Awards given at Academy dinner
Three awards were handed out at last night's Radio Festival dinner, and there were also four new entrants to the Hall of Fame and one new Radio Academy fellow announced.
Lady Gaga was named the year's most played artist on UK Radio, while there were leading industry awards for Metro Radio's Alan Robson and Radio 1's Tim Westwood.
Westwood – who does drive on digital station 1Xtra – was presented with the PRS John Peel Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music Radio by his Radio 1/1Xtra boss Andy Parfitt. In his speech, Tim thanked Andy for not sacking him when he got shot. Parfitt had said in the introduction that he was the only presenter who he'd visited in hospital under armed guard.
The Nielsen Award for Most Played Artist on UK Radio was given to Lady Gaga (although she didn't make it to Gorton in Manchester to collect it in person).
And, formerly part of the Sony Awards, the Local & Regional Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Metro Radio legend Alan Robson who presents the Night Owls show on the Newcastle-based station.
One new Radio Academy Fellow was announced this year – Lisa Kerr. Lisa is the Campaign Director for Digital Radio UK and a former award-winning presenter and producer for Radio Forth and Classic FM.
The main event was the new inductees to the Radio Academy Hall of Fame – this year four were announced. [link=https://radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.6363.2]As reported by RadioToday.co.uk last week,[/link] they went to David 'Kid' Jensen, Bob Harris, Nicholas Parsons and Dave Lee Travis.
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