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Press release   •   Mar 30, 2012 13:40 BST

  • Hailed as the on-air stars of tomorrow the shortlisted nominees include, Clara Amfo (Kiss FM), Phil Taggart (BBC Radio Ulster), Frank McWeeny (French Radio London), Luke Franks (Fun Kids DAB) and Broken Heart DJs, Nisha Stevens and Amber Butchart (Jazz FM)
  • Diverse shortlist stretches across mainstream music shows, specialist shows such as Hip Hop and the roaring 20’s to a programme just for kids

Now in its fifth year, the coveted, people’s choice Sony DAB ‘Rising Star’ Award saw a record number of diverse entries from up and coming radio presenters, across the UK.

The judging panel made up of some of the radio industry elite, including Angie Greaves, Scott Mills and Emma B have shortlisted five talented nominees and its now up to the public to vote for their favourite at The winner will be announced at the Sony Radio Academy Awards on Monday 14th May at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

Following in the footsteps of last year’s winner, BBC Radio 5’s Robbie Savage, the Sony DAB Rising Star winner will join a growing list of emerging talent to scoop the prize in past years, including Jarvis Cocker, George Lamb and Kerrang! Radio’s Singing Henry.

Gildas Pelliet, Managing Director, Sony UK commented, "2012 will be the 30th anniversary of Sony’s sponsorship of the Radio Awards, showing our commitment to supporting radio in the UK. The Sony DAB Rising Star award is an opportunity to recognize fresh new radio talent and is the only people’s choice award, giving listener’s the opportunity to vote. The award helps to supports the growth of the radio industry by recognising voices of the future and with the highest number of entries since the award was introduced there are lots to listen out for.”

Contenders for 2012 are: Clara Amfo – Kiss FM, Phil Taggart – BBC Radio Ulster, Frank McWeeny- French Radio London, Luke Franks – Fun Kids DAB and The Broken Heart DJs – Jazz FM. The public can place their vote at

What the judges said about the Sony DAB Rising Star Nominees...

Clara Amfo – Kiss FM

Clara's energy, understanding and obvious love of radio was absolutely infectious. And we also got to see a hugely mature handling of difficult topics including the London Riots of 2011. We felt she had a huge amount of potential and is definitely one of our brightest stars to look forward to hearing more from her.

Phil Taggart – BBC Radio Ulster

The judges were impressed by Phil’s infectious enthusiasm for the music he plays. He is able to evangalise about new music in a very natural and “non geeky” way. Here is a DJ who clearly loves the contemporary music scene and is able to relate that to his listeners in a very exciting manner.

Frank McWeeny – French Radio London

Frank McWeeny effortlessly navigates between French and English which gives his presentation a disarming charm that soothes and washes over you. He also really knows and engages with the dance music he plays making him both authoritative and highly listenable.

Luke Franks – Fun Kids DAB

The judges felt that Luke was completely “on target” with his demo. Knowing exactly who he was communicating with Luke connected with his youthful audience providing information without appearing patronising, in fact quite the opposite, his light, entertaining, and engaging delivery made Fun Kids radio a brilliant listen for adults and children alike.

The Broken Heart DJs – Jazz FM

The Broken Heart DJ's show Peppermint Candy brings together a retro mix of music and fashion from the 20's to the 50's. The DJ's have a great energy and rapport between them that makes the show highly engaging and really brings the topics to life for the listeners.