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Sony Awards presented

By | Published on Tuesday 14 May 2013

Sony Awards

So the radio industry gathered last night for this year’s Sony Awards, that night in the year when everyone who works in the commercial radio sector gets to grumble about how they’d have taken more gongs if only they had access to the sort of budgets routinely squandered at the BBC.

Or if their organisation was run by an overpaid bumbling fool willing to go on one of his own radio programmes to commit professional suicide. And well done John Humphreys on your award for radio journalism.

Oh well, at least the commercial sector is assured a win in the Best Use Of Branded Content category, which went to Absolute Radio’s Christian O’Connell and his good mates over there at your local Wickes DIY centre.

And while 5 Live was declared overall station of the year (no surprise in a year that included the London Olympics), Global Radio’s Classic FM was named UK Radio Brand Of The Year. Whatever that means. So it wasn’t a total BBC gong fest. Though Radio 1’s Dan & Phil did pick up the all new listener-voted Sony Golden Headphones Award, but that’s got a ridiculous name so nobody in commercial radio wanted it.

Coming up a list of all the gold winners from last night, but first John Myers, Chairman of the Sony Radio Academy Awards Organising Committee, with some words: “It’s great that radio has played such an important part in the legacy of the 2012 Olympic Games; BBC Radio 5 Live played a blinder and they are worthy winners of this year’s UK Station Of The Year. At the other end of the scale, I’d like to pay tribute to KL.FM 96.7 who won Station Of The Year (under 300,000) for the second year running. All the night’s winners are proof that we have the most exciting, creative and dynamic radio industry in the world: I salute them all”.

Winners, winners, winners… enjoy them all now before Spotify reaches the car dashboard and radio as we know it dies (only joking radio people).

Breakfast Show Of The Year (10 million plus): Today Programme, BBC Radio 4
Breakfast Show Of The Year (under 10 million): Sam & Amy, Gem 106
Best Music Programme: The Dermot O’Leary Show, Ora Et Labora/BBC Radio 2
Best Entertainment Programme: Danny Baker Show, Campbell Davison Media/BBC 5 Live
Best Speech Programme: Witness, BBC World Service
Best Sports Programme: 5 live Olympics with Peter Allen and Colin Murray, BBC 5 Live
Best News & Current Affairs Programme: Radio 1 Newsbeat, BBC Radio 1
Best Coverage Of A Live Event: London 2012, BBC 5 Live
Best Community Programming: Ciaran’s Cause, Real Radio North West

Music Radio Personality Of The Year: Gold: Christian O’Connell, Absolute Radio
Music Radio Broadcaster Of The Year: Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music
Speech Radio Broadcaster Of The Year: Eddie Mair, BBC Radio 4
Radio Journalism Of The Year: John Humphrys, BBC Radio 4

Best Use of Branded Content: The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show with Wickes, Absolute Radio
Best Promotional/Advertising Campaign: The Gothic Imagination, BBC Radio 4 & 4 Extra Presentation for BBC Radio 4
Best Competition: Coca-Cola Fan Reporter, talkSPORT
Best Station Imaging: BBC Radio 2

Best Music Feature or Documentary: The Story of Ed Sheeran, BBC Radio 1
Best News Feature or Documentary: The Bombardment of Homs, BBC World Service
Best Feature or Documentary: Just Radio, BBC Radio 1
Best Comedy: Isy Suttie: Pearl and Dave, BBC Radio 4
Best Drama: The Resistance of Mrs Brown, BBC Radio 4
Best Use of Multiplatform: Radio 1’s Review Show, Somethin’ Else/BBC Radio 1

Station Of The Year (under 300,000): KL.FM 96.7
Station Of The Year (300,000 to 1 million): BBC Radio Humberside
Station Of The Year (1 million plus): Metro Radio
UK Station Of The Year: BBC Radio 5 Live
UK Radio Brand of the Year: Classic FM

The Special Award: Steve Lamacq
The Gold Award: Richard Park
The Sony Golden Headphones Award: Radio 1 – Dan & Phil