Radio Production Awards 2015: Nominations

By James Cridland for
Posted 27 October 2015, 8.01pm edt

The nominations for this year's Radio Production Awards 2015 have been announced. You can read them all here.

Lots of nominations for community radio stations are one of the headlines; as well as some new categories.

We'd like to congratulate those nominated for Best Podcast / Online Producer, a category which is sponsoring this year. They are: Helen Zaltzman, Sean Douglas from The Codpast, Georgia Mills and Graihagh Jackson from The Naked Scientists, and Katherine Godfrey from Whistledown Productions. May the best person out of that lot win an award. (That's how it works, right?)

Press release

Radio’s grassroots highlighted in strong nominations for the UK’s leading radio production awards

The Radio Independents Group (RIG) today announced the Nominations for the 2015 Radio Production Awards (RPAs), including for the new Grassroots Award, which encourages the participation of new and diverse talent in radio production.

Now in their sixth year, the RPAs recognise and celebrate the production skills of radio and audio producers based in the UK or supplying UK-based broadcasters from overseas. The nominations include entries from 26 different indies, 12 from the BBC and 10 from commercial radio.

The 18 award categories include Best Newcomer, Best Music Entertainment Producer, Producer of the Year, Production Hero Award and the Gold Award.

This year features for the first time categories for Presenter Hero (someone who has worked hard with their team to create – or save - a show), Best Nations & Regions Producer, and Best Grassroots Production, which recognises extraordinary achievement in identifying, nurturing or mentoring new and diverse talent to the radio and audio industry.

There are several nominations for community radio stations, including Resonance FM, Siren FM (based at the University of Lincoln) and 107 Meridian FM (East Grinstead, West Sussex).

RIG Managing Director Will Jackson said: “The RPAs is the major radio awards ceremony of this year and its continuing evolution, demonstrated by three new categories, keeps pace with our dynamic sector. It’s great to see a strong showing by the BBC, commercial radio and a wide range of indies from around the UK. The Grassroots element promotes diversity at a time when our industry is rightly being asked to do more to encourage it, as we are also doing via our RIGtrain mentoring scheme.”

RPAs judge Denis Nowlan, Head of Station Management for BBC Radios 3, 4, and 4 Extra, said: “I’ve heard impressive radio, much of it made with slender resources. There are great examples of production teams opening up this wonderful medium to people whose voices are rarely heard.”

Shine Media’s Joanna Abeyie, also an RPAs judge, said: “RIG should be incredibly proud of the Grassroots category. It was extremely refreshing to see those with a disability and from low socio-economic backgrounds using radio to tell stories from their community. I was pleased they had the confidence to show off all they’ve achieved”.

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James Cridland — James runs, and is a radio futurologist: a consultant, writer and public speaker who concentrates on the effect that new platforms and technology are having on the radio business. He also publishes a free daily newsletter about podcasting, Podnews, and a weekly radio trends newsletter.

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