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.

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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!

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Foot In The Door details announced for Radio Festival 2014!

  • MEET AND QUESTION INDUSTRY INSIDERS
  • FEATURING SPEAKERS FROM ACROSS UK RADIO
  • HOSTED BY VICKI BLIGHT, ABSOLUTE RADIO
  • MONDAY 13TH OCTOBER
  • TICKETS PRICED AT £20 FOR MEMBERS AND £45 FOR NON-MEMBERS, NOW ON SALE

Radio Festival 2014, organised by The Radio Academy, today announced details of its Foot In The Door Masterclass. Taking place on the opening day of Radio Festival, Monday 13th October and hosted by Absolute Radio’s Vicki Blight, Foot In The Door is the perfect introduction for anyone aspiring to work in the radio industry. Tickets are available now right here.

Foot In The Door, the aptly named Masterclass, is the best way to get practical tips and advice from industry professionals on how to get into or further a career in radio. The session provides an opportunity to meet industry insiders, gaining invaluable guidance for the future.

Comprising of eight themed round-table sessions, delegates will take part in 15-minute Q&A sessions with a wide range of speakers from across UK audio, including producers, presenters, managers, sales and radio support.

The session offers a fantastic opportunity for delegates to find out how to get on air, what producers do, what station branding is, how to connect with audiences online, what do engineers do, who chooses the music, how to become a journalist, what independent production is and much more.

Radio Academy Masterclasses attract attendees from a range of backgrounds – including student radio, hospital radio and community radio, as well as those who are pursuing academic broadcasting courses. Masterclasses are for anyone who has an interest in radio and wants to learn more.

Tickets are priced at just £20 (exc VAT) for members and £45 (exc VAT) for non-members and and are selling fast – click here to book now.

Table Discussion Topics

  • Table 1: How Do I Get On Air?
  • Table 2: What Do Producers Do?
  • Table 3: What Is Station Branding?
  • Table 4: What About Digital Presence?
  • Table 5: What Is Radio Broadcast Technology?
  • Table 6: Who Chooses The Music?
  • Table 7: What About Speech, Sports & Journalism?
  • Table 8: What Is Independent Production?

See BBC ViLoR in Action

BBC Radio Suffolk went live with ViLoR, the BBC’s Virtual Local Radio project on 10th September 2014 and The Radio Academy East Anglia Branch would like to invite you to Ipswich to meet and ask questions of the man behind ViLoR, Geoff Woolf and see the new technology in action.

Winner of Arqiva TechCon Technical Innovation Award 2012, ViLoR was developed by BBC Technology in collaboration with BBC Local Radio.

BBC Radio Suffolk was recently equipped with the latest in-studio capabilities, offering the potential to substantially reduce the cost and time needed to upgrade and run a typical Local Radio station.

The evening 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. The event will be hosted by ViLoR trainer and developer, Joe Pignatiello.

Details:

Date: Thursday 23 October 2014
Time: Doors Open at 6.30pm – start at 7pm. Event will finish by 8.30
Venue: BBC Radio Suffolk, Broadcasting House, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3EP

Registration:

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

Click HERE to register.

READ HERE BEFORE YOU PAY:

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.

RIG MEMBERS:

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

Use your rigmember.org email account and email Events with the Subject “East Anglia Branch: See BBC ViLoR in action” and space permitting we’ll add you to the guest list.

Speakers:

Geoff Woolf (BBC English Regions Technology Development Manager)

Geoff has worked in media technology for over 25 years encompassing the BBC, audio mixing console manufacturer Solid State Logic, commercial radio station Jazz FM, and a 5 year period as a Special Effects Engineer for London’s Natural History Museum.

Geoff’s achievements include project managing for SSL audio consoles for Abbey Road and Warner Brothers, and the BBC’s project director for the transformation of the national radio stations to file-based production and playout. Since 2007 Geoff has worked on the BBC’s technology development including migration to IP-based newsgathering (as discussed at NTS 2010) and more recently the centralisation and virtualisation of local radio broadcast technology.

Mick Rawsthorne (BBC’s Head of Regional and Local Programmes for the East)

Joe Pignatiello (ViLoR trainer and developer)

The event is produced by John Cameron-McIntosh

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

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Radio Festival 2014 - Full line-up announced!

  • RADIO FESTIVAL REVEALS MORE PROGRAMME DETAILS
  • EVENT TAKES PLACE AT THE LOWRY, MEDIACITYUK, SALFORD
  • MON 13TH OCTOBER – WED 15TH OCTOBER 2014
  • TICKETS NOW ON SALE

Radio Festival 2014, organised by The Radio Academy, today reveals more programme details for what is THE biggest forum for discussion and debate in the UK radio industry. Leaders of the industry will team up for three days of exclusive and insightful sessions at the annual event. Radio Festival 2014 takes place at The Lowry, MediaCityUK in Salford from Monday 13th – Wednesday 15th October. Tickets are available now right here.

This year’s Radio Festival is jam-packed with sessions from an eclectic mix of some of the greatest names in the industry including BBC Radio 4’s Kirsty Young, Controller of Radio 1 and 1Xtra Ben Cooper, LBC’s Nick Ferrari, Bauer Media’s Dee Ford, Absolute Radio’s Geoff Lloyd, Kerrang! Radio’s Kate Lawler and many more. The event is an absolute must for everyone in the industry. Highlights include:

The Art Of Story Telling – Tracy Johnson, leading US Breakfast Radio Consultant, shares advice on how to create great on-air moments by applying the techniques of legendary US personalities like Ryan Seacrest, Jeff & Jer, Elvis Duran, the Bert Show and more

Eden Project – 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

Fighting Talk: talkSPORT vs 5 live – A head-to-head, sporting discussion with Darren Gough, England cricketer turned Strictly Come Dancing winner turned Drivetime co-host, and Max Rushden, presenter of Warm-up and Soccer AM, both representing talkSPORT. The 5 live side includes footballer Robbie Savage and former Sky presenter Georgie Thompson. The session will be hosted by Hayley McQueen, presenter of The Offside Rule podcast

Seven Things That Keep Me Awake At Night – Ben Cooper, Controller of Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra shares the things about his role that keep him awake at night

Social Media Success: How The BRITs 2014 Became A Social Media Success – The BRITs 2014 became the most tweeted about non-sporting event in UK TV history. In this session, the team at Somethin’ Else plus YouTube fashion sensation Fleur de Force and Giuseppe De Cristofano, Head of Digital at BPI, discuss the secrets behind the success

Making Money Out Of Podcasts – Richard Herring talks about the importance of the podcast in a session hosted by Absolute Radio’s Geoff Lloyd

The Story Behind Call CleggNick Ferrari is interviewed by Lord Ashdown to give an insight into the story behind the success of LBC’s Call Clegg

Podcasting: Big For A 10 Year-Old – Dynamic, creative minds from the world of podcasting reveal the practical secrets of engaging an audience. Hear first hand how they find inspiration behind ideas and formats

Fresh Meat: How Investing In New Talent Pays You – Representatives from Bauer, Global and the BBC discuss how they find and nurture the radio talent of tomorrow

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

Why We Need A RadioCentre – Siobhan Kenny and Emma Barnett discuss the importance of RadioCentre

Drivetime: The End Of Radio In-Car? – This session, hosted by presenter Suzi Perry, will discuss how radio listening as in-car entertainment is under threat due to major transformations. The session questions how the industry can maintain radio’s presence on the dashboard

Turning Daily Life Into Great Content – Tracy Johnson on how to create content drawn from personal experiences

Breaking News – Takes a look at how the way we consume news is changing and what radio must do to adapt and change with the times

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

Meet The ReelWorld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 – A chance to meet the budding stars of the radio industry

If that wasn’t enough, these new additions join a host of previously announced sessions including the Masterclass with John Humphrys & Nicky Campbell, TechCon, Bob Shennan on the success of Radio 2, Sir John Hegarty in conversation and many more. Tickets are priced from £99 and are selling fast – click here to book now.