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With only a month to the Student Radio Awards supported by BBC Radio 1 and Global it’s time to announce the nominees for this years awards. 

It’s been a few months ago since entries closed in July. Nearly 200 judges have been going through hours of audio, video, and written entries. But finally, out of hundreds of submissions, they’ve narrowed it down to the following shortlists…


Best Live Event or Outside Broadcast supported by Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball

24 Hour Broadcast In Aid Of Movember – Smoke Radio

Sound Radio’s Christmas Market Outside Broadcast – Sound Radio 

Notts Varsity 2019 – URN 

URN Begins Again – URN

Bath’s Away Varsity – University Radio Bath

Welsh Varsity 2019 – Xpress Radio


The Best Student Radio Chart Show supported by BBC Radio 1

Fly FM

Leeds Student Radio

Smoke Radio

The Cat Radio


Xpression FM


Best Technical Achievement supported by BBC Design and Engineering

Fly FM On Demand – Fly FM

Digiplay – RAW 12 51 AM

Building homebrew studio infrastructure – URY

Customisable LEDs – URY

The Big Campus Sound Project – URY

Temporary Studio at SRA CON and Implementation of Dante – Xtreme Radio


Best Interview supported by BBC Radio 6 Music

Iain Leggat interviews Fergus McCreadie – Radio E-N-R-G

Sunrise Movement – RAW’s Fighting For Life Series – RAW 12 51 AM

Gyal from Brum Interviews Cadet – Smoke Radio

Gyal from Brum Interviews Deno – Smoke Radio

Stuart Armour Interviews Lovelytheband – Smoke Radio

Jordan Edwards Interviews Ben Howlett – University Radio Bath


Best Speech Programming supported by BBC Radio 4

BIRSt Drama Special – BIRSt

Stuart Russell

Spilt Coffee Productions – Fragments of War: Beneath – Nerve Radio 

Love, Art & Radio Resistance – One Media Group

Where I Was Born, Where I was Raised – Spark Sunderland

Unwritten Letters – Spark Sunderland 


Best Journalistic Programming supported by BBC Newsbeat

This Is Manchester – The Peterloo Massacre – One Media Group

Housing Crisis Investigation – Purple Radio

Autism and it’s Possibilities – Radio LaB 97.1FM

This Week In… – Surge Radio

Contracting To Cheat – The Cat Radio

The Pulse – URN


Best Sport Programming

Cerys Beth O’Boyle tribute – Forge Radio

Sportsfeed – Purple Radio

RAW 12 51 AM’s Varsity Live – RAW 12 51 AM

Shock Radio Sports Team – Shock Radio

The Thursday Sports Show – URN

View From The Stands – URN


Best Specialist Music Programming supported by PPL/PRS

Finlay Panting – 52 Classic Album Project – Forge Radio

APRODUCTION by Calum Goddard-Mocklow – Nerve Radio

The Carl At The Rock Show – RAW 12 51 AM

Desi Beats – Priya Matharu – Shock Radio

UpNEXT – Shock Radio

Gyal From Brum – Smoke Radio


Best Entertainment Programme supported by BBC Radio 2

Wednesday Breakfast – Leeds Student Radio

The Cal & Ben Show – Nerve Radio

Thursday Breakfast with Gabriel and Joe – Smoke Radio

The Big URY Show – URY

The Joel Mitchell Show – URY

URY with Hannah – URY


Best Multiplatform Initiative supported by Global Player

LSR Breakfast – Leeds Student Radio

LSRxLSTV: SRA Chart – Leeds Student Radio

Smoke Radio at National Student Pride – Smoke Radio 

Grace and Matt – URN

Nottingham Varsity 2019 – URN

URN Begin Again – URN


Best Podcast supported by BBC Sounds

Amongst Other Things – Demon FM

What’s Occurin’? – The Gavin & Stacey Podcast – Nerve Radio

Getting in the ring is the winning bit – Shock Radio

The Passion Fruit Podcast – Smoke Radio

Welcome Home Friends – The Cat Radio

Feminottingham – URN


Best Station Branding supported by Capital FM

Leeds Student Radio

Shock Radio

Surge Radio 

TU Xtra


Xpression FM


The ReelWorld Best Station Sound Award

Demon FM

Livewire 13 50

RAW 12 51 AM

Smoke Radio


Xpress Radio


Best Newcomer supported by Union JACK Radio 

Andrew Locke-Scobie – Xpress Radio

Elliot Morris – Surge Radio

Joseph Morrall – URY

Rosie Oliver – Sound Radio

Tom Dewsbury – Fly FM

Will Hall – RAW 12 51 AM


Best Female supported by Global 

Emma Snow – Fly FM

Hannah Sackville-Bryant – URY

Kathryn Embree – URN

Katie Bevan – Quest Radio

Naomi Gildert – URY

Zofia Hare – Fly FM


Best Male supported by Global 

Ben Coley – Nerve Radio

Ben Swift – Fly FM

Lewis Bowden – Spark Sunderland

Michael Ash – Xpress Radio

Sam Macgregor – Xpress Radio

Tom Glenwright – Spark Sunderland


Best Student Radio Station supported by BBC Radio 1

Fly FM

Leeds Student Radio

Shock Radio

Smoke Radio

Spark Sunderland



Kevin Greening Creativity Award supported by North Media Talent

For those of you who don’t know, the Kevin Greening Creativity Award recognises outstanding creativity in student radio. It is given in memory of Kevin Greening, one of the industry’s most creative and innovative individuals. The award can go to a person, a show team, a marketing campaign, a jingle, a link – literally anything that stands out to the judges as different and creative.

This award can be given to ANY entry to the Student Radio Awards – whether you’ve been nominated or not. But you’ll have to be at the ceremony at the indigo at the o2 on Thursday, November the 7th to find out!


Congratulations to everyone who entered and those who have been nominated. 


Make sure you head to Eventbrite and get your tickets right now! £50 for Cabaret Seating, and £46 for Kings Row. Tickets are already selling fast, so make sure you don’t miss out. 

Remember, even if you were not in the shortlists, you could still win an award… Plus there’s live music to look forward to as well!

The SRA are also offering a deal on tickets for BBC Introducing Live, and you can find out more details online. If you are looking for a career in the music and radio industry then this is your go to event!