Classic FM's Jamie Crick Presides Over a Full House at London’s Hippodrome

Loftus Media Scoops Coveted Indie of the Year Award

Mike Hally awarded the First-Ever RPA Gold Award

Eloise Whitmore is Producer of the Year

The Radio Academy and The Radio Independents Group (RIG) revealed the winners of the highly anticipated 2013 Radio Production Awards at London’s glitzy Hippodrome this evening.

Hosted by Classic FM’s Jamie Crick who presided over a full house, these awards recognise and celebrate the work of UK based radio and audio producers and are now in their fourth year.

Fourteen awards were handed out in all, including the highly-prized Indie of the Year Award scooped by Loftus Media, praised by the judges for their “insightful and thought-provoking programmes.

Two new categories were also introduced into the awards mix this year – The Production Hero Award and The Gold Award.

The Production Hero Award, which recognises exceptional achievements made over and above the call of duty went to Chad McKenzie of TBI Media. The judges said: “He has demonstrated a broad range of skills across multiple disciplines which he is clearly utilising to an impressive standard at his current company. He has a bright future ahead of him.

The Gold Award, designed to celebrate the achievements of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to radio production in the UK was presented to a delighted Mike Hally, the founder of the Radio Independents Group by the BBC’s Director for Radio, Helen Boaden.

Paul Robinson, CEO of The Radio Academy, said: "On behalf of The Radio Academy it is my pleasure and honour to congratulate all of the winners of this year’s RPAs. You are the high achievers in our industry, continually setting new bars for the rest of us to leap over and ensuring that UK listeners are treated to the very best radio productions in the world."

Phil Critchlow, Chair of the Radio Independents Group (RIG), said: “Another great night at the RPAs fully acknowledged the best work by the people who actually conceive and deliver content. It also showed that radio certainly continues to inspire, challenge and feed the creative energies of those at the top of their game in our sector.

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