Open Mic Spotlight: Tony McShane

New York Festivals International Radio Awards Open Mic Spotlight Interview spends a few minutes each week tapping into the minds of  brilliant content creators from the wonderful world of radio. Who better to share their insiders view of radio then the Radio Awards Grand Jury?

NYF’s jury of award-winning directors, producers, journalists, writers, actors, creative

Tony McShane

directors, composers, on-air talent, and programming executives are actively involved in creating the innovative content on radio today.

2018 Grand Jury member Tony McShane brings over 12 years’ experience in producing and presenting a variety of shows in both the UK and Europe to the jury panel.

Tony is an award-winning producer and currently producing late night talk show, Night Owls, which has the biggest late night talk audience in the North of England.Creating shows from locations all around the world and including Alan Robson MBE’s legendary ghost hunts, documentaries and entertainment shows like ‘Alien Jesus’. He has been recognised by The Radio Academy by recently winning ‘Production Hero’ and ‘Best Comedy/Entertainment Producer’ at the production awards in London.

New York Festivals: How did you get your start in the radio industry?

Tony McShane: I was curious and excited about radio and always wanted to be a part of it. I studied for a BA Hons degree in Media Production at the University of Sunderland to gain some experience. After this I moved abroad and worked for an English speaking commercial station in Spain before returning to the UK 6 years later and taking up a position at Bauer Media, where I am still working.

New York Festivals: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Tony McShane: “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable” – It’s a piece of advice that will help anyone out.

New York Festivals: What are some of the biggest changes you’ve seen in the industry?

Tony McShane: The industry is sadly shrinking, especially within the commercial sector. This is due to a lot of networking to ‘save money’ and streamline everything.

New York Festivals: Where do you see the industry moving in the next 5 years?

Tony McShane: I see the UK going 100% digital within 5 years with a lot more on-demand shows. I also think that we will lose a lot more local shows on commercial stations.

New York Festivals: What do you think are the hallmarks of award-winning work?

Tony McShane: Award winning work is created by people not afraid to push boundaries, people that don’t compare themselves to others and are usually perfectionists. People are the hallmarks of award winning work.

New York Festivals: What would be your dream job?

Tony McShane: Creating content for the BBC on its many platforms.

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