ACE boss on the ACRA’s

Staff Writer

ACE Radio had a massive night on Saturday night at the ACRAs taking home 11 awards. Count 'em up.

All of the ACE award winners are listed below, and we spoke to the Managing Director of the network, Stephen Everett (right), about how he felt about the results;


Best Newcomer Off-Air (C) Mick Shannon 3WM
Best Newcomer Off-Air (P) Ant Middlemiss TRFM
Best On-Air Team (C) Kewy & Karis Coast FM
Best Sports Presenter (C) Jock Brady 3CS
Best Sports Presenter (P) Simon Corr 2AY
Best Station Promotion (C) Win your way to Byron Bay (Jon Vertigan) 3YB
Best News Presenter (C) Lois Chislett 3YB
Best Networked Program (C) Jon Vertigan 3YB
Best Networked Program (P) Nayta & Kristie (pictured below) TRFM
Best Produced Commercial – Single (C) Logan's Restaurant 3YB / Coast FM
Best Multimedia Execution – Station (NM) The Fast & The Fuel Efficient TRFM


Stephen, Congratulations, ACE Radio Broadcasters took home 11 ACRA’s, second only to Southern Cross Austereo. A fantastic achievement for a regional network, you must be very happy!

Of course I am, not just for me but for everyone from the owners, the Board and every single employee. It is an industry acknowledgement that we are performing at the highest level.

 Who were the stand out performers for you amongst those 11 ?

I am obviously not going to single anyone out. I am equally delighted we had 20 finalists because to be a finalist is in itself an amazing effort.

Perhaps I will say that I was ecstatic that we had winners in both Country and Provincial categories. Provincial for us is more difficult to win because we are up against markets with much larger staff numbers.

What do you believe was the secret to ACE’s ACRA’s success on Saturday night ?

 Well it wasn't one person that's for sure. Once again it would be foolish to name just one person. It was an ACE Radio objective to do well.

So from the programming team a formal plan was put in place immediately after the last ACRAS to ensure we captured the information we needed to get the best possible result. Easier said than done. Obviously they did an outstanding job because the scoreboard doesn't lie!

11 this year…..what’s your goal for next year ? Try and overtake SCA’s 39 😉 ?

 I haven't fully absorbed the results from this year yet! We need to be somewhat humble in recognising how well we did this year, we will plan along similar lines again for next year, but to get those sort of targets is not what we are about.

Assuming we can maintain the quality of what we do, the results with some luck, will come our way.

Aside from all the success, do you have any other memorable moments from the ACRA’s and CRA Conference ?

I just thought and I told Joan Warner on the night, it was the best ACRAS event I had attended. The overall hosting and entertainment was superb.

ACE had some guests who had not attended before. They were amazed at what a huge night it is and were very generous in their comments.

So apparently you are heading off on a well deserved holiday ? Where are you heading ?

Yes I am on leave for a couple of weeks. I am at Port Stephens for a few days as I am attending a wedding on Saturday in Sydney. The following week I am not sure yet. Hunter Valley probably. 

Thanks so much for your time Stephen and congratulations to the entire ACE family from all of us at Radio Today.

Thank you very much!

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