On Thursday evening, the Austrian authors Richard Goll (65) and Alfred
Treiber (66) received the 10,000 Euro “Axel Eggebrecht Prize” of the
Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig. The two radio pioneers received
the award from Andreas Koch, board member of the Sparkasse Leipzig.
Koch cited Axel Eggebrecht, who once said, that the nature of the radio
feature is justified by the ability of the author to know and to love
his topic: “Today we are honouring two great representatives of this
genre, for Richard Goll and Alfred Treiber are living and converting
perfectly the high requirement of Eggebrecht within their work”, said
The laudatory speech was held by another representative of the feature
genre, Peter Leonhard Braun, who is closely familiar with the work of
Goll and Treiber since the 1970s. “Their fearlessness, this
having-no-fear of humans or authorities, the cold and hard eye for the
effectiveness of a programme and the devotion to a cause, these are the
things I admire most”, said Braun. “You hardly ever find this
combination. Even by international comparison, this is unprecedented.”
Braun also thanked the commitment of the Media Foundation: “To honour
radio pioneers such as Richard Goll and Alfred Treiber, who wrote
European radio history, suits Leipzig well.”
The laureates described their efforts for the radio feature as a long
way through the authorities of the ORF, which has been marked by tough
fights. They also benefited from the experiences and support of the
colleagues in the Federal Republic of Germany: “Without the German
development aid, many things would have happened in a slightly different
way”, said Treiber: “It is therefore something extraordinary for us to
be honoured with a prize named after Axel Eggebrecht.” The “Axel
Eggebrecht Prize” is awarded since 2008 alternating with the “Günter
Eich Prize”, which honours the life work of radio play authors.
In addition to Braun, the award jury consisted of Helmut Kopetzky
(winner of the 2008 “Axel Eggebrecht Prize”), Dr. Peter Klein (Vienna,
head of literature, radio play and feature department of Austrian
Broadcasting ORF), Heinz Klunker (Berlin, head of radio feature of
Deutschlandfunk radio from 1977 to 1997) and Linde Rotta (Leipzig,
freelance author, initiator of the Leipzig Schreibwerkstatt Radio).
The jury had to deal with an exceptionally wide range of competitors.
ARD (First German Television), ORF and the Association of German Writers
proposed the complete works of eleven candidates. Due to the
significant applications, the jury would have been able to award this
life work award to five candidates. But it unanimously decided to hand
over the prize to Richard Goll and Alfred Treiber for their historical
achievement in the field of broadcasting.
The work of Richard Goll and Alfred Treiber consists of more than 100
radio features. Both won several national and international awards,
founded the radio feature department of ORF and presently began to
recruit and train potential comrade-in-arms anywhere in Austria. After
30 years of programme work, the radio feature now belongs to the
flagships of the cultural channel Österreich 1 (Austria 1).
The “Axel Eggebrecht Prize” is awarded in cooperation with MDR Figaro.
The culture radio of the MDR (Central German Broadcasting) broadcasts a
recording of the award ceremony at the Leipzig Media Campus at 11.05
a.m. on Sunday, 31 January.