Chris Evans named top radio personality

Comeback kid Chris Evans thanked the BBC for giving him a “second chance” after he was named Music Radio Personality of the Year at the UK industry’s equivalent of the Oscars.

Comeback kid Chris Evans thanked the BBC for giving him a “second chance” after he was named Music Radio Personality of the Year at the UK industry’s equivalent of the Oscars.

The Radio 2 star triumphed at the Sony Radio Academy Awards, beating Jamie Theakston of Heart 106.2, Lauren Laverne of Xfm, Marc Riley of BBC 6 Music and Virgin’s Tim Lovejoy.

Evans, sacked from Virgin Radio in 2001 after embarking on a very public drinking binge, returned to the airwaves last year with a Saturday afternoon show on Radio 2 and recently took over Johnnie Walker’s drivetime slot.

His win will dismay the listeners who bombarded the station with angry emails after he was named as Walker’s successor.

More than 1,000 people voiced their complaints, prompting Radio 2 controller Lesley Douglas to issue a statement insisting Evans be given a chance.

Accepting his award, Evans said: “It’s great to be back. Thank you for giving me a second chance.

"Cheers.”

He added: “Well done to all the winners tonight and all the nominees, especially Danny Baker, my friend.”

Evans was also nominated for the Entertainment Award at last night’s ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane.

But he was beaten to the prize by Radio 1 breakfast show host Chris Moyles, who also defeated fellow nominees Danny Baker (BBC London 94.9), Radio 2’s Jonathan Ross and the Ugly Phil Breakfast Show (Kerrang! 105.2 West Midlands).

Moyles, who was presented with his award by the glamour model Jordan, said: “It has been a long time coming. I thought it would be Jonathan or Danny.”

He joked: “I never have to come to one of these godforsaken Sony nights ever again. Thank you very much.”

Radio 2 veteran Terry Wogan was honoured with the Gold Award for outstanding achievement.

The Irishman is the UK’s most popular DJ, with eight million listeners regularly tuning in to his breakfast show, Wake Up With Wogan.

He said it was “a wonderful honour” after being handed the award by Dame Edna Everage.

“I am standing here as a shining signal that if you hang around long enough they are bound to give you something.

“But this on top of the knighthood probably means they are trying to tell me something.”

Paying tribute to the contribution of his dedicated fans, he added: “If it wasn’t for my listeners and their 600 emails every morning I would sit there for two hours without a word to throw a dog.”

Radio 1 had a good night. It was named UK Station of the Year and DJ Zane Lowe bagged two awards, for Specialist Music Programme and Music Broadcaster of the Year.

Radio 4 took seven awards, including Speech Broadcaster of the Year for Eddie Mair and News Journalist of the Year for Angus Stickler.

The station’s 6pm news bulletin won the News and Current Affairs Programme award.

Nick Ferrari of London station LBC won the Breakfast Show Award while the Speech Programme Award went to Stephen Nolan of BBC Radio Ulster.

Station Programmer of the Year was Richard Park of Magic 105.4.

Local station Kerrang! 105.2 West Midlands scooped four awards including Station of the Year, with a potential audience of over one million.

The nominees were selected from more than 1,400 entries across UK radio.

Full list of winners:

Community Award

Hearing Voices – BBC Hereford & Worcester

Live Event Coverage Award

The Boat Race 2005 – LBC Newsroom & Programming for LBC 97.3FM and LBC News

Music Special Award

Lennon: The WennerTapes – BBC Radio 4

Music Programme Award

Mornings with Rick Shaw – Kerrang! 105.2 West Midlands

Feature Award

A Requiem for St Kilda – BBC Radio 4

Comedy Award

The Ape That Got Lucky – BBC Radio 4

Drama Award

No Background Music – BBC Radio 4

Competition Award

Xfm’s Rock School – Xfm

News and Current Affairs Programme Award

Six O’Clock News Bulletin – BBC Radio 4

News Feature Award

Return to Sarajevo – BBC World Service

Station Imaging Award

Kerrang! 105.2 West Midlands

Specialist Music Programme Award

Zane Lowe – BBC Radio 1

Special Award

The Beethoven Experience – Radio 3

Sports Programme Award

Fighting Talk – BBC Radio Five Live

Station Programmer of the Year

Richard Park – Magic 105.4

Interactive Programme Award

Scott Mills – BBC Radio 1

Promo Award

Kerrang! Christmas – Kerrang! 105.2 West Midlands

Station of the Year: with a potential audience of under 300,000

Coast 96.3 (North Wales Coast)

Speech Programme Award

The Stephen Nolan Show – BBC Radio Ulster

Speech Broadcaster of the Year

Eddie Mair – BBC Radio 4

Station of the Year: with a potential audience of 300,000 to 1 million

Pirate FM (Cornwall, Plymouth and West Devon)

Breaking News Award

The London Bombings – Gcap Media News for Capital Radio, 1548am Capital Gold, Xfm and Choice FM

News Journalist of the Year

Angus Stickler – BBC Radio 4

Station of the Year: with a potential audience of 1 million plus

Kerrang! 105.2 West Midlands

Entertainment Award

Chris Moyles – BBC Radio 1

Music Broadcaster of the Year

Zane Lowe – BBC Radio 1

Music Radio Personality of the Year

Chris Evans – BBC Radio 2

Breakfast Show Award

Nick Ferrari at Breakfast – LBC 97.3FM

Digital Terrestrial Station of the Year

Planet Rock

UK Station of the Year

Radio 1

Gold Award

Terry Wogan.

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