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Judges for the European Radio Awards have been selected on the basis of their experience and expertise within their field. The judges represent the spectrum of the European Union and the stations expected to participate.


Julian Allitt - Managing Director, JazzRadio 101.9, Berlin (Germany)
Julian Allitt has been Managing Director & Programme Director of JazzRadio 101.9, Berlin, for 10 years. He has previously been managing director of four UK radio stations: Red Rose Radio, Key 103, Piccadilly Gold, and The Bay 96.9. He was for three years head of the School of Journalism at Lancashire Polytechnic.

Ivan Antala - Program Director, Radio Expres, Bratislava (Slovakia)
Ivan has been in the radio business for 10 years beginning in 1997 when he spent 2 years at the alternative student station Radio Ragtime as a DJ and Head of music. In 2000 he joined Radio Expres where he spent 6 years as Head of Music. In May 2006 he was appointed Program Director. Radio Expres launched in 2000 and has since become the leading Slovak station with currently more than 900 000 daily listeners (1.6 million weekly).

Simon Blaxland – CEO, Blaxland Productions (UK)
Simon set up Blaxland Productions Ltd in 2003. The company produces and directs commercials for advertising agencies and direct clients. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Shell Like at Saatchi & Saatchi and was Head of Radio at the C.O.I. His career started in local radio in Reading and Brighton and his awards include London International Advertising Awards, D&AD, New York Global, Creative Circle and IAPI Worldwide Winner.

Palle Bo – Consultant, Radioguru (Denmark)
Palle Bo is one of the most experienced radio people in Denmark with 23 years in the business. With a background in marketing he has worked as morning host, sales manager, copywriter, producer, director, and managing director. He now runs his own company, Radioguru, where he does consulting and production.

Rolf Brandrud - Project Manager, Radio Days Norway & Denmark (Norway)
Rolf Brandrud is manager of multiradio within Norway's public service broadcaster NRK - and also Project Manager of the two largest radio festivals in Scandinavia, the Norwegian and Danish Radio Days. He has 25 years of experience with journalism and service development within radio, Internet and digital broadcasting from various positions as radio journalist, editor and manager of multimedia development.

Pat Bryson - Bryson Broadcasting International
Pat Bryson is the owner of Bryson Broadcasting International, a consulting firm that specializes in training sales and management personnel for radio and television. She works with stations in the United States, Europe and Central Asia.Pat's career has included radio on-air, sales, sales management, general management and ownership. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Association of Broadcasters for the Executive Development Program and the Broadcast Leadership Training Program. She was a featured speaker at the EGTA Conference in Zurich, Radio Conference Poland and the Educational Program for the National Association of Broadcasters at their Las Vegas Convention.

Lisa Capaldi – Director, Purely People, Purely Radio (UK)

Lisa has spent 10 years in radio from selling, to promoting and marketing stations. As marketing manager of the consortium that is MXR, Lisa played a large part in helping drive and establish early synergies needed to get DAB off the ground in the UK. Lisa is co - director of Purely Radio and Purely People (UK) Limited.

John Catlett – Broadcast Management Consulting (USA)
John Catlett is an American with 47 years of experience in radio, 23 of them outside the US.  He has been responsible for introducing new formats on WCBS-FM, WBBM-FM and WPIX-FM in the US, Juventus Radio in Hungary and Radio 7 in Moscow.  He launched Atlantic 252 in Ireland, Jazz FM in London, the Radio City stations in India, and managed Laser 558 and Radio Luxembourg.

Mario Colantonio – CEO, Radio Research Europe (Germany)
Mario has been working in radio for the past 20 years: 10 years as an On-Air Presenter, Music Director and programmer in Bavaria (Radio Gong) and Berlin (RTL radio), followed by 10 years of strategic research & programming consulting with his own company "Radio Research Europe".

James Cridland - Head of Future Media & Technology, BBC Audio & Music Interactive (UK)

James has worked in radio since 1989 as a copywriter, presenter, and internet advisor. After working at the Metro Radio Group and Emap Radio, he left to concentrate on his own dot-com company, Media UK, for a while before joining Virgin Radio in 2001, where he was Digital Media Director. In 2007 he joined BBC Audio & Music Interactive, the group that looks after new media activities across BBC national radio networks and music output.

Trevor Dann – Director, Radio Academy (UK)
Trevor is the Director of the Radio Academy, the professional body for the UK radio industry. He also works as an independent radio and podcast producer, a media consultant, a DJ for the Gold network and a writer for Word magazine. His first book, Darker Than The Deepest Sea, a biography of Nick Drake, was published worldwide in 2006. In previous lives he was Head of BBC Music Entertainment, MD of Pop at Emap, Head of Music at BBC Radio 1 and Managing Editor of GLR. In a long production career he won a BAFTA for his role in Live Aid and several Sony Radio Academy Awards. He is a Fellow of both the Radio Academy and the Royal Society of Arts.

Marco De Dominicis – Consultant, RAI (Italy)
Marco began working behind the microphone giving live alternative music shows at Radio RAI. From there he concentrating on programming and strategy, and quickly found himself working on the formats of Radio 2 and Radio 3 RAI. He now works mainly as a consultant for local radio.

Omar Essack – Head of Broadcasting, Kagiso Media (South Africa)
Omar Essack (40) is head of broadcasting at Kagiso Media, one of South Africa’s most successful private radio operators. Their radio stations are among the top 3 revenue earners in the country and the group has an audience reach of 7.1 million listeners. Omar’s professional career in radio began when he was selected, via public audition, to anchor his own music radio show at previously ‘Whites Only’ RPN Stereo in 1992 making him the first presenter of colour on an Adult Contemporary music radio station in South Africa.

Valerie Geller – President, Geller Media International (USA)
Over the past 19 years Valerie has worked with more than 500 stations in 27 countries, including the BBC in the UK, RFM in Portugal, Antenne Bayern in Munich, the ABC in Australia and more.  A former program director of WABC in New York, Geller is the author of three books about radio: Creating Powerful Radio: A Communicator’s Handbook for News, Talk, Information & Personality , The Powerful Radio Workbook: The Prep, Performance & Post Production Planning.

Paolo Gironi – Media Consultant (Italy)
Paolo Gironi works in both public and commercial radio as a journalist, presenter and media consultant. He is currently a podcast and new-media consultant for the Italian national broadcaster, RAI, as well as providing free-lance services to other clients in Italy.

Nik Goodman  - Consultant (UK)
Nik Goodman started his career in media working alongside the record producer Pete Waterman at the UK’s Radio City in Liverpool, in the late 1980’s. After a spell at Power FM, Nik was approached to become Head of Music Virgin Radio where he eventually became Deputy Programme Director in 2000. After stints at London’s Kiss 100 and Radio Forth in Edinburgh, he returned to London in 2004 as Deputy Programme Director for the Capital FM Networ and eventually became Programme Director of Capital Radio, London. In 2006, he founded a media consultancy focusing on music, programming and content development for radio.

Cesco Van Gool – Managing Director, Radionewsletterpl (Poland)
Cesco van Gool has been monitoring the radio industry for, Radio World International, Billboard and Music & Media since the mid-nineties. He co-organized the Radio Conference Poland and launched the Polish web-based portal for radio professionals,

Christo Gozev - Chairman, 100% NL (Netherlands)
Christo Grozev has 20 years of experience in radio, ranging from reporting for local radio to serving as CEO of a publicly traded radio company with over 20 radio stations in Europe. Currently, Christo is chairman of 100%NL, a national radio network in the Netherlands, and is on the Board of a number of stations in Europe and in India.

Jim Hicks – Director, Purely People / Purely Radio (UK)
Jim specialises in advanced NLP skills for all disciplines in radio and teaches breakfast show presenters and production teams on how to write, produce and deliver humour. In 2000, Jim joined Chrysalis Radio as Group Programme Director where he steered strategy, programme management and developed the talent. He launched Purely Radio and Purely People (UK) Ltd in February 2005, to provide strategic and management consultancy, training, Executive and talent coaching services.

Nikolai Ianchovichin - General Manager, Communicorp Bulgaria (Bulgaria)
Nikolai has worked in radio since the start of private radio in Bulgaria. He launched the successful radio operations of Metromedia International Telecommunications in the Republic of Bulgaria. BG Radio is the first project that was launched in 2001 with a unique radio format for the country with only national pop and rock music. Presently he is responsible for 7 radio stations and managing the biggest radio group in Bulgaria.

Steve James – Head of Advertising & Marketing, Commercial Radio Australia (Australia)
Steve has been with Commercial Radio Australia for over 6 years. He played a pivotal role in engineering and implementing a new brand for the Industry body, a name change and a phenomenally successful on air brand campaign. With a media career spanning nearly 20 years, Steve has a thorough understanding of media and has held senior marketing positions within Australian Consolidated Press (Magazines), PBL (Television) and News Corporation (Newspapers) in both Sydney and Melbourne.
Paul Jordan – Consultant (UK)
Paul Jordan - has seen radio from both the management and programming side. He presented on a number of stations including Radio One, BBC TV and Sky TV in the 80s. He then moved into management as Programme Director winning Sonys and Commercial Radio Awards before becoming a Managing Director within the Emap group. Now freelancing on air and working as a voice artist for corporates and animation.

Rik De Lisle – Director, Alan Burns & Associates (Germany)
From 1993 to 1997, Rik was PD of 94 3 r.s.2, Berlins legendary “worst to first” radio station. He and his team successfully revamped the station, dramatically increasing the number of listeners. In 1984 he became Morning Man and Music Director at RIAS 2, a groundbreaking German radio station that won more than 30% of the market share in West Berlin in its first 90 days of existence. Rik has over  35  years of Radio experience. He began his broadcasting career at KTFM in San Antonio, Texas in 1968. He worked as DJ, Music Director, and finally as Network News Director at various AFN stations in Southeast Asia, Portugal and West Germany.

Chris Lowrie – Head of Imaging, LBC 97.3 (UK)
Chris Lowrie is an award winning Creative Radio Producer. He is Head of Imaging and the weekend Programme Manager for  LBC 97.3, Londons leading talk station. Chris has over twenty years experience in the commercial radio industry.

Andrew Manderstam – Co-Chairman, Radmark (South Africa)
Andrew Manderstam is the senior foreign adviser for Lagardere Active International’s radio and TV operations . He joined the Paris based media group which has broadcasting, magazine and digital interests in 41 countries , after being chairman and CEO of RFM ,a major French national FM radio network . The station is now part of the Lagardere group. He is currently co-chairman of South Africa’s leading independent radio sales house Radmark and a director of Jacaranda FM ,South Africa’s largest commercial station, which he helped establish after its privatisation. A former foreign and war correspondent Manderstam has worked for RTL(France) , and was the Washington bureau chief for Britain’s LBC/IRN as well as being  the first correspondent appointed by ITN/Channel Four news in the US .
Jean Michel Meschin – Imaging Producer, Soniic Design (France)

Jean-Michel began his radio career as a DJ at the tender age of 12. Between 1990 and 2001, he worked as a Producer, Presenter and Imaging Director for SKYROCK, NRJ, and FUNRADIO - the 3 major musical radio networks in France. In 1997, he supervised the launch of FUN TV and in 2001 produced his first movie trailer for the French Director Luc BESSON. In 2002, SONIIC DESIGN was launched and since then Jean-Michel worked as Consultant or Imaging producer for among others, the Capital Radio Group, Kiss 100 London, Chrysalis, Smash Hits Radio Show (Uk), Funradio, Rtl2, Sud Radio, Europa Corp, Pathe Films (France), Agora Group, Radio Stacja (Poland), Frekvence 1 (Czech Republic) Radio Okey (Slovakia)

Jeremy Millar- Programming Consultant (Australia)
Jeremy Millar is a radio programmer based in Sydney Australia. He has worked with stations and clients in 19 countries across a variety of formats. Jeremy has particular interest in research and marketing as it applies to programming. He holds a Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications degree.

Keith Pringle - Consultant (UK)
Keith Pringle has been working at the top of European radio for over 25 years. Principally in the UK he was Managing Director of the UK's biggest station, Capital Radio, the Group Programme Director for the Capital Radio Group, Group PD of the Chrysalis Radio Group and Music Director for EMAP's media assets. Since 2006 Keith has been consulting major groups and stations around the world  including Europe, the Middle East and India. He also consults in New Media and has assisted brands to make the most of opportunities in the digital world.

Jim Receveur – Managing Director, Radio 100 FM (Denmark)

In 1994 Jim was hired as group manger for a Radio Sales group including Uptown and 25 other largers stations in Denmark. Since 1999 Jim has opened up more that 20 new stations in CHR, AC, HOT AC and News/Talk formats and was declared CC’s GM of the year. In 2003 he changed to Talpa Radio int and was asked to be the Administration Director and start Denmarks first high power commercial station (Radio 100fm), within the first six months Radio 100fm became the largest commercial station in the capitol, more that twice the size as the nearest commercial competitor.

Sean Ross – VP Music & Programming, Edison Media Research
Sean Ross is Edison Media Research’s Vice President of Music and Programming. A longtime industry observer, Ross works with Edison’s radio and music industry clients, offering analysis and music knowledge that goes beyond the numbers. Amongst other noteworthy duties Sean has also been a judge for the Canadian Music Week radio awards and the Radio Advertising Bureau’s Radio-Mercury Awards.

Stuart Saunders – Senior VP International, Broadcast Architecture (USA)
Stuart Saunders heads up the International division of Clear Channel’s Broadcast Architecture which has nearly twenty years of research and consulting experience in more than twenty-five countries and on five continents.  “BA” provides Strategic Perceptual, Auditorium, Callout, and Internet research and consulting services to such successful broadcasters as KISS FM in Los Angeles, the RTL Group in France, Grupo Acir in Mexico, and J-Wave in Tokyo.   

Dave Shearer - Programme Director Wave 105 (UK)
Dave started life at hospital radio when he was still a schoolboy in the 1970's. After a life on the ocean wave at The Voice of Peace and Radio Caroline, he came ashore to join Red Rose Radio, working with John Myers and Dave Lincoln on the highly successful split in 1990.�Stints at Hallam FM, Radio City, Key 103, Century FM and Smooth Radio followed. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Art in 2001. He is now PD at Emap's south coast regional station Wave 105.
Mark Story - Managing Director, Radio Programming, EMAP (UK)
Mark began his radio career at RTE, then moved to Capital Radio in 1983 as Breakfast Show Producer where he helped devise and produced the long running Chris Tarrant Breakfast Show. In 1990 he was appointed Programme Director of Piccadilly Radio, taking its Key 103 from 5th to 1st in the market, and launching the award winning Steve Penk Breakfast Show. In 1998 he returned to Emap successfully launching Magic 105.4 now London's no 1 station and revamping Kiss 100 now no 1 15 -34 and no3 overall. He remained MD of Kiss and Magic 105.4 until the end of 2004 when he was promoted to overseeing all Emap radio programming. He is a regular contributor to radio industry activities and has consistently been a judge for the Sony Awards, New York Awards and Irish Radio’s PPI Radio Awards. He was elected a Fellow of the Radio Academy in 1998.   

Peter Waak – President, Radio Intelligence, (Sweden)
Peter's broadcast background began as a 15 year old DJ, before attending Stockholm University. At the age of 28 he became MD for a major RTL-owned Stockholm AC station, taking the station from #10 to #1 in the market.  RTL Media Group, which then had 25 million daily radio listeners, promoted him to VP Radio Operations for the group.  After additional education from the Harvard Business School, Peter launched Radio Intelligence in 2001, and has been managing its growing success since.

Luca Viscardi – General Manager, Radio Number One (Italy)

Luca has been working in radio for nearly 20 years at RTL 102.5, one of the leading private Italian stations.  At RTL 102.5 he was Program Director and On Air Personality. In 2005 he launched Play Radio and more recently was appointed General Manager at Radio Number One.

Herbert Visser – Co-Managing Director, 100% NL (Netherlands)
Herbert started his radio broadcasting-carreer in 1981 with the very first private radio station in the Dutch language, Radio Gemini. Over the next decade he worked for Radio Seven and Radio Contact in Brussels, before joining the a highly successful pirate radio station, the offshore Radio Monique. After commercial radio became legal in the Netherlands in 1988, Herbert worked as a news presenter for the very first Dutch commercial radio station Radio 10 Gold and in 1994 jumped ship to Radio Noordzee and Classic FM where he'd stay throughout the remainder of the 1990's. Today he's the program-director and co-managing-director of the national Dutch commercial FM-station 100%NL.

Sam Zniber
VP/Programming, Lagardere Active Radio Int’l (France)
 Sam Zniber is Vice President Programming of Lagardere Active Radio International. Lagardere Active Radio International has stations (AC, CHR, FULL SERVICE, ROCK, URBAN) in Germany, Czech Republic, South Africa, Russia, Slovaquia, Roumania, Hungaria and Poland.
Born in 1969, Sam Zniber started his career in 1986 at NRJ Group as a producer, radio presenter and production manager.  In 1997, he joined RTL Group in France as program manager of youth-oriented TV channel Fun-TV. In 1998, he was appointed Program manager for French CHR network Fun Radio.
In 2001, he moved to the United Kingdom, becoming Program Director for Chrysalis Group's stations in Manchester Galaxy 102 and Galaxy 105-106 in Newcastle.
In 2003, he joined U.S. radio group Clear Channel as Program Director for Hot AC station Mix FM in Australia.  In 2005, he moved back to France and was appointed Program General Manager & Deputy Managing Director for RTL Group's Fun Radio and RTL2.

With a focus on the future of music, radio, new media and internet, Sam Zniber has done a Top Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School in Boston (2006), a Global Entertainment Executive Program at UCLA (Los Angeles), and a Media Strategies Program at Columbia Business School (New York) in 2007.


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Judging will be based solely on the entry submitted, in an independent and objective manner and NOT on programmes aired throughout the year.
All entries are judged independently. No judge shall be able to see another judges scoring.

A pre-determined number of judges will be assigned to each category. As entries are submitted, the country of origin is monitored by the administrators and where necessary, additional judges assigned, matching the language of the entry. 

Judging will commence once each category has a least five (5) submitted entries.

Judging is marked across all entries on the following criteria and scored on a sliding scale from 1 – 5.


Marks here are awarded for breaking new ground, originality, creativity and novelty. Or is it just ‘run of the mill’ radio? Is the entry based on a new idea? Does it break the mould or follow the ‘tried and tested’ formula?


Marks here are awarded for the technical side of the entry i.e. the production process itself. Is the piece well produced? Is there ‘quality’ evident in the production? Are edits used to enhance the entry or distract from errors? Are sound effects and/or incidental music used effectively? Does it give the sense of a beginning, middle and end? How well has one entry piece relayed nearly a year’s work?


Marks are awarded for the way in which the piece is presented, both audio and written. If a presenter is used, is he/she at ease with the subject matter? Does he/she appear knowledgeable and well versed on the subject matter? Is there a strong case made by written material submitted? For pieces without presenters, does the entry run smoothly? Is it well written? Is it ‘polished and professional'?


Does the entry achieve its goal? Does it inform? Does it entertain & raise awareness? Does it call to action? Does it prick the conscious? Does it hold the attention of the audience it was intended for?

I like what I hear

How much does the scoring judge like the overall sound of the audio submitted with the entry? Where does this piece fit within the entries submitted?

NB: For entries with no audio this mark will be left blank.

Overall Mark

How does the piece sit in the overall scheme of European Radio? Does the entry merit a high score overall? Should this entry be head and shoulders above the rest? What makes it special? Can others follow its example and learn from it? If the entry were scored with just one mark – what would it be?



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