by Alex Watson
With nominations announced at the start of October, there is now just over a week left before the Student Radio Awards 2013 take place. The annual awards ceremony celebrates the efforts of hardworking student radio stations and presenters across Britain. This year, the event will be held at the indigO2 in London on Thursday 7th November.
The Student Radio Awards are supported by several high profile organisations, including various BBC radio stations, Global Radio and the British Council. Dreamed up in 1995 by former Student Radio Association chair, Nick Wallis, the awards have been backed by BBC Radio 1 from the start. Dubbed by Wallis as an ‘extraordinary talent-sourcing behemoth’, the awards boast some extremely successful previous participants.
Greg James (formerly of University of East Anglia’s Livewire) is one of the awards’ most famous alumni. The ultimate inspiration for budding broadcasters – James won Best Male Presenter at the Student Radio Awards in 2005, and was presenting on Radio 1 just two years later. The 27 year old presenter has never been afraid to dream big, admitting in an interview last year, ‘I always thought I could end up here [at Radio 1] if I worked hard enough’.
The nominees for 2013’s Student Radio Awards are primarily from English universities. Just two Scottish stations are in the running – Edinburgh University’s Fresh Air and Monster FM in Inverness. Xpress Radio in Cardiff solely represents Wales this year. University Radio Nottingham swept the board last year, although there were other strong contenders.
Fly FM (Nottingham Trent University) and University Radio York will go head to head this time around for certain awards. However, nominations for categories such as Best Male and Best Female are evenly spread, leaving room for newcomers and lesser known stations to bag a prize.