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“False Idol” from Religion of Sports and PRX Wins Honors at the New York Festivals Radio Awards

The multi-part narrative podcast series re-examining the tragic story of sprinter Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp was awarded gold in the sports podcast category and was also honored in serialized podcast and documentary categories

The New York Festivals Radio Awards announced 2022 Storytellers Gala award-winners — honoring innovative audio work created by world-class storytellers — including the narrative series “False Idol” from award-winning media company Religion of Sports and public media organization PRX.

A seven-part narrative podcast series re-examining the tragic story of Paralympian sprinter Oscar Pistorius and the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, “False Idol” was awarded a gold trophy in the sports podcast category. The series was also awarded silver in serialized podcast and narrative/documentary podcast categories.

In addition, the“Crushed” podcast series from Religion of Sports and PRX, revisiting and untangling the truths and myths of Major League Baseball’s steroid era, was a finalist in the sports category.

The production team for “False Idol” included host, writer, and reporter Tim Rohan, producer Timothy Lou Ly, senior producers Kate McAuliffe and Devon Manze, production assistant Meghan Coyle, editor Michael Garofalo, engineers Sandra Lopez-Monsalve and Ian Coss, and fact checker Matt Giles. Gotham Chopra, Ameeth Sankaran, and Adam Schlossman served as executive producers.

The production team for “Crushed” included host and reporter Joan Niesen, senior producer Jessica Pupovac, editor Michael Garofalo, associate producer Devon Manze, production assistant Meghan Coyle, engineers Tommy Bazarian and Dan Dzula, and fact checker Jane Ackermann. Gotham Chopra, Ameeth Sankaran, and Adam Schlossman served as executive producers.

This year, the New York Festivals Radio Awards awarded audio creators and producers from 24 countries, including NBC News, SiriusXM, HarperCollins Publishers, ABC Radio National, Sky News Radio, Audible, CBC, BBC, RTÉ Radio Ireland, and Pushkin Industries.

For more about the awards, see here.

About Religion of Sports

Religion of Sports is an award-winning media company founded by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan, and Gotham Chopra. Religion of Sports’ work is defined by thoughtful, elevated stories that uncover why sports matter, and distill the spirituality, science, and humanity that unite elite performers and people of all kinds. Religion of Sports tells stories that make believers. Visit for more.

About PRX

PRX is a non-profit public media company specializing in audio journalism and storytelling. PRX serves independent producers and organizations by helping them connect to their most engaged, supportive audiences. One of the world’s leading podcast publishers, PRX works in partnership with TED, PBS, the Smithsonian, Futuro Media, GBH, Religion of Sports, and more. PRX is also home to Radiotopia, known as one of the most creative and successful podcast networks. In addition, PRX distributes trusted public radio programming to hundreds of stations nationwide, including “The World,” “The Moth Radio Hour,” “This American Life,” “Snap Judgment,” “Reveal,” “The Takeaway,” and “Latino USA.” PRX programs have been recognized by the Peabody Awards, the duPont-Columbia Awards, the IDA Documentary Awards, and the Pulitzer Prizes.

PRX is a non-profit media company shaping the future of audio by producing and distributing content, building technology, and training talent.

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