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The Radio Academy

25th July 2014

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!

First 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 visit our website

TechCon 2014 – Highlights Announced!

To 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

And 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 – as always, hit the website for further information.

30 Under 30 – Only 1 week left to get your entry in!

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 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.


In 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!


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Best wishes,

The Radio Academy Team

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