By David Kilby | Correspondent

Two programs produced by the diocesan Department of Radio and TV have been awarded 2014 Silver Davey Awards, which exclusively honor the “Davids” of creativity, the finest small firms, agencies and companies in the world.

The productions “Voices from the Storm,” and Realfaith TV’s “Runaway Teens,” were honored for being distinctive creative works and for exhibiting a standard of excellence determined by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.

Realfaith TV is a multi-award-winning talk show produced for and by teens that tackles a variety of issues faced by teenagers today. In its 30-minute episode “Runaway Teens,” Marcel Quinones, program manager from Covenant House New Jersey for homeless youth, speaks about how life on the street can be dangerous and terrifying. Quinones shares his personal story of living on the streets after his father left and his mother couldn’t maintain their apartment.

The National Runaway Switchboard reports that between 1.6 and 2.8 million teenagers run away every year. Quinones offers some advice to those considering running away and explains how Christ’s example of “seeking and saving the lost” inspires him in his work with runaway teens.

“Voices from the Storm,” is a 14-minute documentary that gives an account of Superstorm Sandy and recovery efforts as told by several emergency personnel, survivors and volunteers from parishes and local charities, and Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., who visited many of the schools and parishes in the Diocese affected by the storm Oct. 29, 2012.

The Davey Awards are inspired by the story of David in the first book of Samuel. “David defeated the giant Goliath with a big idea and a little rock - the sort of thing small firms do each year,” reads the description of the award on www.daveyawards.com. “The annual International Davey Awards honors the achievements of the ‘Creative Davids’ who derive their strength from big ideas, rather than big budgets.”

Marianne Hartman, director of the diocesan Office of Radio and TV, said it’s great news to hear that “Voices from the Storm” received the award. “Two years after Superstorm Sandy, ‘Voices from the Storm’ continues to serve as a reminder of the goodness of people helping each other through devastating times.”

She said with “Runaway Teens,” the Realfaith TV studio guests also showed great sensitivity as they shared their own experiences of friends and family members who had run away.  “I hope that episodes like this one will help young viewers to have the information they need to make good choices and turn to God to help them with their decision-making,” Hartman shared.

Rayanne Bennett, diocesan executive director of communications, credited the Department of Radio and TV and the partners with whom they work for consistently turning out excellent work on behalf of the Diocese. “We are very fortunate to have such an extraordinary team, under the direction of Marianne Hartman, who bring talent, professionalism and a strong sense of mission to their work. Video content, whether produced as regular programming or singular projects, represents a fundamental part of our multimedia initiative in the Office of Communications.”

“It’s nice to be recognized, but it isn’t about the award. It’s about the message,” said Rosemary Kimball, associate director of the diocesan Department of Radio and TV. “With both productions, it’s overcoming a tremendous obstacle. In one case the storm; in the other for runaway teens, it’s about overcoming the pitfalls of living on the street – the traffickers, drugs, and alcohol – and surviving and thriving because of others lifting you up and helping.”

 “Voices from the Storm” was also recognized with a Bronze Award in the Religion/Spirituality category in the 35th Annual Telly Awards earlier this year. These are the 52nd and 53rd awards won by the diocesan Department of Radio and TV since 1987.

“Runaway Teens” can be accessed from the homepage of realfaithtv.com. “Voices from the Storm” can be found via the homepage of TrentonMonitor.com.