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2018 Communicator Award of Distinction

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2018 Communicator Award of Distinction

The winners of the 24th 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 an award in the 2018 competition for his nationally syndicated terrestrial radio show, "Shefik presents Invocation" ( One Communicator Award of Distinction was presented to the radio show itself (under the category "Productions / Programs / News - Program").

In 2017, one Communicator Award of Excellence was presented to the radio show again (under the category "Productions / Programs / News - Program"), and an additional Communicator Award of Excellence was presented to the show's website at the category "Websites - General - Entertainment"). The Communicator Award of Excellence is the highest honor that can be bestowed. This now brings the grand total to three Communicator Awards won overall.

Communicator Awards are judged and overseen by AIVA, a 600+ member 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 PureMatter, Condé Nast, Disney, Republica, Sesame Workshop, MTV, Starbucks, Time Inc., Tribal DDB, Yahoo!, and many others.

"We are extremely proud to recognize the work received for the 24th Annual Communicator Awards. This year's class of entries embodies the ever-evolving marketing and communications industry," noted Derek Howard, Director at Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA). "On behalf the Academy members, I'd like to applaud the entrants this season for their dedication to producing outstanding content, as they continue to push the envelope of creativity."

"For the second consecutive year, I am proud of the work that led to win another Communicator Award," says Shefik. "Once again, thank you to my team for all of their efforts."

The award-winning audio entry of "Shefik presents Invocation" is as follows:

  • "Songs to Invoke Death":This particular episode (about "Death"), which is the 29th episode of the radio show, features 2-time Grammy Award winner Laurence Juber (Lead Guitarist, Paul McCartney & Wings (1978 - 1981)); publicist Angelo Ellerbee (President and CEO, Double XXposure); attorney Robert Siano, Esq.; and artist and party promoter Michael Alig, who served almost 17 years in prison for manslaughter; as well as messages from Billy Sherwood of the legendary progressive rock band YES; and Grammy Award winner Gerald Alston (Lead Singer, The Manhattans). Production Crew: Shefik (Executive Producer, Host and Writer), Frank McIntyre (Writer), Seth Wells (Production Assistant), Dominick Rienzi (Production Assistant), Neddy Smith (Production Assistant), Pati Sands (Production Assistant), Abdul Wells (Production Assistant).



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 22 terrestrial radio stations and frequencies throughout the United States. 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 serves as a conduit for discussion of the show, while featuring related videos and auxiliary content. The journey continues right here and everywhere.