Organisations from across the radio and audio industries are joining forces for the second year running to celebrate the audio revolution. Radio Audio Week 2019 will take place 13-18 May, consisting of a series of events including conferences, seminars, awards and networking sessions.
The week brings together partners from across the audio sector including industry body Radiocentre, the BBC, The Radio Academy, the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) UK, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) and the British Podcast Awards. Radio Audio Week will celebrate “the audio revolution”, which is seeing record numbers of people tuning in to radio, the coming of age of podcasts and the evolution of voice-activated devices.
The full list of events continues to grow, and will include The Radio Academy’s annual Radio Festival on Monday 13 May, Radiocentre’s Tuning In conference on Tuesday 14 May and the British Podcast Awards on Saturday 18 May.
The IPA, the trade body for marketing communications agencies, will kick off the week on Monday 13 May with a breakfast seminar giving a TouchPoints perspective on audio in peoples’ everyday lives. IAB UK, the trade association for digital advertising, will also host its annual Sound Investment seminar on Thursday 16 May. The afternoon of Friday 17 May sees the inaugural Young ARIAS Award ceremony, a partnership between the BBC and commercial radio recognising exciting young audio talent aged 8 – 18.
Radiocentre CEO Siobhan Kenny said “With 9 out of 10 UK adults tuning in every week, the commercial sector posting record revenues and some bold moves in terms of dynamic new models and big name signings, radio is generating a great deal of momentum at present. Radio Audio Week is a moment to bring together partners and friends from across the audio landscape to celebrate the power of sound. We’re looking forward to bringing another fantastic line-up of speakers to our Tuning In event on the Tuesday.”
MD of the Radio Academy, Sean Childerley, said “Radio Audio Week makes a welcome return to our calendar this year, giving the industry the opportunity to come together to celebrate, discuss and debate all that matters in the audio and radio world. I’m delighted that Radio Festival will be part of what is shaping up to be strong week of events and I know all our members will welcome the opportunity to catch-up on the latest developments, challenges and initiatives from friends and colleagues across the industry.”
Matt Deegan, co-founder of the British Podcast Awards, said “It's truly a golden age of audio - with growth for radio, streaming and podcasts. The British Podcast Awards celebrates all audio creators whether they do it from a radio studio, a kitchen table or a live event, we're excited to provide a brilliant end for Radio Audio Week at the British Podcast Awards.”
Radio Audio Week will take place at locations across London 13–18 May 2019 and consist of both ticketed and free events. For more information, and the full line-up, visit radioaudioweek.co.uk