The UK has taken home 23 out of 30 gold places at the first annual Global Traffic Network European Radio Awards. The event was held in Barcelona on Monday evening, as part of the NAB European Radio Conference 2007.
Radio Today reporter Dan Harper brings you this report from the event for RadioToday.co.uk:
I thought Rick Houghton and Ian Carless did a great job at organising awards that honoured some very talented and hard working people.
I asked Rick afterwards to tell me his favourite point of the night. He said it was definitely when the owner of Relax FM Moscow came to collect his award for Radio Station of the Year. The man was in tears as he picked up the honour. Rick told me his team really made a lot of effort to be there and he was overjoyed they won.
One other award went to an online radio station where all the staff are volunteers, I was surprised to find out that they had all paid themselves to enter and be there. They really deserved the award. Jonathan Miles was an excellent MC, very funny and camp as always. He really says what he thinks (even in front of a big audience) which I find refreshing.
The full winners are:
Best Breakfast Personality
97.4 Rock FM – Adam Catterall
Best Breakfast Show Producer
Trent FM – Dick Stone/Mark Hitchings
Best Breakfast Show
Trent FM – Jo & Twiggy
Best Regular Music Programme
Forth One – Krystle
Best Regular Showbiz Feature
UBC Media Group – Entertainment News; Phillip Chryssikos/Matt Cadman
Best Music Special
BBC Radio 4 – California Dreaming; Unique/Simon Jacobs/Andy Parfitt
Best Syndicated Programme
Blue Revolution – Totally 80’s; Paul Hollins/Gary King
European Voice Artist of the Year
Best Writing For Radio
BBC Radio 4 – Various Programmes; Mike Hally/Hermione Cockburn
Best New Media Initiative
Kiss 100 – Crack the Code; Richard Spears/John Hipper
Best Internet Only Station
KUBE FM – Matt Bowling/Eamonn Kubb
Best Original Podcast
All Out Productions – My Streets My Streets; Peter Sale for Channel 4 Radio
Best News Documentary or Special
Radio City 96.7 – Toxteth Riots Anniversary; Steve Hothersall/Phil Cooper
Best Coverage of Breaking News
Gemini FM – MSC Napoli; Gareth Boulton/Howard Banks
News Journalist / Team of the Year
Europa FM – Romania News Journals; Ionela Tudor/Elena Tudor
Best Radio Personality
Virgin Radio – Geoff Lloyd
Best Talk Host
Radio City 96.7 – Pete Price
Best Music Presenter
Radio Classique – Nelson Monfort
Station Sound Producer / Team of the Year
96.3 Rock Radio – Ian Ferguson & Team
Best Programme Producer
Burc FM – Sedat Serkan Guray
Best Produced Promo
Radio Expres – Car giveaway promo; Expres Media Ltd.
Best Radio Commercial
Radio SLR – Per Osten Undertaker’s Carsten Agerbaek
Programmer of the Year
Wave 105 – Dave Shearer
Best Radio Station Website
Radio FG – Antoine Baduel
Star FM Cambridge – Liam’s Mile; Mark Peters
Capital Radio – Lights Out London; Scott Muller/Margherita Taylor
Best Sports Special
Deutche Welles Radio Germany
European Radio Station of the Year (TSA Less than 300,000)
European Radio Station of the Year (TSA between 300,000 and 1 Million)
European Radio Station of the Year (TSA over 1 Million)
So congratulations to all winners and everyone who took part.
The bar was being propped up by the usual suspects last night, I managed to escape a little earlier which I am grateful for this morning. I have to say the UK crowd is really good this year with plenty of fun and friendly faces.
The seminars are full to the brim with many people standing throughout. The most popular so far would be the speech given by Paul Weyland about communication. He is a real character and gave us all a few good laughs. Tuesday is the last day of NAB and I will have more for you later this afternoon.