Local stations dominate nationwide awards ceremony at Birmingham

A Real Radio: the Roberts R707 portable radio receiver. Image by Adam Foster, 2012 (Creative Commons License – Some Rights Reserved).

For the volunteers at Oldham Community Radio, Tameside Radio, and Pure 107.9 FM (Stockport), it was a memorable night at the Community Radio Awards. The award ceremony, the first of its kind for British community radio stations took place at Birmingham City University.

The first award to be announced was for Community Development Project of the Year. That went to Pure 107.9 FM for the One Voice Community Development Project who took the Gold honours. They also clinched the Gold award for the Specialist Music Show of the Year. This for Rory Auskerry’s programme, The Route 66 Radio Show. Picking up Bronze Honours in the same category was Oldham Community Radio for Sounds of Folk.

The station, based in Mumps Bridge also won the Gold award for Speech and Journalism of the Year. This was for the station’s long-running Chance To Meet series presented by David McGealy. The episode that clinched the top honours featured Bryn Hughes, father of the late PC Nicola Hughes.

There was double joy for Tameside Radio presenter Louise Croombs, the face of the station’s morning programmes. She was awarded the Silver award for Volunteer of the Year. Her second silver award was for Female Presenter of the Year.

Under the Technical Achievement of the Year category, Tameside Radio’s Charlotte Peacock got a Bronze Award for her design of the station’s Outside Broadcast Kit. With the Pennine foothills a challenge in the station’s transmission service area, the need for reliable kit is important.

Community Radio Awards 2016: Overall Winners

  • Community Development Project: Pure 107.8 FM, Stockport (One Voice);
  • Live Event or Outside Broadcast: WCR, Wolverhampton (General Election Debate);
  • Entertainment Show of the Year: Point FM, Rhyl (The BIGGEST Afternoon Radio Show on the North Wales Coast);
  • Speech and Journalism of the Year: Oldham Community Radio (A Chance To Meet: Bryn Hughes, father of the late PC Nicola Hughes);
  • Arts and Creative Radio of the Year: Spark FM, Sunderland (ArtyParti);
  • Specialist Music Show of the Year: Pure 107.8 FM, Stockport (The Route 66 Radio Show);
  • Sports Show of the Year: Somer Valley FM, Midsomer Norton.
  • Marketing and Station Sound of the Year: Drystone Radio, Skipton;
  • Volunteer of the Year: Barry Mole (WCR, Wolverhampton);
  • Young Person of the Year: Lee Churchyard (Academy FM 105.9, Folkestone);
  • Technical Achievement: Switch Radio, Birmingham (BrumDAB Small Scale DAB);
  • Innovation Award: Academy FM 105.9 (The Folkestone Status);
  • Community Show: East Coast FM, East Lothian (The School Bell);
  • Female Presenter of the Year: Primrose Granville (Ujima Radio, Bristol);
  • Male Presenter of the Year: Ben Ellis (Switch Radio, Birmingham);
  • Station of the Year: Ujima Radio, Bristol.

S.V., 10 September 2016.


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