The Ridley Awards

Plenty Valley FM Introduces The Ridley Awards to recognise excellence in broadcasting.

In memory of Jack Ridley, a brilliant young broadcaster that sadly passed away in 2008, Plenty Valley FM has relaunched broadcasting awards as The Jack Ridley Awards for Broadcasting Excellence, known as The Ridleys.

The awards were announced in December at the PVFM Fundraising Night. Congratulations to all of the winners.


This show provides unique, obscure, alternative and yet also familiar music, predominantly from the 80's and 90's. Quirky and chaotic, but always meticulously researched and presented. This show is broadcast every Saturday night from 10pm - The Ridley Award for Best Music Show goes Trash Disco, hosted by Ron Edmonds.


For over 10 years this show has provided sports lovers with information, entertainment and humour (but very few winning tips). The Ridley Award for Best Sports Show goes to Winners A Plenty, hosted by Phil Crooks, Alex Pettolino and Rick Morris.


Providing a magazine style show, highlighting local issues, local people and local events, this show has been a mainstay in the afternoon timeslot for many years. The Ridley Award for Best Lifestyle Show goes to Friday Afternoons with Peter Maw and Sylvia Karkalas.


The Best Interview is a great achievement, considering the winners are relatively new to broadcasting. The Ridley Award for Best Interview was awarded for an interview series with Fiona Macken from CFA Diamond Creek in raising funds for and awareness of Motor Neurone Disease and is awarded to Luke Forsyth & Ed Fawcett from Monday Drive.


This presenter always provides clear and professional vocal presentation. And is a role model for those seeking to ensure their broadcasts are of a professional quality. The Ridley Award for Best Recorded Cart goes to Geraldine Ishkan for the Diamond Valley Railway Cart.


This presenter is new to the station and yet manages their show like a seasoned professional, from preparation and playlist, through to on air broadcast and promotions.

The Ridley Award for Best New Talent goes to the host of The Download, Jessica Avelsgaard.


This award is named in honour John Kalincev, a Macedonian presenter, who only recently retired. This presenter has been part of a show that has been on air over ten years. He is very thorough in his commitment to his community and his on air broadcasts. He is a great supporter of our station and this comes through in his broadcasts. The John Kalincev Award for Best Ethnic Broadcaster goes to Allamathevan Navaratnam from The Tamil Show, known to us as Thevan.


The Best New Ethnic Show is hosted by a presenter that is passionate about celebrating diversity and inclusiveness. This presenter spends hours ensuring the show is just right for broadcasting. The show works at bridging the gap between English and non-English speaking communities. The presenter has recently taken up the challenge of translating our Community Service Announcements into her native language. The Ridley Award for Best New Ethnic Show is The Persian Show, hosted by Linda Kasravi.


This show has carved out its own niche market, with its content and branding. The presenter works tirelessly at weaving together a unified playlist each week, along with creating, developing and promoting a personalised brand and image for the show. The Ridley Award for Best New Show goes to The Easy Hour, hosted by John Nelder.


Our first recognition award goes to someone who embodies everything about volunteerism. Quiet and unassuming, he goes about his tasks diligently and never expecting or seeking recognition. He is passionate about our station and our presenters and is always available to provide support. He does a fantastic job in collating and distributing our CSA's for on air broadcast. Thank you Tony Hayes

​Our next recognition award goes to parties outside of the station. They are great supporters of our station and drive a significant number of listeners to us each week. The content they provide, along with their professionalism is second to none. Recent winner of the AFL Vic Media Awards for Match Of The Day each Saturday, our thanks go to the NFL Team, with thanks also to our own Tyrell Mills for his off air, in-studio contributions.

Our final recognition award also goes to someone passionate about our station and also goes about their tasks not seeking recognition. This person is usually the first to volunteer when something is needed at or for the station. Whether that is gardening, painting, or shifting furniture, nothing is beneath them. More recently they have had a major role in the station makeover. As a paid employee, she manages to give her time more than many volunteers do. Thank you Monica Cullen.


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