Roll of Honour celebrates 40 years of commercial radio

12th April 2013

Roll of Honour celebrates 40 years of commercial radio

The official logo for 40th anniversary celebrations

RadioCentre will mark 40 years of commercial radio this year with a glittering Roll of Honour to celebrate 40 individuals who have made a significant contribution to the growth and success of the industry.

The Roll of Honour will tell the story of commercial radio’s 40 year history through 40 individuals, and will form the centrepiece to this year’s star-studded Arqiva Awards, taking place in London on the evening of July 3rd.

The inaugural places in the Roll of Honour were accepted at last year’s Arqiva Awards by the leading pop and classical music acts of the commercial radio generation - Mark Owen on behalf of Take That and Katherine Jenkins.

An independent committee, appointed by the RadioCentre board, will select the final 40, chaired by industry veteran Paul Brown, alongside The Daily Telegraph’s Gillian Reynolds, author and broadcaster John Myers and Ralph Bernard, former Chief Executive of GCap Radio.

The four committee members will be joined by RadioCentre Chairman Dianne Thompson, Arqiva Awards Chairman Lisa Kerr and RadioCentre CEO Andrew Harrison to whittle down the final nominations.

The four committee members will all be inducted into the Roll of Honour, with nominations now being sought from across the industry for names to be considered for the remaining 34 places.   Nominations can be made here, with the closing date for submissions April 30th.

The Roll of Honour will be made up of individuals who reflect significant milestones in the industry’s development, taking in advertisers, artists, bands, moguls, power brokers and DJs.  The emphasis will be on people whose contribution helps tell the story of commercial radio and the final list will not be ranked.

Andrew Harrison commented:  “Commercial radio’s 40th anniversary is a real landmark for the industry.  For two generations, our sector has delivered a popular mix of great entertainment and real public value at both local and national level – from the first broadcasts of LBC, Capital and Clyde in 1973 to Team Rock’s launch last week.  Now is the time to recognise the key players and individuals which have contributed most to commercial radio’s continued success.”

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