A south west radio presenter has been named one of the country’s leading young broadcasting talents by the Radio Academy. Radio Exe’s Ashley Jeary, 26, from Pinhoe in Exeter, is in the 2017 ‘30 under 30’ list published on Wednesday, in which the Academy (a national body that promotes excellence in radio broadcasting in the UK, and represents the BBC, commercial radio and other stations such as hospital and student radio) assesses people in the industry to look out for in the years ahead.
Remarkably, it’s the second time that Ashley has received the Radio Academy honour. He also won in 2013, when he was primarily responsible for promoting Radio Exe but had just begun his first stint presenting a daily evening show too.
With more radio stations that ever, and a rising number of broadcast courses at colleges and universities, it’s been one of the most competitive years yet for the annual awards. 30-under-30 head judge Steve Parkinson says: “If we had called it the FIFTY under 30 we would have still struggled to have squeezed in the best of the best”
Ashley will now be a VIP guest at a glittering awards ceremony in Leeds next month. The former pupil of St James High School, Exeter, and a media studies student at Exeter College joined Radio Exe just ahead of the station’s launch in 2012. He began his radio career as the ‘work experience boy’ at Exeter and Torbay’s now-defunct Gemini Radio at the age of 15. He says: “I was stunned to receive the 30-under-30 award four years ago, and it’s an even bigger surprise to become a double-award winner today. It shows that a station like Radio Exe can get noticed if we work hard to produce great local radio.”
Radio Exe’s managing director Paul Nero says: “No one deserves this accolade more than Ashley. Here’s someone Devon born and bred who works tirelessly to help create a radio station we’re proud of. It’s in no small measure due to Ashley that Radio Exe is now on digital radio across much of the county, and has bigger plans that he’s central to developing.”