Awards aren’t important until you’re up for one

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.

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I'm Canadian so I pronounce it "Aboot." No, I don't! I don't know any Canadian who says "aboot." Damnable lies! But I do know this Canadian is all about humour (with a U) and satire. Come by. I don't bite, or as we Canadians say, "beet."
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42 Responses to Awards aren’t important until you’re up for one

  1. Ned's Blog says:

    Your piece on recycling was brilliant and one I remember well. However, you in a ball gown is an image I’d rather forget. Congratulations and well deserved, my friend — on both counts. I’ll especially be rooting for you to get the Sam Ross award, which sounds particularly prestigious. Plus I like the whole “Ross Wins Ross” headline idea.

  2. Paul says:

    Sam Ross, wasn’t that Betsy Ross’ husband? Of course it is confusing because Sam is one of those guys who has two first names.

    Congrats on the nominations Ross! If you win, you could refer to the awards you won as Ross’ Ross awards or Ross squared. 😀

  3. Corinne Smith says:

    Yay, you!

  4. List of X says:

    Congratulations, Ross! It looks like you almost swept the entire nomination – there’s only one other contender against the two of your pieces!
    And it sounds like you don’t even have to nominate 15 other columnists to get that award – although, I’m not so sure about the ballgown.

    • rossmurray1 says:

      Yes, no tag team nominating here. So civilized.
      As sweet as this is, I expect the third piece will win. I haven’t heard it but she’s a good reporter and it looks back on a very important piece of Canadian contemporary history. Serious vs satire. Well, you know how it goes.

  5. Elyse says:

    Congrats, Ross! But I think you should go ahead and get the ball gown. You will have so much to write about afterwards!

  6. walt walker says:

    My favorite thing about the recycling one was actually how well you employed the old school linguistic constructions, putting your ‘nots’ and ‘shalls’ and whatnot in all the right places. Elitist ass that I can be –when I forgot to try hard not to be one — I get unreasonably annoyed when people play that game but have no ear for it. You’ve got good ear. Congrats on the nominations!

  7. Trent Lewin says:

    Hey congratulations! That’s awesome, and important, and you’re doubly-nominated! Now please post photos of you in a ballgown, if you make that happen I will create a new award and give it to you immediately.

  8. Carrie Rubin says:

    Wow, this is very exciting and impressive! Congrats and best of luck to you! Either way it’s a win.

  9. ksbeth says:

    congratssssssssssss! p.s. he was betsy ross’ secret twin.

  10. pinklightsabre says:

    I’m glad too it sounds like they nominated pieces you really like yourself. I was a huge fan of a Christmas one you did a couple years ago. That just blew me away. And I get the ‘doing it for the art’ thing. It sure is nice to do it and feel someone else is noticing, too. And we are. Cheers, Bill

  11. Dina Honour says:

    Congrats! A well-deserved nomination. Don’t forget to thank the academy, your parents and God if you win though, ok? Good luck!

  12. I mean you might not NEED to buy a ballgown, but why WOULDN’T you? I bet you’d look stunning.
    ^_^ Congratulations on your nominations, and good luck!

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