Published on 14 October 2019
The Student Radio Awards, supported by BBC Radio 1 and Global are the definitive celebration of student radio. Over the years student radio has launched the careers of Rich Clarke, Annie Mac and Greg James to name but a few.
The University has two nominations in the 'Best Speech' category for Spark volunteers and one for an MA graduate who was making his own work whilst he was here.
'Where I was born, where I was raised' was produced by Jordan Blyth. Jordan is now on the MA Radio course and produced documentary as a third year project. It was also shortlisted for a Charles Parker Prize in 2018 and is also nominated for a Community Radio Award.
'Unwritten Letters' was produced by Sam Ross (MA Radio, 2019) as part of his course, and is also nominated in the 'Best Speech' category.
Also nominated is Stuart Russell (MA Radio, 2018) whose creative feature 'The Egg Dealer' was broadcast last week by BBC Radio 3, and who won two Gold awards at the 2018 Student Radio Awards (SRAs) for Best Podcast, and SRA's most prestigious prize, the Kevin Greening Award for Creativity.
Spark have two nominations in the 'Best Male' presenter category for Tom Glenwright (MA Radio, 2018) and Lewis Bowden (BA Broadcast Media Production, 2019) - Lewis will also supply voiceover for the SRA ceremony in November
And finally Spark, who celebrate thier tenth anniversary this year, has been nominated for 'Best Student Radio Station' - another national endorsement for the station after they were nominated Station of the Year in the Community Radio Awards earlier this year.
Richard Berry, Senior Lecturer in Radio at the University, says: "This is great news for everyone at Spark especially in our tenth year. It’s confirmation of the time, skill, and dedication of all our volunteers who work really hard at producing programmes every day of the year.
"Many of the stations with nominations broadcast for much less time than we do, so to maintain the quality we do across so many hours is a real testament to the team; without whom we would never be so successful."
The Student Radio Awards serve both to celebrate the diversity of content and talent in student radio and to help launch the next generation of radio talent into the radio industry.
The winners of the Student Radio Awards 2019 will be announced on 7 November in London.