MARCH 22, 2016, BURBANK, CA—Benztown, an international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voice-over services company, announces that the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) will honor nationally syndicated radio personality, Jessica “Jai” McVay with two 2016 Gracie Awards for outstanding achievement in programming. The Gracie Awards celebrate women by recognizing their outstanding achievements across all sectors in media. McVay earned two national Gracies this year for her work as Co-Host of the weekly talk radio shows, Dawson McAllister Live With Jessica McVay and Dawson McAllister Late Nights, heard on over 50 radio stations across the U.S. and Canada, including a Gracie for Public Service Announcement, “McVay Minute” for Dawson McAllister Association. McVay’s recognition comes in a record-breaking year, in terms of total number of submissions for Gracie Awards consideration.
Gracie Awards Recognizes and Honors Women in Media
The 41st annual Gracie Awards, which support AWMF’s educational programs, charitable activities, public service and scholarship campaigns that benefit women in media, will be presented at a gala awards show on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Jai McVay will accept her award along with fellow national honorees including: Tina Fey, Angela Bassett, Cynthia Nixon, Jada Pinkett Smith, Vera Farmiga and Kathie Lee Gifford.
McVay joined the Dawson McAllister Association in May of 2012 as Dawson's "Online Connection", moving to full Co-Host of Dawson McAllister Live and Dawson McAllister Late Nights in early 2015. As Co-Host, McVay gives loving advice and encouragement on-air to hurting teens and young adults on 50 radio stations across the U.S. and Canada six nights a week.
McVay said: “I’m so grateful to Dawson McAllister for seeing something in me I hadn’t yet identified, and for giving me the chance to be his co-host to reach and encourage hurting teens and young adults. Thank you to The Alliance for Women in Media for supporting and encouraging women to strive further, aim higher, and to lead by example. This is an incredible honor I do not take lightly. Congratulations to all the incredible women who are being honored this year and have been honored in the past. I’m humbled and proud to be in your company.”
Kristen Welch, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Chair, and SVP, Global Content Operations at Discovery Communications said in making the announcement, "The AWMF, through the Gracie Awards, is honored to recognize the collective, powerful voices of women from across the media landscape. Their influence and inspiration on and off the camera, encourages our future generations to build on the foundation and opportunities created by the great women before them."
Dawson McAllister Live with Jessica McVay (DMLive) is a CHR (Top 40) call-in talk show about real, and often heavy, issues facing teens and young adults, featuring Co-Host McVay and Host, internationally recognized youth communicator Dawson McAllister. DMLive provides a forum where teenagers and young adults can talk about the problems they are facing, including: divorce, depression, cutting, suicide, drug addictions, eating disorders and family issues. The stories on DMLive are raw and unrehearsed from real people with real problems. The three-hour weekly show is available for cash or barter through Benztown.
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About the Gracie Awards
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint initiatives with the Emma Bowen Foundation, NCTA, NAB and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. In addition to giving more than $16,000 a year away in scholarships to deserving female students, the Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards, a gala that honors exemplary programming created by, for and about women. For more information about The Alliance for Women in Media please visit their newly re-designed website at allwomeninmedia.org and follow them on Twitter (@AllWomeninMedia ), (@TheGracies), (#TheGracies) and Facebook.
About Dawson McAllister Live with Jessica McVay
Dawson McAllister Live with Jessica McVay is a CHR (Top 40) call-in talk show about real, and often heavy, issues facing teens and young adults, featuring Dawson and co-host Jessica McVay. The stories on DMLive are raw and unrehearsed from real people with real problems. People dealing with issues like abuse, pregnancy, addiction, heartbreak, and more, and they all have one thing in common – they need to talk about it. Dawson and Jessica give clear, caring, common sense advice in a fast-paced non-stop caller-after-caller format, while interacting with the audience online via Dawson’s social media platforms and interjecting listener comments into the program in real time. The number one goal of the show is to help the listener find hope, healing and recovery. Each caller speaks further with one of Dawson’s HopeCoaches following their call On-Air.