Lauren Hunter (SONiC102.9) Winner Of 2021 CMW Allan Waters Young Broadcaster Of The Year

Lauren Hunter of SONiC102.9 in Edmonton Winner of the 2021 CMW Allan Waters Young Broadcaster of the Year Award in honour of Steve Young

Canadian Music Week (CMW) is pleased to announce, although a year later than expected, the 2021 winner of the Allan Waters Young Broadcaster of the Year Award is Lauren Hunter, a bright young broadcasting talent who displays her considerable talent weekdays on her afternoon drive show at SONiC 102.9 in Edmonton (Rogers Sports & Media)

Lauren Hunter has been nominated numerous times over the past number of years, including being a recent runner up. The award presentation for this prestigious honour for Canada’s best Young broadcaster under the age of 30 was delayed due to COVID-19. There were many nominations and the choosing process was exceedingly difficult.

CMW would like to take a moment to recognize the talented runners up: Shannon Burns of CHUM-FM/Virgin Radio Toronto (Bell), and Mitch Burke of 680 NEWS in Toronto (Rogers Sports & Media) who pushed the committee so hard in making the final decision.

Lauren Hunter will be recognized during the 2021 Virtual Canadian Music Week May 18-21, 2021.

Neill Dixon, President and Founder of Canadian Music Week, says:

“It’s no wonder she has garnered so much attention. On the air she is thrilling Edmonton’s radio audiences every day, and off the air she has been described as ‘Edmonton’s unconventional, unintentional ambassador”. ’Lauren’s charitable contributions and viral social media bits have received hundreds of thousands of views over the years. She is the author of many high-profile shenanigans that have captured the attention of her listeners and Edmontonians. Even through 2020 and the pandemic, Lauren has strived to make a difference in her community. Lauren raised $1000+ for cancer research with Dry February, and $1000 for the YEG Food Bank by auctioning off her personal painting to SONiC.In 2017, Lauren painted a portrait of Oiler Connor McDavid and sold prints through SONiC, raising $25,000+ for charity. These are just a few of the many notable viral and charitable accomplishments from Lauren Hunter, who continues to weave comedy, entertainment, along with charitable work, together to make her listeners smile and make a meaningful difference in her hometown of Edmonton too.

Covid delayed the awarding of this Young Broadcaster Award till now but circumstances permitting,this will resume in 2022. At that time to make it fair, the age requirement for this award will be increased by a year to 31, for one year only.Canadian Music Week thanks all those who nominated all these very worthy Young talented broadcasters, and for their patience.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.


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