Radio Today 30 Under 30 Awards

The search to unearth Australia’s youngest and brightest minds in radio, audio and podcasting has officially begun!

The next generation of radio talent and behind-the-scenes superstars are set to be celebrated at Radio Today’s inaugural 30 Under 30 Awards.

The awards will recognise radio’s rising stars across sales, on-air, programming, marketing, music, content, news, podcasting, digital and campaigns.

Entries for the Radio Today 30 Under 30 Awards are officially open below.

The initiative is supported by Australian Radio Network, Nine Radio, Southern Cross Austereo, NOVA Entertainment, ACE Radio and Sony Music.

Five finalists and three winners will be selected from each of the ten categories. There will also be a publically voted Reader’s Choice winner.

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Key Dates

Entries Open: Monday, September 28

Entries Close: Friday, October 23 (11.59pm AEDT)

Judging Period: October 26 to November 6

Shortlist Announced: Monday, November 16

Reader’s Choice Poll Opens:​ Wednesday, November 18

Reader’s Choice Poll Closes:​ Wednesday, November 25

Winners Announced: Thursday, November 26


Southern Cross Austereo

“It is important to recognise and celebrate the industry’s rising stars and that’s why SCA is delighted to sponsor the inaugural 30 Under 30 Awards. The sheer amount of talent in this industry is outstanding, and we wish everyone the best of luck,” Grant Blackley, CEO, Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) 

NOVA Entertainment

“New leadership, and the injection of fresh ideas and energy that comes with it, is what has ensured the enviable lifespan of radio. It’s testament both to the strength of the medium and our continued relevance that we are attracting this calibre of young talent to the industry,” Peter Charlton, COO (and incoming CEO), NOVA Entertainment

Australian Radio Network

“It’s never been more important to recognise and celebrate the achievements of the rising stars of the radio and audio industry. These are the next generation of industry leaders, innovators and creators who are dedicated to ensuring the Australian audio industry has a bright future ahead,” Ciaran Davis, CEO, Australian Radio Network (ARN) 

Nine Radio

“Radio is a fabulous training ground for a career in media. I loved my time as a cadet at 2UE and learnt so much, very quickly. As a business we are eager to both support and celebrate the next generation or radio talent – on air and off air – through this important initiative,” Tom Malone, MD, Nine Radio  

ACE Radio

“ACE Radio is excited to sponsor the 30 Under 30 initiative because we believe it is imperative to support and encourage the next generation of industry talent,” Mark Taylor, CEO, ACE Radio

Entry Criteria

Are you eligible to enter the 30 Under 30 Awards? 

To be eligible, you must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen living and working in Australia aged 30 or under at 1 September 2020 and have been employed in the radio, audio or podcasting sectors during the 2020 calendar year.

What category should you select from the ten options?

Most people could fall under multiple categories, and some none at all. Just select the one that feels closest to your department or achievements. Don’t worry if you choose the wrong one. Our editors review all entries and will make the final call.

Can I start the application now and finish it later?

Absolutely, we appreciate you may need some time to answer the questions and gather any supporting documents. At the bottom of the application form is an option to ‘Save and Resume Later’. Click this, enter your email, and a unique link will be emailed to you.

Please save the email and link so you can return to the entry form when ready. However, your application must be completed and submitted before midnight on the Application Close date.

Apply Now

Entries for Radio Today’s 30 Under 30 Awards are now closed. A shortlist of 50 finalists will be announced Monday, November 16, with winners revealed on Thursday, November 26. Thank you to all who entered, good luck!

Got questions?

If you have a question about the Radio Today 30 Under 30 Awards, please email [email protected] or use the below form.