Tony Blackburn has become the first person to get the Radio Academy Gold Award twice in its 32 year history.
Tony will pick up the award next month for reaching his milestone of 50 years in radio and his continued commitment to both BBC and Commercial Radio.
He was first awarded the honour in 1989 to mark his 25th year in radio, and will once again pick up his trophy in The Great Room of London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, on the evening of Monday 12th May.
Chair of the awards committee John Myers said: “Tony Blackburn is not only loved by his listeners, but also by his fellow broadcasters right across the UK. He has become an icon of British broadcasting with a commitment to and a love for radio that remains unmatched by just about anyone in the medium today. 50 years on the air and still going strong is a remarkable achievement and we are thrilled to mark this occasion with the prestigious 2014 Gold Award”.
Tony Blackburn said: “I am truly honoured to be receiving the Gold Award for the second time in my career. I can only assume The Academy thought I’d be dead by the time my 50th anniversary came around and wouldn’t have to worry about me!
“Ever since I joined Radio Caroline in July 1964 I have made a living out of my passion. Being a radio presenter, in my opinion, remains the greatest job in the world. I want to thank everyone who has given me a job, the amazing artists whose music I have played and, most importantly, the listeners who have listened to me for the past 50 years. Without you on the other end of the microphone, I’m just a man, in a room talking to myself for hours on end.”
Tony started in radio at Caroline in 1964 and went on to launch BBC Radio 1 and work at BBC London, Capital Gold and BBC Radio 2.
The Academy has also added two extra partners to the awards this year after Sony discontinued its sponsorship after 31 years.
Paul Robinson, CEO of The Radio Academy said: “We are honoured to add blinkbox music and PPL as awards partners to the already announced partners, all of whom have a deep and intrinsic connection to radio and with whom we will deliver an outstanding 2014 Radio Academy Awards.”
“PPL is delighted to be a partner for the first time of the Radio Academy Awards 2014,” said Peter Leathem CEO, PPL. “The Awards recognise and honour the very best across the complete breadth of what radio, both the BBC and Commercial, offers us all as listeners every day 24/7 throughout the UK. We are all extremely well served and it is fitting that, given the importance of music on radio, PPL recognises, on behalf of our 75,000 members, the richness of the medium and the many talented people who make it all happen.”
Mark Bennett, MD, blinkbox music said: “2014 is a really exciting year for us here at blinkbox music as we continue to provide listeners with a wealth of great music and programming, so we are delighted to be part of the most prestigious awards for the UK Radio industry. We’ve heard it’s a great night and look forward to celebrating with you.”