News: Another Record Haul of Arqiva Commercial Radio Award Nominations – by Paul Sylvester

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The Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards have just been announced and once again we’re delighted, proud and humbled to receive 8 nominations.

We’re nominated for radio station of the year, the title we currently hold and the one we covet most as it’s something for the entire One Golden Square family. This year we are up against the impressive Fun Kids and LBC 97.3 who have both had incredible 12 months and in the case of LBC, a year which saw the Deputy Prime Minister join the presenter roster.

The irrepressible Ronnie Wood is once again nominated for the Specialist Programme of the Year. Can he make it three years out of three and become the Arqiva Awards most celebrated programme ever? Not bad for a Rolling Stone! Ronnie reacted to the news with “Woo Hoo, can’t believe it, thanks everyone – things are goin’ exceptionally well over Stateside but looking forward to see you all soon!” (there was also a typical collection of fabulous emoticons).

Well done to Geoff Lloyd whose brilliant and unique Beatles Brunch programme gets a well deserved nomination in the same category – the first award nomination for Absolute Radio 60s

Frank Skinner richly deserves his nomination for best commercial radio presenter in a year when his show was extended by an hour, networked and achieved record ratings across all platforms. Rock N Roll Football is also nominated, celebrating the unique way in which we talk about our live and exclusive Barclays Premier League commentary with Jim Proudfoot, Ian Wright and Russ Williams. Again, this is the show’s first nomination and congratulations also go to Brian, Lee, Dan, Charlie, Joe and Tony Hirst for creating the show’s unique sound.

The Christian O’Connell Breakfast show with Wickes achieves ‘the double’ getting an Arqiva nod alongside its Sony nomination in the branded content/marketing category. The other ‘double’ goes to InStream – the unique way in which we serve fewer adverts and extra content to our logged in online audience. Well done to our technical and commercial colleagues in developing and delivering this great concept which is up for Best National Sales initiative.

Finally, our unique collaboration with Abbey Road Studios has been rewarded in the Radio Station Event category. The Abbey Road Acoustic Sessions sees us curate special sessions with the likes of Mumford & Sons, Stereophonics, Paul Weller and Biffy Clyro, giving away tickets and broadcasting the events as well as contributing to the ongoing legacy of the world’s most famous studios. Well done to Pete Donaldson and Geoff Lloyd plus our music and events team who’ve led the way in creating some very special moments for the bands and fans alike.

Congratulations to some of the other stations who’ve really excelled this year. LBC 97.3 in its 40th year finally achieves the recognition it richly deserves (although I’m slightly biased). Steve & Karen’s move to Metro Radio has really worked well in terms of profile and has delivered a fabulous haul of nominations. The unique proposition from Kiss continues to impress and well done to our friends at Free Radio whose work in their local community proves once again how powerful local radio can be. Their Walk for Harry has engaged, motivated and inspired its audience for a great cause.

As commercial radio celebrates its 40th year, these awards show our industry is as relevant as ever, and that it continues to play an important role in the lives of millions of people. They also show that if you create exciting and entertaining content then you’ll be rewarded. The teams who work tirelessly to go beyond being a jukebox and who evolve and innovate, should celebrate their achievements.

The awards will be announced on 3rd July.

Paul Sylvester Absolute Radio Head of Presentation

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