Radio Festival 2016

One of the biggest dates in the radio calendar is fast approaching: the Radio Festival 2016 is at the British Library on September 26th for what looks like the biggest line up yet and we can’t wait.

Radio Festival 2016

With sessions from Ricky Wilson and Jo Whiley discussing radio’s role within the music industry to CEO of RadioCentre Siobhan Kenny talking about creative economy in radio, there will be something for everyone.

Other highlights include vlogger Hannah Witton and Geoff Lloyd on creativity and rules, are they there to be broken?

As well as Miranda Sawyer tackling the subject of curated content and podcasting. She will be joined by Richard Herring and Roman Mars who is live from California.

Inspirational speaker and best-selling author on diversity and inclusion Verna Myers joins us for a session with BBC Manchester’s Stephanie Hirst.

As if that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, we haven’t even mentioned Scott Mills, Katie Hopkins, Phil Critchlow, Stephen Nuttall, Edith Bowman, Phil Fearnley and Sam Jones will also be there!

Sound Women members are entitled to free membership at the Radio Academy.

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Tickets for the Radio Festival 2016 cost £230 + VAT for non-members and £180 + VAT for members.

To buy tickets click here.


We hope to see you there!

Summer by Sound Women East Anglia

Sound Women East Anglia are seeing out summer with a festival-feel afternoon at a luxury recording retreat.

Grange Farm Studio sits between a peaceful meadow and a big sky. With beautiful views of West Norfolk and top of the range facilities, organiser Heidi Secker thinks we’re in for a treat.


‘It’s a fantastic venue, it really is! Did I mention the private pool and hot tub?! There’ll be food, drink, Isi’s brilliant workshop – she’s really great – and a special performance by singer/songwriter Lexie Green. Music that’s perfect for a sunny afternoon.’

‘Isi’ is Isi Clarke. She’s Grange Farm’s Head Engineer and will be running a session on production skills.  She’s keen to share her skills and experience.

‘Being a female engineer hasn’t been an issue except the odd surprised face! I appreciate it’s very rare but I cant really see any reason why. I’d love to see more girls involved in this side of the industry and I do believe they are.I hope Summer By Sound Women will break down barriers girls have to get involved by hearing about other’s experiences and successes.’

Heidi says ‘As well as being pretty good socials, I wanted to make the SW East Anglia meetings inspirational and useful! I really think this will do the trick. Come, it’ll be great!’

‘Summer By Sound Women’ is on Friday 13th September at Grange Farm Studio, Emneth.

Tickets are available here


Social Media In Radio Training Session

UPDATE – Tickets are now available to everyone click here to get tickets.

In the ever changing world of social media, radio presenters and producers need to stay on top of what the technology offers to best engage their audiences. In this short session, social media radio experts from Somethin’ Else will showcase some of their award winning case studies and explain how best to manage the most recent changes in Facebook and Twitter.

Participants will be divided into small groups to creatively tackle a social media problem that they face in their own radio production, these will be presented back to the main group for feedback. This session is aimed at women in audio who already have a good practical awareness of social media but are in need of further guidance and ideas on how to best integrate it into their programme making.

The course will be run by Nicky Birch, Head of Radio Development at Somethin’ Else, the UK’s leading content design agency.

Nicky’s role is to develop radio and digital ideas, respond to radio and interactive tenders from the BBC and commercial brands and she also produces David Rodigan on BBC Radio 2 winning a Sony Gold in 2012 for Best Specialist programme.

Please bring your laptop / ipad and headphones to work on during the session.

Tickets are limited to 40 only, with a 48 hour pre-sale window to our members.

Member pre-sale will be open from 2pm on Monday 26th November.

Non-members can purchase any remaining tickets from Wednesday 28th November.

To become a member of Sound Women click here to join us

Event Details:
Social Media In Radio Training Session
Date: Monday, 3 December 2012
Time: 19:00 to 21:00 (GMT)
Location: Somethin Else
20-26 Brunswick Pl
N1 6DZ London
United Kingdom

Sound Women Host Digital, Interactive and Developer Event in Partnership with Absolute Radio

Sound Women are proud to be holding a panel discussion event on women in digital, interactive and developer roles in partnership with Absolute Radio.

The event will take place on Thursday 22nd November from 6pm – 8pm and will be hosted at Absolute Radio’s One Golden Square studios in London.

The event will be opened by Clive Dickens, Chief Operating Officer and aims to raise awareness of Sound Women, the BBC and Absolute Radio amongst a digital community – particularly developers. It hopes to offer a networking opportunity for women in digital, interactive and development with a longer term aim of encouraging more women to consider a career in these fields.

The panel discussion will be chaired by TV and radio presenter Maggie Philbin, known to many for her presenting role on ‘Tomorrow’s World’. Maggie is also CEO and founder of Teen Tech which runs events to help young teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Maggie will be joined on the panel by Clare Sutcliffe who founded Code Club, a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. She will be joined by Belinda Parmar – CEO of Lady Geek – a campaigning agency changing the way tech and gaming companies speak to women by bridging the gulf between the people who make and market technology products and the women who buy them. Completing the panel will be Andrew Caspari – Head of Speech Radio and Classical Music Interactive at the BBC, who oversees interactive editorial for, Radio 4, Radio 4 Extra, Radio 3 and The Proms and 5Live and is currently undertaking a strategy of archive audio and discovery. One of Andrew’s key priorities is encouraging female staff retention, particularly as they move into their 30s and within departments that have traditionally seen fewer female staff choosing to stay.

Tickets are £10 (plus a transaction fee of £1.25). As numbers are very limited we are limiting the tickets to those who study or work in digital media and development.

Tickets will be available here 8pm on Thursday 15th November. We look forward to seeing you there!

About Absolute Radio

Absolute Radio is a national, innovative entertainment and music brand, developing groundbreaking digital innovations and broadcasting award-winning programming, and creating and publishing original and on-demand content across multiple platforms from One Golden Square.

Absolute Radio is committed to real music, comedy and football, and leads the industry as a digital innovator developing applications for the web and new and emerging platforms, including mobile, wi-fi radio, and next-generation DAB.

Absolute Radio also runs a network of brands; digital stations; Absolute Radio 60s, Absolute Radio 70s, Absolute 80s, Absolute Radio 90s, Absolute Radio 00s and Absolute Classic Rock.

Beer will be provided courtesy of K1 Beer.