Shefik Wins 3 dotCOMM Awards for His Syndicated Radio Show
NEW YORK — The international competition dotCOMM Awards honors excellence in web creativity and digital communication. The competition is unique in that it reflects the role of creatives in the dynamic web that is transforming how they market and communicate products and services.
Media personality Shefik, a native of New York, has won a total of three awards in the 2017 competition for his nationally-syndicated terrestrial radio show, "Shefik presents Invocation". One dotCOMM Platinum Award and one dotCOMM Gold Award were presented to the radio show itself (under the category "Audio: Program"), and one dotCOMM Platinum Award was presented to the show's website at invocation.co (under the category "Website: Business to Consumer"). The dotCOMM Platinum Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed.
Categories for dotCOMM Awards are the elements of the web's evolving tools. Interactivity, content, design, social media, video, apps, blogs, and influencers are all important components of digital public relations, marketing, and advertising campaigns. Together, they generate branding, customer engagement, and ultimately sales.
Entries for dotCOMM Awards come from corporate communication departments, public relations firms, digital shops, advertising agencies, and freelancers. Entrants include designers, developers, content producers, digital artists, video professionals, account supervisors, creative directors, and corporate executives.
Administration for dotCOMM Awards is handled by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization oversees awards and recognition programs and honors outstanding achievement and service to the profession. As part of its mission, AMCP fosters and supports the efforts of creative professionals, who contribute their unique talents to public service and charitable organizations. Over the past few years, AMCP's Advisory Board has given out over $250,000 in grants to support philanthropic endeavors.
Judges are industry professionals, who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. There were over 2,200 entries from throughout the United States, Canada, and 13 other countries in the dotCOMM Awards 2017 competition. About 13 percent of entries won the dotCOMM Platinum Award, and around 13 percent the dotCOMM Gold Award. Approximately 5 percent were Honorable Mention winners.
"I am extremely proud of the work that my team and I have accomplished," says Shefik. "The collective nature of 'Invocation' is rooted by a manifesto and life stance. The journey is its calling card."
The award-winning episodes of "Shefik presents Invocation" are as follows:
- "Songs to Invoke Revolution 2" (dotCOMM Platinum Award): This particular episode, which is the 25th episode of the show, features Sarah Dash (Member, Labelle and Member, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles); artist and party promoter Michael Alig; Mr. Every Day (CEO, Past Life Entertainment Group and Godson, Gil Scott-Heron); and AJ Woodson (Editor-in-Chief, Black Westchester); along with a message from Carl Clay (Founder and Executive Producer, Black Spectrum Theatre Company). Production Crew: Shefik (Executive Producer, Host and Writer), Frank McIntyre (Writer), Neddy Smith (Production Assistant).
- "Songs to Invoke Love 2" (dotCOMM Gold Award): This particular episode, which is the 26th episode of the show, features Chris Jasper (Member, The Isley Brothers (1973-1983) and Member, Isley Jasper Isley (1984-1987)); multi-platinum recording artist Freddie Jackson; recording artist Tony Terry; and recording artist Lachandra (Owner, Posh by Lachandra); along with messages from recording artist and multi-platinum producer Paul Laurence (Smokey Robinson, Melba Moore); and recording artist Quindon Tarver. Production Crew: Shefik (Executive Producer, Host and Writer), Frank McIntyre (Writer), Neddy Smith (Production Assistant), Dominick Rienzi (Production Assistant), Pati Sands (Production Assistant), Mark Moore (Production Assistant), Mokay Kamara (Production Assistant).
"It was a real pleasure working with Shefik on 'Shefik presents Invocation', and I enjoyed being his guest," says Chris Jasper (Member, The Isley Brothers (1973-1983) and Member, Isley-Jasper-Isley (1984-1987)). "Shefik is a true professional, and I congratulate him on this well-deserved award."
"I'm reminded of a quote by George Washington Carver that goes, 'When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you command the attention of the world'," says AJ Woodson (Editor-in-Chief, Black Westchester). "First, let me say that I am both humbled and honored about winning the dotComm Platinum Award for the 'Shefik presents Invocation' radio show, for the segment I did on 'Revolution', in the 25th episode. Shefik's vision for the nationally syndicated 'Invocation' radio show epitomizes the aforementioned quote, and it was a pleasure to work with him and watch him work. He is truly deserving of this award."
"It has been a while since I've worked with someone as conscientious and organized as Shefik," says artist and party promoter Michael Alig. "From the moment I received his email asking me to be part of his show, until the time my episode went live, Shefik made certain nothing was left to chance, sending me clips and quotes, then links, making it easier to post and promote the episode. I would work with Shefik again in a heartbeat!"
These particular episodes are 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), and Broadway World. 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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