Midlands Branch

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The Midlands Branch region is Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

The new chair of the Midlands Branch is Gareth Roberts, Managing Editor (BBC WM 95.6).

Gareth is looking for new volunteers to help organise social events in the region. We need people from all areas of the industry, who can spare an hour or so once a month to meet/conference call and plan a diary of activities. We're looking for people with ideas and a little time to turn those ideas into events. This means having contacts across the industry and the willingness to exert a little friendly pressure to persuade people to take to the stage.

If that sounds like you, drop Gareth an email and he'll be in touch.




News & updates

Midlands Branch: Ben Cooper in Conversation with Matthew Bannister

Posted by Midlands at 13 June, 2013, 2:17 pm

Ben Cooper in conversation with Matthew Bannister

Monday 8th July | Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm| BBC Broadcasting House, Level 10, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF

Ben Cooper (Controller, Radio 1 and 1Xtra) is tasked with winning a new, younger audience for Radio 1. It's a great job but no easy task - dropping Chris Moyles, declining audiences and an almighty "ding dong" over Thatcher just some of the recent challenges. Ben talks about his vision with former Radio 1 boss Matthew Bannister, no stranger to controversy himself when he axed many of the old guard presenters back in the 90s.

Details:

Date: Monday 8th July 2013
Time: Doors open 6.30pm
Venue: BBC at the Mailbox - Birmingham

Registration:

THIS EVENT HAS NOW SOLD OUT

Cost: members free / non-members £5 (inc VAT)

Tickets for Radio Academy events are non-refundable, but may be transferred.

Are you interested in helping the Midlands Branch Committee?

Mike Owen, the current Midlands Branch Chair will be at this event and is keen to chat to any local radio industry bods about the events you'd like to attend and he's also happy to hear about any creative ways you may have to make them happen.

Did you know most people working in radio qualify for free membership of The Radio Academy via Patrons or as volunteers/staff of SRA, HBA and most community affiliated stations? Although registration is required, it's a relatively quick process.
Click here to see if you qualify.

Midlands Branch: TEAM Its Only Radio!

Posted by Midlands at 18 October, 2012, 4:38 pm

TEAM Its Only Radio!

John Myers Book Tour: Birmingham

John Myers in conversation about his brand new book, TEAM: Its Only Radio! with Orion Media's Phil Riley at the helm!

Currently CEO of Myers Media and TeamRock as well as Sony Radio Academy Awards Chairman, John's radio career needs little introduction.

Think Morgan in the Morning, Century Radio, GMG Radio, Chief Executive of The Radio Academy, Chairman of the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, the Myers Report plus so much more.

This man is quite literally an immense figure in radio! His laugh-out-loud autobiography reveals the hilarious secrets behind some of the best-known radio stations in Britain. Hear all about life, laughter and the radio business from one of the great minds and great storytellers in the business.

Details:

Date: Monday 29th October 2012

Venue: Sonata Room, The Hyatt, 2 Bridge Street, Birmingham B1 2JZ (Cash Bar)

Doors: 6.30pm

Start: 7.00pm

Ends: Approx 8.30pm

Registration:

Space is limited and registration is required for this event.
Cost: members free / non-members £5 (inc VAT)
Tickets for Radio Academy events are non-refundable, but may be transferred.

Register HERE

Did you know most people working in radio qualify for free membership of The Radio Academy via Patrons or as volunteers/staff of SRA, HBA and most community affiliated stations? Although registration is required, it's a relatively quick process.
Click here to see if you qualify.

All profits from the book will go to these charities: The Radio Academy Benevolent Fund, Radio Tyneside and British Lung Foundation.
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I loved Student Radio Day

Posted by Midlands at 19 October, 2011, 9:20 am

Many thanks to the SRA attendees in Stoke who asked me to talk about the importance of live events in radio. My review of the historical background was outstanding including several mention of the exceptional Captain Plugge. Nonetheless I guess the eternal question is - can I get a gig? Answer - try Manchester! More news of a Brum event very soon! Mike

Two Centuries of Sound Recording

Posted by Midlands at 27 June, 2011, 9:12 am

Courtesy of the Lichfield Festival - The Radio Academy in the Midlands is delighted to highlight this event taking place on the 13th July at 10am at the Garrick Theatre Lichfield. Tony Wass - he will be known to many in the Midlands and is a former BBC sound supervisor with 33 years experience in the field and will explore how the capturing of sound has developed over the last 200 years. There is a charge but if you need any further information contact Mike Owen - Chairman on 01543258175

Midlands Branch: Localness in broadcasting – does it have a future?

Posted by Midlands at 3 June, 2011, 4:50 pm

Amid the recent rumours of BBC Radio 5live replacing programmes on BBC Local Radio services, Orion Media, owners of major local commercial stations in the Midlands (including BRMB and Beacon) made a proposal to the BBC – to run BBC WM as a non-commercial public service offering for a fee, at reduced cost to the licence payer.

Mike Owen, Chairman of the Midlands branch of The Radio Academy, spoke to Phil Riley (Chief Executive, Orion Media) about this offer, which fed into a wider debate about the future of local broadcasting in the region. David Lloyd (Orion), Phil Upton (BBC WM), Ed James (Heart West Midlands), Bob Warman (ITV Central), Elliott Webb (ex-BRMB), Mark Newman (BBC WM), Paul Bryant (Touch FM), Mark Weston (BBC Radio Leicester) and many others were on hand for the lively hour-long discussion.

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Localness in broadcasting – does it have a future?

Posted by Midlands at 18 May, 2011, 1:10 pm

The Radio Academy West Midlands Branch invites you to a session at the Metro Bar at which we'll be examining the issue of localness in broadcasting. Phil Riley, Chief Executive of Orion Media, will set the scene for an open debate on how the issues affect the Midlands.

Location: Metro Bar, 73 Cornwall St, Birmingham B3 2DF
Date: Monday 23rd May
Time: 6pm for a 6.30 start

Contact Mike Owen Media to book a place on 01543 258 175 or at mike@mikeowenmedia.co.uk.

Midlands Branch Event: ‘Riley at the Metro’

Posted by Midlands at 24 November, 2009, 2:51 pm

The Radio Academy’s Midlands Branch hosted Phil Riley the chief executive of the UK’s newest commercial radio group, Orion Media, in conversation with Radio Academy Regional Head, Mike Owen, at the Metro Bar, Birmingham on Tuesday 24 November.

Led by Mr Riley, formerly chief executive of Chrysalis Radio, and backed by Lloyds Development Capital, Orion Media was the successful bidder for Global Radio's "Midlands Platform" – a portfolio of stations comprising BRMB, Beacon Radio, Mercia FM, Wyvern FM, three Gold AM stations and Heart East Midlands. After a protracted sale process lasting over nine months, the company saw off a number of competitors including Global’s major commercial rival, Bauer.

The sale saw Mr Riley take the reins once more at BRMB, the station where he began his career as a trainee back in the 1980s, eventually becoming the station’s Programme Controller before leaving to set up Heart FM in 1994.

Only three months have passed since Orion took full control of the stations, but already a number of major changes have already taken place including a restructuring of senior roles, the appointment of radio veteran David Lloyd as Group Programming and Marketing Director and several on-air changes (most notably the departure of long-standing BRMB breakfast presenter Elliott Webb and the return of John Dalziel to Mercia FM). With BRMB now “under construction” a host of other changes are on the way and the Radio Academy event saw Mr Riley outline Orion Media’s vision for radio in the region.

Midlands Branch Event Round-up

Posted by Midlands at 26 March, 2009, 2:11 pm

BBC in the Midlands hosted a really successful event for the Midlands Radio Academy. The event kicked off with tours of the facility admirably managed by Jenny Wilkes and glossed over by the ‘eternal’ Jimmy Franks. The ever affable Nick Owen happened to be on hand to add some general bon mots while the wizard Mark Newman pretended he hadn’t been involved from day one.

Mike Owen acted as station master and we formally presented the Midlands Sony Award for Nations and Regions to Beacon Shropshire – who turned up mob handed – to receive the gong. Muff Murfin – recently featured on WCRFM on his life and the Gladiators theme - read the citation beautifully.

The evening was given an extra frisson by a superb acoustic set from Mexicolas frontmen – Jamie and Dan – who announced their new deal with Sony BMG in Japan and played some tracks from their new album. Copies of their first album X ran out after being offered to all in attendance.

The event was rounded off at Pennyblacks a hostelry on the canalside ( Birmingham has more miles of canals than Venice – but more algae) and some amount of liquid refreshment was consumed in excellent company.

The next event is planned already for May and we may still have a cake making event!

- The RA Midlands Branch

Midlands Branch Event At The Mailbox

Posted by Midlands at 25 March, 2009, 2:54 pm

Courtesy of our colleagues at BBC Birmingham at the Mailbox we’ll be holding our next event there in Birmingham on Wednesday 25th March from 6.30 to 8.30pm

The highlights apart from meeting your esteemed colleagues from the regional Academy will be as follows:

  • Our formal presentation of the Nations and Regions Award in the Midlands branch – with an explanation of how to win!
  • This will be accompanied with our ‘warm-up’ to the Sony’s 2009.
  • A ‘live’ performance from the new Mexicolas line-up
  • A tour of the BBC WM studios
  • Drinks to follow in a nearby hostelry


Events Archive & Audio

The Radio Academy presents: ‘Riley at the Metro’

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Trevor Dann and John Myers in conversation

14th Nov 07 - Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, Birmingham
Trevor Dann and John Myers will present a vision for the Academy in the 21st Century – BRMB’s Tammy Gooding will be interrogating our special guests in a unique session in the main stand at Aston Villa FC.

There is also a chance to see one of the UK’s and Birmingham’s newest radio stations – Aston FM – courtesy of owner Muff Murfin!

The event will also see the presentation of certificates to successful graduates of the first Radio Aspire Course!

Trevor Dann is the Director of the Radio Academy, and an accomplished writer, broadcaster, producer and media consultant. He has presented shows for the Classic Gold network, has worked for the BBC as Head of BBC Music Entertainment, and was renowned for his famous Radio 1 revamp!

John Myers is the Chair of Trustees of the Radio Academy, and Chief Executive Officer of GMG Radio, one of the UK’s largest commercial radio operators with the Smooth, Real Radio, and Century brands in its portfolio. GMG Radio is the radio arm of Guardian Media Group, which owns The Guardian.