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ACRAs return to Sydney in 2021, entries now open

The Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) will return in 2021 after a year off due to COVID-19 restrictions and are set to take place in Sydney for the first time since 2012.

Entries are now open for the 32nd edition of the ACRAs, which will descent on the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour on 30 October this year.

Plans for the 2020 edition of the awards, originally set to take place on the Gold Coast, were shelved when CRA decided last June that virtual awards wouldn’t do the ACRAs justice.

This year’s awards will cover an extended period of judging eligibility, between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2021.

Jonesy and Amanda won big at the 2019 ACRAs

CEO Joan Warner said that CRA is “thrilled” to be able to “bring the industry together once again”, of course with COVID safety requirements in place.

“The ACRAs will be returning to Sydney for the first time since 2012 and we’re determined to make this a very special event for the radio teams across the country. We will of course have all COVID health and safety requirements in place,” she said.

CRA expects around 900 radio workers, personalities and execs from around the country, with awards to be handed out across 39 categories.

Entries are received from 260 metropolitan and regional commercial radio stations across Australia, with judging undertaken by industry and specialist panels.

Winners are announced in each category across three areas: metropolitan, provincial and country commercial radio stations.

The 2019 ACRAs saw major gongs to WSFM’s Brendan Jones and Amanda Keller for Best On-Air Team (FM), ending a run of close to a decade where the award was exclusively shared by KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O, and Nova’s Kate, Tim and Marty.

Meanwhile, AM’s major on-air honour went to 2GB’s Erin Molan and Natalie Peters in 2019, and Doug Mulray was inducted into the ACRAS radio Hall Of Fame at the event.

Entries are open until 14 May 2021.

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