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 in November.

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 RobinsonCEO 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.

full list of winners:

Best Documentary / Feature Maker - Sponsored by Radio Times

Ben Taylor - Snappin' Turtle Productions

Best Entertainment Producer - Sponsored by Wise Buddah:

David Tyler - Pozzitive

Best Music Entertainment Producer:

Tom Whalley - Wise Buddah

Best Live Music Producer / Engineer:

Joe Adams - Absolute Radio

Best Podcast / Online Producer- Sponsored by Broadcast News:

Matt Hill - Freelance

Best Multi-Platform Creator - Sponsored by Whistledown Studios:

Owen Hopkin - Classic FM

Best Drama / Readings Producer - Sponsored by ECOVIS Wingrave Yeats:

Joby Waldman - Somethin' Else

Best Newcomer - Sponsored by Sound Women:

Isabel Sutton - Just Radio Ltd

Best Creative - Sponsored by Just Radio:

Nathan Freeman - BBC Radio 6 Music

Best Sound Designer - Sponsored by Moving Air:

Eloise Whitmore - Somethin' Else

Production Hero Award - Sponsored by Champion Accountants

Chad McKenzie - TBI Media

Producer of the Year

Eloise Whitmore - Somethin' Else

Indie of the Year - Sponsored by Creative Skillset

Gold: Loftus Media
Silver: USP Content
Bronze: Whistledown Productions

Gold Award - Sponsored by Allan hapman & James

Mike Hally

The Radio Academy and the Radio Independents Group would like to say a very big 'thank you' to all our judges who contributed their time and expertise - we couldn't do it without you.

Congratulations to all the night's Winners!

At last the waiting was over as the winners of this year's RIG/Radio Academy Radio Production Awards were announced at a lively evening on the 12th July, hosted by comedian Jon Holmes.

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The new award for "Producer of the Year", given to the best of the winners of all the other individual categories, was won by Rebecca Maxted, from Wise Buddah Creative.  The award was named in honour of Gillian Hush MBE, the noted producer of features and readings from the 1960s to the 90's, who died on 28th June.

The other major award of the night, for "Indie of the Year" was awarded to Whistledown Productions (Gold), Somethin' Else (Silver) and TBI Media (Bronze).
The individual category winners were:

Best Documentary/Feature Maker  (sponsored by Radio Times) 
Rebecca Maxted - Wise Buddah Creative
Best Entertainment Producer  
Jon Holmes - Unusual Productions
Best Music Entertainment Producer  
Sue Clark - Sue Clark Productions
Best Live Music Producer/Engineer (sponsored by Champion Accountants) 
Russell Finch – Somethin’ Else
Best Online Creator
Mark Newman - Flaps Podcast
Best Multi Platform Creator 
Heather Davies - Trevor Dann's Company & Unusual Productions
Best Drama/Readings Producer (sponsored by Allan Chapman James Ltd) 
Rosalind Ayres - Jarvis & Ayres Productions
Best Newcomer (sponsored by Resonance 104.4FM) 
Rose de Larrabeiti - Whistledown Productions
Best Creative (sponsored by Creative Skillset) 
Jonathan Young - talkSPORT (UTV Radio)
Best Sound Designer  
Mark Pittam - TBI Media

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The nominations were announced on 14th June and are listed below

aim of the Awards is to recognise and celebrate the work of UK-based radio and audio producers. Where the Sony Radio Academy Awards recognise programmes, stations and broadcasters, the RPAs are aimed at individual producers and their work for the previous year.

The Awards are open to all UK-based radio and audio producers including independents, freelancers and programme-makers working in BBC, commercial, community, student and hospital radio. Entries are also welcomed from audio producers working primarily in the digital sector on output for commercial or not-for-profit audio streams and podcasts.

The Awards ceremony will be on 12th July

Entries were made by individuals, production companies, radio stations and commercial groups. A new category, Producer of the Year has been introduced this year. The winner will be chosen by an independent committee of judges and will be a pick of the best of the best from all of the entries. The full list of nominees is:

Category 1 - Best Documentary/Feature Maker
Sponsored by Radio Times
Geoff Bird
Simon Jacobs – Unique
Rebecca Maxted - Wise Buddah Creative

Category 2 - Best Entertainment Producer
Simon Buschenfeld - Heart Network
Jon Holmes - Unusual Productions
Frank Stirling - Unique

Category 3 - Best Music Entertainment Producer
Sue Clark - Sue Clark Productions
Claire Neal – Somethin’ Else
Jenny Nelson - Absolute Radio

Category 4 - Best Live Music Producer/Engineer
Sponsored by Champion Accountants
Danny Evans - Absolute Radio
Russell Finch – Somethin’ Else
Dean Woodcock - Absolute Radio

Category 5 - Best Online Creator
Mary Colwell - Curlew Media
Mark Newman - Flaps Podcast
Dave Pickering - Getting Better Acquainted

Category 6 - Best Multi-Platform Creator
Rowan Collinson – Somethin’ Else
Heather Davies - Trevor Dann's Company & Unusual Productions
David Kenny - Absolute Radio

Category 7 - Best Drama/Readings Producer
Sponsored by Allan Chapman James Ltd
Philip Anderson-Dyer - The Bunbury Banter Theatre Company
Rosalind Ayres - Jarvis & Ayres Productions
Mary Colwell - Curlew Media

Category 8 - Best Newcomer
Sponsored by Resonance 104.4FM
Rose De Larrabeiti - Whistledown Productions
Leo Hornak - BBC World Service
Colin McNulty - Whistledown Productions

Category 9 - Best Creative Sponsored by Creative Skillset
Ed Baxter - Resonance FM
John Cameron McIntosh - BBC Essex
Jonathan Young - talkSPORT (UTV Radio)

Category 10 - Best Sound Designer
Dave Dodd - Whistledown Productions
Ben Neidle - Noise Fusion
Mark Pittam - TBI Media

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR and INDIE OF THE YEAR will be announced at the Awards Night

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