Our Motivation

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Posted by The Radio Academy on 23rd February 2017

Our Motivation

“It’s not what work we choose to do, the crucial point is doing it with a positive and altruistic motivation” Dalai Lama

I saw this on Twitter the other day and thought it succinctly summarised what The Radio Academy is all about i.e. the work the Academy does, through our events, partnerships, masterclasses, training and networking opportunities etc. is motivated by wanting to make a positive contribution to our Members and the whole industry’s success. The Radio Academy is [as a registered charity and members organisation] altruistic by its very nature and we’ll be guided by the wonderful insights we got from the Members Survey, to create even more moments for learning, networking and celebration for you all.

The regional branches of the Academy have already been very busy staging some great events around the country, for example:

North East: January 16th“in conversation with Helen Boaden”

North West: February 20th “The Late, Late Christmas Quiz with Stephanie Hirst”

Scotland: February 23rd “Doing the DAB with DRUK”

and there are more in the pipeline, such as;

London & SE Branch Q&A with Liz Kershaw, West Midlands Branch “Doing the DAB”, South Branch “Tony Blackburn & Andy Peebles” - all to be confirmed. Keep an eye out on your local branch page at www.radioacdemy.org and/or their local Facebook page.

The first of our trinity of major national initiatives is Radio Festival, which scored extremely highly as a valued event for members in the survey, and as you may have seen we’ve brought it forward this year to Tuesday May 23rd, once again at the British Library.

There are a number of reasons we’ve brought it forward, but the biggest one is that the Autumn & Winter schedule was so cluttered with radio/audio events for no discernible reason and so, following some positive conversations with James & Matt at Next Radio and Siobhan at Radiocentre, we decided to move it to May.

More details on the event will be announced shortly, but we’ve put together an exciting steering group to curate it and I’m really looking forward to building upon the huge successes of the Radio Festivals of the last 2 years.


The Radio Festival 2017 Steering Group are;

Neil Sloan - Festival Director.

Neil is Programme Director for Capital with Communicorp UK and The Radio Academy Branch Chair for Wales. Previously, Neil was at Wise Buddah and Radio 1, bringing great knowledge and experience from across the radio sector.

Stephanie Hirst - A recent Fellow of The Radio Academy and currently a presenter on BBC Radio Manchester and TV. Stephanie, formerly the host of the Capital Yorkshire Breakfast Show and the Network Chart, dedicates most of her time now, campaigning for LGBT rights.

Edward Adoo - Presenter on BBC Three Counties, Radio London, Cambridgeshire, 6 Music plus Mi-Soul, bringing both traditional and online radio experience plus a deep understanding of the challenges facing the BAME community in broadcasting.

Xanthe Fuller - Head of Community at Mixcloud. Xanthe gives us a fantastic insight into podcasting and online radio, and from her time at Radio 1 and Folded Wing, brings more knowledge of the traditional radio and indie sectors.

In addition to the fantastic talent above, the steering group includes;

Chris Burns - Chief Operating Officer Design & Engineering, BBC and Chair of The Radio Academy.

Steve Parkinson - Group Managing Director National Radio, Bauer Media and Deputy Chair of The Radio Academy.

Nicci Holliday - Director of Events at The Radio Academy.

Lucy Goodwin - Director of Reputation Communications and PR for The Radio Academy.

I’ll be chucking my two penneth in too, well you’ve got to do your bit for Queen and country! ;-)

Finally, the Radio Festival steering group will be chaired once more by Jonathan Arendt, CEO at Jazz FM. As you may remember, Jonathan chaired last years Festival and has a masochistic side to his character, such that he was prepared to do it again. We’re very grateful to Jonathan, his little black book of contacts and his experience of last year will help us build upon the successes and improve on our areas of weakness to make Radio Festival 2017 the best yet.

Bye for now,

Rog x