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Brand New ‘Listeners’ Choice’ Award Introduced for 2013 Sony Radio Academy Awards

Press release   •   Mar 27, 2013 12:53 GMT

Sony today launches a brand new Listeners’ Choice Award for the forthcoming 2013 Sony Radio Academy Awards. The Sony Golden Headphones Award is an exciting new award category that allows members of the public to vote for their favourite radio presenter, finally deciding which of the myriad presenters whom we hear over the airwaves every week has won the hearts of the British public over the past year.

Any radio presenter or personality over the age of 18 who holds a regular slot on a UK-based radio programme can register their name free of charge to be in the running for this unique award by visiting sonygoldenheadphones.com. Registrations will remain open until 5pm on Thursday 11th April.

The Sony Golden Headphones Award will be decided entirely by public vote, which opens on Monday 15th April. Voting is limited to one vote per email address and will close at 5pm on Friday 10th May.

The winner of the Sony Golden Headphones Award will receive a specially created trophy. The design is based on Sony’s best-selling MDR-1 headphone range and will be presented to the winner at the Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony on Monday 13th May at Grosvenor House Hotel. Second and third place recipients will also be recognised.

John Myers, Chairman of the Sony Radio Academy Awards, commented: “The Sony Golden Headphones Award has come about as a direct result of the feedback we have received from our members asking how they can further involve themselves with these prestigious awards. It is the public’s opportunity to vote for their favourite presenter and is open to any presenter on any station in the UK.”

Sony has sponsored the acclaimed annual Sony Radio Academy Awards - the UK radio industry’s most prestigious awards - for more than three decades, and is committed to recognising the very best talent in the industry.

Chris Bowen, Country Head of Sony UK, commented: "This year, the team at Sony really wanted to create a new award category that allows any radio presenter in the country to battle it out and mobilise their fans to find out who is the people’s choice. We look forward to finding out who is the nation’s favourite presenter.”

Sony has decades of heritage and expertise in audio electronics, from digital radios right through to the latest quality headphones. The groundbreaking MDR-1 headphones range was created via a unique partnership with Sony Music Entertainment in collaboration with leading music industry figures including singer songwriter Katy B and dub-step super-group Magnetic Man.

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