The Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame Dinner included special guest appearances by Sir Alex Ferguson and Peter Kay.
Sir Alex appeared first to present Mick Hucknall with this year’s PPL Lifetime Achievement at the industry gathering in Manchester. Then comedian Peter Kay presented Danny Baker with his induction to the Hall of Fame.
“I’m absolutely gutted his show has beeb axed. I think he’s an incredible broadcaster – a genius – and I’ve always loved this man,” Peter said.
Other awards given out at the evening event include the PPL Most played artist on UK radio in 2012 – Rihanna – and the Radio Academy Local & Regional Lifetime Achievement Award went to Lincs FM’s Sean Dunderdale.
Global Radio’s founder and executive president Ashley Tabor was announced as a Fellow of the Academy along with Absolute Radio’s Clive Dickens and Gloria Abramoff.
Helen Mayhew, Margherita Taylor and Sandi Toksvig joined UK broadcasting greats in the Hall of Fame including Tony Blackburn, Simon Bates and Richard Dimbleby.
The Pure John Peel Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio was awarded by presenter and actress Sarah Greene to Tim Blackmore for more than 50 years dedication to the radio industry.
Chair of the Radio Festival 2012, Clive Dickens, said: “The PPL Hall of Fame Dinner allows the Radio Academy to officially reward broadcasters and industry professionals for their commitment to radio. Once again we have recognised a stellar line-up of house-hold names broadcasting the content and those behind the scenes who have made it happen.
“Mick Hucknall has been making popular music for more than 25 years. He is a true legend of British music and has achieved monumental acclaim. It was a greatly deserved accolade for an artist at the top of his profession and rarely off the radio for so long.”
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