Tuesday, May 09, 2006

RADIO WON

Perhaps the most astonishing thing about Radio One's Station of the Year victory in the Sony Radio Awards is not that it won while its line-up is, relatively speaking, fairly stodgy, but that it never won when it had much more inventive programming going on. Moyles, Mills and Murray get a gong, but Peel, Morris and Radcliffe era didn't?

Mind you, there is a lingering suspiscion that the award givers don't actually listen to the radio at all, never mind the shows they give prizes to: Chris Moyles, it seems, is the most entertaining show in the Kingdom. Equally extraordinary: Kerrang, in its West Midlands FM version, won Station of the Year in the potential audience of a million or above category.

The best award - ironically, coming from a sponsor whose interests include a BPI-funding company who whinged about it - was a special prize to Radio 3's Beethoven experience for inspiring 1.4 million free downloads.