Most people who submit an ACRA entry dream of a nomination, for 96.5 WAVE FM‘s Chris Sewell he’s been nominated for six in 2016 for his work at Star FM in Dubbo.
The categories are Best On-Air team ( Chris Sewell & Juelz Jarry ), Best Music Presenter, Best Music Special, Best Comedy Segment along with Best station Promotion and Best Sales Promotion, both of which Chris was an integral part off.
“By the time I left there at 18, I’d done every job in the station”, he says.
He got his first commercial gig in radio as a casual writing copy at the Albury hub.
Chris says he “pestered” Phil Bradley to be on air and after presenting him with a third demo, he was finally given some casual network announcing before becoming full time announcing most weekends, filling in on weekdays and national overnights on Truck Radio for a month.
“I was only there 5 months when I had a tree change to Dubbo where I was for just over a year and a half on brekky, nominated for 4 ACRA’s in the first year, 6 this year from work in Dubbo, before I got an offer to come back to Wave to do mornings and social media and fill in on brekky.”
So it’s not the first time you’ve been nominated in multiple categories – you were a finalist last year too did you win?
“No I didn’t, I was robbed more than Shannon Noll was in Australian Idol in 2003. Jokes aside, it’s was a bit hard to swallow at first, but then I realised it’s still a huge achieve for myself and the team I was with in Dubbo to have so many nominations and drove me to work harder in the last 12 months to make better radio and this year’s entries even better.”
You can read the full list of finalists here.