So it’s been a little while since I wrote one of these because of a little event called the Student Radio Awards 2013, supported by BBC Radio 1 and Global Radio. It was an incredible event with over 500 eager students arriving for a great night hosted by BBC Radio 1‘s Greg James and Alice Levine, and Capital FM‘s Dave Berry and Toni Philips. The support from across the entire industry for student radio was great, and we were pleased to welcome the likes of BBC Director of Radio, Helen Boden, Richard Park, Director of Broadcasting at Global and Paul Robinson, CEO of the Radio Academy, all wanting to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the work of student radio across the UK!

But this blog is about the work of the SRA and I wanted to take this blog as a chance to praise the hardwork of all the Officers. I cannot say thank you enough to each and everyone of the team that put their time into the event as we simply couldn’t do it without the effort of everybody involved. Each year the event grows and grows, the scale of it now is huge, and is a culmination of over six months of solid work from a huge number of people but in incredible amounts of work that goes on behind the scenes individually.

Whilst I can’t thank everybody individually, I would like to take the time to say a special thank you to a few people, who’ve been with the event from the beginning.

Joe Kearney, our Events Officer, has been a rock throughout this whole process. I’ve been asked a number of times by various people ‘Why do you not seem stressed about the Awards yet?’ and I had to simply reply ‘Because Joe is awesome’. There were very few times when I felt stressed in the build up to the night, because Joe was just so on it.

Emma Bradshaw, Membership and Communications Queen, she does so much work with her full time job, does a HUGE amount of other things at the same but yet still manages to find time for the SRA. The way that she has built relationships with our members, has developed our social media and online presence and her team effort to help out with anything that needs doing is amazing.

Sam van Geffen, our Development Officer, managed to coordinate seven simultaneous training events and nominations parties across the UK all at once – a huge amount of work for anybody. On the night he helped manage our talent and create a night to remember.

Tom Williams, the Marketing Man, has worked really hard to secure new supporters and think up news ways to increase the breadth of support that we get from the industry and we’ve only heard positive things back from them.

Matt Hurst, our long-suffering Finance Manager, celebrated his tenth Student Radio Awards this year. He puts up with so much from us, late night panicked phone calls from me as well as early wake up calls! We couldn’t do these events with Matt, and the continuity and experience that he gives us.

Finally, Lee Sevenoaks, he only left the SRA Exec in June, but we were already asking him back only a few months later. He picked up the mantle of Production Manager, an ENORMOUS role that had previously been done by one person ever since the Awards moved to the indigO2. He tirelessly worked to ensure that everything would run smoothly on the night and helped take a huge weight of the shoulders of everyone.

Thank you to everybody who I couldn’t mention as well for all of their time, energy and commitment and for making the Awards the best that they could be.


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