First up this week, a word from our Chairman, Ben Cooper:
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,
Radio Festival 2014 just gets bigger and BIGGER!
With 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.
In 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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The Radio Academy Team