Richard Park honoured at Sony Radio Academy Awards with Gold Award

THE Scots radio manager and former presenter, Richard Park, has been honoured with effectively a lifetime achievement award at the UK’s most prestigious radio awards ceremony.

The group executive director and director of broadcasting at Global Radio was this evening presented with a Gold Award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards, during which fellow Scot, Eddie Mair, was named winner of the Speech Radio Broadcaster of the Year prize.

Read the citation regarding Park: ”This year’s recipient of the Gold Award has been part of our industry for nearly five decades. He has, in that time, made an unequalled contribution to the shape and sound of music radio both in the UK and further afield.

“In his earliest radio days, he was to be heard on offshore Radio Scotland before pioneering commercial radio and pursuing what were to become his two enduring passions of music radio and radio sport.

“In music radio, he proved an immediate success on Radio Clyde, as a doctor who made everyone feel better. In sport, he re-wrote the rule book, to develop an exciting and inclusive style of radio sports coverage, which has endured ever since.

“He then took the call to come south and took Capital Radio, the UK’s biggest commercial radio station, from strength to strength. Now Capital, back under his watchful eye and ear, has returned to robust health and has become a national brand, one of a stable of radio brands, including Classic and Heart. Our recipient oversees all of these as programmer of the UK’S biggest commercial radio company. From the name of the company, Global Radio, you know he won’t just stop there. As high on ambition as he is low on self-doubt, he is a radio man through and through.”

And the judges said of Mair, who presents the PM programme on BBC Radio 4: “This broadcaster has intelligence, spontaneity and a razor sharp wit. He navigates stories with authority and command, adding value at every turn. The entry is a masterclass in how to interview, showing great tenacity and a forensic approach to questioning, but also humanity.”

In the same category, fellow Scot, Nicky Campbell, was shortlisted.

Meanwhile, a silver medal went to Real Radio Scotland, in the Best Competition category. Two Strangers Risk it for a Biscuit was presented by Ewen Cameron and Catriona Harvey. Also involved were Ian Ferguson (head of production) and producers Gary Lamont and Michael MacRae. Programme controller is David Treasurer.

Said the judges: “The competition changed the traditional mechanic, taking risks which created edgy and perhaps uncomfortable on-air activity that was gripping radio.”

Also taking silver was BBC Radio Scotland’s production of John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath – its prize coming in the Best Drama category. It was broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Donna Franceschild was the dramatist, while Kirsty Williams was the producer/director. Studio managers were Dave Steele, Ross Blackmore and Amir Mirza. The actors were Robert Sheehan, Michelle Fairley, Steven McNicoll, Gavin Mitchell, Finn den Hertog, Nicola Jo Cully, Irene MacDougall, Laurie Brown, Nick Underwood, Jimmy Chisholm, James Bryce, Zubin Varla, and Melody Grove.

The judges said of it: “Although familiar from the book and the movie, this excellent production of John Steinbeck’s gritty masterpiece added new insight and clarity in its radio adaptation. The script was perfectly paced, the performances compelling, and it was evident that considerable attention had been paid to even the smallest detail of the production. Everything a Classic Serial should be.”

And the BBC Radio 2 presenter – Scot, Ken Bruce – took bronze in the Music Radio Personality of the Year category, behind gold medal winner, Christian O’Connell (Absolute Radio) and silver medal winner, Lauren Laverne (BBC 6 Music).

Finally, Scots football pundit, Andy Gray, earned a nomination in the Best Sports Programme category.

Listen to edited highlights from the ceremony, here.

The winners’ list reads:

Breakfast Show of the Year (ten million plus)

Gold: Today Programme – BBC News for BBC Radio 4

Silver: The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show – Absolute Radio

Bronze: Chris Evans – BBC Radio 2

Nominated: Breakfast – BBC Radio 3

KISS Breakfast with Rickie, Melvin and Charlie – KISS

Breakfast Show of the Year (under ten million)

Gold: Sam & Amy – Gem 106

Silver: Steve and Karen’s Breakfast Show – Metro Radio

Bronze: The Andrew Peach Show – BBC Radio Berkshire

Nominated: BBC Tees Breakfast – BBC Tees

Xfm Manchester Breakfast Show with Tim Cocker – Xfm Manchester

Best Music Programme

Gold: The Dermot O’Leary Show – Ora Et Labora for BBC Radio 2

Silver: Lauren Laverne – BBC 6 Music

Bronze: Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service – BBC 6 Music

Nominated: The Ronnie Wood Show – Somethin’ Else for Absolute Radio and Absolute Classic Rock

Zane Lowe – BBC Radio 1

Best Entertainment Programme

Gold: The Danny Baker Show – Campbell Davison Media for BBC Radio 5 live

Silver: Greg James – BBC Radio 1

Bronze: Charlie Sloth – BBC Radio 1Xtra

Nominated: Geoff Lloyd’s Hometime Show – Absolute Radio

Kate Lawler – Kerrang! Radio

Best Speech Programme

Gold: Witness – BBC News for BBC World Service

Silver: The JVS Show – BBC Three Counties Radio

Bronze: The Listening Project – BBC Radio Documentaries with BBC English Regions and BBC Nations for BBC Radio 4

Nominated: Alan Robson’s Nightowls – Metro Radio

Iain Dale – LBC 97.3

Best Sports Programme

Gold: 5 live Olympics with Peter Allen and Colin Murray – BBC Radio 5 live

Silver: Not Just Cricket – TBI Media for BBC Radio 5 live

Bronze: Rugby Nation – Town and Country Broadcasting for Nation Radio, Radio Pembrokeshire, Radio Carmarthenshire, Bridge FM and Nation Hits!

Nominated: Keys & Gray – talkSPORT

Mary and the Minstermen – BBC Radio York

Best News and Current Affairs Programme

Gold: BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat – BBC News for BBC Radio 1

Silver: Newshour – BBC World Service News for Current Affairs for BBC World Service

Bronze: Nick Ferrari at Breakfast – LBC 97.3

Nominated: File on 4 – BBC Radio Current Affairs for BBC Radio 4

The Nolan Show – BBC Radio Ulster

Best Coverage of a Live Event

Gold: London 2012 : The Olympic and Paralympic Games – BBC Radio 5 live

Silver: Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend – BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra

Bronze: Hillsborough: Truth and Justice – BBC Radio Merseyside

Nominated: Judgement Sunday – Final Day of Premier League (Matchday Live) – talkSPORT

Paralympic Sportsworld – BBC Sport for BBC World Service

Best Community Programming

Gold: Ciaran’s Cause – Real Radio North West

Silver: Crossroads – PRA Productions for BBC Radio 1Xtra

Bronze: Word Up – Prison Radio Association for National Prison Radio

Nominated: Make a Clean Break – Prison Radio Association for National Prison Radio

Walk for Harry – Free Radio (Birmingham)

Music Radio Personality of the Year

Gold: Christian O’Connell – Absolute Radio

Silver: Lauren Laverne – BBC 6 Music

Bronze: Ken Bruce – BBC Radio 2

Nominated: Charlie Sloth – BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra

John Suchet – Classic FM

Music Radio Broadcaster of the Year

Gold: Cerys on 6 – BBC 6 Music

Silver: Suzy Klein – BBC Radio and BBC Radio 4

Bronze: Johnnie Walker – Wise Buddah Creative for BBC Radio 2

Nominated: Jamie Cullum – Folded Wing for BBC Radio 2

Mark Radcliffe and Stuart Maconie – Smooth Operations for BBC 6 Music

Speech Radio Broadcaster of the Year

Gold: Eddie Mair – BBC Radio 4

Silver: Victoria Derbyshire – BBC Radio 5 live

Bronze: Danny Baker – Campbell Davison Media for BBC Radio 5 live

Nominated: Nicky Campbell – BBC Radio 5 live

Stephen Sackur – BBC News for BBC World Service

Radio Journalism of the Year

Gold: John Humphrys – BBC News for BBC Radio 4

Silver: Jon Donnison – BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service

Bronze: Michelle Livesey – Key 103

Nominated: Becky Milligan – BBC Radio 4

Capital East Midlands News Team – Capital FM East Midlands

Best Use of Branded Content

Gold: The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show with Wickes – Absolute Radio

Silver: The World’s Largest Pub Quiz with Bells – LBC 1152

Bronze: Sky Bond – Absolute Radio – Absolute Radio

Nominated: Classic FM’s Tasting Notes paired with Laithwaite’s Wine – Classic FM

Kerrang! Radio The Darkest Hour – Kerrang! Radio

Best Promotional/Advertising Campaign

Gold: The Gothic Imagination – BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra Presentation for BBC Radio 4

Silver: Classic FM’s More Music Breakfast Campaign – Classic FM

Bronze: BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates Kraftwerk – BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4

Nominated: BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates Punk Britannia – BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4

The Olympics – BBC Radio Xtrails, 5 live Station Sound, Fresh Air Production, BBC A&M, BBC Nations and Regions for BBC Radio

Best Competition

Gold: Coca-Cola Fan Reporter – talkSPORT

Silver: Two Strangers Risk it for a Biscuit – Real Radio Scotland

Bronze: 500 Words – BBC Radio 2

Nominate: Round Our Way on Xfm Manchester – Xfm Manchester

Talk to the Animals – Geoff Lloyd – Absolute Radio

Best Station Imaging

Gold: BBC Radio 2

Silver: 106 JACK fm (South Coast)

Bronze: Capital FM Network

Nominated: BBC Radio 6 Music

Classic FM

Best Music Feature or Documentary

Gold: The Story of Ed Sheeran – BBC Radio 1

Silver: Black is a Country – Brook Lapping Productions for BBC Radio 4

Bronze: 6 Music Celebrates: 50 Years of the Cassette – BBC 6 Music

Nominated: Titanic: Minute by Minute – TBI Media (with BBC Drama) for BBC Radio 2

The Art of Garfunkel – BBC Radio 2

Best News Feature or Documentary

Gold: The Bombardment of Homs – BBC Radio Current Affairs for BBC World Service

Silver: Assignment/Crossing Continents: Uzbekistan – BBC Radio Current Affairs for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service

Bronze: Adventures of a Blue Badger – Alfi Media Ltd for BBC Radio 5 live

Nominated: Lawrence of Arabia – Man and Myth – Just Radio for BBC Radio 4

The Left to Die Boat – BBC World Service

Best Feature or Documentary

Gold: Bruising Silence – Just Radio for BBC Radio 1

Silver: Dying Inside – Unique The Production Company for BBC Radio 4

Bronze: Titanic: Minute by Minute – TBI Media (with BBC Drama) for BBC Radio 2

Nominated: Belongings – TBI Media for BBC Radio 3

Bon Voyage – Julia Scott Productions for BBC World Service

Best Comedy

Gold: Isy Suttie: Pearl and Dave – BBC Radio Comedy for BBC Radio 4

Silver: My Teenage Diary – Talkback (part of Freemantle Media UK) for BBC Radio 4

Bronze: Richard Herring’s Leicester Square Theatre Podcast – Fuzz Productions Ltd and Sky Potato Productions for British Comedy Guide

Nominated: John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme – BBC Radio Comedy for BBC Radio 4

Meera Syal’s Asian Comedy Night – BBC Asian Network and Tonic Productions for BBC Asian Network

Best Drama

Gold: The Resistance of Mrs Brown – BBC Radio Drama London for BBC Radio 4

Silver: The Grapes of Wrath – BBC Radio Scotland

Bronze: My Boy – Somethin’ Else for BBC Radio 4

Nominated: Beryl: A Love Story on Two Wheels – Savvy for BBC Radio 4

Easter & Christmas Diaries – BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra Presentation for BBC Radio 4 Extra

Best Use of Multiplatform

Gold: Radio 1’s Review Show – Somethin’ Else for BBC Radio 1

Silver: The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw – BBC Radio 1

Bronze: InStream from Absolute Radio – Absolute Radio

Nominated: Letter From America – BBC Radio 4/Audio and Music Interactive for BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service

The Listening Project – BBC Radio 4 and BBC Nations and Regions

Station of the Year (under 300,000)

Gold: KL.FM 96.7

Nominated: National Prison Radio

Touch FM

Station of the Year (300,000 to one million)

Gold: BBC Radio Humberside

Nominated: BBC Tees

JACKfm Oxfordshire

Station of the Year (one million plus)

Gold: Metro Radio

BBC Newcastle

Fun Kids

UK Station of the Year

Gold: BBC Radio 5 live

Nominated: BBC Asian Network

Classic FM

UK Radio Brand of the Year

Gold: Classic FM

Nominated: KISS

Smooth Radio UK

The Special Award

Steve Lamacq

The Gold Award

Richard Park

The Sony Golden Headphones Award

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