Amplify Awards winners announced at SRA Conference

Over 150 students from across the UK attended the annual Student Radio Conference in Exeter, where the winners of this year’s Amplify Awards were announced.

Delegates from student radio stations attended sessions delivered by radio industry figures from Bauer, BBC, Global, Sony Music Entertainment, News UK, Audio Always, TBI Media, WIZZFX, Radio.Co, Aiir, North Media Talent, and FunKids.

Keynote speakers included Capital’s Sonny Jay, Virgin Radio’s Ricky Wilson, Hearts Rob Howard and Katrina Ridley, LBC’s Charlotte Lynch, Tom Gane and Jenny Keogh from BBC Audio for BBC Radio 1, BBC Film Critic Ali Plumb and BBC Radio 1’s Zara Tso.

Demo Factor, which sets out to find the next big presenting talent in Student Radio, saw judges Chris North (North Media Talent), Pandora (Heart), Aled Haydn-Jones (BBC Radio 1), Paul Sylvester (Absolute Radio) and Calum Macdonald (Times Radio) chose Spark Sunderland’s Chris Howard as winner.

The second annual Amplify Awards, supported by Global (formerly I Love Student Radio Awards) were hosted by Rob Howard and Katrina Ridley.

The Winners:

Best Contribution to Region

Bronze: Insanity and South Bank Radio

Silver: Phoenix Radio Unplugged

Gold: Shock Radio’s SRA Chart Show


Best Fundraising Initiative

Bronze: LSR’s Transmission Festival

Silver: The Purple Radiothon 2023 – Purple Radio

Gold: URN’s Week of 24-Hour Shows for Comic Relief


Best Outreach Project

Bronze: Under One Sky Podcast – Purple Radio

Silver: Cam FM x Student Minds

Gold: More Than Movember – Fly Live


Best Promotional Initiative

Bronze: Spark @ Freshers’ Fair

Silver: Freshers’ Week 2022 – URY

Gold: What are you listening to Durham? – Purple Radio Music Team


Best Student Media Collaboration

Bronze: Musicfeed x Societies – Purple Radio

Silver: XpressionFM and RAG Presents: Matchmakers

Gold: Live from the Hive – Fuse FM


Best Training Initiative

Bronze: Fuse FM

Silver: URN

Gold: Mentorship Scheme – Leeds Student Radio


Most Committed Committee Member

Bronze: Sophie Fowler – LSR

Silver: Celina Wells – Fly Live

Gold: Serena Jemmett – Fuse FM


Most Improved Station

Bronze: Fly Live

Silver: Fuse FM

Gold: Leeds Student Radio


Most Supportive University or Students’ Union

Bronze: Falmouth and Exeter Student’s Union

Silver: King’s College London Students’ Union

Gold: University of York Students’ Union


Outstanding Contribution

Bronze: William King – URY

Silver: Serena Jemmett – Fuse FM

Gold: Toby Crabb – Radio L.a.B 97.1FM


Student Radio Moment of the Year

Bronze: The Surf Radio Chart Show

Silver: Francis Goes On The Big Wheel At The Winter Wonderland – Shock Radio

Gold: 25 Hours for 25 Years – Radio LaB 97.1FM


The Amplify Award

Bronze: Grace McDonough – Spark

Silver: Sophie Fowler – LSR

Gold: Francis Goes On The Big Wheel At The Winter Wonderland – Shock Radio