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Kyle and Jackie O win Best On-Air Team at Radio AwardsOctober 2013

The Kyle and Jackie O Show, Southern Cross Austereo’s top rating breakfast program, has won the Best On-Air Team (Metro FM) category, at the Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRA) announced this evening at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane. The team, who won their 50th consecutive ratings survey last month, have been on air together for nearly nine years and won the top ACRA accolade in 2006, 2007 and 2011. Producer of the program, Gemma O’Neill won Best Show Producer (Entertainment/Music). 

Winner of the Best On-Air Team (Metro AM) is Melbourne 3AW’s top rating breakfast team, Ross Stevenson and John Burns. Continuing to dominate their time slot in Melbourne, this is their second Best On-Air Team gong, having taken out the award in 2011.

Nova’s Sydney breakfast team, Fitzy and Wippa (Ryan Fitzgerald & Michael Wipfli) won three awards: Best Networked Program for the Best of Fitzy & Wippa, Best Station Produced Comedy Segment for Cookie Jars Parody and Best Multimedia Execution for their many well known song parodies. WSFM’s Jonesy and Amanda, last year’s winner of the Best On Air Team (Metro FM) won the best Syndicated Program for My Generation. Best Newcomer to radio went to Jane Hall, Mix 101.1 Melbourne presenter who co-hosts the breakfast show with Chrissie Swan.

Best Current Affairs Presenter was won by 3AW presenter Neil Mitchell for the second year running. Best Talk Presenter was won by 2GB’s Ray Hadley, who adds this to his collection of more than 20 sport, current affairs and talk ACRAs won throughout his career.

Winners in other major awards announced were:

 Best Music Special - Richard Wilkins, smoothfm – John Farnham Special 
 Best Sports Presenter - Matty Johns – Triple M, Sydney - SCA
 Best Music Presenter – “Smallzy” (Kent Small) Nova Network, DMG Radio Australia
 Best Marketing Campaign – smoothfm – featuring Michael Buble
 Best Digital Radio Format – Buddha Radio (SCA)

Deborah Clay; 2Day FM, Sydney (SCA) won the Brian White Memorial award which recognises sustained achievement and effort across news, current affairs, entertainment and sports reporting.

CEO of Commercial Radio, Ms Joan Warner, congratulated all the winners on their outstanding achievement and contribution to commercial radio in Australia: “Australian radio is world class and boasts an extremely high standard of broadcasting. Each year, recipients of these awards continue to impress and consistently deliver on providing great radio for millions of listeners throughout the country.”

One of radio’s most respected station owners, Kevin Blyton founder of the Capital Radio Network was inducted into the Commercial Radio Hall of Fame. Kevin began his involvement in commercial radio 35 years ago as an announcer at 2XL Cooma and built up a successful network of stations in Canberra, Perth and regional New South Wales. The Hall of Fame recognises outstanding lifetime achievement and contribution to the radio broadcasting industry.

The national Awards, organised by Commercial Radio Australia, cover all metropolitan, provincial and country commercial radio stations with winners announced for each of these areas in 34 categories. The categories encompass all aspects of commercial radio including news, talkback, sport and music. Tonight’s gala event was hosted by comedian Charlie Pickering with more than 1200 radio industry stars, personalities and media executives from around Australia.