Dave Hughes to host the 2022 Siren Awards

Comedian and 2DayFM breakfast host, Dave Hughes will host the 18th Annual Siren Awards for Excellence in Radio on May 5 at Beresford in Sydney.

Hughes was due to host the radio commercials awards show in 2021 but had to pull out at the last minute after getting stuck in Melbourne. It was replaced by Lawrence “Moonman” Moony.

Earlier this month, the Australian radio industry announced the finalists for the Siren Awards for the best radio advertisement or campaign of 2022.

This year’s list of finalists includes Deloitte Digital Australia, Howatson & Company, The Monkeys, Wunderman Thompson, Enigma, Innocean Australia, Nova Entertainment’s CREATE, SDWM, Special Group Australia and The Hallway.

The nominations cover work for a range of industry sectors and clients, including Anglicare WA, Suzuki Australia, NRMA Insurance, Belong, WA Ballet, Uber Eats, Crimsafe, Transport Accident Commission, Gotcha4life Foundation, No Ugly Sleep and Mountain Goat Beer.

Ford Ennals, Chief Executive of Commercial Radio Australia said: “Australia’s radio market is one of the most advanced and dynamic in the world and the creativity on display with this year’s Siren Award finalists is absolutely world class.”

“This is my first experience of the Sirens Awards, and I am incredibly impressed with the exceptional quality of the finalists who crafted compelling and engaging radio ads to connect strongly with listeners.”

The Siren Awards encourage excellence in radio advertising and are judged by the Siren Creative Council, a panel of advertising agencies and radio industry experts.

Gold Siren Award winners will receive a Gold Siren trophy, along with two premium tickets for themselves and a guest pass to the semi-permanent Festival of Creativity and Design to be held in Sydney in May 2022.

Three silver sirens will be awarded for best radio commercials in three categories: single, campaign and craft. A Siren Client Award of $1,000 in cash will also be awarded to the ad writers voted the best by a panel of clients.

Finalists in the craft category are Cue Sound, Eardrum, Gusto Studios, Play Dirty Productions, Sonar, Soundbyte Studios and Squeak E. Clean Studios.

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