It’s been another busy week here at the Academy, so without further ado – here’s your weekly run down of what’s new, what’s on, when and where…

The Radio Production Awards 2014 – Now Open for Entries!

RPAs14_sidebarFirst up – this week saw the launch of The Radio Production Awards 2014, recognising and celebrating the work of radio and audio producers across a broad range of categories – from news and features through to comedy, music and drama.

These Awards are now in their fifth year and are run by The Radio Academy and the Radio Independents Group (RIG). Entries cost just £24 for Radio Academy and RIG members and the closing date is Wednesday 17th September at 12 noon. For further details and to access an entry form, just click here.

TechCon 2014 – Highlights Announced!

TechCon 2014To whet your appetite for this year’s TechCon, in association with Broadcast Bionics, the radio industry’s premier technical conference, we’ve also announced some top speakers and hot topics for you to look forward to.

With sessions built around hybrid radio, low cost DAB, Playlister, music mastering, AoIP and Oculus Rift, you’re sure to be spoilt for choice and we’re delighted that Ofcom’s Peter Davies, BBC R&D’s Sean O’Halpin, Global’s Nick Piggott and Peter Willison from Arqiva will be joining us to share their expertise.

TechCon kicks off the 2014 Radio Festival on Monday 13th October at The Lowry, MediaCityUK in Salford and tickets are on sale here.

2014 Technical Excellence Award

Technical Excellence AwardAnd if that isn’t enough (yes, there’s more) the 2014 Technical Excellence Award, sponsored by Arqiva, is also open for entries.

Aimed at technical minds across the industry, if you’ve had a brilliant idea that’s helped a station to interact with its audience, raised production standards, reduced costs or created revenue – this is the award for you and finalists will be invited to share their innovations and bask in well-deserved glory at TechCon in October.

Entry is free and the closing date is Monday 1st September – click here for further information.

30 Under 30 – Only 1 week left to enter!30-Under-30-logo

The Radio Academy’s annual search to find the most exceptional professionals under 30 working in UK radio is almost at a close – the entry deadline is next Friday, 1st August at 5pm. Don’t be shy – if you think you could make the cut, or know someone who can, check the terms and conditions and access the online entry here.

Yorkshire Branch Event – On Yer Bike

This summer the biggest annual sporting event in the world went to Yorkshire, with the Tour de France’s Grand Départ taking place in the region’s streets, hills and cobbles.

How did radio rise to the challenges of covering such an event for its audiences? Find out on Tuesday 12th August at the Academy’s Yorkshire Branch Event taking place at the Society Lounge & Bar in York.

Former Radio Today Editor Stuart Clarkson will chair a panel that will include Nick Hancock (Programme Controller – Stray FM), Matt Foster (Deputy Editor – BBC Radio York), Marie Christopher (News Editor for Yorkshire & NE – Global Radio) and Jim Foulger (Head of News, England – Bauer Radio).

There’s no entry fee and there’s no need to book but the organisers have asked those wishing to attend to sign up via Facebook so they can keep a track of numbers – just click here for more details.

And finally…

Radio Academy Fellowships – Your Nominations Invited

There’s still time for you to submit your nomination for a Radio Academy Fellowship. Fellowships are awarded to recognise individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the industry and/or the Academy and we will be adding more Fellows to our roll of honour at this year’s Radio Festival in October.

If you know someone who really deserves to be recognised, be sure to let us know by emailing fellowship@radioacademy.org with their name, a few lines about them and your own details. All nominations are of course strictly confidential and the final decisions will be made by our Trustees.

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RadioTalkIn this week’s RadioTalk, Radio Exe’s Ashley Jeary (one of our 30 Under 30 Class of 2013) looks at the current landscape for local radio, how it has evolved and what the future holds.

In an illuminating podcast, Ashley talks to Paul Smith, Chairman of Celador; Paul Nero, MD of Radio Exe; David Rodgers, Chairman of Radio Plymouth; Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter and former Secretary of State at DCMS; and Joseph Swain, former MD of Pirate FM, all of whom have distinct perspectives on local broadcasting.

Plus, we’ve got more magical memories from the maestro with another brilliant edition of David Lloyd’s Radio Moments. 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

RadioTalkIn this week’s RadioTalk, Radio Exe’s Ashley Jeary (one of our 30 Under 30 Class of 2013) looks at the current landscape for local radio, how it has evolved and what the future holds.

In an illuminating podcast, Ashley talks to Paul Smith, Chairman of Celador; Paul Nero, MD of Radio Exe; David Rodgers, Chairman of Radio Plymouth; Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter and former Secretary of State at DCMS; and Joseph Swain, former MD of Pirate FM, all of whom have distinct perspectives on local broadcasting. Can locally controlled services survive in the wake of commercial consolidation? Can small independent stations fill a gap in the market by concentrating on professional, local content?

David Lloyd's Radio MomentsPlus, we’ve got more magical memories from the maestro with another brilliant edition of David Lloyd’s Radio Moments. Happy listening!

Produced and presented by Ashley Jeary.

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Broadcast Bionics

TechCon, the radio industry’s premier technical conference, announces its line-up today and launches the Techcon Technical Excellence Award. TechCon takes place at the Radio Festival on Monday 13th October from 10am – 5pm. The Radio Festival runs from Monday 13th October – Wednesday 15th October at The Lowry, MediaCityUK in Salford. Tickets are on sale now right here.

TechCon, in association with Broadcast Bionics, takes place over one day and is the best way to keep a radio station up-to-date with the industry’s latest technical innovations and trends. The jam-packed programme includes informative sessions that will stimulate programmers and engineers alike, including:

  • Nick Piggott on the world of hybrid radio – Where radio meets the web. Nick Piggott, chair of RadioDNS, will look at how the latest Samsung mobile devices work with their built in receivers to enrich content.

  • Sean O’Halpin on radio personalisation – Sean O’Halpin, Lead Engineer in BBC R&D, takes a look at the work of BBC Research and EBU (European Broadcast Union) that allows radios to handle identity and personalisation.

  • BBC Future Media on personalisation in Playlister – The challenges in delivering personification with Playlister.

  • AoIP (Audio over IP) – Find out everything there is to know to make AoIP a reality in the broadcast infrastructure.

  • DAB is back at TechCon with new developments to explore, including more coverage, low cost DAB, certified receivers, service following and the DAB+ trials.

  • Peter Willison, Head of Technology, Radio at Arqiva, will also be announcing a state of the art development in DAB transmission.

  • Peter Davies, Director of Content Policy at Ofcom, talks UK Policy and low cost DAB

  • Music Mastering – TechCon will explore how the choices and processes of the music recording industry work with the radio industry; how it affects the artist’s vision and the overall audience experience.

  • Oculus Rift and Google Glass Demos – TechCon includes interactive, mobile and 3D innovations with the use of Oculus Rift and Google Glass.

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Today also sees the launch of the TechCon Technical Excellence Award sponsored by Arqiva. Now in its fourth year the Award is open to technical minds throughout the industry – people who think outside the norm and achieve the extraordinary. From Station Engineers to Manufacturers and Suppliers, TechCon wants to hear about any brilliant new ideas that helped a station to interact with the audience, raise production standards, reduce costs or create revenue. Entries are open now and the closing date is 1st September. Finalists will be invited to share their innovations at TechCon in October. To enter, click here.

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On Yer Bike

How radio covered Yorkshire’s Tour de France Grand Départ

This summer the biggest annual sporting event in the world came to Yorkshire, with the Tour de France’s Grand Départ taking in the streets, hills and cobbles of towns and villages all across our region. From Leeds, York, Harrogate and Sheffield to Skipton, Hawes, Masham, Haworth and Holmfirth, Yorkshire went bike-mad for the weekend, and for many weeks leading up to it.

The Yorkshire Branch of the Radio Academy will examine how radio stations across the region covered Le Tour. We’ll find out how music radio stations introduced weekly speech documentaries, programmes went out on the road and into the communities they serve – and how OBs on the weekend of the big event became logistical nightmares because of the rural terrain and closure of most major roads for several hours!

Former Radio Today Editor Stuart Clarkson chairs a panel which includes Marie Christopher (News Editor for Yorkshire & NE at Global Radio), Matt Foster (Deputy Editor – BBC Radio York), Jim Foulger (Head of News, England – Bauer Radio) and Nick Hancock (Programme Controller – Stray FM).

Details

Date: Tuesday 12th August 2014

Time: Cash Bar from 6pm – Event starts 6.45pm

Venue: Society Lounge & Bar, 1 Rougier Street, York YO1 6HZ. It’s just 0.3miles from York railway station so a short 5 minute walk!

Cost: FREE

Booking information: There’s no need to book but it would be great if you could join the Facebook Event for the session so that we can get an idea of numbers.

Please note: Because the event is being held in a licensed premises it is only open to over 18s.

It’s been a good news week here at The Radio Academy – Gloria Abramoff, Managing Director of Tonic Media and Productions Ltd, has been appointed Interim CEO (part time) and we’re all delighted!

Gloria took up the post on Monday and will be responsible for working with our Board of Trustees to lead the creation and delivery of our strategic and commercial direction.

Most of you will already know her, but for those who don’t…

Gloria has a rich history in radio and TV broadcasting and production and is highly respected across the industry. Tonic Productions specialise in content production for charities and companies, as well as producing programmes and series for BBC Radio and other networks. Prior to Tonic, Gloria was a senior manager at the BBC, Managing Director of BBC Children in Need, helped launch BBC radio stations, pioneered the BBC Social Action Unit and led the Africa Lives season and storytelling campaigns in the BBC’s nations and regions. She is a trained social worker, a Fellow of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and a Fellow and former Trustee of The Radio Academy.

Watch this space for good things to come!

Radio Academy Fellowships – Your Nominations Invited

Twice a year – at the Radio Festival in October and the Hall of Fame lunch in December – the Radio Academy awards its highest honours; Radio Fellowships acknowledge and celebrate outstanding contributions to the radio industry.

We are looking for your nominations; if you feel someone really deserves to be recognised, please email fellowship@radioacademy.org with their name, a few lines on why and your own details.

30 under 30 – Just 2 More Weeks to Enter!

The Radio Academy’s annual search to find the most exceptional professionals under 30 working in UK radio is fast drawing to a close and the entry deadline is now only two weeks away. For further details and to access the online entry form, click here. Don’t delay – entries close at 5pm on Friday 1st August 2014.

Radio Festival 2014 – 13th-15th October, The Lowry, Salford Quays

Look out for some exciting Festival announcements next week, including news on this year’s TechCon. For details of speakers already confirmed and to buy your tickets, just click here.

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This week’s RadioTalk examines how radio can be an essential companion and aid to people in the UK who are homeless.

Paul Robinson talks to Tim Leech, CEO of Wavelength, a UK charity that provides radios to people who are vulnerable, isolated and in need of practical support; Ken Scott, a mental health and homeless worker in Westminster on how radio can really help people on the street reconnect with the world; and Michael Ferguson from voluntary sector organisation, The Passage, on how he helps people living rough on the streets, how to get them into hostels and the power of radio as a medium to overcome loneliness and isolation.

Plus, we’ve got our regular round-up of the week in radio history with David Lloyd’s Radio Moments. 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