Shortlist for 2020 Community Radio Awards Announced

The shortlist for the 2020 Community Radio Awards has been announced.

Across a wide variety of specialisms and topics, a shortlisting in the awards is recognition of a commitment to community, craft and causes.

More than 460 entries have been whittled down to five per category.

Awards Chair Martin Steers said: “This year has been a challenge for the sector, with studio lockdowns, loss of income and cancelled events. However, community radio stations have responded by stepping up engagement with their local communities, with more programming and innovative presenters across the country broadcasting from home.

“We are excited to announce that this year’s awards have more entries than ever before. The quality of the entries continues to grow, and the judges are always blown away by the output, engagement, entertainment, and social gain that the sector produces.

“It is clear to see from this, that passionate presenters, volunteers, and staff are really there for their audiences. These local radio stations are truly at the heart of their communities.”

The awards ceremony is taking place virtually this year, on 12th December – wherever you are. Streamed on our YouTube and our Facebook page from 7pm, follow along and get involved in the chat, and on social media with #CRAs2020.

Community Development Project of the Year

  • The #Lovebus - Andover Radio
  • Occupy The Airwaves: 2020 – Phonic FM
  • The Radio Plus Community Advent Calendar 2019 - Radio Plus
  • A Space to Speak Your Mind - Source FM
  • The Vectis Radio 4Ps Radio Training School - Vectis Radio

Station of the Year sponsored by PlayoutOne

  • Bro Radio
  • Express FM
  • MônFM
  • Pride Radio
  • Raidió Fáilte

Female Presenter of the Year

  • Fiona McNeill - Dunoon Community Radio
  • Gemma-Leigh James (Gemza) - Marlow FM
  • Priya Matharu - Switch Radio
  • Pippa Sawyer - Wycombe Sound
  • Julie Donaldson - Zetland FM

Male Presenter of the Year

  • Luis Wyatt - Andover Radio
  • Chris Kaye - BFBS Catterick
  • Tom Lamb - Erewash Sound
  • Lee Roe - Ribble FM
  • Rob L’Esperance - Wycombe Sound

Community Show of the Year

  • Radio: Impact! - Cambridge 105 Radio
  • VE Day Party - Gateway 97.8
  • Trevor Blackman Now - Maritime Radio
  • The For Women By Women Show - Vectis Radio
  • The Vectis Radio 4Ps Training School Documentary - Vectis Radio

Live Event or Outside Broadcast of the Year sponsored by InQuality

  • Virtual Strawberry Fair - Cambridge 105 Radio
  • Memories Bus - Gateway 97.8
  • Northern Pride Festival 2019 - Pride Radio
  • Day trip for elderly people - Radio Verulam
  • Surrey Fire And Rescue Service Open Day - Susy Radio

Entertainment Show of the Year

  • Coffee and Tea - Gateway 97.8
  • Drive with Emma Millen – Spark
  • Vibe Breakfast - Vibe 107.6 FM
  • Morning Plus with Ollie Darvill - Erewash Sound
  • Amelia Slaughter - Marlow FM

Speech & Journalism of the Year

  • When a community rallies round - after the radio station broke the story - Black Cat Radio
  • Community rallies round as cemetery memorial is vandalised - Black Cat Radio
  • Basildon Question Time - Gateway 97.8
  • Meet The Smugglers - Radio LaB 97.1fm
  • ‘He’s Just A Cleaner’ – Spark

Arts & Creative Radio of the Year sponsored by the Audio Content Fund

  • Virtual Strawberry Fair - Cambridge 105 Radio
  • The Luncarty Lockdown - Heartland FM
  • A Fete Worse Than Death - Somer Valley FM
  • David Jay’s Remembrance Sunday programme - Susy Radio
  • Mulch - A Tale of Allotment Folk (Soap Opera) - Warminster Community Radio

Specialist Music Show of the Year

  • Country In My Veins - Ali Donowho - Alive Radio
  • It’s Showtime with Ryan & Jodana - Bro Radio
  • Community Keyboards with Ian Wolstenholme - Oldham Community Radio
  • The Vintage Show with Liz Catlow - Ribble FM
  • Priya Matharu - Switch Radio

Sports Show of the Year

  • Richard Wyeth - Sports Show - BFBS Aldershot
  • Bro Radio’s Saturday Sport - Bro Radio
  • NLive Sports Show - NLive Radio
  • Verulam Sport - Radio Verulam
  • Switch Radio Sport - Switch Radio

Volunteer of the Year

  • Kevin Rennie - Alive Radio
  • Stephen Spencer - Ipswich Community Radio
  • Alex Airnes - K107fm
  • Steve Fox - Red Kite Radio
  • Kelvin Currie - Vectis Radio

Young Person of the Year (under 25)

  • Luis Wyatt - Andover Radio
  • Johnny Jenkins - Gateway 97.8
  • Yanis Kerampran - Ipswich Community Radio
  • Lucy Ashburner - Marlow FM
  • Jake Hunter - Radio Ninesprings

Sage Person (Over 60)

  • Moz Walsh – ALLFM
  • Liz Mullen - BFBS Colchester
  • Tony Barnfield - Cambridge 105 Radio
  • Rob Bayly - Somer Valley FM
  • Paul Blitz - Winchester Radio

Newcomer (new to radio in last 12 months) sponsored by The Radio Hub

  • Claire Hamilton - Drystone Radio
  • Angie B - Marlow FM
  • Kate Walker - Red Kite Radio
  • Isabel Ellis - Ribble FM
  • Benjy Potter - Vibe 107.6 FM

Innovation Award

  • Live under lockdown! - Cambridge 105 Radio
  • We created the board game, called ‘Our Time and Place…Halifax’ - Phoenix Fm
  • COBS - A Complete Outside Broadcast System - Radio Verulam
  • Switch Radio’s News Hub - Switch Radio
  • The Vectis Radio 4ps Vectis Radio Training School - Vectis Radio

Podcast

  • RAINBOW DADS - Stories of Gay and Bi Dads - Chelmsford Community Radio
  • Primrose and Terry: in the shed - Radio LaB 97.1FM
  • FEM2020 – Spark
  • LockDown Reflections - Ujima Radio
  • Kids in Quarantine Podcast - Chelmsford Community Radio

Digital or RSL Station Of The Year

  • Maidstone Radio
  • Ocean Youth
  • Radio Ysbyty Gwynedd
  • Riverside Radio
  • Swansbrook Radio

Special Coverage: 2019 General Elections Coverage

  • Election Coverage 2019 #BrumVotes - Switch Radio
  • All Out Election - Gateway 97.8
  • The South West Wiltshire Interviews - Warminster Community Radio
  • General Election Coverage - Wycombe Sound
  • General Election Hustings - Bro Radio