Jenny West of The Zone @ 91-3
Winner of the 2023 CMW
Allan Waters Young Broadcaster of the Year Award
in honour of Steve Young
Canadian Music Week (CMW) is pleased to announce the 2023 winner of the 14th Annual Allan Waters Young Broadcaster of the Year Award is Jenny West, a bright broadcasting talent from Pattison Media’s Pol & Jenny afternoon drive show at The Zone @ 91-3 in Victoria BC. Jenny will be recognized during the Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon on June 8 as part of Canadian Music Week’s Radio Days North America conference in Toronto.
There were many nominations and the choosing process was once again exceedingly difficult. CMW would like to take a moment to recognize the talented runners up: Brock Lewis of Rogers Sports & Media’s K-Rock in Kingston/92.7 Rock in Sudbury/101.9 Rock in North Bay/92.1Rock in Timmins, and Roxanne Guerrin from Torres Media’s Max 103 in Valleyfield, Quebec.
“We applaud this year’s Allan Waters winner, who is so active in her community. Jenny West is a creative force on air, online and in person,” said Neill Dixon, President of Canadian Music Week. “Her approachable social media outreach, excellent on air talent, and ongoing involvement in public causes sound like the work of multiple nominees, rather than one dynamic young broadcaster.”
Jenny West is viewed and respected as an important passionate voice for the Greater Victoria community. Jenny is a radio broadcast professional with a background in musical theatre who has 8+ years of experience in audio production for radio and podcasts. On Pol & Jenny, Jenny proves to listeners that “the West is the Best” as she regales them with tales of life, magic tricks, and awkward stories all while somehow keeping Pol in line. Outside of her afternoon show co-hosting gig with Pol Plastino, Jenny is an avid producer of podcasts where they delve deeper into topics explored in their radio show with a bit more of an edge to their content. Another podcast she produced is a series called “The Rag: The Period Posse Podcast” featuring Jenny and her cohorts from a non-profit community group called the Period Posse. The purpose of the podcast is to break the period stigma. They talk about menstrual activism, health and share personal experiences.
On top of that, Jenny is a regular volunteer with Our Place Society – an organization in Greater Victoria that serves the city’s most vulnerable, tackling homelessness, mental health challenges, substance use issues and more.
Further to this, Jenny has literally put her body on the line for a charitable cause. In 2016, she participated in an event known as The Fight 4 The Cause Charity Boxing Classic. A black-tie boxing event that that takes members of the community who have little to no boxing experience and puts them through a two-month bootcamp to compete in the ring, all in the name of charity. Jenny stepped into the ring for the very first time that year. And since then, she’s kept training, teaches boxing classes in Victoria AND is now set to compete in one of the country’s FIVE all-female boxing cards known as West Coast Wonder Women.
Past Allan Waters Young Broadcaster of the Year Award winners include Shannon Burns, Lauren Hunter, Brad Karp, Ruby Karr and more. To learn more about Steve Young please visit his tribute page on Facebook: http:/tinyurl.com/steveyoungtribute
ABOUT CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK: Now in its 41st year, Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining multifaceted information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; awards shows and the nation’s largest new music festival. All conference functions occur at The Westin Harbour Castle at 1 Harbour Square in Toronto.
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