Awards haul for Cambridge 105 Radio continues with win at SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards

Community station Cambridge 105 Radio was awarded Gold for Community Business of the Year at the SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards in a virtual ceremony on 29 April 2021.

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It’s a testament to the volunteers’ incredible work in keeping the station on air throughout more than a year of covid-induced disruption, and keeping the local community informed and entertained throughout.

Successes include:

  • April: Gold at SME Cambridgeshire Business Awards
  • March: Volunteer for Cambridge Award from the Mayor
  • December: Five nominations at the Community Radio Awards (Gold: Arts & Creative, Sage Person Over 60; Silver: Live Event or Outside Broadcast of the Year; Bronze for Community show of the Year
  • November: Audio Production Awards, Silver for Live Event or OB

This recognition from multiple sources really brings home the vital service Community 105 Radio continues to provide.

The station has been flooded with messages from listeners saying thanks for being there when their world was being turned upside down. People grieving and alone. Couples apart wanting to hear ‘their song’. People reaching out to loved ones. Throughout, the station has been here for the Cambridge community, making lockdown a little less hard to bear.

“Thank you for keeping the station going whilst we are all locked down!
It’s been a real community lifeline”

Karl and Paul, Town & Gown Pub & Theatre

One highlight was Virtual Strawberry Fair. This well-loved festival was cancelled due to covid-19, leaving thousands of people bereft at missing out on their favourite summer festival. So Cambridge 105 Radio put on an ambitious 12-hour broadcast instead. Over 400 people were involved, from presenters, performers, producers and the amazing engineering team.

“When I look back over this period I’m so proud of what we’ve been able to achieve under such difficult circumstances,” says Cambridge 105 Radio Director Sue Keogh. “The way our amazing engineers made sure we kept broadcasting when the studio was closed due to covid, our truly local focus as a station in everything we do, and the messages of thanks we received from listeners who looked to us to lift their spirits, makes us worthy winners of a Community award like this. It’s what we’re all about.”

About Cambridge 105 Radio

A voluntary, not-for-profit community radio station broadcasting online, on digital and FM to listeners across the city and south Cambridgeshire.