Triple M Classic Rock Digital was named Best Digital Radio Format at the 31st Australian Commercial Radio Awards on the weekend.
The station, which features celebrity Alice Cooper weeknights, LP vinyl records, classic rock anthems and the daily “Classic 9 Moments in Rock History” with Dave Williams, has gained a big fan base through broadcasts in DAB+ in the five major capital cities and online.
In other awards, the Best On-Air Team (Metro FM) accolade went to successful WSFM breakfast hosts Jonesy and Amanda (Brendan Jones and Amanda Keller).
2GB’s drive time host Ben Fordham won Best Talk Presenter for the fifth time and 2GB morning presenter Ray Hadley was awarded Best Current Affairs Presenter, bringing his career tally of ACRAs to 33 across all categories.
The Best On-Air Team (Metro AM) was won by Afternoons with Erin Molan & Natalie Peters, the first female duo to host a news/talk show on 2GB and the first all-female team to win this award in ACRAs history.
NOVA’s popular drive show Kate, Tim & Marty won Best Networked Program and Best Syndicated Australian Program. Best Entertainment Presenter went to Triple M funny man Lawrence Mooney, while Rebecca Morse, half of Hit107 Adelaide’s new breakfast duo Bec & Cosi, won Best Newcomer On-Air.
Broadcasting icon and trailblazer Doug Mulray was inducted into the Hall of Fame, recognising his outstanding lifetime achievement and contribution to radio. The former Triple M breakfast host’s quick wit and outrageous character skits in the 1980s gained him a massive following on radio and later TV. He has been a major influence on following generations of comedians and performers.