The Student Radio Association is proud to announce that Absolute Radio will be sponsoring the I Love Student Radio Awards, taking place at the National Student Radio Conference on Tuesday 19th April.

Absolute Radio is deepening its commitment to emerging radio talent by sponsoring the I Love Student Radio Awards.

I Love Student Radio is a campaign from the Student Radio Association which aims to promote the activities of student radio across the UK, highlighting the variety, diversity and quality of what is one of the most vibrant and interesting sectors of the UK media landscape.

The I Love Student Radio Awards celebrate talent behind the scenes at student radio stations – the talent that will go on to run national radio stations across the country.

Absolute Radio DJ Iain Lee will be hosting the awards, which will be held at the University of Hertfordshire on Tuesday 19th April. The awards will include categories such as Most Improved Student Radio Station, Station Manager of the Year, Community Spirit Award and Outstanding Contribution to Student Radio.

Absolute Radio will also be offering a month’s work experience placement within the station’s award-winning programming department for a lucky winner. Independent production company USP, who produce Absolute Radio’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Football show, will also offer a work experience placement for a winner. Roberts will also be providing digital radios to all winners.

Absolute Radio executive producer, Paul Sylvester, and DJs Vicki Blight and Mark Crossley, who have all had experience in student radio, will all be on the judging panel for the awards alongside members of the Student Radio Association Executive, who have seen the stations and individuals progress throughout the year.

“It’s incredibly important to support and nurture emerging radio talent in the radio sector, and what better way than supporting the I Love Student Radio Awards?” said Clive Dickens, Absolute Radio’s Chief Operating Officer. “The wealth of extraordinary talent at One Golden Square is testament to this with a huge amount of my colleagues coming from student radio across on air, programming, scheduling and commercial teams. I even had a show myself – no tapes exist!”

Chair of the SRA, David Walker, added: “The SRA is extremely proud and excited to be working with Absolute Radio. Their support of this event shows that student radio talent matters a great deal to the industry as a whole – we hope that our relationship continues to grow well into the future.”

There is still time for students and their stations to enter the I Love Student Radio Awards. Category guidelines can be found on the National Student Radio Conference website. Entry deadline is 23.59 Sunday 10th April.