medal for Best Drama Special from the New York Festivals. For 52 years the New York Festivals Radio Programming Awards have recognized The World's Best Work in radio broadcasting. The 2009 Radio Programming Winnners list features audio artists from around the world. Entries were received from radio stations,
networks and independent producers from over 30 countries.
The Grand Jury was comprised of top level
industry professionals from 5 continents and over 25 countries.
2009 Award of Excellence
Kerouac Audio Drama Wins Communicator Award of Excellence
Jack's Last Call: Say Goodbye to Kerouac, has won an Award of Excellence for Drama from The Communicator Awards, the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for Communications Professionals. Founded by communication professionals over a decade ago, The Communicator Awards received over 9,000 entries in 2009 from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world.
The Communicator Awards provides winners and their clients the recognition they deserve and gives communications and creative professionals proof and validation that their work is outstanding and highly regarded by their peers. The Communicator Awards provides an equal chance of winning to all entrants regardless of company or agency size and project budget.
The Award of Excellence, their highest honor, is given to those entries whose ability to communicate puts them among the best in the field. The Award of Distinction is presented for projects that exceed industry standards in quality and achievement.
For well over a decade, the Communicator Awards has honored the best creative work in the communications fields. Award of Excellence winners will have the opportunity to have their work showcased in the upcoming IAVA Winners Gallery.
The complete list of winners from the 15th Annual Communicator Awards can be found here.
AudioFile Review Praises Jack's Last Call
Drew Keil portrays the drunken, troubled, but
wonderfully articulate writer who led the Beat Generation in this unusual and
insightful audio drama. Opening in Northport, Long Island,
in 1964 and recorded, in part, at one of Kerouac's favorite bars, the story
hitchhikes its way back and forth through Kerouac's life, blending
recollections of his youth, his life on the road, and his discomfort with his