New York Festivals Grand Jury are some of the best and brightest in the radio industry and the brilliant creative minds who judge the 2019 NYF Radio Awards. These award-winning directors, producers, journalists, writers, actors, creative directors, composers, on-air talent, and programming executives are all actively involved in creating today’s innovative radio content.
Open Mic Spotlight spends a few minutes each week with NYF’s respected Grand Jury members and each NYF Spotlight interview shares the insights of these esteemed content creators from the wonderful world of radio.
This week we shine the spotlight on New York Festivals Radio Awards Grand Jury member, James Devlin, Program Manager and Head of Music for Q Radio Northern Ireland. James has been working in radio in Northern Ireland for nearly a quarter of a century, and in that time he’s worked as a presenter, news reporter, news reader and news editor, commercial producer and music scheduler.
His current role at Q Radio has coincided with the group’s emergence as a force to be reckoned with in the awards sphere, with wins and nominations in the ARIAS, IMROs and New York Radio Awards.
What qualities are most important in award-winning work?
James Devlin: Originality is the key to award-winning work for me. I love hearing something that’s come from the spark of a fresh idea, and then been brought to life through skills. And there are different types of ‘new’ – there’s brand new, never been done before – and in truth, that’s not easy to achieve, and there’s the new that’s a different way of looking at something that’s already been there.
New York Festivals: What project meant the most to you in your own history?
James Devlin: I have very fond memories of working on a project in which we created a 60” audio piece for each of twelve different parts of Northern Ireland, with each one reflecting what was unique and special about the area. We asked listeners for their memories, and then we created the pictures through sound, with a well known voice from each area chosen to narrate. Given the history of Northern Ireland, this meant dealing with sad, as well as happy, memories, but the end result was all the more powerful for it, and the project was very well received when it came to awards season.
New York Festivals: What advice do you have for young people just beginning a career in the industry?
James Devlin: Keep a wide focus when you’re starting out, and try to experience as many parts of the industry as you can. It’ll broaden your skills and help you understand the business better. And get a reputation for working hard and being reliable.
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