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Korda retires from CTNY

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN — The Rev. James Korda is retiring as a priest of the Diocese of Youngstown and as president of the Catholic Television Network of Youngstown, effective Friday.

Korda’s ministry has included almost 30 years as a CTNY producer and host, with 20 of those as president or director of CTNY.

The Diocese of Youngstown was informed of two recent awards for programs produced by the CTNY: A Communicator Award of Excellence for its radio program Wineskins and a Telly Award for its television program Mass for Shut-Ins.

With this year’s awards, CTNY has now won a total of 22 Communicator Awards, with five for Wineskins, and a total of 18 Telly Awards in a history that spans over 40 years.

Wineskins also has previously won two Proclaim Awards and two Gabriel Awards.

The Rev. David J. Bonnar, bishop of the Youngstown Diocese, said, “These two new awards are a fitting capstone to Father James Korda’s award-winning career in radio and television ministry. I am grateful to Father Korda for his pioneering work in proclaiming the Gospel and telling the story of our Catholic and interfaith community. He leaves a legacy of communicating the compassionate love of God with innovation and joy.”

The CTNY production team also includes Robert Gavalier and Brother Dominic Calabro, SSP. With Korda, they both have participated in the award-winning efforts of CTNY for over 25 years.

This year’s 28th Annual Communicator Awards were announced by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. CTNY received an Award of Excellence in the audio category for the May 2, 2021, episode of Wineskins. The episode featured Korda as host and his interview with Bonnar on Bonnar’s pastoral letter, “Testify to the Light,” along with an interview with Diana Hancharenko on young adult ministry, a feature on the saints by Brother Dominic Calabro and scripture commentary by the Rev. Matthew Humerickhouse.

Also this year, the 43rd Annual Telly Awards were announced as judged by the Telly Award Judging Council. They included a Bronze Award for the CTNY program, Mass for Shut-Ins, which was recognized for its Aug. 15, 2021, episode for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Korda was the presider for the Mass, with Barbara Zorn as the cantor and lector.

The mission of the Communicator Awards is to seek out and recognize outstanding work in marketing and communications. The Communicator Award honors those who spread their message to the world. It is the leading international creative awards program of its kind. The Award of Excellence is the competition’s highest honor, according to its website.

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