Student Radio Awards 2009

A quick post – no, really.

Just got back from the Student Radio Awards, a really lovely night. Well organised by the SRA Exec and well supported by the BBC and Global Radio. It’s not easy to put on an event for 700 people at the Indigo2 but they all did a wonderful job.

It’s 11 years, ugh, since my first awards and i’ve gone from being a new station member to winner to organiser to industry bod to judging helper. Tonight was a good reminder why I take part, and that it’s somewhat of a booster. It’s nice to be in a positive environment where people are striving for success and to be better. And it’s good that there’s a cermony to reward that.

I’m also pleased that it’s quite a collaborative effort. Helen, Chris and a bit of me arranged over 70 judges to trawl through the nearly 500 entrants – and they were all really pleased to be involved. In fact we couldn’t cope with all of those who wanted to be a judge. Especially as judges don’t do it for status – as there is none (!) they do it because they want to – and I think that’s the best reason of all.

There were lots of lovely moments tonight, I thought one of the best was Zoe Ball talking about and then presenting the Kevin Greening award for creativity. I knew Kevin a little and he ended up reflecting what much of the awards are about in his own personality – nice, charming, fun and creative.

It was nice that he still has a presence in some awards that really reflect his values.

It was also great to talk/talk at the students. Passionate people who, in some tough radio times, we need to think more about to ensure that we have an industry that has a vibrant future.

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