The winners of the 2015 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards were announced on July 8 at a star-studded ceremony at London’s Roundhouse in Camden.
Top artists, Alesha Dixon, Nathan Sykes, formerly of The Wanted and Aston, formerly of JLS, performed live at the ceremony, hosted by Heart London Breakfast presenters, Jamie Theakston and Emma Bunton. The awards, now in their 20th year and organised by Radiocentre, are the biggest celebration of commercial radio, marking achievement from presenters and programming to advertising and marketing.
LBC picked up three Gold gongs on the night – Nick Ferrari for Presenter of the Year (2 million+ TSA), Tom Swarbrick won Journalist of the Year in the Ali Booker memorial prize and LBC was also awarded Gold for Station of the Year (2 Million+ TSA).
That awards tally was matched by Absolute Radio who scooped Gold in the Specialist Programme of the Year category with Rock n Roll Football; Single Programme or Broadcast of the Year with The Clarke Carlisle Story and Absolute’s Christian O’Connell also received The Arqiva Gold Award.
Kiss’s Andy Roberts received Gold for Programmer of the Year and Kiss was also awarded Gold for the Station Imaging Award.
Trev & Caroline at 106JACKfm Oxfordshire scooped Gold for Presenter of the Year (under 2m TSA). Radio Borders picked up Gold for Station of the Year (under 500,000 TSA) and Metro Radio received Gold Station of the Year (500,000 – 2m TSA).
News Coverage of the Year Gold went to BOB fm’s Hertfordshire News Team; Gold Social Action Initiative went to Viking FM for its Cycle4Life Challenge and Heart Sussex were awarded Gold for Feature of the Year for its Lady Week.
Breakfast Show of the Year Gold (under 2m TSA) went to Hallam FM for Big John @ Breakfast; and Gold for Breakfast Show of the Year (over 2m TSA) went to Sam & Amy at Gem 106.
The Marketing Award Gold went to Key 103 for their Girl Band: The Piccadillys, and Gold for Innovation of the Year went to Fun Kids for the Bin Weevils Partnership.
Unsung Hero of the Year Gold went to Pat Broome at Smooth North West.
The NRS Media Local Sales Team of the Year Gold went to Radio Clyde, with the National Sales Award Gold going to Bauer Media for Go Think Big. IKEA picked up Gold for Advertiser of the Year and Media Agency of the Year Gold went to Carat.
The PPL Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio was awarded to Sam Smith and the PPL Breakthrough UK Artist of the Year went to Ed Sheeran.
The Radiocentre Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded posthumously Richard Wheatley and Jazz FM.
Siobhan Kenny, Chief Executive of Radiocentre commented: “Congratulations to all our Gold, Silver and Bronze winners this evening – a fantastic standard of entries again this year, demonstrating once again, that commercial radio remains in rude health, producing innovative, creative content and compelling radio for our listeners.”
Ben Hart, Head of Commercial Radio at Arqiva commented: “ A massive congratulations to this year’s winners! It’s been a tremendous year and the calibre of talent has been extremely high. Arqiva is proud to have once again sponsored the Commercial Radio Awards, and continue our on-going support of, and growth, of this dynamic and exciting industry.”