13 May 2008

The Sony Academy Radio Awards 2008

The best in UK radio had it's own awards ceremony last night when the winners of the Sony Radio Academy Awards, the UK’s most prestigious radio accolades, were announced.

The biggest prize is generally considered to be the Breakfast Show category and the winner is a very "Marmite" choice, you either love him or loath him. I love the Chris Moyles show. We have BBC Radio One on in the car to work and at work itself and it's the best show of the day. It alwas raises a smile and the team atmosphere make me think it'd be a wonderful place to work. Moyles himself comes across as a grumpy, egotistical moron but it's all an act and I think this is where people get the wrong end of the stick. He's a funny man, with a great team and it's a very inventive programme and so much better than the rest of Radio One's output: people complain there's too much talking but with some of the terrible tracks on the playlist I would rather hear them waffle on!

Here's a list of the Gold award winners at the Sony Academy Radio Awards 2008:

Programme Awards

:: Breeakfast Show:
The Chris Moyles Show - BBC Radio One

:: Music Programme:
The Dermot O'Leary Show - BBC Radio 2

:: Specialist Music Programme:
Friday Night Floorfillers with Krystle - 97.3 Forth One

:: News and Current Affairs Programme:
Newshour - BBC World Service

:: Sports Programme:
All The Tickets Are In The Wrong Hands - Radio City

:: Speech Programme:
Saturday Live -BBC Radio 4

:: Listeners Participation:
World Have Your Say - BBC World Service

:: Entertainment:
The Russell Brand Show - BBC Radio 2

Personality Awards

:: Music Broadcaster:
Andi Durrant - Galaxy Network

:: Music Radio Personality:
Jonathan Ross - BBC Radio 2

:: News Journalist:
Owen Bennett-Jones - BBC World Service

:: Speech Broadcaster:
Simon Mayo - BBC Radio 5 Live

:: Station Programmer:
Mary Kalemkerian - BBC7

Production Awards

:: Drama:
Q & A - BBC Radio 4

:: Comedy:
Down The Line (Series 2, Episode 2) - BBC Radio 4

:: Feature:
Malcolm McLaren's Life and Times In LA: A Radio Movie - BBC Radio 2

:: Music Special:
The Feelgood Factor - BBC Radio 2

:: News Feature:
Britain's Missing Girls - BBC Asian Network

:: Breakfast News Award:
Omagh Fire Tragedy - BBC Radio Ulster

:: Live Event:
Gosnold 400 - BBC Radio Suffolk

:: Community:
Lights Out London - Capital 95.8

:: Promo:
96.3 Radio Aire's Green Project - Radio Aire

:: Competition:
Sell Me The Answer - Key 103

:: Station Imaging:
Magic 105.4

:: Internet Programme:
The Book Slam Podcast - Book Slam Website

:: Multiple Format Radio:
The Bangladesh Boat Project - BBC World Service

Station Awards

:: Station Of the Year: Under 300,000:
Silk FM

:: Station Of the Year 300,000 - 1 million:
GWR Bristol

:: Station Of the Year 1 million plus
Key 103 Manchester

:: Digital Radio Station:
Planet Rock

:: UK Radio Station of the Year:
BBC Radio 4

I'd just to make a small note about the death a couple of weeks ago of one of my favourite radio broadcasters, jazz muscian (who collaborated with Radiohead on their Amnesiac album) and host of the brilliant I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (BBC Radio 4), Humphrey Lyttelton. A true genius who will be sadly missed.

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