Commercial Radio’s awards night speeches

Commercial Radio Australia now has Awards Night highlights available as a webcast on its internet site (click below).

Speeches are not permitted at the awards because, with so many people there who talk for a living, the awards would never finish if everyone made a speech. But with the benefit of an edited on-line highlights package available, many award winners took the opportunity to make their thank you comments after the awards to Sophie Onikul and Sarah Howie who conducted a series of vox pops back stage.

Here is some of what they said:

Vickie Allan 4KQ, Best Sales Person (metro) gave advice about selling radio:

Remember every rejection gets you closer to the next sale. Get to know your clients and build a relationship.

Steve Blanda from Radio 2UE won best news presenter in the AM Metro category:

Ever since I was five years old I wanted to be in radio. I’d like to thank every radio manager who gave me the lattitude to present news my way. It’s not just reading and presenting facts, there’s more to it than that, that’s something I learned early on.

The first manager I had was Bert Button at Nowra, I’d like to thank him for giving me my first a job… I’m really a night person but I’ve been reading morning news for about 30 years… It’s hard to sound awake at that time of morning, but that’s what were paid to do.

Nova’s Paul Murray was highly commended in the Current Affairs Commentary Category. He said:

They must have created a loop hole for me. Out I pop and down go the standards!
I’m living proof that you can fail the HSC and have bad breath but still fluke it.

Melanie Linquist spoke about the achievement of the B105 Morning Crew who won an award for best community service project for their 2003 B105 Xmas Appeal:

“We had a contact from a listener about a little girl who was dying of cancer and the only medical treatment she could get was in Canada. We raised $170,000 and she’s now alive and in remission.”

The judges were particularly impressed with the quality of community service contributions this year and awarded more than one winner in this section.

The Big Kahuna and Renee won Best Networked Program for The Fat 30. Kahuna commented on networking:

When you provide great programming, people don’t really care if you’re not sitting down the road from them, they just care about the quality of what they’re listening to. We try and give them the best we can and obviously it’s paid off tonight.

Radiowise’s Peter Saxon and Peter Rubinstein commented on their Best Syndicated Program “Bali: The First Anniversary”:

It’s wonderful to get it, especially for something like Bali just a few days after the second anniversary of the bombing. There were 186 stations across Australia which toook the program. We’d like to thank the radio industry itself for accepting this type of program which commemorates important times in our history, it’s great to see commercial radio can do serious things like this as well as fun music. I’d just like to thank all the people who were willing to talk about their experiences for the program.

Austereo’s Kate Mac was awarded Best Newcomer On Air and thanked:

Craig Bruce and the people I work with. Craig is the reason I’m where I am, thanks. If I have any advice for newcomers it is – be yourself.

Nova’s Dan Bessant, who won Best Music Director, thanked:

Scott Muller, he’s a great PD and allows me to be an honest music director, which is the secret to being good at this job.

2GB’s Alan Jones won best Current Affairs Commentator again, and said:

You don’t do anything in radio for awards, but it does feel good to win one. It’s important to be part of a night like this because we’re in the business of communication and what we must communicate is how good radio is. Joan [Warner] has done a fabulous job of organising these awards tonight.

There is a lot of pressure in this industry, but not the sort you might think. People’s jobs depend on you if you are on air. You are responsible for the employment of a lot of people by bringing in ratings and revenue.

I don’t find program pressure hard, but there are some things where you can lose a bit of your own identity for the sake of the station and that is both good and its bad. I enjoy what I’m doing, I hope I convey that to my team and my audience. It’s the pressure to stay fit, stay on song and make sure that even when you’re sick you are there. If it was any other job you could take a sickie or do the work later that day, but you can’t do that when you’re doing a live radio show. It’s a different kind of industry, but nights like to night make it worth while.