The Radio Academy’s Yorkshire branch considers whether radio has passion for music at an event in Leeds next month, which includes a backstage tour of the city’s arena.
Panelists will include Heart Yorkshire’s Dixie, former Galaxy and Capital FM specialist music presenter Andi Durrant, and Shed Seven’s Rick Witter who now hosts a weekly show on York’s Minster FM. The discussion will be chaired by Ian Bent, head of radio production for BBC North.
Attendees on the evening of 8th October will also get an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the first direct Arena, which opened last year.
Event organisers say questions debated will include: What effect has central playlisting had on championing local talent? How do presenters and producers bring different genres to new audiences and meet the demands of listeners as competition for their ears from other forms of media increases? Can you be passionate about music you don’t like? Is having a niche format the new audience-winner in the radio landscape of the future?
John Dash, Chairman of the Radio Academy’s Yorkshire Branch, is producing the event. He said: “We’re hoping for a lively and interesting debate about the state of music radio, both in Yorkshire and across the rest of the country. For many stations, the music they play accounts for a substantial chunk of their output – so getting playlists right and having the talent to curate and sell it to the audience are vital. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment – combined with the backstage tour of the arena this is going to be a great night for anyone interested in radio, music or both!”
Ben Williams, General Manager at the first direct arena, said: “I’m delighted to welcome the Radio Academy to their first event here at first direct arena. I’m looking forward to the debate and to showing everyone backstage and behind the scenes.”
Find out more about the event and book a place on the Radio Academy Yorkshire Branch website.