South Branch


The South Branch region covers Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

The new chair of the South Branch is Claire Willis (Isle of Wight Radio & Beacon Media)

The Committee

Roy Martin (Radio Today)

Steve Simms (Jack FM & Free Radio - South Coast)

Paul Topping (Isle of Wight Radio)

Jo Tyler (Bournemouth University)

Claire is still 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 Claire an email and she'll be in touch.

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Events Archive & Audio

South Branch: Nations and Regions Evening

2nd Dec 08 - Bournemouth Uni
Join radio professionals, students and academics from across the South of England for the Radio Academy South Branch Annual Nations & Regions Awards Evening, featuring a top guest speaker from the industry. Chaired by acclaimed BBC Broadcaster and the UK's First Professor of Radio, Sean Street, who'll be in conversation with one of commercial radio's top programmers and prolific figures, John Baish.

John is Managing Director of Global Radio's Dorset station, 2CR FM. He started as a journalist and music presenter on student radio at Exeter University before getting his first professional job at Radio 210 in Berkshire. He moved to Classic FM soon after it launched, initially as a producer and then leading the International Programming team in Holland, Finland and New York. Following a spell as a news editor at the Press Association, he was Programme Director at Jazz FM for six years, guiding the London station to its peak audience figures with the unique "smooth jazz and soul" format. He ran the Classic Gold network for UBC Media prior to its merger with Capital Gold in 2007. He was MD at the classic hits station when Tony Blackburn transgressed over Cliff Richard, propelling all three of them to the front page of every national newspaper in Britain. John was named Commercial Radio Programmer of the Year in 2000. He is a Fellow and Trustee of the Radio Academy, and is part of the organising committee for the 2009 Sony Radio Academy Awards.

Whether you're working in the radio industry or looking to get into the business, come and join us and find out what John has to say about the state of today's radio industry and how it is responding to the key issues of convergence and multi-platform technology; music programming and the threat of the MP3 player; radio as a brand; how to hire and nurture top radio talent; and how to get a radio job in today's environment. Followed by Q & A with John & Sean.

The evening will culminate with Sean Street presenting the Radio Academy Nations & Regions Award to the best small station in the South (TSA 300,000 or less).

South Branch Nations and Regions Awards

5th Dec 07 - Solent Conference Centre, Southampton Solent University
Guest Speaker: critically acclaimed broadcaster and academic, Professor Sean Street. Sean will discuss his work in preserving and digitising commercial radio’s archive and play clips of material from programmes.

Sean’s presentation is followed by the Nations and Regions Station under 300,000 TSA award. The three nominated stations are Isle of Wight Radio, Spire FM and 107.6 The Fire.

With thanks to Southampton Solent University and the Centre for Broadcasting History Research, Bournemouth University, for sponsoring this event.

The ILR archives

Radio's present and future is turbulent, exciting and challenging; rightly, it occupies the conversations and thoughts of most of us working in the industry. But what of it's past? In particular, the short history of UK Commercial Radio is in danger of being lost. Sean Street, a radio broadcaster himself, both in the BBC and Commercial sectors, Professor of Radio and Director of the Centre for Broadcasting History Research in the Media School at Bournemouth University, has been working for a decade to save, preserve, digitize and re-activate commercial radio's lost archives. On 12 December, at the Radio Centre, Sean will launch the first of these as an online educational resource - The ILR Programme Sharing Scheme, Felicity Wells Archive. On December 5th, as we celebrate the achievements of today's stations in the South, Sean previews this major event and will talk about major on-going projects to preserve Commercial UK Radio's past

Evening concludes with social and business networking.

Sean Street speaks to Trevor Dann

13th June 07 - Allsebrook Lecture Theatre, Bournemouth Uni
Trevor Dann is a producer, presenter and radio consultant. He is remembered by many as one of the key people who repositioned Radio 1 in the mid-1990s, and prior to that, for being a key part of the programme management team with Matthew Bannister at GLR. He is now Director of the industry’s professional body, dedicated to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK broadcasting and audio production.

Come and hear Trevor’s view on the state of today’s radio industry and the issues affecting its future, both for the BBC and Commercial Radio. Hear how the industry is shaping up the meet the new on-demand generation and find out what sort of skills and employees the industry is looking for.

This high-profile event is for anyone working in the radio industry – presenters, producers and managers as well as media students, hospital radio volunteers and anyone looking to get a career in radio.