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And the Winner Is… showcases award-winning radio produced across Canada

This two-hour special hosted by Gloria Macarenko features award-winning radio programs and music from the past year.
Alberto Cardona and his collection of antique clocks are subjects of a radio documentary by journalist Dave Atkinson. (Dave Atkinson/CBC)

And the Winner Is… celebrates local and regional radio programming from the past broadcast season. Host Gloria Macarenko introduces a round-up of award-winning documentaries and music by JUNO award-winning artists in this two-hour holiday special. 

Learn about some of the stories in this special radio program.

And the Winner Is, hosted by Gloria Macarenko, is a celebration of award-winning local and regional radio programming from the past broadcast season. Along with excellent documentaries, you'll also hear the music of many of this year's JUNO award-winning artists. Part 1 features documentaries titled Alberto's Clocks, Gertrude the Chicken Mascot, Top Cop Turned Beekeeper, Matheson, Foot on the Mat. 48:52

Alberto's clocks

Alberto Cardona fled Colombia as a refugee 15 years ago.

Today, he's a resident of Stratford, P.E.I.. He treasures his family, his safety, and his collection of antique clocks. Journalist Dave Atkinson visited Cardona to learn more about his passion.

Alberto's clocks was recognized at this year's East Coast  Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards with the excellence in sound Dick Smyth Award.

Gertrude the chicken mascot

Marty Hastings is a sports reporter with Kamloops This Week and a CBC Kamloops sports columnist. He has been following the story of a chicken named Gertrude, who is the Mascot of the South Kamloops Titans rugby team, and the team's quest to take Gertrude to the provincial championships.

Marty Hastings and CBC producer Shelley Joyce won the Western region Best Sports Reporting RTDNA award for their story.

Top cop-turned-beekeeper

Once an RCMP chief superintendent in charge of 2,000 officers and staff in northern B.C., Barry Clark is now in charge of 1 million bees. (Betsy Trumpener/CBC)

Barry Clark lives on a beautiful farm north of Prince George, B.C. He used to be Northern B.C.'s top police officer in charge of 2,000 RCMP officers and staff. Now, he is retired and is the "boss" of about one million bees. He said beekeeping has helped him transition from a life of high stress.

Betsy Trumpener received an RTDNA award for best short feature for the story of her visit to Barry Clark's farm.

Matheson 

In 2019, CBC Vancouver journalist Jason D'Souza embedded himself at a Surrey, B.C. high school for a month to get a sense of what life is like for high school students nowadays. 

D'Souza reported on several topics that reflected his time in Matheson, a series named after the L.A. Matheson Secondary School where he was embedded. The series earned the Adrienne Clarkson RTDNA Award for diversity.

CBC journalist Jason D'Souza spent a month at LA Matheson Secondary School in Surrey to hear stories of the students there. (Christian Amundson/CBC)

And The Winner Is… features an episode titled Brown-washing.

Foot on the mat

A few years ago, most kids in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, had never stepped foot on a wrestling mat. Now, they're taking home medals in the sport.

'Wrestling is a very individual sport but yet you can't do it without your teammates,' says coach Chris Crooks. (Rachel Zelniker/CBC)

The wrestling team scooped up a record number of medals at the 2019 territorial competition. The sport has become incredibly popular, and weekly practices would draw dozens of young wrestlers.

CBC producer Rachel Zelniker's documentary on the wrestling program earned her an RTDNA award for sports feature reporting.

And the Winner Is, hosted by Gloria Macarenko, is a celebration of award-winning local and regional radio programming from the past broadcast season. Along with excellent documentaries, you'll also hear the music of many of this year's JUNO award-winning artists. Part 2 highlights documentaries titled Miramichi Students Bond with Special Olympians, Citizenship Ceremony, Peaceful Grieving: Suicide of a Child, Trans teen comedian, Keep on (Tiny) trucking, Promise to Matty. 48:51
 

Miramichi students bond with Special Olympians

During the winter of 2019, CBC reporter Vanessa Blanch traveled to Miramichi, N.B., on the eve of the provincial winter Special Olympics. There, she met a group of athletes and high school students who had spent months together preparing for the games.

Blanch's documentary about that visit won RTDNA's Adrienne Clarkson award for diversity.

Grade 12 student Maggie Jardine and athlete Michael Clark have become good friends since September when Jardine's Miramichi Valley High School leadership class began planning the Special Olympics NB Winter Games. (Vanessa Blanch/CBC)

Citizenship ceremony

When CBC Toronto reporter Joana Draghici was assigned a story about a citizenship ceremony, she jumped at the chance. Draghici and her family became Canadian citizens when she was 11 years old. In 2019, she watched 57 people from nine different countries as they took the oath of citizenship at the Toronto Reference Library. 

Draghici took home a regional and a national RTDNA award for this story.

Peaceful grieving: suicide of a child

Losing a child is likely the most painful thing a parent will ever experience. Losing a child to suicide often complicates that grief, leaving many parents with guilt, anger, and questions about how this could have been prevented. CBC Saskatoon's Nichole Huck shares the story of a Saskatoon mother who is on a journey toward "peaceful grieving" after losing her son.

This documentary won the RTDNA Dave Rogers award for best long feature in the Prairie region.

Trans teen comic

Meet Louis Brady, a Windsor, Ont. high school student by day, and a stand-up comedian by night. His subject and expertise? His own transgender identity. 

Stacey Janzer shares Brady's story in this award-winning documentary.

Louis Brady is a high school student by day, and a stand-up comedian by night. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)

Keep on (tiny) trucking

You might not know that "tiny trucks" were a thing for adults… until you hear Nola Keeler's documentary. She takes the audience inside the world of hundreds of hobbyists who build and show small, exacting replicas of trucks.

Keeler took home a regional and a national RTDNA award in the Sports Feature category for this documentary.

Federico Buryniuk (Nola Keeler/CBC)

Promise to Matty

Tuesdays are Matty's Days at the RCMP training academy in Regina.

Matthew Brandon has mental disabilities and he thrives on routine. Every week, he would go to the RCMP depot to see the parade and the people. But when his favourite sergeant announced he would retire late last year, there was great trepidation about what would happen to Matty.

Bonnie Allen of CBC Regina won a Dave Rogers short feature award for Promise to Matty.  

Catch this two-hour special on Monday, Aug. 3 at 4 p.m. on CBC Radio One, or hear it right now on CBC Listen.

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