The 2017 Best Radio Show shortlist includes up and coming talent. This category is supported by AMT Lawyers.
The Breakfast Show with Raj Ghai and Sonia Dutta – Sunrise Radio
The eponymous Breakfast Show presented by Raj Ghai and Sonia Dutta is Sunrise Radio’s flagship breakfast show. The show launched in January 2016 and over the past 18 months has grown steadily to capture audiences not only in the station’s heartland of London, but also nationally through its DAB service. Raj and Sonia embark on daily challenges and enigmatic discussions during their show appealing to audiences from across generations.
Drive Time with DJ Haashim – Asian Star Radio 101.6FM
Haashim Siddique embarked on his career in radio at the tender age of 12 with his own weekly programme. At the age of 17 he went onto present the Drivetime Show. Having recently graduated in Broadcast Journalism and Politics, Haashim continues to develop his passion for the radio by researching and producing his own content. The show is a very fast paced programme and is a true representation of the British Asian culture from the music selection, features and content. ‘Drivetime’ includes live interviews, competitions, polls and a live DJ set for listener interactivity. The show boasts up to 100k listeners across FM, online and mobile.
Shivi Hotwani – Lyca Radio
Shivi Hotwani has presented the popular Weekend Breakfast Show on Lyca Radio since 2015. Actor and performer, Shivi entertains audiences on his show with his light-hearted and entertaining show every Saturday and Sunday morning. Shivi is a champion of promoting new talent, particularly British and homegrown, providing a platform for new artists wherever possible. Shivi also attends outside broadcast events on behalf of Lyca Radio, including the Shiamak London Summer Funk Show 2017 and hosting the Milton Keynes Mela.
Mawaan and Emily – BBC Asian Network
Combining music, chat and cheeky games, Mawaan and Emily bring shows with a lively, light-hearted and humorous tone. Emily Lloyd-Saini is a Nottingham born stand-up comedian, writer and actress, based in London. Mawaan Rizwan is an actor, writer and comedian who shot to fame with the success of his YouTube channel. Their show includes stories from their weeks in the acting world, acting out amusing ad hoc scenarios as well as interviewing hilarious Asian guests on the comedy scene.
Panjabi Hit Squad – BBC Asian Network
Panjabi Hit Squad host their inimitable weekly Saturday night radio show. Veterans in the radio industry, Rav and Dee celebrated their 15 year anniversary of their very first show back on BBC Radio 1Xtra. The show entails high energy, upbeat content with popular tunes and party classics. The pair’s unique chemistry creates a warm on air ambience. Each show carries a unifying theme giving each week’s program an identity of its own. These have been based on a variety of topics including seasonal events like Christmas, Summer Festivals and Diwali celebrations as well as fashion, comedy and of course music.
The Guz Khan Show – BBC Asian Network
Actor, writer and stand-up comedian Guz Khan began his show on the BBC Asian Network in December 2015. Formerly a secondary school teacher from Coventry, Guz garnered fame after the popularity of his YouTube clips. Guz gave up his teaching job after his Jurassic World video went viral. His show includes humorous banter, answering the most awkward of questions from his youngest listeners in Toddler Talks and challenging his team to a game of Battle Track. In under two years, Guz has made move from online star to radio presenter effortless and his new four part series ‘Man Like Mobeen’ has been commissioned by BBC Three.
This year’s Asian Media Awards returns to the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on Wednesday October 25 2017.
Previous recipients of an Asian Media Award include Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Waris Hussein, Art Malik, Mehdi Hasan, Nina Wadia and Anita Anand.
The University of Salford are premier sponsors and partners to the event include ITV, MediaCom, M.E.N, Press Association Training & Primesight.
The official Charity Partners for 2017 are Sightsavers.
The event is also supported by Manchester Metropolitan University, Routes Into Languages, AMT Lawyers, Hilton Manchester Deansgate, Tauheedul Education Trust, Supreme Dream Events, Payal and Cleartwo.