Last week saw the Audio and Radio Industry Awards descend upon First Direct Arena in Leeds for the biggest night in radio. Bauer Radio took home five awards including Team of the Year and Individual of the Year as voted for by members of the Radio Academy.
Bauer had much to celebrate upon entering the awards clocking up a staggering 30 nominations, with 20 of those awarded to Absolute Radio.
Bauer Radio ARIAs Award Winners:
Best New Presenter: Ronan Keating, Magic Radio
Best Commercial Promotion: The Greatest Showman Magic Radio
Best Community Programming: Frank Skinner in Conversation with Al Gore, Absolute Radio
Team of the Year: Cash for Kids
Individual of the Year: Paul Sylvester, Content Director, Absolute Radio
The awards were hosted by Melvin Odoom and Pandora of KISS, with live performances on the night from top artists including Tony Hadley and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, 808 State, Poppy Adjula and winners of Local Music Live, The Covasettes. The awards, organised by the Radio Academy and supported by LeedsBID (Business Improvement District), are the audio and radio industry’s prestigious flagship awards. A total of 23 awards were handed out, recognising innovation and excellence across all audio mediums and celebrating the very best of the industry.
Roger Cutsforth, Chief Executive of The Radio Academy said: “In another fantastic ARIAS ceremony, it was great to see the awards are no longer dominated by the big Networks, with the rise of the Podcast, the resurgence of the quality in local radio and the indies coming up hard on the rails. The ARIAS have this year proved that the best in innovation is happening outside London, on which note, we are delighted to be back in Leeds for the third year with our partners, LeedsBID at the first direct arena for another fantastic celebration.”
Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive of LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), which is behind bringing Segue and the ARIAS to Leeds, said: “It was great for the city to have the ARIAS returning to Leeds for the third year running, and what an evening it was, made even better seeing local talent among the winners.”
“Events of this status and scale are essential in continuing to showcase this city while building its reputation on a national and international stage as well as bringing economic benefits to those who do business here.”
Read more about the ARIAs here.