Bryce Casey takes out Broadcaster of the Year at 2020 NZ Radio Awards

The Rock radio host Bryce Casey has taken home two of the most prestigious awards at the NZ Radio Awards this year. 

Casey was honoured with the Sir Paul Holmes Broadcaster of the Year award and his 58-hour-long bowling fundraiser earned The Blackie Award, which celebrates a 'golden moment of radio'. 

"It's an unbelievably great honour to win awards in the names of two New Zealand greats of broadcasting in Sir Paul Holmes and the legend that is Blackie," Casey said in a statement. 

"Very humbling and cool. I'm bloody proud on behalf of my whole family and especially my station The Rock for all the work they did to make it happen."

Last year, Casey raised at least $366,000 for Mike King's I Am Hope mental health foundation by ten pin bowling for 58 hours straight. It was the broadcaster's third time taking on the challenge, having first attempted the world record-breaking feat in 2004, before finally succeeding 10 years later.

Casey's wife Sharyn, an announcer at The Edge radio station, took out the Best Entertainment Podcast award with her co-host Morgan Penn for The Trainee Sexologist. 

Meanwhile, Magic Talk and its Newshub affiliates won Best News Story for their coverage of the Christchurch terror attacks.

Newshub's director of news Sarah Bristow said she was "immensely proud" of the team. 
"Their stories reflected the chaos and panic in the immediate aftermath and the sombre realisation that New Zealand had experienced a terror attack like we had never experienced before," she said.

"Our TV news team was recognised for their coverage of the mosque attacks at the TV Awards last year - and to follow that up with a win at the Radio Awards shows the strength of the journalism done by the Newshub newsroom."

The Station of the Year award was jointly presented to More FM and The Breeze. 

This year's winners were announced via a video on the Radio Broadcasters Association website in lieu of the usual ceremony due to the COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings.