The nominations for the Radio Production Awards will be announced this evening at an event in Manchester city centre.
One of the judges, the Telegraph's radio critic Gillian Reynolds will be there, along with the host for the evening, BBC Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe.
The awards are organised by the Radio Academy and the Radio Independents Group with an awards ceremony scheduled for next month in London to present the gongs.
Tonight, we can expect nominations to spread right across the radio sector, from Absolute Radio and 5Live, and community and online stations and independent production companies.
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The aim of these new awards is to recognise and celebrate the work of UK-based radio and audio producers. Where the Sony Radio Academy Awards recognise programmes, stations and broadcasters, the RPAs will honour the achievement of individual producers and production companies demonstrated by a body of work created and delivered during the previous year.The categories are:
BEST FACTUAL PRODUCER
BEST ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER
BEST MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER
LIVE MUSIC PRODUCERS OF THE YEAR
(i) The Live Music (concert) Award
(ii) The Live Music (studio session) Award
BEST ONLINE PRODUCER
BEST DRAMA PRODUCER
*LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN RADIO PRODUCTION
*INDIE OF THE YEAR
Categories marked * will be awarded by the RPA committee. No nominations are required.
Trevor Dann, Chief Executive of the Radio Academy, said ”the RPAs will celebrate the work of some of the unsung heroes of British radio. The judges will be looking for flair, innovation and creativity.”
Mike Hally, Chair of the Radio Independents Group, said “recognising the creative genius of the best radio production people has been an ambition of RIG for years and to see it come to fruition in collaboration with the Radio Academy is really exciting. We look forward to these awards becoming a major event in the radio calendar.”