More big names added to Radio Festival line-up

The Radio Festival – happening on May 23rd in London – has revealed more of the line-up taking part.

Contributors to the Radio Academy event include Jason Manford, Phil Jupitus, Vernon Kay, Jonathan Agnew and Shaun Keaveny, in addition to Chris Tarrant, Greg James and Nicholas Parsons who were announced last week.

Absolute Radio presenter, comedian and actor Jason Manford will be in conversation with comedian and actor, Phil Jupitus. Jason, who began his radio career as the breakfast show presenter at XFM Manchester in 2007, will be chatting with Jupitus, the launch Breakfast Show presenter at 6 Music and regular on panel shows including ‘I’m Sorry I haven’t a Clue’ and ‘Just a Minute’, sharing their radio heritage and experiences.

Vernon Kay will be opening up about his love for radio and the differences between presenting for the BBC and commercial radio. From hosting Radio 1’s 40th birthday to anchoring mid-mornings on Radio X, to handcuffing Pete Tong to a smurf, Vernon has plenty of stand-out career moments to share and reflect upon.

Jonathan Agnew will be kicking off a session on sports commentary with Jacqui Oatley, MBE and Adrian Durham of talkSPORT. Hosted by Mark Chapman of Radio 5 live, the session will celebrate 90 years of sports radio commentary and some stand-out moments. It will also take a look at why does sports commentary continue to score such a hit with audiences in an age of mobile technology and a social media.

Also joining this year’s Festival will be Shaun Keaveny talking about his 10 years at 6 Music.

Other sessions include The Stand Out Stars of Online Radio with Simone Butler of Primal Scream and Soho Radio; Tiffany Calver of NTS and Dash Radio and hosted by Xanthe Fuller of Mixcloud. With the freedom of the internet there has been a huge rise in online radio with new stations launching around the world but what does it take to Stand Out in this space of cutting edge, uninhibited radio?

Bang for your Buck with David Lloyd hosting John-Paul Hughes, Group Creative Director of Bauer City Network and Penny Lee Brown, freelance radio creative formerly of Heart Yorkshire, to discuss radio advertising on the front line. With local commercial radio revenue at over £166 million last year, the panel will share local creative case studies that delivered quantifiable ROI as well as discussing topics including does the London agency world understand radio as a medium?

Podcast Me – from true crime to comedy there is a vast choice but how do you Stand Out in the podcast market from discovery to distribution? A session with Ryan Dilley of Panoply, Ruth Fitzsimons of AudioBoom, Laura Sheeter from Chalk and Blade and hosted by Olly Mann, presenter of podcast, ‘The Modern Mann’, will give practical advice from those in the know.

More details on the event and ticket info can be found at

Posted on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 at 1:17 pm by RadioToday staff

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