North West Branch


The chair of the North West Branch is John Ryan, Director of 2ZY and chair of Gaydio in Manchester.

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North West Branch: Mike Joyce & Clint Boon In Conversation with Mike Sweeney

Posted by North West at 20 February, 2014, 6:14 pm

Musicians On The Radio

*UPDATE: Audio from the event is now available - just click here.*

Two of the world’s most iconic musicians join the BBC’s Mike Sweeney in conversation, in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Both Mike Joyce, of The Smiths, and Clint Boon, of Inspiral Carpets, played their part in defining a generation.

Clint was the beating heart of one of the most celebrated eras in music history and laid the foundations for band’s like Oasis, Elbow and The Charlatans. With Noel Gallagher on board as a roadie, Clint and Inspiral Carpets gained critical acclaim as well as enjoying huge commercial success.

Mike Joyce was part of one of the world’s most culturally important bands; people in all four corners of the globe live and die by the lyrics of The Smiths. Need we say more?

Another thing both men have in common is a transition to radio. Clint joined Oldham’s 97.2 The Rev and acted as head of music, then joined XFM to host their evening show before taking over Drivetime. Mike also enjoyed time at The Rev before becoming a regular presenter on BBC 6Music and launching his own online radio station and music franchise, Beatwolf.

Your host, Sony Radio Academy Award-winning Mike Sweeney, launched his career on Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio before time on Capital Gold and Real Radio XS – he now presents a morning show on BBC Radio Manchester. And Mike is no stranger to the stage having performed with Salford rock band The Jets.

Spend an evening with true giants of the industry in Manchester’s cultural epicentre.

You can follow the event throughout the night on Twitter via #RAMusic.


Date: Monday 10th March 2014
Time: 7.30pm for an 8pm start
Venue: Gulliver’s Bar, 109 Oldham St, Manchester M4 1LW


Cost: members free / non-members £5 (inc VAT). Booking has now CLOSED for this event.


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.


If you are a member of the Radio Independents Group then you can attend this event for free.

Use your email account and email Events with the Subject "North West Branch: Boon, Joyce & Sweeney" and space permitting we'll add you to the guest list.

North West Branch: TEAM Its Only Radio!

Posted by North West at 15 October, 2012, 2:30 pm

TEAM Its Only Radio!

John Myers Book Tour: Salford Quays

John Myers in conversation about his brand new book, TEAM: Its Only Radio! with BBC Radio Manchester's Allan Beswick doing the grilling!

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.


Date: Thursday 25th October 2012

Venue: **NEW VENUE** BBC Bridge House, Salford Quays, Salford M50 2BH

Doors: 6.30pm

Start: 7.00pm

Ends: Approx 8.30pm


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.

North West Branch: JingleFest!

Posted by North West at 8 June, 2012, 4:01 pm

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the year.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

North West Branch: Sony winners discuss winning secrets

Posted by North West at 4 June, 2012, 10:03 am

Thursday 7th June | 18.30 to 20:30 | Bohemia Bar, Castlefield
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Recent winners at the 2012 Sony Radio Academy Awards will be gathering this Thursday evening to discuss their awards.

The Radio Academy event will see representatives from Juice, GMG Radio, BBC Radio 5 Live and Woolyback Productions share their secrets.

With the North West representing a good share of winners at the event on May 14th, the Radio Academy hope to find out what makes a winning entry from regional winners.

The panel consists of Chris Chambers from Juice FM Liverpool, Christian Spooner from GMG Radio News, Sally Woolyback from Woolyback Productions and a soon to be confirmed guest from BBC Radio 5 Live

Radio Today Editor and co-host of the webcast at this year's Awards show Stuart Clarkson will chair the evening, being held at Bohemia Bar Castlefield.

Click here to confirm your attendance via Facebook.

Entry is free for Radio Academy members – or £10 on the door for non-members.
You can see if you are members of The Radio Academy by clicking here and entering your work email address.

Tony Livesey in Conversation with Sam Walker – MediaCityUK

Posted by North West at 27 March, 2012, 9:49 am

MediaCityUK - 5th Floor, Quay House - Salford - M50 2EQ

Date: Thursday 12th April 2012 - 6pm for 6.30pm start. 7.30pm finish.

As the clock ticked towards 22:30 on the 26th of September 2011, BBC Radio 5Live producers, technicians, broadcast assistants and bosses held their breath as Tony Livesey's late show was poised on the edge of history. It was to be the first show broadcast from the BBC's glistening new studios at MediaCityUK. Years of work and planning sprang into action as Tony spoke to the nation - live from Salford.

Tony's media credits are vast: Editor-in-chief of the Daily Sport and Sunday Sport, host of the hugely popular Breakfast show on BBC Radio Lancashire and now presenter of BBC Radio 5Live's late show - putting the nation to bed. His TV credits include the BBC's North West Tonight and Late Kick Off, as well as appearances on Have I Got News For You, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and ITV's Gladiators.

Join us at MediaCityUK on Thursday 12th April as Tony talks about his time in Radio, Print and TV with Real Radio and 5Live's Sam Walker.

Door are at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. The event is free for Radio Academy members and just £3 for non-members. Click here to check your membership status or join The Radio Academy. Please email to confirm your attendance.

The event will take place on Floor 5 of... 

Quay House
M50 2EQ

See you there...

Masterclass: Travel News

Posted by North West at 1 December, 2011, 9:31 am

INRIX media North | 5th Floor, Station House | Stamford New Road | Altrincham | WA14 1EP

Date: Saturday 4th February or Sunday 5th February 2012

News, sport, weather and travel are often referred to as the cornerstones of what radio content should consist of.  This is your opportunity to get a detailed insight into one of those key areas - Travel.

In partnership with INRIX media (formerly Trafficlink) and supported by Sound Women, this Radio Academy Masterclass will allow you to see how traffic and travel news is gathered and distributed to the radio industry.  You will be working with key industry professionals in small group workshops with feedback sessions.

Trafficlink - The UK's source for travel newsINRIX media provide travel news to the BBC, over 90% of the commercial radio market and some community radio stations.  They voice over 1 million radio travel news reports each year and provide the information for millions more.  They are opening their doors in their Northern England office for one weekend so you can take advantage of some of their skills in creating and broadcasting travel news bulletins.

Andrea Day, INRIX media's Training and Communications Manager along with Amy Lewis, the Manager of the Northern England office will take you through how information is collated, published and broadcast.  The day will include a tour of the studios in INRIX media's Northern England office which will be in full operation over the weekend of your visit.  You will also have the opportunity to bring your travel news demos along to get feedback on your bulletins.

Application for this Masterclass is open to all. Those from under represented ethnic, gender or other groups in the radio industry are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply click here

What makes radio great in Liverpool?

Posted by North West at 25 November, 2011, 1:21 pm

Wednesday 7th December | 6pm for 6:30 | St John's Beacon, 1 Houghton Street, Liverpool, L1 1RL

What makes radio great in Liverpool?

Is it the Liverpudlian character, warmth and chatty personalities? Is it a style of radio that cant work anywhere else? Why is the radio market different? And how can one city support so many stations?

We want to celebrate radio in Liverpool and invite you along to our first North West Branch session in the city up the famous "City Tower".

Joining our host Derek (Degsy) Hatton will be panel guests:

  • Roger Philips, Presenter - BBC Radio Merseyside, winner of the Radio Academy Lifetime Achievement award 2011
  • Graham Sarath - Station Director, Juice FM Liverpool
  • Steve Hothersall - Head of News and Sport, Radio City, City Talk and Magic 1548


Registation is required for this event as places are strictly limited so please email Andrea Day to book yourself a place.

Members: Free
Non Members: £10

Click here to check your membership status or join The Radio Academy.


Date: Wednesday 7th December
Location: City Tower (St John's Beacon), 1 Houghton Street, Liverpool, L1 1RL
Time: 6 for a 6:30pm start

North West Branch Event: Welcome to MediaCityUK

Posted by North West at 13 September, 2011, 5:30 pm


People working in radio across the North West of England are being invited to a special Radio Academy session at the new home of 5 Live and Radio Manchester in Salford.

The event - on the evening of Tuesday 4th October - will include a panel discussion about what MediaCity means for radio as well as a chance to look at the BBC's new facilities.

As well as BBC 5 Live and the local radio service for Greater Manchester, other network radio programmes such as Radcliffe and Maconie on BBC 6 Music are also about to make the move from the corporation's Oxford Road studios in Manchester to the new home on Salford Quays.

John Ryan, BBC Radio Manchester Managing Editor and Chair of the North West Branch of the Radio Academy, said: "With lots of new radio people landing in the North West, the local branch of the Academy is back with a whole range of new events, starting with a look at MediaCityUK itself. After six years of planning, it's finally here, joining GMG stations across the water and a new indie radio scene in the region. This is a chance to see inside the BBC's main 'live' building, Quay House and to ask what MediaCity means for UK radio."

The 'Welcome to MediaCityUK' event is open to members of the Radio Academy. Check your membership status here.

Find out more and book a place via the North West Radio Academy's Facebook page.

North West Branch: Christmas Quiz

Posted by North West at 10 December, 2010, 1:42 pm

The North West branch Christmas quiz is back and this year it's hosted by Nicksy. So, get your team together and come along to see if you can be this year's champions.

Quiz questions kindly provided by RadioToday.

Date & Time: Wednesday 15th December 2010 | Doors: 6.00pm | Quiz: 6.30pm

Venue: BBC Club Oxford Road

Entry: FREE (Teams of 5)

North West Branch: The Future of Radio Imaging

Posted by North West at 16 March, 2010, 10:08 am

The next North West Event has just been announced! The Future of Radio Imaging will be taking place in Manchester on 15th April.

On the panel:

  • Former Northwest presenter and producer Dave Bethell of
  • Chester's Chris Stevens, now Vice-President and Creative Director of TM Studios in Dallas Texas
  • Head of Production at Liverpool’s Radio City Alasdair Stirling
  • And Simon Prentice, Managing Director of S2Blue.

The evening will be hosted by world famous jingle anorak, and Galaxy Yorkshire breakfast presenter Simon Hirst.

We'll be looking at station branding, imaging, jingles, past present and more importantly, future, with lots of exclusive audio created for the evening by the panel, and an exciting and unique introduction by Greeny of

Entry is free, no registration required. Hope to see you there!

Venue: BBC Manchester, Courtyard Room, New Broadcasting House, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M60 1SJ (map)

Date & Time: Thursday 15th April, 630pm for 7pm start

Events Archive & Audio

North West Branch: How Did the Musicians get on Music Radio??

20th Nov 08 - Matt & Phreds, 64 Tib Street Northern Quarter Manchester
We bring together some of Manchester's finest musicians and broadcasters. They all have different stories but they all share radio and musicianship. How much does one effect the other and what is their experience of being on both sides of the media/artist fence?

Guests including Guy Garvey (6Music), Clint Boon (Xfm) and Mike Sweeney (Rock Radio).

Producer/Chairman: Mike Walsh, Xfm.

Radio Social & Quiz

22nd April 08 - Kaz Bar in Tiger Tiger, Printworks, Manchester
The Radio Social & Quiz, is the first of the new Radio Academy North West branch events. The event be introduced by new BBC Radio Manchester signing John Thomson before handing over to Hirsty for one of his legendary radio pub quizes, back in Manchester by popular demand!