Taryn Westoby, the head of Arena Holdings' events division — and who has managed the Radio Awards since its inception in 2010 — says that she's delighted to see the awards go from strength-to-strength.

"It's been fantastic to see the enthusiasm that stations have displayed in being part of the Radio Awards, obviously recognising the prestige that comes with winning an award at this iconic industry event," says Westoby.

"The most surprising and heart-warming development is that diligence towards creating an inclusive recognition platform for radio in South Africa has resulted in more than 160 stations submitting entries. We're really excited about the level of industry participation and we look forward to hosting yet another show-stopping awards event in April," adds Westoby.

The judging of the general category entries commenced on Wednesday, 5 February by an adjudication body of 53 broadcast and media industry professionals. Nominations for the Station Manager's Choice category close on Friday, 28 February. Similarly, public voting in the My Station category remains open until Friday, 13 March.

The results will be reviewed by BDO South Africa, who have been appointed as the new auditors of the Radio Awards. BDO South Africa is a global organisation that extends across 167 countries, with 7 offices and 1 400 professionals in South Africa.

Event dates:
  • Friday, 28 February — nominations for Station Manager's Choice close
  • Friday, 13 March — voting closes for the My Station category
  • Saturday, 18 April — the Radio Awards gala dinner takes place in Sandton
For more information, visit www.radioawards.co.za. You can also follow the Radio Awards on Facebook or on Twitter.