BBC Radio 4’s Today programme used to run an opinion poll for Person of the Year. Radio 4’s PM has given a New Year’s award too. I don’t listen to either these days so not sure if they still do.
There are countless awards dished out each December and January by the media, But not that many are facilitated by shortwave stations. Radio Romania International’s annual personality of the year poll is a notable exception. Nominate through the form at www.rri.ro , or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2011 award was justifiably given to all the citizens who rose against the regimes in their in Northern Africa and the Middle East, in the Arab Spring.
My vote for 2012 is a toss-up between sky walker Felix Baumgartner for his leap from the edge of space back to earth and Frances O’Grady, the first female leader of the British TUC.