The Linda Gage Memorial Award


This is the fourth year the competition has run and has attracted a record number of entries from colleges and universities around the United Kingdom. The brief was to produce a short radio feature that makes creative use of the medium of sound and demonstrates the entrant’s production skills.

The judges are looking for pieces that are well produced. Technically this takes into account editing, mixing, levels and the overall quality of recorded sound. Creative production is important and the use of music and sound effects should add to the piece. Presentation is vital – it should be lively, authoritative and tell the story.

The judges also look for strong editorial content. The story should have a strong cue that grabs the listener’s attention and puts the piece in context, and the actual piece should have a hook at the beginning, a middle and a conclusion. Interviewees should be relevant to the subject.

This Year’s Competition
This year a record number of entries were received covering a wide range of topics. Whilst a few were imaginatively and creatively produced, many were quite conventional. Some either tried to pack too much information within the time or lacked a focus or firm conclusion.

The judges echo previous judge’s comments with regard to presentation. It cannot be stressed too much how important presentation is. Radio is about communication and the presentation should involve the listener. It is not just about clear diction, pace or correct pronunciation, but making the listener feel that the piece is being spoken specifically to him or her.

The judges have chosen as the winner of the Linda Gage Memorial Award this year – Jenny Simmonds. Her entry “Student Radio – Training Ground or Play Ground” was well put together, argued and delivered. There was excellent use of music and strong variety of interviewees. Actuality was well recorded and mixed in. The presentation was very good.

Nick Hirst
July 2000

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