Cerys Matthews confirmed the success of her switch from music star to top DJ by being named the UK’s best music radio broadcaster at the Sony Awards.
The former Catatonia singer was given the prize at the radio industry awards for her show on 6 Music.
Cardiff-born Cerys dedicated her win to the BBC, saying: “Despite all the backlash and the criticisms.. without them, we’d be all the poorer.”
Also among the Welsh winners was John Humphrys, the veteran anchor of the BBC’s Today programme on Radio 4, who received the radio journalism award.
He was described by event oranisers as “a giant among radio news journalists”.
The award came just months after his interview sealed the fate of former BBC director-general George Entwistle after just 54 days in the job over his disastrous handling of the Jimmy Savile scandal.
The juges said: “His interview with the former BBC director-general George Entwistle was one of THE news events of 2012.”
Entwistle appeared on the Today programme on November 11 to defend his role as the BBC was in crisis over the unfolding Savile affair and an edition of BBC2’s Newsnight which mistakenly slurred Lord McAlpine.
In a tense interview the beleaguered boss’s position looked increasingly untenable – and by that night he announced his departure on the steps of Broadcasting House.
Also among the major winners was Radio 5 Live which took the much sought-after station of the year prize, beating Classic FM and the BBC’s Asian Network.
Coverage of London 2012 also helped 5 Live to the award for best events coverage while Peter Allen and Colin Murray’s Olympics show was named best sports programme.
Picking up a third win in as many years was Danny Baker who collected the best entertainment show prize for his Radio 5 Live programme, beating presenters such as Radio 1’s Greg James.
Baker’s win comes months after he famously quit another BBC show with a valedictory two-hour live rant, blasting the bosses of BBC London after hearing his daily show was being axed.
Steve Lamacq, a tireless champion of new music since starting at Radio 1 two decades ago, was given the Special Award in recognition of his contribution.
Absolute Radio’s breakfast host Christian O’Connell was named music radio personality of the year, beating names such as Classic FM’s John Suchet and Radio 2’s mid-morning host Ken Bruce.
Radio 4’s Eddie Mair collected the prize for speech radio broadcaster of the year.
The awards event, regarded as the Oscars of the UK radio industry, introduced a new Sony Golden Headphones public vote to find the nation’s favourite presenters, with the inaugural award going to Radio 1 newcomers Dan Howell and Phil Lester.
Richard Park – the executive director of Global Radio, parent company of stations such as Classic FM and Capital – took the honorary Gold Award for his contribution to the industry.
Park, who was given his award by golfing legend Colin Montgomerie, told the other winners of the night: “You never forget it for the rest of your life. It’s something to be very proud of.”
Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary Show was named best music programme, and comedienne Isy Suttie took the best comedy programme for Pearl And Dave on Radio 4, which was adapted from her stand-up Edinburgh Fringe show.
Welsh ex-footballer Robbie Savage was among the 5 Live stars who took to the stage to take their prize for UK station of the year from Olympic cyclist Chris Hoy.
Hoy revealed that he had made the recent decision to retire while in Australia with his wife, who accompanied him to the ceremony.
He said: “I knew during that time I had made my mind up. Maintaining that level of performance – it’s not that easy.
“I’m getting a bit older now…These guys I’m racing against, they’re 21, 22.”
The full list of winners from the annual awards ceremony:
* Station of the Year (under 300,000) – KL.FM 96.7
* Best Feature or Documentary – Bruising Silence (BBC Radio 1)
* Best Speech Programme – Witness (BBC World Service)
* Best Competition – Coca-Cola Fan Reporter (talkSPORT)
* Best Music Feature or Documentary – The Story of Ed Sheeran (BBC Radio 1)
* Best Entertainment Programme – The Danny Baker Show (BBC Radio 5 live)
* Best News Current Affairs Programme – BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat (BBC Radio 1)
* Best Promotional/Advertising Campaign – The Gothic Imagination (BBC Radio 4)
* Radio Journalism of the Year – John Humphrys (BBC Radio 4)
* Best Community Programming – Ciaran’s Cause (Real Radio North West)
* Best News Feature or Documentary – The Bombardment of Homs (BBC World Service)
* Best Use of Multiplatform – Radio 1’s Review Show (BBC Radio 1)
* Best Use of Branded Content – The Christian O’Connell Breakfast Show with Wickes (Absolute Radio)
* Best Coverage of a Live Event – London 2012 : The Olympic Paralympic Games (BBC Radio 5 live)
* Special Award – Steve Lamacq
* Sony Golden Headphones Award – Dan Howell and Phil Lester. (BBC Radio 1)
* Best Music Programme – The Dermot O’Leary Show (BBC Radio 2)
* Best Comedy – Isy Suttie: Pearl and Dave (BBC Radio 4)
* Best Drama – The Resistance of Mrs Brown (BBC Radio 4)
* Music Radio Personality of the Year – Christian O’Connell (Absolute Radio)
* Music Radio Broadcaster of the Year – Cerys On 6 (BBC 6 Music)
* Speech Radio Broadcaster of the Year – Eddie Mair (BBC Radio 4)
* Breakfast Show of the Year (under 10 million) – Sam Amy (Gem 106)
* Breakfast Show of the Year (10 million plus) – Today Programme (BBC Radio 4)
* Best Station Imaging – BBC Radio 2
* Best Sports Programme – 5 Live Olympics with Peter Allen and Colin Murray (BBC Radio 5 live)
* Station of the Year (300,000 to 1 million) – BBC Radio Humberside
* Station of the Year (1 million plus) – Metro Radio
* UK Station of the Year – BBC Radio 5 live
* UK Radio Brand of the Year – Classic FM
* Gold Award – Richard Park