Michael Ball: PPL Wrecking Ball Cabaret

First up this week, a word from our Chairman, Ben Cooper:

Hello there…

At the start of August I asked you for your thoughts on the Academy.

Thank you so much for all the time and effort that you put into your mails – it was greatly appreciated.

I shared your ideas with the Trustees ahead of our last meeting at the start of September.

Your comments were read, thought about and discussed.

It allowed the Trustees to get a good understanding of what it means to you to be a member of the Academy, and to fuel the thinking of how we could evolve and innovate.

I will keep you up to date as things progress, in the meantime, I look forward to seeing you at the Radio Academy Festival in Salford.

All the best,

Ben

Radio Festival 2014 just gets bigger and BIGGER!

Iggy PopWith just over a fortnight to go, the line-up for Radio Festival 2014 looks AMAZING!

This week, we announced more huge names joining the impressive line-up. This year’s BBC Music John Peel Lecture with 7digital on Monday 13th October will be given by the ‘Godfather of Punk’ himself, Iggy Pop! Iggy says,”I’ve never given a lecture in my life, but on the day I’m going to attempt a discussion on the subject of free music in a capitalist society. This is a struggle which never ends.

On the Tuesday night, we present a brand new event, Michael Ball: The PPL Wrecking Ball Cabaret – a sparkling extravaganza of live entertainment and awards sponsored by PPL, with special guests from across radio and music, hosted by the UK’s leading musical star, Michael Ball!

The evening will feature the presentation of prestigious awards including the PPL Music Icon, this year going to Guy Garvey, the PRS for Music Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio, and the Local and Regional Lifetime Achievement, as well as the coveted Radio Academy Fellowships.

We’ll also have live performances from new-country duo The Shires, the Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus, BBC Introducing star Kapital, who recently supported Snoop Dogg on tour, and Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio co-host Alun Cochrane. Michael Ball will bring the event to a dazzling close, taking to the stage for the grand finale!

So, what are you waiting for? Daytime sessions bursting with hard business take-aways, plus fantastic evening entertainment and networking opportunities, and a range of tickets to suit all budgets, it’s time to book your ticket and join us in Salford on 13th-15th October for the BEST. FESTIVAL. EVER!

Branch events: Sign up now!

Don’t forget to sign up for our next Branch events:

The Yorkshire Branch’s event on Wednesday 8th October brings together music radio presenters to examine the importance of having passion for music – and radio’s importance within the music industry. The BBC’s Head of Radio Production in the North, Ian Bent, will chair a panel including Dixie (Heart Yorkshire breakfast), Andi Durrant (Distorted Productions) and Rick Witter (Minster FM/Shed Seven).

The event takes place at the first direct arena in Leeds and also includes an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the arena. It’s free for members and £5 for non-members – for more info and to book, just click here.

Our East Anglia Branch invites you to Ipswich to meet and ask questions of the man behind ViLoR, the BBC’s Virtual Local Radio project, Geoff Woolf and see the new technology in action.

Join us on Thursday 23 October at BBC Radio Suffolk, Broadcasting House in Ipswich for an evening hosted by ViLoR trainer and developer, Joe Pignatiello which will include a tour of the studios and a panel discussion with Geoff and the BBC’s Head of Regional and Local Programmes for the East, Mick Rawsthorne. It’s free for members and £5 for non-members – for more info and to book, just click here.

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RadioTalkIn this week’s RadioTalk, we’re having another rummage through the archives for the week in radio history with David Lloyd’s Radio Moments!

This week, Tony Blackburn and Peter Powell bid farewell to Radio 1, the Pilkington Committee considers the possibility of BBC local radio and how it might sound, and John Peel gets hooked on Teenage Kicks. Plus, we wish a very happy 56th birthday to Simon Mayo! Enjoy!

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Best wishes,

The Radio Academy Team

RadioTalkIn this week’s RadioTalk, we’re having another rummage through the archives for the week in radio history with David Lloyd’s Radio Moments!

David Lloyd's Radio MomentsThis week, Tony Blackburn and Peter Powell bid farewell to Radio 1, the Pilkington Committee considers the possibility of BBC local radio and how it might sound, and John Peel gets hooked on Teenage Kicks. Plus, we wish a very happy 56th birthday to Simon Mayo! Enjoy!

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  • BRAND NEW EVENING EVENT AS PART OF RADIO FESTIVAL 2014
  • HOSTED BY THE UK’S LEADING MUSICAL STAR MICHAEL BALL
  • FEATURES A MIX OF AWARDS AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
  • GUY GARVEY TO RECEIVE THE PPL MUSIC ICON AWARD
  • TAKES PLACE ON TUESDAY 14TH OCTOBER
  • TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Radio Festival 2014 presents the brand new Michael Ball: The PPL Wrecking Ball Cabaret, an evening of live entertainment and awards honouring a host of special guests from across the radio and music industries and hosted by the UK’s leading musical star, Michael Ball.

The event is sponsored by PPL and will be held on Tuesday 14th October at Quay House, MediaCityUK and is open to Radio Festival ticket holders.

The evening will unveil the recipients of a number of prestigious awards including the PPL Music Icon, the Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio, and the Local and Regional Lifetime Achievement, as well as the renowned Radio Academy Fellowships.

Guy Garvey, Elbow frontman and presenter on BBC Radio 6 Music, is the first award recipient to be announced and will be presented with the coveted PPL Music Icon Award. Guy Garvey said: “What great news, it’s a fantastic honour to be receiving the PPL Music Icon Award. Music is such an important part of my life, from performing with the band to bringing the music I’m passionate about to audiences via my 6 Music show. It’s a real privilege to be this year’s recipient. I’m looking forward to coming to the Radio Festival in October and accepting the Award, especially as it’s nice and local for me!

The event also features live entertainment from new-country duo The Shires, the Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus, BBC Introducing star Kapital, who recently supported Snoop Dogg on tour, and Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio co-host Alun Cochrane. Michael Ball will bring the event to a sparkling close, taking to the stage for the grand finale.

Michael Ball, who also presents a show on BBC Radio 2, commented: “I’m really excited to be hosting this event as part of Radio Festival 2014. Radio has played a prominent role in my career throughout the years and I still get such joy from presenting my radio show. The PPL Wrecking Ball Cabaret will be bringing a little ‘Showbiz’ to the Radio Festival which I promise you won’t want to miss.

Peter Leathem, CEO, PPL said: “Every year, the Radio Academy’s Festival provides an opportunity to recognise those individuals who have contributed so much to the industry. Given the importance of radio, it is particularly fitting that PPL recognises, on behalf of our members, the richness of the medium and the many talented people who make it all happen.

Michael Ball: The PPL Wrecking Ball Cabaret is just the latest addition to Radio Festival 2014, THE premiere event for UK radio. Tickets are priced from £99 and are selling fast – get yours right here.

Iggy Pop to give BBC Music John Peel Lecture with 7digital!

  • IGGY POP TO DELIVER THE BBC MUSIC JOHN PEEL LECTURE WITH 7DIGITAL AT RADIO FESTIVAL 2014
  • LEGENDARY MUSICIAN’S FIRST EVER LECTURE
  • ‘GODFATHER OF PUNK’ TO TALK ABOUT FREE MUSIC IN A CAPITALIST SOCIETY
  • 2014 MARKS 10 YEARS SINCE JOHN PEEL’S PASSING
  • TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Radio Festival 2014, organised by The Radio Academy, and BBC Music have announced that Iggy Pop will be delivering the fourth annual John Peel Lecture at this year’s Radio Festival on Monday 13th October. Iggy, who hosts a Sunday afternoon show on BBC Radio 6 Music, will deliver a speech about free music in a capitalist society. Radio Festival 2014 takes place at The Lowry, MediaCityUK in Salford from 13th-15th October 2014 and is the premier event for UK radio. Tickets are on sale now, available right here.

Iggy PopIggy said, “I get the feeling that John was the kind of guy who would have done his job for nothing, as long as he felt great about it. So we have that in common. Examining his life, I was interested to learn that he found his voice in large part through his wanderings in America. Sometimes it takes strange circumstances to provide a mirror in which to find yourself. Anyway, he’s done a lot to give others a voice, and that’s the most important gift you can give. Here was a person with strong opinions and enthusiasms who wasn’t defined by any system; because of that his show became an exciting location, kind of like a shop that’s a good hang. So it was a social as well as a musical phenomenon.

He continues, “I’ve never given a lecture in my life, but on the day I’m going to attempt a discussion on the subject of free music in a capitalist society. This is a struggle which never ends.

The annual John Peel Lecture invites a notable figure from the music industry to shape a debate and create insight around music and music-related media. Taking its inspiration from one of the greatest radio broadcasters of all time, and a figure who perpetually challenged the status quo, the John Peel Lecture has been a part of the Radio Festival since 2011. The 2014 lecture marks 10 years since John Peel’s passing.

Chris Burns, Chair of Radio Festival 2014, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Iggy Pop as this year’s John Peel Lecture speaker. Iggy has influenced generations with his music and is a fantastic choice. He will bring a unique insight to the Radio Festival and we’re thrilled that he can be a part of it.

Bob Shennan, Director BBC Music and Controller of Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network, added: “BBC Music is proud that Iggy Pop, an iconic and hugely influential figure in music, will deliver the John Peel Lecture at the Radio Festival 2014. Iggy’s weekly show on 6 Music is always a fascinating trip through his eclectic musical mind, so I know Iggy will give a topical and thought-provoking speech which 6 Music listeners and BBC Four viewers will enjoy.

‘Godfather of punk’, Iggy Pop, is considered by many to be one of the pioneers of punk rock and his musical legacy has inspired and energised rock and roll’s alternative spirit since the late sixties. John Peel was in fact the first DJ to play Iggy Pop as part of The Stooges on UK Radio – introducing listeners to their track, Little Doll from their eponymous debut album, on his show in August 1969. Fun House was released in 1970, followed by the band’s third album, Raw Power, which has been cited as one of the most influential records of all time.

Iggy has also released music as a solo artist and collaborated with musicians, including David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Death In Vegas and Peaches. His incredible back catalogue of classic tracks includes Lust for Life, The Passenger, I Wanna Be Your Dog, Search and Destroy, Real Wild Child and many more. Although hugely influential to many of the major acts that came after, Iggy’s own wide-ranging influences include blues, jazz, French chanson, art rock, roots, reggae, ethnic and avant-garde. Earlier this year, Iggy was announced to present a weekly programme on BBC Radio 6 Music, every Sunday from 4-6pm.

Iggy Pop joins a stellar list of high profile speakers who have delivered the John Peel Lecture. In 2011, The Who’s Pete Townshend discussed the implications of digital music media in an age of free downloads and disposable attitudes to music. The following year Billy Bragg explored how music and radio need mavericks to keep moving forward. And in October 2013, Charlotte Church delivered a thought provoking speech on the theme of women and their representation in the music industry.

The John Peel Lecture is just the latest addition to Radio Festival 2014, THE premiere event for UK radio. Tickets are priced from £99 and are selling fast – get yours right here.

Full Radio Festival line-up revealed!

With less than a month to go, we were absolutely thrilled this week to reveal the full programme for Radio Festival 2014!

This year’s line-up is jam-packed with major industry names as usual, but also features speakers from outside radio to offer fresh and inspiring perspectives. Highlights include:

Eden Project – Sir Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project, discusses how you can re-invent the ‘good idea’ and keep it fresh to unlock creativity

Breaking Bad – Dave Dollimore, Ministry of Sound MD, Marvin Humes, former member of JLS and Capital FM presenter, and Kate Lawler, presenter on Kerrang! and Bauer Radio, discuss radio versus music streaming, and if radio alone can still break a new artist

Kirsty Young On Desert Island Discs – Kirsty talks about Desert Island Discs, a format that consistently reveals so much more about the interviewee than just their musical or literary tastes

10 Things They Never Taught Me At Business School – Dee Ford, Group Managing Director of Bauer Media UK, discusses her list of 10 principles, which every manager should adopt and talks about how they were applied to Bauer’s Radio strategy

The Power of Local Journalism – Vanessa Feltz, Tom Swarbrick and Winifred Robinson discuss the power of local radio in a session hosted by Shelagh Fogarty

The Colin Murray Show – Colin Murray, Danny Murphy and Steve Bunce bring their daily mid-morning show on talkSPORT to the Radio Festival in celebration of sport on the radio. The session will be broadcast live on air

From Bottom To Top In 8 weeks – Ciaran Davis, CEO of Australian Radio Network, talks about how he took his station from bottom to top in 8 weeks

SEE?! Not forgetting TechCon, the Masterclass with John Humphrys & Nicky Campbell, Foot In The Door, the John Peel Lecture, the How To… training day, and a few surprises we’ve yet to announce…

So, what are you waiting for? We’ve got a range of tickets to suit all budgets, so grab yours right here and join us in Salford on 13th-15th October for the BEST. FESTIVAL. EVER!

Arqiva TechCon Technical Excellence Award – 2014 shortlist announced

The shortlist has been announced for this year’s TechCon Technical Excellence Award, sponsored by Arqiva:

Absolute Radio and RCS – One Breakfast Show, Seven Playlists

UK Radioplayer Ltd – Radioplayer In-Car Hybrid Adaptor

University Radio Bath – Responsive Radio & Unified Station Management

The winning entry will be announced at the end of this year’s TechCon on Monday 13th October. That’s right – yet another reason to come to Radio Festival!

Nations & Regions Awards – closes Tuesday!

It’s your last chance to enter this year’s Nations & Regions Awards!

The deadline is THIS TUESDAY! If you work for a small station making a BIG impact, don’t miss out on your opportunity to be recognised in your branch and to qualify for free entry into the relevant 2015 Radio Academy Awards Station of the Year category!

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Tuesday 23rd September – for more info and to enter, just click here.

Branch events coming up…

We kick off our autumn season of Branch events with two fantastic events coming up.

The Yorkshire Branch’s event on Wednesday 8th October brings together music radio presenters to examine the importance of having passion for music – and radio’s importance within the music industry. The BBC’s Head of Radio Production in the North, Ian Bent, will chair a panel including Dixie (Heart Yorkshire breakfast), Andi Durrant (Distorted Productions) and Rick Witter (Minster FM/Shed Seven).

The event takes place at the first direct arena in Leeds and also includes an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the arena. It’s free for members and £5 for non-members – for more info and to book, just click here.

BBC Radio Suffolk went live with ViLoR, the BBC’s Virtual Local Radio project on 10th September this year. Our East Anglia Branch invites you to Ipswich to meet and ask questions of the man behind ViLoR, Geoff Woolf and see the new technology in action.

Join us on Thursday 23 October at BBC Radio Suffolk, Broadcasting House in Ipswich for an evening hosted by ViLoR trainer and developer, Joe Pignatiello which will include a tour of the studios and a panel discussion with Geoff and the BBC’s Head of Regional and Local Programmes for the East, Mick Rawsthorne. It’s free for members and £5 for non-members – for more info and to book, just click here.

Listen

RadioTalkIn this week’s RadioTalk, we’ve got another indispensable dispatch from the week in radio history with David Lloyd’s Radio Moments!

Memorable moments this week include Chris Moyles’ final show for Radio 1, the launches of 2CR and Fox FM, George Entwistle becoming BBC Director General, and the first cash competition on radio. Happy listening!

Membership

Support The Radio Academy, get discounted rates for all our events and be the envy of all your friends by becoming a Member. You can sign up on our website for annual membership for just £25, but if you work for any of our Patrons it’s absolutely free! Just register with your work email address here.

Best wishes,

The Radio Academy Team