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6th December 2010, 10:47am
Radio supremo Trevor Dann becomes visiting professor at Lincoln
Visiting Professor Trevor Dann The man said to have made Radio 1 cool again, Trevor Dann, has been appointed Visiting Professor in Radio and Sound by the University of Lincoln's School of Media.

The BAFTA-winning radio executive was responsible for bringing Chris Evans to Radio 1 and overhauling its music policy in the 1990s as part of the sweeping changes that saw the departure of many of its long-standing DJs including Dave Lee Travis, Simon Bates and Bob Harris.

Dann, who recently stepped down from his role as Chief Executive of the Radio Academy, will be teaching students on the already hugely popular Audio Production and Media Production degree programmes. It is his first academic appointment.

He said: “I was shocked and delighted to be asked to be a visiting professor by the University of Lincoln. While I was chief executive of the Radio Academy I talked to lots of students and I really liked talking to students.

“I’ve been genuinely impressed by the calibre of graduates turned out by Lincoln, having met several through Academy events. They all seemed to me to have been prepared for proper jobs in industry.

“There is no point teaching students things that aren’t relevant to industry and I want to help the University build on its already good links with the radio and audio industries.

“There are still plenty of opportunities for creativity. Radio is not a dying industry; it is a growing industry and there will be lots more opportunities for radio and audio producers of the future."

Programme leader Bryan Rudd said he was confident Dann's appointment would help provide a bridge for students into the broadcast and music industries and is hoping to link in with digital station Amazing Radio (Trevor is managing director of parent company Amazing Broadcast).

Bryan said: "I’ve known of Trevor for a number of years through my background in radio, sound and music production. In 2007 I organised the transnational radio conference here in Lincoln and invited him to be the keynote speaker, not least because I knew he’d shake the tree and make a very sparky keynote speech on the state of the radio industry. What he said sat well with a lot of academics and created a lot of debate.

"Trevor has been an important figurehead in the radio industry for a good number of years. He bridges with some distinction both radio broadcasting and music production. I am absolutely delighted that Trevor has agreed to be our visiting professor and I can't wait to begin working with him."

It is hoped Dann’s appointment will also assist Lincoln’s bid to gain accreditation by the APRS (The Association of Professional Recording Services) for the Audio Production BA - which is the only one in the country. Only three courses in the UK have this accreditation so far.

Trevor Dann will be giving his inaugural lecture to a public audience in February 2011 (details to be announced).

Trevor was educated at Nottingham High School and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. He also graduated from the Executive Program at the University of Michigan.

Trevor lives near Cambridge, is married (to Maureen) and has two children, Celia (17) and Henry (16).  He is a member of Notts County Cricket Club and a fervent supporter of Notts County FC.

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