CRA: The 20th annual Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) are shaping up to be great entertainment with Australian rock bands, The Living End, Faker and The Galvatrons all performing at the event on the Gold Coast next week. This year’s ACRAs will be held at Conrad Jupiters on the Gold Coast on Saturday, October 11.

The Living End has had two number one albums and has also gained recent success in the United States and Europe. Faker, an alternative rock band, became a mainstream success last year with its album, “Be the Twilight”. And The Galvatrons’ single, “When We Were Kids” has also received lots of airtime on commercial radio this year.

The bands will be joined by one of the winners of this year’s New Artists 2 Radio (NA2R) initiative, and will be chosen from Boston Shaker, Ashleigh Mannix and Emma-Louise.

Chief executive officer, Commercial Radio Australia, Joan Warner said it was a very exciting entertainment line-up this year, highlighting some great Australian talent.

“It is very exciting to feature some great Australian bands at this year’s ACRAs which should set the tone for a great night,” Ms Warner said.
Australian Idol co-host, Andrew G, who also hosts Australia’s biggest weekly radio countdown, “Take 40 Australia”, will MC this year’s Awards. Andrew G, began his career in radio at B105 in Brisbane and then SAFM in Adelaide, before moving to television with Channel V.
A number of radio personalities will present awards, including Hamish and Andy from Fox FM, Merrick, Rosso and Kate Ritchie from Nova 969, Ian “Dicko” Dickson from Vega in Melbourne, Greg Carey from 4BC and Gold Coast radio personalities, Matty and Renee from Sea FM and Mal Lees from Hot Tomato.
Nigel Lythgoe, well-known for his work in light entertainment, and judge on the American hit show, “So You Think You Can Dance”, will also present at this year’s awards along with Imran Khan, renowned Pakistani cricketer and politician.

The ACRAs, organised by Commercial Radio Australia on behalf of the radio industry, include 32 categories, which cover all areas of radio broadcasting including news, talk, sport, music and entertainment. The ACRAs differ from television’s Logie Awards, in that they are peer judged with judging panels comprised of industry members.

The ACRAs is a gala event of the radio industry’s calendar, attracting radio personalities and stars from around Australia.