2018 Winners


Best Male

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.

Your entry should include:

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.

Maximum Audio Duration: 04:00
Word Limit: 500


Adam English - RAW

Joel Mitchell - URY - Best Male 2018

Harry Benjamin

Best Female

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.

Your entry should include:

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.

Maximum Audio Duration: 04:00
Word Limit: 500


Nikki Osborne

Sofia Loporcaro

Ella W

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.

Your entry should include:

Audio: Optional demo, if applicable. Maximum audio entry length is 4 minutes.

Written: A maximum of: 

  • 2 pages in PDF format. If there is no audio submission
  • 1 page in PDF format. If there is audio included

This document should be about everything you have achieved this year, both on and off air. Half of this document should be from the individual applying, and the other half should be written by your station manager or similar.


Mitch Thorngate - SRA Best Newcomer 2018

Sam MacGregor

SRA Best Newcomer: Heidi Hamilton, KCL Radio

Best Interview

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

Your entry should include:

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.

Maximum Audio Duration: 04:00
Word Limit: 600


Emma Casson interviews Maxine McGill from The Alice Ruggles Trust

Racist Incident Interview (Henry Riley, RAW 1251AM)

Nick Sutton-Smith interviews Big Narstie

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.

Your entry should include:

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.

Maximum Audio Duration: 07:00
Word Limit: 600


The Specials

Thursday Breakfast with Gabriel and Joe

Campaign Relief

Best Journalistic Programming

This category is designed to recognise programmes that form part of the station's news, sport 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'.

Your entry should include:

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.

Maximum Audio Duration: 07:00
Word Limit: 1000


The Pulse

Jen Thomas - When The Music Stops

The Story of a Terror Witness

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.

Your entry should include:

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.

Maximum Audio Duration: 07:00
Word Limit: 600


Alice's Story

URN Culture

Honour - Spilt Coffee Productions

Best Event or Outside Broadcast

This category is for programmes which 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 technolgoy to bring this broadcast to air.

Your entry should include:

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).

Maximum Audio Duration: 04:00
Word Limit: 400


Winging it for Josh

Notts Varsity 2018

Forge Presents...A Conversation About Mental Health

Best Technical Achievement

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.

Your entry should include:

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).

Maximum Audio Duration: 04:00
Word Limit: 1000


URspy

Insanity Radio Goes Visual: Project Falcon

LSR's Best Technical Achievement Entry

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.

Your entry should include:

Audio: A compilation of the programme. 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.

Maximum Audio Duration: 07:00
Word Limit: 600


Gyal From Brum on Smoke Radio

Makina: The Grime of the North East

The Essential Guide to New Music with Alex Mason

Best Multiplatform Initiative


URspy -multi platform

The Lightning Draft

International Women's Day on Xpress

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:

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.

Maximum Audio Duration: 06:00
Word Limit: 600


Referee Abuse Special

The Thursday Sports Show

18 Hours a Week - The Journey to Victory

Best Podcast

This category is designed to recognise podcasts that form part of a station’s output, either on-air or via supplementary channels. These may have been broadcast on the station, or may have been uploaded to external system such as Soundcloud or Audioboom. Whilst any podcast is eligible for this award, the entry should showcase a passion for the topic of choice, as well as demonstrating technical proficiency in its creation.

Audio:  A compilation of highlights from the podcast(s). Maximum audio entry is 7
minutes.

Written:  A maximum of 800 words about the podcast and its creation, with a particular focus on why the topic chosen is of interest, the technical elements of the podcast and any challenges faced, and the impact of the podcast.


Poetical

Jack Theroux

But You Don't Look Sick

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.


University Radio Nottingham

Best Student Radio Station - Smoke Radio

Leeds Student Radio: Against the Odds

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.

Your entry should include:

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 on and off-air 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).

Maximum Audio Duration: 07:00


RAW 1251AM

Smoke Radio - Best Station Branding

LSR's Best Branding 2018: The Sound of Students in Leeds

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.


The Cat Radio - University of Chester. SRA Chart Show. March 2018.

Sound Radio Student Radio Chart Show

Fly FM's Student Radio Chart Show

The Kevin Greening Creativity Award


Poetical

URspy

The Lightning Draft