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Why do Australian shows make headlines over here? Could American style subscription radio work in the UK? Which European radio stations are the best?

Join us on Monday 19th May as we spend an evening discovering the best radio outside of the UK. We’ll be examining what we can learn from radio stations abroad, how the UK market has influenced others and discussing which countries or individual shows are at the forefront in worldwide radio broadcasting. Our panel will also be sharing tips & advice on working in radio abroad.

Speaking on the night will be international radio consultants Francis Currie and Phil Dowse. Also joining the panel is Executive Producer of Heart Breakfast in London Geoff Jein, who enjoyed a number of years working for Southern Cross Austereo in Perth. The event will be hosted by Paul Hayes, who has recently returned to England after spending 3 years presenting shows in the Middle East and North America.

You can follow the event throughout the night on Twitter via @radioacademy and #RAWorld.

Details:

Date: Monday 19th May 2014
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start
Venue: Gibson Guitar Studio, 29-35 Rathbone Street, London, W1T 1NJ

Registration:

Cost: members free / non-members £10 (inc VAT). To register for this event, CLICK HERE.

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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 “London Event: Radio Around the World” and space permitting we’ll add you to the guest list.

Speakers:

Paul HayesPaul Hayes

Paul is a presenter and currently hosts the Midday show on Radio Aire in Leeds and has recently been heard on Saturday evenings on Magic 105.4. Until 2013, Paul hosted the evening show on 92.5 The Beat in Montreal and before that spent twelve months in the UAE as a presenter & Assistant PD on Channel 4 Radio in Dubai. Previously, in the UK, Paul has presented on the Heart & Galaxy networks as well as shows on Southern and Power FM.

Francis CurrieFrancis Currie

Francis, is a successful international radio consultant, specialising in providing programming and promotions support to radio stations in competitive markets in the UK and around the world. Prior to becoming a consultant Francis masterminded the success of the Heart Brand in the UK as Group Programme Director. He also launched Magic in London. Over the years his programming work has been recognised with a number of awards, including the Sony Gold award for Programmer of the Year.

Phil Dowse
@phildowse

Geoff JeinGeoff Jein

Geoff, is the Executive Producer of London’s Heart Breakfast with Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton. As well as spells at Absolute Radio, BBC Radio 2 and in TV, Geoff spent two years in Australia working as an Exec. Producer for Southern Cross Austereo. ‘Down Under’ he worked on Australia’s most successful radio station Mix 94.5 as well as 92.9, part of the Today Network where he helped launch a new breakfast show. He still credits his presence in Australia as a deciding factor in England’s 2010/11 Ashes win.

RadioTalkIn this week’s RadioTalk, Paul Robinson chats with the great and the good from the Hospital Broadcasting Association recorded at their annual conference in March.

Paul speaks to HBA Chairman Jim Simpson on the role of the HBA and Mel Ive from Radio Wexham on the importance of volunteers. He also catches up with Dave Nicholson Radio Tyneside, Ian Pinnell Radio Cherwell, Grant McNaughton Radio Grapevine and finally to Sean Dunderdale on the benefits to those stations that win at the National Hospital Radio Awards.

David Lloyd's Radio MomentsAnd, of course, we’ve got more classic clips from the week in radio history with David Lloyd’s Radio Moments. Enjoy!

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Radio Academy Awards 2014

We are thrilled to announce that broadcasting legend Tony Blackburn is to be the recipient of the highly prized Gold Award, in what is his 50th year of radio broadcasting, at the 32nd Radio Academy Awards.

Tony will be presented with this special award at the glittering Radio Academy Awards ceremony, hosted by Chris Evans in The Great Room of London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Monday 12th May.

The Gold Award lies within the gift of the Radio Academy Awards Organising Committee and is a lifetime achievement award, which recognises a substantive body of work over at least two decades.

This is the first time in the 32 year history of the Awards that a broadcaster has received the landmark Gold Award twice. Tony was first awarded the honour in 1989 to mark his 25th year in radio, however the Committee felt that his 50th anniversary could not go unrecognised and this ‘double-award’ not only applauds his longevity, but also his love of the medium and remarkable work ethic which continues to this day. Tony continues to work 6 days a week for both the BBC and Commercial Radio.

John Myers, Chair of the Committee said: “Tony Blackburn is not only loved by his listeners, but also by his fellow broadcasters right across the UK. He has become an icon of British Broadcasting with a commitment to and a love for radio that remains unmatched by just about anyone in the medium today. 50 years on the air and still going strong is a remarkable achievement and we are thrilled to mark this occasion with the prestigious 2014 Gold Award.

Tony Blackburn said: “I am truly honoured to be receiving the Gold Award for the second time in my career. I can only assume The Academy thought I’d be dead by the time my 50th anniversary came around and wouldn’t have to worry about me!
Ever since I joined Radio Caroline in July 1964 I have made a living out of my passion. Being a radio presenter, in my opinion, remains the greatest job in the world. I want to thank everyone who has given me a job, the amazing artists whose music I have played and, most importantly, the listeners who have listened to me for the past 50 years. Without you on the other end of the microphone, I’m just a man, in a room talking to myself for hours on end.

The Radio Academy is also delighted to announce an additional two awards partners, blinkbox music and PPL, who join PRS for Music, SGPB Hambros and RCS to support the UK’s most prestigious radio accolades.

Paul Robinson, CEO of The Radio Academy said: “We are honoured to add blinkbox music and PPL as awards partners to the already announced partners, all of whom have a deep and intrinsic connection to radio and with whom we will deliver an outstanding 2014 Radio Academy Awards.

Peter Leathem CEO, PPL said: “PPL is delighted to be a partner for the first time of the Radio Academy Awards 2014. The Awards recognise and honour the very best across the complete breadth of what radio, both the BBC and Commercial, offers us all as listeners every day 24/7 throughout the UK. We are all extremely well served and it is fitting that, given the importance of music on radio, PPL recognises, on behalf of our 75,000 members, the richness of the medium and the many talented people who make it all happen.

Mark Bennett, MD, blinkbox music said: “2014 is a really exciting year for us here at blinkbox music as we continue to provide listeners with a wealth of great music and programming, so we are delighted to be part of the most prestigious awards for the UK Radio industry. We’ve heard it’s a great night and look forward to celebrating with you.

Tickets for the Awards Ceremony are now available at £200 (plus VAT) each for Academy members and £260 (plus VAT) for non-members. To request a booking form, please email us now!

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Easter is upon us, so we’re getting in early this week before you disappear to enjoy the long weekend.

There’s still time to sign up for next Wednesday’s London Branch event, Meet The Professionals. Come and chat over a pint with radio professionals from across London – the London Branch committee will be there, and we’ve invited a bunch of other radio insiders we think you’ll want to meet

Whether you’re after some serious networking and careers advice or socialising with friends and colleagues after work, come and join us from 6pm on Wednesday 23rd April at The Old Explorer, 23 Great Castle Street, London W1G 0JA. For more info and to register, just click here.

We’re not live tweeting or recording this one but, for connecting before and after, just use #RANetworking.


Radio Academy Awards – got your ticket yet?2014 Radio Academy Awards - got your ticket yet?

Will you be joining us on 12th May for the biggest night in UK radio? With only a few weeks left to go, it’s time to get your ticket (and, more importantly, work out what you’re going to wear)!

The Awards Ceremony, hosted by the one and only Chris Evans at London’s prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel, will be an amazing evening. 34 awards will be presented over the course of the evening, including the Gold and Special Awards, and we’ll also have two exciting and exclusive live musical performances!

Tickets are now available at £200 (plus VAT) each for Academy members and £260 (plus VAT) for non-members. To request a booking form, please email us now!


Listen

RadioTalkIn this week’s RadioTalk, presenters and producers from a variety of music radio networks interview each other about their roles and discuss what makes a successful producer-presenter partnership.

Jenny Nelson, senior producer at Classic FM and a 30 Under 30 alumnus, speaks to Tim Lihoreau, presenter of Classic FM’s More Music Breakfast show. Scroobius Pip and Dan Riedo from Xfm discuss The Beatdown, which is in the running for two Radio Academy Awards. Sam and Mark interview their producer, David Salt (another 30 Under 30), about their show on Free Radio, and then we hear what goes on behind the scenes at BBC Radio 1’s Review Show from presenter Edith Bowman and producer at Somethin’ Else, Ami Bennett.

And, of course, we’ve got more classic clips from the week in radio history with David Lloyd’s Radio Moments. Enjoy!


Membership

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However you’re spending it, have a wonderful Easter!

Best wishes,

The Radio Academy Team

RadioTalkIn this week’s RadioTalk, presenters and producers from a variety of music radio networks interview each other about their roles and discuss what makes a successful producer-presenter partnership.

Jenny Nelson, senior producer at Classic FM and a 30 Under 30 alumnus, speaks to Tim Lihoreau, presenter of Classic FM’s More Music Breakfast show. Scroobius Pip and Dan Riedo from Xfm discuss The Beatdown, which is in the running for two Radio Academy Awards. Sam and Mark interview their producer, David Salt (another 30 Under 30), about their show on Free Radio, and then we hear what goes on behind the scenes at BBC Radio 1’s Review Show from presenter Edith Bowman and producer at Somethin’ Else, Ami Bennett.

David Lloyd's Radio MomentsAnd, of course, we’ve got more classic clips from the week in radio history with David Lloyd’s Radio Moments. Enjoy!

Produced by Jenny Nelson. Imaging from On The Sly.

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