Ten years ago, we introduced this award to commemorate Kevin Greening who sadly passed too soon.  We chatted to Chris North after the Student Radio Awards supported by BBC Radio 1 and Global who told us all about it.

Some of you may be too young to know who he was, so let us remind you…

Four times Chair of the Student Radio Awards and Fellow of the Radio Academy, Alumnus of student radio, and after graduating with a degree in Chemical Engineering he followed his dream – creating a successful career as a radio presenter across both Commercial and BBC National radio, notably the Radio 1 Breakfast Show alongside someone called Zoe Ball!

But that’s not just why this is award is in his name. It’s because Kevin always championed student radio in all forms, and the creativity and innovation it exudes, helping to find the next generation of our industry. A decade later and many of those winners of this award are now doing amazing things across the industry.

Kevin’s personal belief, forged at student radio was to create a difference in-between the tracks, make each link count and draw in the listener – he usually did that in a way that nobody else would; it’s called creativity! On and off air, pushing the radio norm, creating new ideas, moments and make a difference – ideals our changing industry should be careful to not lose sight of.

This year the judges put forward an amazingly long list of 48. The breadth of creativity was amazing across all genres – off air, in the world of tech to Podcasts or simply just on air.

Take a look:

  • Campaign Relief by URN for Best Entertainment Programme
  • Hannah Sackville-Bryant from URY for her Best Female entry
  • Joel Mitchell from URY for his entry for Best Male
  • Jen Thomas, When the Music Stops from Fly FM in Best Journalistic Programming category
  • The Big Lie In by Matt Calvert and Jessica Lord on Purple Radio, submitted in to the Best Entertainment Programme category
  • Emma Casson interviews Maxine McGill from the Alice Ruggles Trust is from Spark Sunderland, entered for Best Interview
  • Rich Stephenson from Shock Radio for Best Interview
  • Racist Incident Interview (Henry Riley) by RAW 1251am entered for Best Interview
  • Katie Duke from Surge for her Best Female entry
  • Alex Hughes from Shock Radio for his entry for Best Male
  • Annie Adams from KCL Radio for Best Newcomer
  • High Fidelity Radio by Livewire for Best Specialist Music Programming
  • Seb Cheer from Leeds Student Radio for Best Newcomer
  • Weird and Wonderful World by RAW 1251am for Best Entertainment Programme
  • Tom Glenwright from Spark Sunderland for his Best Male entry
  • Hadia Chaman interviews Emily Sarsfield, GB ski cross at the 2018 Olympics from Spark Sunderland entered for the Best Interview category
  • Kathryn Embree from URN for Best Newcomer
  • Asians with Attitude by Nerve Radio for Best Podcast
  • So Cosy Radio by Nerve Radio for Best Specialist Music Programming
  • Makina: The Grime of the North East by Spark Sunderland for Best Specialist Music Programming
  • Live and Local by Forge Radio for Best Specialist Music Programming
  • The Lightning Draft for their Best Multi Platform Initiative entry
  • University Radio Nottingham – URN for Best Student Radio Station
  • The Gods of RAG by DemonFM from Best Multi Platform Initiative
  • Showtime by URN for their Best Specialist Music Programming entry
  • Poetical – Stuart Russell from Spark for Best Podcast
  • Surge Radio’s Union Elections by Surge for Best Journalistic Programming
  • URspy by URY for Best Technical Achievement
  • Referee Abuse Special by URN for Best Sports Programming
  • National Student Pride by Smoke Radio for Best Event or Outside Broadcast
  • Liv Tweed from URN for Best Newcomer
  • So You Think This Is Funny? By Smoke Radio for Best Event or Outside Broadcast
  • 18 Hours a Week by Insanity Radio for Best Podcast
  • Adam English from RAW 1251am for his Best Male entry
  • Jack Butler from URN for Best Male
  • Max Seib from Fly FM for Best Male
  • 24 Hour Library Takeover by Smoke Radio for Best Event or Outside Broadcast
  • Drivetime with Alex and Hannah-Mae from Shock Radio for their Best Entertainment Programme entry
  • Leeds Student Radio – Leeds Student Radio for Best Station Branding
  • Wake Up With Will from Livewire for Best Entertainment Programme
  • The Specials by URN from Best Entertainment Programme
  • Alice’s Story by Spark Sunderland from Best Speech Programming
  • Elizabeth Penwill from RAW 1251am for Best Newcomer
  • URspy by URY for Best Multiplatform Initiative
  • The Story of a Terror Witness by Smoke Radio for Best Journalistic Programming
  • The Pulse by URN for Best Journalistic Programming

Congratulations to everyone who got on to the longlist winners, the standard of work has been astounding this year. With that said Well Done to the bronze, silver and gold winners!!

Gold: Poetical – Stuart Russell from Spark

Silver: URSpy, URY

Bronze: The Lightning Draft

From the words of Chris North: Student Radio I commend you – our industry has a very strong and exciting future. All of you in the long list should be very proud that our industry noted that outside of the category you entered, additional creativity was spotlighted, and Kevin’s radio ideals upheld. It’s important that students know they were noted for their creativity outside of the category they entered. Congratulations to you all!


PS. Radio Tech Con took place yesterday. Our Technical Officer Stephen Clarke – a previous winner of the Kevin Greening Award with Biscuit News – went along and bumped into some other recipients of the prize! Here are three generations of URY winners of the Kevin Greening award winners in one photo!