The winners of the Radio Production Awards 2014 have been announced, and include journalist and producer Gillian Reynolds picking up the Gold Award.
The judges thanked Gillian for her continued support of radio production, saying “she is not only our supporter, she is our champion.” She received a standing ovation as she collected the award this evening.
At the event in central London, hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, the awards recognised the unsung heroes of radio and reflect the achievements of individuals who have demonstrated excellence in UK radio production, both in-house and in the independent radio production sector.
Whistledown Productions were awarded Indie of the Year and scooping the Producer of the Year Award was Absolute Radio’s Brian Murphy. His series The Pioneers was described by the judges as “some of the most impactful and memorable radio which the judges have ever heard.” In what marked a double success for Brian, he was also awarded the Best Documentary/Feature Maker for delivery with “immediacy and verve which made it compelling listening.”
The Production Hero Award went to TBI Media’s Harad Smith, for her “adaptability, diversity and flair.” The Award for Best Newcomer went to Paul Smith from Just Radio Ltd, cited by the judges as “outstanding.” Whistledown Productions was been named Indie of the Year for the “consistency of its production values.”
Other big winners on the night included BBC Radio 2’s Tim Johns, who was presented with Best News & Current Affairs Documentary/Feature Maker, Somethin’ Else’s Kellie Redmond who took home Best Music Entertainment Producer, Best Comedy/Entertainment Producer was awarded to Bauer’s Tony McShane, and the Award for Best Live Music Producer/Engineer went to Kellie While from Smooth Operations.
Best Podcast/Online Producer was awarded to Cheeka Eyers from Podium.me, Jamie King from Somethin’ Else was named Best Multi-Platform Creator, John Dryden of Goldhawk Productions Ltd was Best Drama/ Readings Producer, the award for Best Creative was given to Luke Doran from BBC Radio 4 & 4 Extra, and Best Sound Designer was awarded to Richard Evans from Syncbox Post Ltd.
Gloria Abramoff, Interim CEO of The Radio Academy, said: “What a wonderful evening of celebrations for some of the unsung heroes of radio. I’m so pleased that our winners and nominees are recognised in this way for their incredible work.”
Will Jackson, Managing Director of the Radio Independents Group, said: “The superb audio we’ve received, from across the UK, demonstrates just how much amazing talent and creativity there is in the sector. There is a huge amount of great work going on right now – we’re recognising the very best of the best with tonight’s awards.”
FULL WINNERS LIST FOR 2014 RADIO PRODUCTION AWARDS:
BEST DOCUMENTARY/FEATURE MAKER (sponsored by Ecovis Wingrave Yeats)
Brian Murphy – Absolute Radio
BEST NEWS & CURRENT AFFAIRS DOCUMENTARY/FEATURE MAKER (sponsored by ipDTL)
Tim Johns – BBC Radio 2
BEST COMEDY/ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER (sponsored by Wise Buddah)
Tony McShane – Metro Radio / TFM – Bauer Media
BEST MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER (sponsored by Roberts Radio)
Kellie Redmond – Somethin’ Else
BEST LIVE MUSIC PRODUCER/ENGINEER
Kellie While – Smooth Operations
BEST PODCAST/ONLINE PRODUCER (sponsored by Acast)
Cheeka Eyers – Podium.me
BEST MULTI-PLATFORM CREATOR (sponsored by Loftus Media)
Jamie King – Somethin’ Else
BEST DRAMA/READINGS PRODUCER
John Dryden – Goldhawk Productions Ltd
BEST NEWCOMER (sponsored by Resonance FM)
Paul Smith –Just Radio Ltd
Luke Doran – BBC Radio 4 & 4 Extra
BEST SOUND DESIGNER (sponsored by Moving Air)
Richard Evans – Syncbox Post Ltd
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Audible)
Brian Murphy – Absolute Radio
PRODUCTION HERO AWARD (sponsored by Sound Women)
Harad Smith – TBI Media
INDIE OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Radio Times)
THE GOLD AWARD