"Innovation and inclusivity are what make the Radio Awards a respected, relevant fixture on the industry's calendar," says Taryn Westoby, head of events for Arena Holdings.

"We've been guided by the Radio Awards's new advisory board, key industry stakeholders and active input from the National Association of Broadcasters. We're excited to deliver on their recommendations," adds Westoby.

According to the awards, the Station Manager’s Choice Award will be the first of its kind for the South African radio industry. It has been introduced to recognise those individuals who have previously not had the opportunity to be acknowledged for their contributions in previous years of the Radio Awards.

"The important feature of the Station Manager’s Choice Award is that anyone who works behind-the-scenes — and is not on air — is eligible," says Westoby. "It could be a PA, a member of the finance department, a sales executive or someone who brings unique energy and positivity to the work environment in support of the on-air talent and station management. A nomination from the station manager is a huge sign of appreciation for the work that they do."

Further details will follow, but the Radio Awards have encouraged station managers to start their considerations in the meantime. "It's possibly worthwhile creating an internal station feedback process to select the individual the station manager should nominate," concludes Westoby.

Event Dates:
  • 20 November — general category entries have opened
  • 24 January 2020 — general category entries close
  • 3 February 2020 — Station Manager's Choice Award nominations open
  • 18 April 2020 — Radio Awards gala dinner
To enquire about entries, contact [email protected]
For more information, visit www.radioawards.co.za or contact [email protected]. You can also follow the Radio Awards on Facebook or on Twitter.