Alfred Behrens is the first laureate of the Günter Eich Prize. The jury's statement: "Alfred Behrens, born in Hamburg-Altona in 1944, has enriched the German-language radio play with refreshing and unconventional impulses for more than 35 years. As an important pioneer and pacemaker of pop radio plays, original sound radio plays, social science fiction and audio films, he has always sought new forms of expression in acoustic narrative with a high level of language and media awareness. His manuscripts and concepts do without the fast technical gag, rather they are imaginative research journeys through the acoustic patterns of experience of the medial world. Early on, Behrens decided to direct his work, too; his stories and life stories are audio works written with the microphone. Like few of his generation, this radio poet has remained a tireless exponent and innovator of the art of radio play to this day - and he also strives to pass on his knowledge and skills to younger generations of authors."
Members of the jury were the Leipzig-based author and journalist Linde Rotta, who initiated the creation of the Schreibwerkstatt Radio (Radio workshop); the media critic Frank Kaspar; the media scientist Hans-Jürgen Krug; Konrad Zobel, until mid-2006 head of the Literature and Radio Play Department at the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation). The jury was chaired by Christoph Buggert, radio play director at Hessischer Rundfunk (Hessian Broadcasting Corporation) until 2002.