Shefik Wins 2 Communicator Awards for His Syndicated Radio Show
NEW YORK, December 13, 2017 — The winners of the 23rd Annual Communicator Awards have officially been announced by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA). With over 6,000 entries received from across the United States and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals.
Media personality Shefik, a native of New York, has won a total of two awards in the 2017 competition for his nationally-syndicated terrestrial radio show, "Shefik presents Invocation". One Communicator Award of Excellence was presented to the radio show itself (under the category "Productions/Programs/News - Program"), and an additional Communicator Award of Excellence was presented to the show's website at invocation.co (under the category "Websites - General - Entertainment"). The Communicator Award of Excellence is the highest honor that can be bestowed.
Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by the AIVA, a 600+ member and invitation-only organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts, dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. Current AIVA membership represents a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms, including AirType Studio, Condè Nast, Disney, Keller Crescent, Lockheed Martin, Monster.com, MTV, rabble+rouser, Time Inc., Tribal DDB, Yahoo!, and many others.
"We are both excited and amazed by the quality of work received for the 23rd Annual Communicator Awards. This year's class of entries is a true reflection of the progressive and innovative nature of marketing and communications," noted Linda Day, Executive Director of the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. "On behalf of the entire Academy, I want to applaud this year's Communicator Awards entrants and winners for their dedication to perfecting their craft, as they continue to push the envelope of creativity."
"It is exciting to win multiple Communicator Awards at the highest honor that can be bestowed," says Shefik. "The industry and peer support for 'Shefik presents Invocation' has been overwhelming, and I feel deeply blessed. Thank you to my production crew and the various performers who lent their talent and experience to my creative vision."
The award-winning audio entry of "Shefik presents Invocation" is as follows:
- "Songs to Invoke Change": This particular episode, which is the 17th episode of the show, features 2-time Oscar nominated and Grammy Award winning recording artist and songwriter Siedah Garrett (writer of "Man in the Mirror", performed by Michael Jackson); Tony Award winner and 4-time Grammy Award nominee Melba Moore; poet and mental health advocate Yashi Brown, who is Michael Jackson's niece; as well as messages from Laurence Juber (Lead Guitarist, Paul McCartney & Wings (1978-1981)); Emmy and Grammy Award nominated composer William Goldstein (NBC's "Fame"); and multi-platinum producer Rickey "Slikk Muzik" Offord (Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Kirk Franklin, Master P). Production Crew: Shefik (Executive Producer, Host and Writer), Frank McIntyre (Writer), Seth Wells (Production Assistant), Mokay Kamara (Production Assistant), Dominick Rienzi (Production Assistant), Mark Moore (Production Assistant).
For the award presented to the show's website at invocation.co, Shefik is credited as Architect and Developer.
"I am honored to have worked with such a legendary artist as Michael Jackson. As co-writer of 'Man in the Mirror', I am proud of the song's global impact and its inspirational appeal to invoke 'change'. I miss Michael dearly," says 2-time Oscar nominee and Grammy Award winner Siedah Garrett. "It was a pleasure to share with Shefik my musical experiences of Michael, for his show 'Shefik presents Invocation'. It was truly heart-felt, and I congratulate Shefik on the continued success of his platform."
"Shefik presents Invocation" is sponsored by Nyea's Party, who specializes in custom ballon decor for corporate and private events, as well as multicultural party supplies.
Shefik is an accomplished industry insider, who has appeared on MTV, SiriusXM, PBS, network television, and in print media, as well as internationally on TRT World (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, based in Istanbul, Turkey). He has held senior-level positions at many Fortune 500 companies and celebrated brands, including IBM, NBCUniversal, MTV World, Merck, Merriam-Webster, and Wolters Kluwer. A seasoned pro in social media with a career background as a Lead Architect and Senior Web Developer, Shefik is on the cutting edge of new media. As a videographer and producer, his work has been featured in television broadcasts and video productions for TIME magazine, The Washington Center, "Unsung" (TV One), Broadway World, and a major television station in New York City. Additionally, his photography has been featured in print and online publications, such as Daily Mail (based in United Kingdom), Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Playbill, and China Press.
About 'Shefik presents Invocation'
Aptly titled "Shefik presents Invocation", the nationally-syndicated radio show is a mesmerizing and thought-provoking journey through musical discovery and appreciation that spans the decades. The show is currently broadcast on 21 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States. Additionally, all interview segments are shot on video and distributed internationally via outlets, such as Amazon (United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan). Each one-hour episode, executive-produced and hosted by media personality Shefik, highlights one relatable focal point (chosen by Shefik), along with an accompanying playlist of songs (curated by Shefik), encompassing a unique thematic concept that invigorates the audience with creative impact. Top recording artists, actors, business executives, politicians, community leaders, and other special guests are invited to offer their own commentary on the weekly topic, as a supplement to Shefik's engaging mindset. The radio show's online hub at invocation.co serves as a conduit for discussion of the show, while featuring related videos and auxiliary content. The journey continues right here and everywhere.
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