On the air: going for a gong

Ian Burrell identifies the up-and-coming radio stars among the nominees for tonight's Sony Awards
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Zane Lowe

Zane Lowe

BBC Radio 1

Nominated: DJ of the Year, Specialist Music Award and Music Broadcaster of the Year

Despite Chris Moyles's claims, Kiwi-born Lowe is the key player in the plan to save Radio 1. The son of the founder of New Zealand's first pirate radio ship, Lowe effortlessly bridges the gap between urban and rock music in an atmosphere of infectious enthusiasm.

Lucio

Kerrang!

Nominated: Daily Music Show of the Year

Lucio doesn't use his surname (probably because it's Buffone). Lucio, 29, started his career at the University of Bradford's station RamAir, which led to him being hired by Galaxy. Emap made him the UK's youngest talk-show presenter when at Hallam FM, and now at Kerrang! he lays claim to having the UK's most listened-to rock show.

Amy Lamé

BBC London

Nominated: Danny Baker nominated for DJ of the Year

Danny Baker's sidekick is a phenomenon in her own right, with columns in Woman's Own and The Times. Lamé, who flavours Baker's stream of consciousness with astute observations delivered in her American drawl, won an Olivier award for her show C'est Barbican last year. She also has a contract for the Ugly Modelling Agency.

Andrea Oliver

FCUK FM

Nominated: Weekly Music Show of the Year

Oliver's show The Selectorchampions British talent from The Streets to Razorlight, is produced by the British Council to highlight the diversity of music from these shores and is aired on 71 radio stations in 38 countries. Oliver once fronted the band Rip, Rig and Panic with Neneh Cherry and presented the Channel 4 show Badass TV.

Louise Hulland

No fixed station

Nominated: The Feature Award, The Information Ward

Not a presenter but a familiar voice on radio as a member of the Unique radio production company. Her stand-out work is Missing the Message for Radio 1, which contains the haunting testimonies of teenagers who are HIV positive. Hulland, a theology graduate started her radio career at BBC Radio Lancashire.

Late Night Lisa

Classic FM

Nominated: Weekly Music Show of the Year

Less than three years after graduating from Trinity College of Music, the violinist Lisa Duncombe, 24, has established herself as the sexy voice of Classic FM. Late Night Lisa is Classic's Friday and Saturday alternative to the repetitive beats served up by rival stations, tempting the clubbing generation with "Wagnermania".

Justin Moorhouse

Key 103 Manchester

Nominated: DJ of the Year

Appeared in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, where he spent the series with his face painted as a tiger. Manchester-born Moorhouse started his radio career at 29 but is a natural. He combines the quick-fire banter of the comedy circuit with a local touch ("the people in Wigan are so bad that they nick the bras off the strippers").

James Cannon

Capital 95.8

Nominated: Daily Music Show of the Year and The Entertainment Award

Cannon, a former showbiz writer on The Sun, is making a fist of the difficult task of keeping Capital listeners engaged beyond Johnny Vaughan's breakfast show. The signature piece of his show is the "Flirty at 9.30" feature when Londoners ask him to fix a date with someone they fancy.

Ian Camfield

Xfm

Nominated: Music Broadcaster of the Year

At 26, Camfield is the youngest presenter on Xfm, having cut his teeth in radio as a 16-year-old working on the in-store Virgin Megastores station. At the age of eight he had styled himself the "number one fan" of the late rock presenter Tommy Vance and found himself invited on Vance's show.

Rishi Rich

Kiss 100

Nominated: Specialist Music Award

Rich is at the forefront of a musical movement that is blazing a trail from Mumbai to New York by finding a common ground where Punjabi music meets R&B and hip hop. Rich is the most in-demand producer in this "Desi" scene. With other members of his Southall-based 2.9 Crew he has transferred this hypnotic sound to radio.

Ben Jones

Virgin

Nominated: Daily Music Show of the Year

The voice of 26-year-old Jones is the one that many listeners most associate with the station. Jones has landed such musical guests as Robbie Williams, David Bowie, REM and the Red Hot Chili Peppers but he gives his show a wider showbiz feel by interviewing Hollywood stars including Leonardo DiCaprio.

Junior Interviews

Radio Aire

Nominated: The Entertainment Award

Harrison Prudames is, at five years old, probably Britain's youngest radio star. He has conducted "interviews" with the likes of Sir Elton John and Bon Jovi. Turns out the interviews are the work of Harrison's dad, Cameron, who sources audio from selected celebrities, then writes a script for the lad before splicing the two together.

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