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Australian Commercial Radio Awards announces 2022 finalists

The finalists for the Australian Commercial Radio Awards (the ACRAs) have been announced today, with 39 awards up for grab in news, talk, sport, music, and entertainment.

Kyle Sandilands and his breakfast co-host Jackie Henderson, (The Kyle and Jackie O Show, KIIS FM, Sydney) are in the running for a record eighth Best On-Air Team award in the FM category, against Jonesy & Amanda (Brendan Jones and Amanda Keller, WSFM, Sydney); Fitzy & Wippa (Ryan Fitzgerald and Michael Wipfli, Nova, Sydney); Kate, Tim & Joel (Kate Ritchie, Tim Blackwell, and Joel Creasey, Nova, Sydney) and The Christian O’Connell Show (The Christian O’Connell Show, Gold FM, Melbourne).

The list of finalists comes ahead of the fifth GFK radio survey result this Tuesday after the fourth survey saw some movements in the radio landscape across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth markets.

The Metropolitan Best On Air Team AM title will be a contest between FIVEaa Breakfast (David Penberthy and Will Goodings, Adelaide); 3AW Breakfast with Ross Stevenson & Russel Howcroft (Melbourne) and Laurel, Gary & Mark (Laurel Edwards, Gary Clare & Mark Hine, 4KQ, Brisbane). The trio recently bid farewell to 4KQ after 16 years on air.

2GB’s Ben Fordham and Ray Hadley are nominated for Best Talk Presenter alongside Neil Mitchell and Tom Elliott from 3AW. Mitchell is also up for best Current Affairs presenter alongside Deborah Knight (2GB, Sydney); Luke Bona (Triple M, Sydney) and Neil Breen (4BC, Brisbane).

Chrissie Swan (Nova 100, Melbourne) is a finalist in the Best Entertainment Presenter category alongside Christian O’Connell (Gold FM, Melbourne); Jase Hawkins (KIIS 101.1, Melbourne), Jackie Henderson (KIIS FM, Sydney) and Kyle Sandilands (KIIS FM, Sydney).

Brisbane radio and TV presenter Sofie Formica, who hosts the afternoon show on 4BC, is in the running for Best Newcomer on Air, alongside Adelaide’s Max Burford (Nova) and Loren Barry (Triple M, Melbourne).

Ford Ennals, the chief executive officer of awards organiser Commercial Radio & Audio (CRA), said: “Congratulations to all the finalists. We look forward to celebrating the return of the ACRAS and making the night bigger and better than ever. Radio is thriving thanks to the efforts and creativity of staff on air and off who strive to provide listeners with the best in audio entertainment and information.”

This will be the first ACRAS live awards ceremony in three years, to be held at a gala red-carpet event at the ICC Darling Harbour in Sydney on 29 October.

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