Awards

In 2004 I was honoured by the UK Radio Academy and won the accolade of UK programmer of the year


On presenting the Sony Radio Academy Award, the then Radio Academy Chairman John Bradford said: “The judges were particularly impressed by John Simon’s creation of a truly distinctive style of commercial radio, his ability to attract personality led broadcasters, to inspire them and to direct their work in an innovative and imaginative way. In other words, to build demonstrable success within an unconventional format."


GMG Radio Awards – 2012


SONY RADIO ACADEMY AWARDS

Gold Award Breakfast Show of the Year (under 10 million) – Real Radio North East’s Gary Philipson and Lisa Shaw

Gold Award Best Feature/Documentary - North West News Team for Walking with the Wounded special for Smooth Radio

Bronze Award Best Live Event Coverage – Real Radio North East for Live @ Take That

Bronze Award Best Use of Branded Content – Real Radio Yorkshire for Car Wars

Bronze Award Best Music Feature/Special/Documentary – Real Radio and Real Radio XS Killing Bono – A Life In The Shadow of Superstardom


IRN AWARDS

Winner Reporter of the Year – Katie Collins, North West News Team

Winner Best News Team of the Year – Real and Smooth North West News Team

Winner ‘And Finally’ – Panda Watch for Real Radio Scotland


ARQIVA COMMERCIAL RADIO AWARDS

Gold Award Breakfast Show of the Year (over 1 million TSA) – Real Radio Scotland’s Ewen Cameron and Cat Harvey

Gold Award Social Action Initiative Award – Real Radio North West News Team for Cocaine Unwrapped

Chairman’s Award Jay Crawford, Real Radio Scotland


NEW YORK FESTIVAL AWARDS

Gold Award Best News Documentary – Real Radio Wales for Tribute to the miners: The moment Welsh hearts were broken

Gold Award Best Editing – Real and Smooth North West for Walking With The Wounded

Silver Award Best News Documentary or Special – North West News Team for Cocaine Unwrapped

Silver Award Heroes – Real and Smooth North West for Walking with the News Team

Silver Award Culture and Arts – Smooth Radio’s Marianne Faithful – In Her Own Words. Interview with Andy Peebles


GMG RADIO AWARDS 2011


Sony Radio Academy Awards:

Gold Award - Station of the Year (1m+ TSA) - Real Radio North West

Gold Award – Best News Special - Real Radio North East for Raoul Moat – The Final Hours

Silver Award – News Journalist of the Year – Real Radio Yorkshire News Team

Bronze Award – Best Breaking News Coverage – Real Radio North East for ‘The Last Days of Raoul Moat’.

Bronze Award – Best Entertainment Programme – Real North West’s breakfast Show with Ditchy & Salty


Arqiva Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award - David ‘Kid’Jensen

Presenter of the Year 1 Million + TSA - Dixie & Gayle - Real Radio Yorkshire

Ali Booker Memorial Award for Journalist/ Newsteam of the Year - Real Radio North East News Team

Station Imaging Award - Real Radio North East Sport - Real Radio North East

Local Sales Team of the Year - Real Radio North West Local Sales Team


IRN Awards

Reporter of the Year - Katie Collins GMG Radio North West

New York Festival Awards

Best News Documentary/Special – Real Radio Yorkshire for ‘Vice Trade’

Social Issues/Current Events - Real Radio Yorkshire for ‘Vice Trade’


Radio Academy Hall of Fame Entries for 2011

Andy Peebles – Smooth Radio

Pete Waterman – Smooth Radio

Mike Sweeney – Real Radio XS

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