North East Branch

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The chair of the North East Branch is Jon Kirby (Real and Smooth Limited).

If you would like more information on the Branch, please contact us.

The Committee

Richard Berry (University of Sunderland)

Mark Black (Sun FM)

Steph Finnon (BBC Newcastle)

Steve Furnell (Metro Radio)

Justin Kings

Brian Lister

Fred Marden (University of Sunderland)

Suzi Martin (Real Radio North East)

Dave Nicholson (Radio Tyneside)

Giles Tanner (Capital North East)



News & updates

North East Branch: Big Voices

Posted by North East at 18 February, 2014, 9:45 am

Big Voices

Two of the most recognisable voice talents in Britain and America, Peter Dickson (The X Factor) and Alan Dedicoat (Strictly Come Dancing), in conversation with John Myers about the impact of voiceover and narration on television.

There won't be many people in the UK who won't have heard the dulcet tones of Alan Dedicoat and Peter Dickson. They're known for what they sound like, rather than their faces. Alan is the 'voice of the balls' on The Lottery Programme — however, perhaps more will know him from his talents as the voice of Strictly Come Dancing and the main newsreader on BBC Radio 2. Peter Dickson, is known the world over... not only is he the voice of a thousand adverts, but more than that he's the big sound known to millions on the X Factor programme. Together, these two giants know everything about how to use your voice to its best advantage. In this one-off event, both Peter and Alan reveal the secrets of their success and how you can become the next 'big voice'.

These two stars are the best in the business so if you want to know how to make it as a voice over artists then make sure you attend this event.

Presented in partnership with the North East and Borders branch of the Royal Television Society.

Details:

Date: Tuesday 11th March 2014
Time: 7pm for 7.30pm start
Venue: VENUE: Live Theatre, Broad Chare, Quayside, NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE NE1 3DQ

Registration:

Cost: FREE but must be booked in advance by registering here.

North East Branch: An Audience with Kay Burley

Posted by North East at 20 January, 2014, 2:00 pm

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Kay Burley is the longest serving female newsreader on British television and one of the original members of the SKY news team when it launched 25 years ago. A skilled journalist, Kay started her career in local press before moving to local radio and national television.

Afternoons with Kay Burley on SKY NEWS attracts a large audience and through it's nature as a daily programme, she's often announcing some of the world's biggest news stories, such as 9/11, The Twin Towers and the death of Princess Diana. Sometimes criticised for being insensitive and direct, Kay's style has kept her at the top for nearly three decades. In this revealing interview, she talks to John Myers about the pressure of being a high profile woman in media, her journey into journalism and what it takes to remain at the top for so long.

You'll hear revealing insights, wonderful stories and total honesty about the sacrifices she's made to remain the longest serving female newsreader in the UK.

Presented in partnership with the North East and Borders branch of the Royal Television Society.

Details:

Date: Tuesday 18th February 2014
Time: 6.30pm for 7pm start
Venue: Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre, St Peter’s Riverside Campus, University of Sunderland, SR6 0DD

Registration:

This event is now FULLY BOOKED. You might be interested in our next North East Branch event, Big Voices.

North East Branch: Christmas Quiz 2013

Posted by North East at 21 November, 2013, 5:35 pm

Friday 22nd November 2013 | Doors Open: 7pm | Jesmond Cricket Club, Newcastle

The North East Branch Radio Academy are excited to announce details of their Christmas Quiz, hosted by Metro Radio's Steve Furnell.
Radio enthusiasts will be battling it out to be crowned the 2013 Quiz Champions, and not only do you get to take away the title but there's some fantastic prizes up for grabs too!

Details:

Date: Friday 22nd November 2013
Time: 7pm
Venue: Jesmond Cricket Club, Osborne Avenue, Jesmond, Newcastle, Tyne & Wear, NE2 1JS

Registration:

Cost: It's £5 per team - to be paid on the evening

If you would like to enter a team with a maximum of 5 members please email your team details to Suzanne Martin

North East Branch: Music in Radio

Posted by North East at 10 September, 2013, 9:56 am

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Thursday 12th September 2013 | Doors: 6pm | Onstage: 7pm | Ends: 9pm |
Newcastle College Space Bar, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road Newcastle upon Tyne, NE47SA

Radio Academy North East presents Music in Radio.

John Simons, Group Programme Director (Real & Smooth Limited) will be hosting an evening of lively debate about what many consider to be the most important element of a radio station - Music.

Joining John on the panel will be Mark Findlay, Group Head of Live Music (Global Radio), Tony Myers, Regional Promotions (Polydor Records) and Jeff Smith, Head of Music (BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music) and Paul Campbell, Founder and CEO (The Amazing Media Group).

Details:

Date: Thursday 12th September 2013
Time: 6pm for 7pm start
Venue: Newcastle College - Space Bar, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7SA

Registration:

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

Click HERE to register

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.

The North East Breakfast Battle (Round 2)

Posted by North East at 4 April, 2013, 2:44 pm

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Thursday 18th April 2013 | Doors: 6.30pm | Onstage: 7pm | Ends: 9pm
Newcastle College Space Bar, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road Newcastle upon Tyne, NE47SA

***UPDATE: Check out photos from the event on the North East Branch Facebook page.***

The North East Breakfast Battle..... Round 2

Following on from Round 1 of our breakfast battle a few months ago we're back with a brand new set of North East radio breakfast talent, discussing and debating the turbulent world of breakfast radio.
This time Mike Parr (BBC Tees) will be refereeing as Anna Foster (Magic North East), Jojo Hatfield (Capital FM), Charlie Charlton (BBC Newcastle) and Robin Banks (Star Radio) do battle and take questions from the floor.
This promises to be another fascinating event, and a chance to meet up with friends from around the stations. We look forward to seeing you there!

Details:

Date: Thursday 18th April 2013
Doors open: 6.30pm
Onstage: 7pm
Ends: 9pm
Venue: Newcastle College Space Bar, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road Newcastle upon Tyne, NE47SA

Registration:

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

Click HERE to register

*NOTE for Newcastle College students: There are notices around campus about how you can sign up to this event for free.

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.

The North East Breakfast Battle (Round 1) plus TEAM: Its Only Radio

Posted by North East at 25 September, 2012, 11:04 am

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Date: Thursday 11th October 2012
Venue: Newcastle College Performance Academy, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE47SA
Doors: 6.30pm
Onstage: 7pm
Ends: 9pm

If you would like to attend this evening and have not already registered you can check availability by emailing here.

Part 1 – TEAM: Its Only Radio

John Myers in conversation about his brand new book, TEAM: Its Only Radio, with John Simons doing the grilling.

Currently the Chair of the Sony Radio Academy Awards, 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 Sony Radio Academy Awards, Chairman of the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, the Myers Report and Myers Media, plus so much more. This man is quite literally an immense figure in radio.

Hear all about life, laughter and the radio business from one of the great minds and great storytellers in the business.

Part 2 – The North East Breakfast Battle (Round 1)

It’s been a big year of change for North East Breakfast Radio, so we’ve decided to put some of the North East's big hitters in a room together for the first time to discuss the turbulent world of breakfast radio.

Metro Radio's Steve Furnell (Steve and Karen), Real Radio's Gary Philipson (Gary & Lisa), Wayne from Tfm and Capital FM's Bodg (Bodg, Matt and JoJo) are among the guests who will face questions from John Myers, from the audience in a live Q&A and from each other.

No punches will be pulled, Breakfast Radio is a battle and, in an ever changing landscape, who will win out?

Bring your boxing gloves and support your own champ.

This will be round one of the Breakfast Battle with future events being planned to include more of the region's breakfast talent.

This promises to be a fascinating event and is totally FREE.

We look forward to seeing you there!

North East Branch Event: Getting into Radio

Posted by North East at 11 April, 2012, 3:25 pm

Tuesday 1st May | 5.30 for 6.00 | Prospect Building, University of Sunderland, SR6 0DD

Whenever you ask people who work in radio about how they got where they are, you’ll find some spent years entertaining patients on hospital radio while others did wacky things on student radio (some did both!). Some of them found paid work in this profession quickly and others only made it after a long wait, doing other things. Some will have specifically studied radio, while others haven't.
Every story is different and it seems there's no one single route that everyone follows.

But are there secrets we can learn? Is it purely about talent and hard work or do you just have to be in the right place at the right time?

We’ve assembled a panel from different disciplines across the industry and they definitely have at least one thing in common; they are all media graduates from the University of Sunderland.

Collectively, they work with some of the biggest brands in radio and all have stories to share and tips to offer.

For anyone looking to break into radio, this is an event not to be missed!

The panelists are:

Tom Cotton (Head of Music, Amazing Radio)
Gaynor Marshall (Producer, Nightowls, Metro Radio)
Ross Mitchell (Broadcast Assistant, BBC Radio Leeds/BBC introducing)
Chris Stevens (Group Deputy Programme Director, GMG Radio)
Vicky Warham (Presenter, Q Radio/Rock FM)

Registration:

Registration is required for this event.

Cost: members free / non-members* £10 (inc VAT)

Details:

Date: Tuesday 1st May
Time: 5.30 for 6pm start
Location: Prospect Building, University of Sunderland, SR6 0DD

Are We Still In Love With Local Radio? – North-East

Posted by North East at 27 January, 2011, 10:59 am

40 years after BBC Newcastle started broadcasting to our region and 6 weeks after Global Radio rolled out the new Capital FM network we pose the question are listeners and broadcasters still in love with local radio?... and what do we mean by local radio anyway? Is it about local voices? Where the studio is? Or something else? Does ‘local’ still matter?

The Panel:

Peter Dixon, Station Manager: Radio Teesdale
Mark Reason, Managing Director: Star Radio North East
Andrew Robson, Managing Editor: BBC Newcastle
+ more to be announced later

Thursday 10th February 6:30pm
Tiger Tiger, Newgate Street, Newcastle
£5 on the door

++ Including the presentation of the North East Nations and Region Award for 2010 ++

North East Branch – Bob Shennan in conversation with John Myers (1st Dec)

Posted by North East at 1 December, 2009, 3:45 pm

Everyone very welcome this evening for Bob Shennan (Radio 2 Controller) and John Myers 6 for 6.30 at The North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, Neville Hall, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

North East Quiz

Posted by North East at 3 November, 2009, 3:00 pm

The world famous RADIO ACADEMY NORTH EAST QUIZ is back!! Bigger and better than ever, your chance to shine and defend the honour of your station. Or just have a laugh!

Prizes? There may be some beer, but it's all about honour, and a great night. Kenny D is your legendary host.

Venue: Baby Lynch – Next to Floritas, Collingwood Street, Newcastle, NE1 1JF

Date and time: Tuesday 3rd November, 6.30 for 7. And it's free!



Events Archive & Audio

The Radio and Music Tombola on Tour!

12th June 07 - Tokyo, 17 Westgate Road, Newcastle
Remember back to those golden days, when we used to get together, talk radio and drink a beer or two? Well, they’re back at long last – the North East branch of the Radio Academy returns with an epic night of entertainment, and a free bar too*!

The brains of North East radio will be pitted against one another with a music and radio themed quiz night, courtesy of Galaxy North East and Steve and Karen’s Tombola on Tour.

Regional, local, student, hospital or RSL – whatever your role in radio, get a team together! Teams should be no more than five people (though more than one team from any one station is allowed). If you don’t belong to a station but want to come along, let us know and we’ll create a team for you. The cost is £1 per team.

Whoever you ask to join your team, expect plenty of music trivia, some slightly anoraky jingle rounds, bags of questions about radio and maybe a picture round too. The prize? The prestige of beating your North East peers. And maybe some champagne, too. But mostly the prestige.

They’ll also be a free bar* thanks to Galaxy North East and 100 – 102 Century FM. Hurrah!

* free until the money runs out, and then it’s your round