Monday 12th May 2014: The winners of the 2014 Radio Academy Awards, the UK’s most prestigious radio accolades, were announced this evening at a glamorous ceremony, which was hosted by BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans and featured exclusive live performances from the chart topping Kaiser Chiefs and platinum-selling tenor Alfie Boe.
Described by judges as “quite simply, at the top of its game”, BBC Radio 2 was crowned UK Station of the Year, seeing off stiff competition from fellow nominees BBC Radio 4 and talkSPORT.
95.8 Capital’s dream team of Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon triumphed with their first Radio Academy Gold for Breakfast Show of the Year (10 million plus), with BBC 5 live Breakfast taking Silver and BBC London 94.9’s Penny Smith & Paul Ross taking Bronze. Judges said of the winning programme: “This show has a big, original, confident feel with strong treatments of ideas.” Breakfast Show of the Year (under 10 million) was won by Iain Lee for BBC Three Counties Radio.
Absolute Radio had much to celebrate with a tally of four Golds; comedian turned DJ Frank Skinner winning Best Speech Programme, Christian O’Connell continuing his Gold rush by adding Best Use Of Branded Content to his record-breaking Radio Academy Awards Gold haul, plus Golds in new category Best Technical Innovation and for Radio Brand of the Year, in which the judges acknowledged “a genuine and complete cohesion on and off-air”. Bauer Radio stable-mates KISS FM UK were honoured with Best Station Imaging.
The evening was also golden for BBC Radio 1’s popular afternoon host, Greg James, taking Best Entertainment Programme. Jamie Cullum won his first Radio Academy Gold in the Best Music Programme category, and XFM mix-master Scroobius Pip beat off strong opposition from David Rodigan, Zane Lowe, Mistajam and Mark Radcliffe to take the trophy for Best Specialist Music Programme for his show, The Beatdown on XFM. But, you can’t keep a good man down and Zane Lowe was once again anointed Music Radio Broadcaster of the Year. LBC 97.3’s rising star Tom Swarbrick collected his first Gold for National Radio Journalist of the Year, with LBC picking up a second Gold for Best Community Programming – bringing Global Radio’s Gold haul to an impressive five wins – equalled only by BBC Radio 4.
East Midlands’ brightest morning stars Sam & Amy, who present the weekday Breakfast Show on Gem 106, won Music Radio Personality of the Year, successfully defeating seasoned broadcasters Chris Evans, Graham Norton, Radcliffe & Maconie, and last year’s winner Christian O’Connell, achieving the first ever local radio win in this category. Judges praised the pair’s “honest, vivid, natural and laugh-out-loud storytelling”.