Student Radio Awards 2012


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On Thursday night, 38 awards (including those important silvers and bronzes) were given to students who had excelled at their university radio stations at the Student Radio Awards 2012.

What’s wonderful about these Awards is that whilst so many students dream of that fantasy presenter job, the SRAs celebrate and emphasise the rich tapestry of running a radio station,awarding Best Marketing, Best Live Event, and one of my favourites (no, really!) Best Technical Innovation. Even the entry for Best Newcomer requires the applicant to talk about how they have applied themselves to the wider station off-air.

It’s great to see Global back on board with both the Awards and the Conference (here’s my SRA Conference blog by the way). One of my highlights of the night – shared by others I spoke to – was Richard Park’s short speech before announcing the winner of Best Station. Usually, we’d hear some propaganda about why X radio group is better than Y radio group, sugar coated in “it’s great the whole industry are here but actually WE are the best”. But Parky’s Piece was a fantastically humble, realistic acknowledgement of all that Global and Radio 1, and the other radio groups and partners, had put into supporting the Awards. There was no corporate line. No “Berry’s better than Grimmy”. Just a genuine message of unity and support, and this was refreshing.

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URN won Best Station 2012, presented by Richard Park

By the way, if you’re reading this with the aching disappointment of being nominated and missing out on a podium position, don’t worry; it’s just somebody’s (extremely well-informed) opinion. Some top judges have deemed you good enough to be in the top 5 out of everyone in UK student radio, and that’s pretty great.

So, over on Twitter, #SRAs did trend in London – a great indicator of how far these Awards have come (16 years ago they were held in an underground bar/ bunker, apparently!) and a wonderful sign of the excitement and passion that both students and industry folk have about student radio right now.

Have a look at Radio Today’s short video from the awards.

A huge congratulations to all winners, and to the whole SRA team for putting on a great night (not easy when your team is spread across the country!), something which we should all applaud NOW. Cue applause.

Oh and well done to Demon FM in Leicester for winning the bid to host the Student Radio Conference 2013!

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