Emap's programming boss Mark Story's been given the PRS John Peel Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio. He was presented with the honour at last night's Radio Academy Celebration of Music Radio in London, and follows in the footsteps of radio legends including Brian Matthew, Tony Blackburn, Chris Tarrant and the late Alan Freeman.
Now Managing Director of Radio Programming for the Emap group, Mark has been in the industry for over 30 years in the UK and Ireland. He was the organiser and Chairman of UK RadioAid, which registered the highest recorded audience for a single radio broadcast and raised millions of pounds for the Tsunami appeal.
The award was formerly known as Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio and has traditionally been presented to Radio DJs, including John Peel himself. It was renamed after his death as a tribute.
Mark is a regular contributor to radio industry activities and has been a judge and member of the organising committee for the Sony Awards for the past eight years. He has been a judge on the New York Radio Awards for over a decade and the Irish PPI Radio Awards since their inception. He was elected a fellow of the Radio Academy in 1998.
After starting out at RTE in Dublin, Mark moved to the UK in 1983 and worked as producer on Capital FM's breakfast show until 1989 – following which he spent a year producing Simon Mayo on Radio 1's breakfast show. For 5 years he was Programme Director at Piccadilly Radio/Key 103 in Manchester, leaving in 1995 to join Virgin Radio. He later re-joined Emap at Magic 105.4 and Kiss 100 and has moved through the company to now be responsible for overseeing all of the group's radio programming.
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