Musicals, British history and football content among Young Audio Awards winners


Tomorrow’s radio stars are making shows about musical hits, Windrush and QPR – and it’s winning them the ‘Oscars’ of audio for under-18s.

Now in its second year, the Young Audio Awards shine a spotlight on young people who make radio shows, podcasts, and anything in between, whether through schools and local organisations or in their bedrooms – and the coronavirus outbreak wasn’t going to stop that happening, with the awards ceremony livestreamed via YouTube to kids across the UK today (Thursday 7 May).

Award Ambassadors Matt Edmondson and Mollie King from BBC Radio 1 were joined on screen by some of the biggest talent in radio handing out awards from their living rooms, with Annie Mac presenting Best in Music to 15-year-old Oli Hackett, whose show, Musicals My Way, is syndicated from his home in Corby and airs across 43 different radio stations around the world, including in the USA and Spain.

Other guest presenters included TV and BBC Radio 2 presenter Rylan, BBC Radio 5 Live’s Laura Whitmore, singer and Hits Radio Breakfast presenter Fleur East, KISS FM’s Tyler West and Swarzy, and BBC Radio 1’s Greg James. Also on hand to provide some extra magic to the ceremony was pop star HRVY, who performed an intimate acoustic session from his home.

The awards aim to widen the talent pool coming into radio and provide opportunities for young people to access an exciting industry that they may not otherwise be able to.

The awards recognise the impact radio can have, with Ocean Youth Radio in Torbay winning Achievement within the Community for their work. Diversity’s Jordan and Perri, who host a show on KISS FM, presented the win to the station.

The judging panel, which comprises experts from across the radio and audio industries, including those who work behind the scenes and on-air talent, were looking for passion, enthusiasm, and in-depth knowledge from entrants, as well as skills including script writing, presenting, news-gathering, and editing and producing. Awards were also given out for educational and technical achievements.

Becca Beavington, who won Rising Talent 16-18, said: “I’m so happy to have won a Young Audio Award! I love being on air and it’s given me so much confidence. This is the first step to following my dreams and it was so cool to watch the livestream event.”

Siobhan Kenny, Radiocentre CEO, said: “Tomorrow’s radio stars, whether on air or behind the scenes, are incredibly driven and enthusiastic, and clearly care about their craft. The audio industry is in safe hands with them and I’m glad we were able to celebrate their talent with a special virtual ceremony.”



See all the winners below:


Best in Music

Oli Hackett – Syndicated Station -‘Musicals My Way’ – Individual


Achievement within the Community

Ocean Youth Radio – Torbay, Sound Communities – Community


BBC Sounds Rising Talent Award 8-11

Inarah Ali – Glasgow, Awaz Fm – Asian Community Radio


Best News, Sports and Documentary

The Boot Room – Global Academy


Most Innovative Team

Newington Triple A Radio – Ramsgate


BBC Sounds Rising Talent Award 16-18

Becca Beavington – Global Academy


Best in Comedy or Drama

The Tales of History – Empire Windrush & Tower Of London Torture – Individual


Technical Excellence

Kai Randles – Global Academy


BBC Sounds Rising Talent Award 12-15

Tia Brady – Folkeston Academy – School Radio


Best Use for Education

Trinity Radio – London – School Radio


Primary School Station of the Year

Newington Triple A Radio – Ramsgate – School Radio


Secondary School Station of the Year

Roundhay Radio – Leeds – School Radio


Best Podcast

Aiyla Ashaj And Shanzay Wahid – Individuals

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