Awards Categories


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Best Student Radio Station

This is awarded to the station that has made the biggest impact with its audience in the last year. They’ve achieved everything they aimed to do with flair and attitude, whilst having a lot of fun. Something a bit like your station’s “business plan”.

Audio:  A compilation of the best of your station’s output. It should include output from across the schedule. Maximum audio entry length is 15 minutes.

Written:  A maximum of 8 sides of A4 (submitted digitally) that include the following:

  • The station’s aims, objectives and programming policy
  • Highlights and achievements during the 2014/2015 academic year
  • Details of hurdles encountered (if any) in fulfilling remit and how these were tackled.
  • Diagrams and images highlighting the above where appropriate.

Best Station Branding

This category recognises stations with an increased awareness of on-air and off-air branding. Entrants should understand the balance between on and off-air station imaging, and how the station communicates its image to a student audience in order to attract and retain listeners. The quality and strength of off-air material such as promotions, campaigns and branding/design will be considered. This year, there is a particular emphasis on the quality and technicality of imaging and station sound.

Audio:  A compilation capturing how the station’s brand/image is represented on-air. Maximum audio entry length is 7 minutes.

Written: A maximum of six sides of A4 submitted digitally about how the marketing/branding of your station was developed and how it raised awareness of the station to your listeners. (The written submission can include images of events / publicity material).

Best Male Presenter

This category is for a male student radio presenter who deserves particular recognition for their overall presentation style and skills, including production and rapport with their audience.

Audio:  A compilation of your best on-air output. Maximum audio entry length is 4 minutes.

Written: A maximum of 500 Words about you and your show.

Best Female Presenter

This category is for a female student radio presenter who deserves particular recognition for their overall presentation style and skills, including production and rapport with their audience.

Audio:  A compilation of your best on-air output. Maximum audio entry length is 4 minutes.

Written: A maximum of 500 Words about you and your show.

Best Interview

This category recognises one outstanding interview. Interviewees, for example, could be: MPs, celebrities, bands or university/students’ union staff.

Audio: A single interview including the voice of the interviewer. Maximum audio entry length is 4 minutes.

Written: A maximum of 600 words about how the interview was executed with particular emphasis on the way it was arranged, researched, presented and produced.

Best Newcomer

This category is for a member of a student radio station who has been involved for less than one year in student radio as a whole. They deserve particular recognition for their overall contribution to the station and not necessarily their presenting efforts. This award is open to students who can provide details of their achievements not only on air, but also off air as well. The written description from the entrant should include information for the judges about how they got involved in the station.

Audio: None

Written: A maximum of 2 pages in PDF format about everything you have achieved this year, both on and off air (1 page from the individual applying, 1 page to be written by your station manager or similar).

Best Entertainment Programme

This category recognises programming that forms part of the station’s entertainment output with a particular emphasis on the items and links within, acknowledging the person or persons responsible for devising, writing and producing them. An example of the genre would be a breakfast programme.

Audio: A compilation of the programme(s). Maximum audio entry length is 7 minutes.

Written: A maximum of 600 words about how the programme is presented and produced with particular emphasis on how ideas are created, developed and incorporated into the overall programme.

Best Specialist Music Programming

This category is designed to recognise programmes that have a specialist music policy that is more tightly focussed than the station’s main playlist. Judges will consider one-off documentaries or specials but programmes must display a passion for music.

Audio: A compilation of the programme(s). Maximum audio entry length is 7 minutes.

Written: A maximum of 600 words about how the programme was presented and produced with particular emphasis on how specialist music has been sourced and programmed.

Best Journalistic Programming

This category is designed to recognise programmes that form part of the station’s news or current affairs output. One-off special features or programmes will be considered as well as regular programmes and services. Special consideration will be given to programmes that are targeted at the student audience. This category is for programmes that are ‘aimed to inform’.

Audio: A compilation of the programme(s). Maximum audio entry length is 7 minutes.

Written: A maximum of 1000 words about how the programme was presented and produced with a particular emphasis on how stories and information were gathered, developed and compiled into an informative broadcast.

Best Speech Programming

This category recognises the creation of speech programming that is aimed to entertain. This can include comedy or scripted dramas, panel shows and programmes designed to make listeners laugh as well as shows containing fictional, story-based content or readings.

Audio: A compilation of the programme(s). Maximum audio entry length is 7 minutes.

Written: A maximum of 600 words about how the programme is presented and produced with particular emphasis on the preparation and scripting process.

Best Sports Programming

This category is designed to recognise programmes that form part of a station’s sport output. One-off specials such as Varsity or live match reporting will be considered as well as regular sport or panel shows. The entry must display a knowledge and passion for sport at the level it is covered. Your entry should include:

Audio: A compilation of the programme(s). Maximum audio entry length is 6 minutes.

Written: A maximum of 600 words about how the programme is presented and produced, with a particular emphasis on the structure of the show, as well as the planning and research process.

Best Multi-Platform Initiative

This new category recognises shows that have extended their reach by utilising multi-platform channels to engage with existing listeners and attract new ones. Perhaps your show makes exemplary use of Facebook and Twitter to carry on the conversation when you’re not on air, maybe you’ve built an online community on Tumblr, Reddit or elsewhere, or you could be producing engaging visual content to support your show on Vine or YouTube. Whether your show is doing some, or all of these things, this category will celebrate the very best examples.

Audio: None

Written: A maximum of 1,000 words about the multi-platform channels you use, how you integrate these with your show and how you use them to engage your audience. You should include generic URLs for your Facebook / Twitter / YouTube / AudioBoom etc accounts, as well as one or two direct links to specific pieces of content that you are particularly proud of.

Best Event or Outside Broadcast

This category is for programmes that were produced outside of the station’s studios. Judges will be examining the way in which entries captured the essence of the event and how the OB connected with both the audience at the event and the audience listening to the programme. Your entry should clearly detail how technical difficulties were overcome in producing the broadcast. You should also use your written entry to tell the judges how you used technology to bring this broadcast to air.

Audio: A compilation of the programme(s). Maximum audio entry length is 4 minutes.

Written: A maximum of 400 words about how the event/OB was planned, co-ordinated and executed with particular emphasis on where, why and how this coverage was achieved. (The written submission can include images of the event).

Best Technical Acheivement

This category celebrates a technical development that has improved your student radio station. You have identified a need and designed and developed a practical, successful engineering or IT based solution to fulfil this need. You should show the judges the usability of your product, and how the project was managed. Entries score highly here when a project shows a particularly high-level innovation and originality. Be sure to include additional material by way of uploaded content.

Audio:  (If Appropriate) Maximum audio entry length is 4 minutes.

Written: A maximum of 1000 words about how and why the innovation was designed, developed, how work was carried out and how it impacted on the way the station operates. (up to 4 diagrams, images and illustrations may be uploaded as jpg, gif, png or pdf – but the main written entry should be submitted through the web system).

The Student Radio Chart Show Award

This is a special award presented by the Student Radio Association to honour the station deemed to have best hosted the Student Radio Chart Show. The award will primarily be judged on the presentation skills and production values demonstrated by the stations when they hosted the show, although the winning station must also have shown professionalism and consistency in being a part of a the syndication. Any station who hosted the SRA chart can enter this category – however you must produce a 3 minute audio ‘best of’ for your show.

Audio:  A 3 minute audio ‘best of’ for your show hosting the Student Radio Chart

Written:  None required for this entry as judges will instead use information on how the station participated in the overall chart process (syndicating other station’s shows, professionalism in their show etc.) in judging the entry.

The Kevin Greening Award for Creativity

This is a special award presented by the Student Radio Association to honour the station deemed to have best hosted the Student Radio Chart Show. The award will primarily be judged on the presentation skills and production values demonstrated by the stations when they hosted the show, although the winning station must also have shown professionalism and consistency in being a part of a the syndication. Any station who hosted the SRA chart can enter this category – however you must produce a 3 minute audio ‘best of’ for your show.