Steve Parkinson, Chair, Reelword Radio Academy 30 Under 30 Writes:
So this is the FIFTH year of the Reelworld Radio Academy 30 Under 30 and having watched this initiative grow over the past few years, I can see just how every single place is cherished in this Top 30. It’s not about being number one, it’s about being IN it!
I know the committee is also thrilled to see our alumni flourish across the industry in all sorts of roles and positions. Check out their stories on the website.
The 30 Under 30 has truly become a great way of recognising exemplary young talent and exceptional achievement across UK radio, as well as independent producers, student, hospital, community and other voluntary organisations.
The results of the 30 Under 30 will be announced at the new Radio Festival at the British Library in London which starts on Sunday 27th September. The Radio Academy would also like to thank Reelworld which is once again the proud sponsor and supporter of the project.
You can get involved NOW by enterting online at http://www.radioacademy.org/30under30/ and remember the closing date this year is soon – on 31st August 2015 at 5pm.
Good luck and see you at the Festival!
Anthony Gay, European Managing Director, ReelWorld Writes:
ReelWorld are proud to be a part of the 2015 30 under 30 initiative. Radio has been in the media spotlight this year and there’s a lot to be positive about. It feels like the medium’s strengths are finally being recognised in the digital world and people are excitedly sharing their listening habits and discoveries – be it entertaining personalities or well-crafted music offerings. What we used to refer to as the ‘water cooler moments’ are back.
Our mission to make great radio extends beyond the jingles and imaging we provide to over 2,000 radio station around the world. We see ourselves as cheerleaders for the medium of radio and creative use of sound. The 30 under 30 perfectly aligns with our values of creativity, optimism and an obsession to be the best. We might not be in the radio stations but we understand the challenges.
It’s been a thrilling year for us so far — we re-imaged the sound of BBC Radio 1Xtra and created new musical identities for Radio 2 Belgium, KRONEHIT Austria, and RTL Berlin. At every opportunity we’re asking ourselves: Could we do this better? Could we do this differently? It’s that slight paranoia that helps keep you moving forward!
As our industry evolves, the enthusiasm of youth in radio is a tremendous force that ReelWorld vehemently supports. The talented individuals who have made this year’s 30 Under 30 short list are responsible for driving radio’s future in new and exciting directions. I hope the recipients continue to have long and successful careers in our fantastic industry. For me radio has never lost the sizzle that first attracted me to the medium over 30 years ago and I hope this year’s stars fly the flag that keeps us relevant in the years to come.