North East Branch
The chair of the North East Branch is Jon Kirby (GMG).
If you would like more information on the Branch, or you are interested in taking part or assisting with events in this region please contact us.
Richard Berry (University of Sunderland/Spark FM)
Helen Edmondson (UKRD)
Steve Furnell (Bauer)
Justin Kings (Bauer)
Fred Marden (University of Sunderland)
Dave Nicholson MBE (Radio Tyneside)
Our Branch Facebook page is here
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Posted by North East at 4 April, 2013, 2:44 pm
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!
Date: Thursday 18th April 2013
Doors open: 6.30pm
Venue: Newcastle College Space Bar, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road Newcastle upon Tyne, NE47SA
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.
Posted by North East at 25 September, 2012, 11:04 am
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!
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 is required for this event.
Cost: members free / non-members* £10 (inc VAT)
Date: Tuesday 1st May
Time: 5.30 for 6pm start
Location: Prospect Building, University of Sunderland, SR6 0DD
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?
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 ++
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
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!
Posted by North East at 25 September, 2009, 10:32 am
We had a great AGM in the North East on Wednesday evening and we're pleased to announce that things are really moving. There's a new committee in place, and we're planning our next quiz event on November 3rd in Newcastle - details to follow.
If you want to get involved or just want to know more, drop me a line at any time. You can email me by clicking here. And you can find the North East Branch on facebook and on twitter (@radioacademyne).
Looking forward to seeing you in November!
North East Branch Chair
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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