That’s not true. That’s a cynical thing to say. But getting recognized for your work is a delight, no question. “I do it for the art,” sure, but who doesn’t like being validated? Plus, I don’t even need to buy a ballgown.
This morning I learned that I’m nominated twice for the Sam Ross Award for Editorial/Commentary by the Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada (RTDNA). These are regional awards, the particular region being Central Canada, encompassing Quebec and Ontario. That’s a pretty huge market, so I’m sincerely pleased and honoured, especially given that both pieces are satirical, which isn’t everyone’s bag. Winners of the regional awards qualify for the national awards.
Thanks to my good friends at CBC Radio’s “Breakaway” in Quebec City for nominating my pieces. This is the first time I’ve ever been up for an award for radio, which I’ve been doing since 2008. (I had to go to my LinkedIn page to check that.)
These are the two pieces up for the award:
I also learned last week that I’m up for a Best Column Writing Award with the Quebec Community Newspapers Association. My fellow columnist at The Sherbrooke Record, Tim Belford, is up for the same award. He is a former host of CBC Quebec City’s morning show. It’s all one great big incestuous circle of life. I’ve won this award before but this is a first nomination for Tim, who is a good egg and well-deserving.
All I need to do now is find out who Sam Ross is/was.