ACRAs Finalists Fever – #4

Staff Writer

There are thousands of hard-working, dedicated and amazingly creative people throughout the radio industry – and every year a small fraction of those people make the short list as a finalist in the ACRAs.

Just like we did last year, over the next few weeks, Radio Today will shine a spotlight on the best of the best.

The ACRAs Finalists Fever – counting down the days to the big event on October 10 by profiling the finalists across all categories. You can get involved by emailing us here.

Today we feature, Robyn Ryan, Oscar Jones, David Lay and Lucy Hodsdon  Let’s Roll Out the Red Carpet….


GP Glass;Robyn Ryan, Oscar Jones, David Lay7AD & Sea FM, DevonportTASGrant Broadcasters C 


Tell us your stories on how you started….

David, the writer, began with the station in 1991, after 11 years as a primary school teacher.  He started in Sales, then became the Creative Writer, then moved into Production.  He left radio to go to television for a couple of years, but returned as Promotions Manager.  He didn’t like that, so went off to work for a bank and an energy company, and then returned 4 years ago as Creative Writer to churn out a few more scripts!

Oscar, the producer, has worked in radio for 2 years.  He didn’t have any experience in radio production before this but as a DJ and holder of Audio Engineering qualifications he took to it very quickly and now performs like a veteran!

Robyn, the Account Manager, has been with the station for over 10 years.  After a long history of working in retail as a business owner, Robyn moved into radio and has loved getting around the local community and helping businesses achieve their sales goals.


Tell us about your Entry…

The commercial entered was for a business who likes their ads to be a little bit different.  The subject matter was quite dry (double glazing) so the script was written to provide an interesting angle on the advantage of double glazing in windows.  Oscar used some subtle production techniques and Robyn sold it to the client!

Your speech, if you were able to make one…

We’d like to thank everyone in the 7AD/Sea FM team – it’s only through their combined efforts that great results are achieved.



Lucy Hodsdon; Forever Classic 6iX, Perth WA, Capital Radio Network M  

How did you wind up in radio…

I grew up in Kalgoorlie and went to boarding school in Perth. On the early and long drives to and from Perth/Kalgoorlie my parents would only ever be tuned into the ABC and I would stay awake to hear the quiz’s and play along to pass the time. It was only when studying radio and media communications at Murdoch University that I became completely and utterly obsessed with radio and realised that I could actually have a career in this industry. Fast forward to 2014 and I am doing work experience with Production Manager Dean Ford at 96fm when he tells me about an opening at 6iX and that I should apply for it… 

Tell us about your Entry…

I started at 6iX in August 2014. We have a pretty small team at 6iX and everyone is often stepping up and taking on more than they are “required” to. Some people would find that annoying but it’s the kind of thing I live for (I love a challenge). I really want to see 6iX thrive and grow to its full potential so I am always happy to take on more work and I guess they decided that deserved some recognition. 

Your Speech to the crowd…

I suppose it would go a little something like this “thanks to the following people; Mal and Robyn Hodsdon, Stuart Endersby our PD, Evan Broadway our GM, the entire Capital Radio network, Marcus, Annabel and Georgia, Renee Stanton-Horne and Jemima Johnson, Dean Ford and Wayne Loxley- they all know why!”


Are You an ACRAs Finalist?

If you’re a finalist in Metropolitan, Non-Metropolitan, Provincial or Country drop us a line and we’ll shine the spotlight on you. Email Blair  here.




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