Arab News launches special US elections radio show

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Updated 06 October 2020

Arab News launches special US elections radio show

  • Weekly broadcast will interview key figures and focus on issues and news in Arab American community

LONDON: Arab News announced the launch of its radio show covering the US elections, “The Ray Hanania Show,” hosted by its US special correspondent Ray Hanania, on Tuesday.
The weekly show – found on WNZK AM 690, based in Detroit and broadcasting throughout Michigan, Ohio and Southeast Canada – runs every Wednesday morning for an hour at 8 a.m. EST (1 p.m. in London, 3 p.m. in Riyadh and Jerusalem, and 4 p.m. in Dubai) as well as the second Friday of every month through the week after the Nov. 3 general election.
For the approximately 200,000 listeners who tune in to the radio station each week, as well as thousands of online listeners, the show can also be listened to online and on the Arab News Facebook page.
“We’re focusing on the election and on election politics, and I am hoping to look at congressional races and how Arab Americans will be voting and what issues they feel are important,” Hanania said.
“Each week, the show will examine issues and news in the Arab-American community and talk with activists and community leaders as well as with candidates and newsmakers,” he added.
Guests interviewed include Avi Berkowitz, US President Donald Trump’s special adviser on Middle East negotiations, as well as Arab News’ New York correspondent Ephrem Kossaify.
Syrian American journalist Laila Al-Husini, who founded US Arab Radio in 2005, said she has seen a growing interest among Arab and Muslim Americans in US politics and that Hanania’s weekly contributions have helped to educate and empower them.
“Hanania brings professional journalism to radio and to the Arab and Muslim community each week on US Arab Radio, and we are excited by the sponsorship of this special Arab News election report featuring his perspectives, guests and interviews every Wednesday,” Al-Husini said.
“There are so very few Arab voices on radio not only educating Arab Americans but the mainstream American public, too. That’s why this political discussion program is so important. We are excited to have it on our US Arab Radio Network.”

HIGHLIGHTS

• For the approximately 200,000 listeners who tune in to the radio station each week, as well as thousands of online listeners, the show can also be listened to online and on the Arab News Facebook page.

• Upcoming guests include former US Ambassador to Morocco Ed Gabriel, who is spokesman for the group “Arabs for Biden,” as well as Arab-American activist and writer, Dalia Al-Aqidi, who is a supporter of President Trump.

Hanania explained that radio is exciting because it allows the host to interact directly with the audience in a way that is difficult to do on television and in print – and it is instantaneous.
“Radio adds an important facet to Arab News’ expansion of its coverage on the US. It’s live and interactive and more person-to-person. Listeners get involved and can call in during the show to ask questions,” he said.
Upcoming guests include former US Ambassador to Morocco Ed Gabriel, who is spokesman for the group “Arabs for Biden,” as well as Arab-American activist and writer, Dalia
Al-Aqidi, who is a supporter of President Trump.
Hanania, a seasoned reporter and radio host, used to host a mainstream weekly program on WLS AM Radio in Chicago every Saturday and Sunday morning, in which he discussed mainstream regional and national politics and issues during his time as a Chicago City Hall reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1977 to 1992.
Later, he took over a mainstream weekday morning show on WJJG 1530 AM Radio in Chicago from 2003 to 2009.
He then moved on to host a radio show in 2016 on the US Arab Radio Network, run by Al-Husini, which broadcasts Arabic and English language programs focused on Arab and Muslim communities every morning Monday through Friday from 8-9 a.m.
The radio station has other Middle East-focused programs throughout the day and has a significant audience in the Greater Detroit region.
“Most other programs generally focus on Arab American culture and music,” Hanania said. “My radio shows always focuses on politics, government and Arab American activism.”


D&AD Awards announces new program changes for 2021

Updated 30 November 2020

D&AD Awards announces new program changes for 2021

  • D&AD, which promotes excellence in design and advertising, evolves its categories every year to reflect the industry

RIYADH: The D&AD Awards are now open for 2021 with several new changes.

Due to the economic climate, the education charity D&AD has increased its Super Earlybird discount from 30 percent to 40 percent for all entries submitted by Jan. 13. It has also increased the discount for freelancers and small businesses under 10 employees to 25 percent.

D&AD, which promotes excellence in design and advertising, evolves its categories every year to reflect the industry including revisions and additions of sub-categories as well as entirely new sections.

This year, there are four new additions: E-commerce with 12 sub-categories including purchase experience and brand partnership; next photographer is being brought back for emerging talent with less than 3 years of commercial experience in photography; type design, which has been removed as a sub-category from typography and is its own category due to the large number of entries it receives; gaming, which aims to celebrate creative excellence in gamified experiences and brand messaging across e-sports, mobile, and online games; and new realities and emerging media, which are sub-categories reflecting cutting-edge work that is changing how brands interact with consumers.

In addition, writing for design and writing for advertising are back as two distinct, separate categories after consultation with the industry.

Following last year’s revamp of the digital design subcategory and feedback from juries, judges will now prioritize execution over idea in this category in the digital design category.

Lastly, D&AD has introduced the low budget subcategories across all disciplines including film, branding, direction, visual effects, animation, photography, and entertainment as well as PR, spatial design, and music videos.

Donal Keenan, awards director at D&AD, said: “We are committed as always to creating an awards program that accurately reflects the current nature of the creative industries.

“In 2021 our changes reflect approaches the industry has employed to reach and engage audiences through e-commerce, gaming, and new realities.

“As current world events continue to transform the creative sector, we hope that the changes to our awards can help better bring together the creative community that we aim to champion,” he added.

After a virtual 2020 awards program, D&AD will continue its digital-first approach into next year, hosting a virtual awards ceremony and festival while continuing to explore the possibility of in-person events.