Networks share awards at ACRA’s
The winners of the Australian Commercial Radio Awards have been announced tonight at the Royal Convention Centre in Brisbane.
The winners were spread across the networks, with Southern Cross Austereo, Fairfax, DMG and ARN all sharing some major awards.
In the metropolitan category;
The winner of the Best On-Air Team (FM) was 2Day FM's Kyle & Jackie O, the fourth time they have won the award, and it comes on the heels of the show winning their 50th consecutive ratings survey (FM) in September.
The Best On-Air Team (AM) was Ross Stevenson and John Burns from 3AW in Melbourne, the second time they have won the award. Their show is #1 with twice the share of any other commercial station in the market.
- Neil Mitchell from 3AW was awarded Best Current Affairs Presenter for the second year running.
- Kent Small from Nova was awarded Best Music Presenter.
- Fitzy & Wippa from Nova picked up 3 awards; best networked program, best station produced comedy segment, and best multimedia execution.
- Producer of the Kyle & Jackie O Breakfast show, Gemma O'Neill, won Best Show
Producer for Entertainment/Music, whilst Ray Hadley's Producer Michael Thompson won the Best Show Producer for Talk/Current Affairs.
Best newcomer to radio was won by Mix Melbourne's Jane Hall (right), who co-hosts the 'Chrissie & Jane' Breakfast show.
- WS-FM's Jonesy & Amanda won Best Syndicated Program for 'My Generation'.
- Triple M's Matty Johns was awarded Best Sports Presenter.
- The Best News Presenter was won, in the AM category, by 2UE's Steve Blanda (again!), and in the FM category by Mix 106.5's Nehal Alavi Dalgliesh.
- Wayne McClean of 96FM Perth was awarded the gong for Best Music Director.
- Sideshow Mike Andersen was awarded the Best Achievement in Production; for about the hundredth time.
And the prestigious Brian White memorial award was awarded to 2Day FM's Deborah Clay (left).
In the Provincial category;
- Best Program Director was awarded to Andrew Very of Sea FM/Gold FM on the Gold Coast.
- Best On-Air Team was awarded to 'Galey, Matt and Charli' of Sea FM Gold Coast (below right).
- Andy Simpson of KO-FM won the Best Music Presenter award.
- Best Talk Presenter was won by Mark Parton of 2CC Canberra.
Glen Lauder of Star 104.5 won the Best News Presenter award.
- Best Music Director went Kiri Martin of Sea FM on the Central Coast.
And in the Country category;
- The Best Program Director award went to Len Pakot of 3SH/Mixx FM Swan Hill.
- The Best On-Air Team was won by Marc McCreadie and Venita Overton of Grant Broadcasters in Tasmania.
- Ross Watson of Hitz FM Bundaberg won the Best Music Presenter category.
- The Best Music Director was won by Guy Mylecharane of Snow FM in the Snowy Mountains (pictured below).
- Best Talk Presenter was won by Stephen Cenatiempo of 2NM in the Hunter Valley.
- Robyn Atkinson of 3WM and Mixx FM Horsham won the best News Presenter.
Joan Warner, CEO of CRA, congratulated the winners:
“Australian radio is world class and boasts an extremely high standard of broadcasting. Each year, recipients of these awards continue to impress and consistently deliver on providing great radio for millions of listeners throughout the country.”
You can see the complete list of winners here, covering metropolitan, provincial and country.
Kevin Blyton, founder of the Capital Radio Network was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame, you can see our story on that here.