The successes of the UK's growing not-for-profit radio sector were celebrated at the second annual Community Radio Awards on 23rd September.
The award was announced by Community Radio Awards Chair Martin Steers following the 2017 Community Media Conference. This year's Conference, which was hosted by 2016 Station of the Year Ujima FM in Bristol, brought together grassroots media organisations who give voice to communities usually overlooked by mainstream and commercial media. Bill Best, Operations Manager, Community Media Association says: ”We've had a fantastic day today at the Community Media Conference hearing stories as to how community ownership of media from across the world can offer a viable alternative to mainstream and commercial media. A huge diversity of volunteer-supported organisations are empowering the creativity of communities to challenge traditional media formats and tell untold stories. The Community Radio Awards showcase some amazing examples of this community media practice in action.”
Community Radio Awards Chair, Martin Steers, says:
“We can't believe how much these new awards have caught the imagination of the movement of volunteers who are producing fantastic and engaging radio for their communities. What we were really excited by is the increasing energy of their output. It can be a long old haul keeping output going over the long term on very minimal funds, so we're pleased to see that the sector is not only surviving but thriving, and is increasingly the answer to bringing communities together and serving those who are being left behind by the traditional and mainstream media.”
A panel of over 50 judges drawn from the BBC, commercial radio, community radio and media, and academics selected the best programmes and stations from more than 350 entries from 70 community radio stations. The Community Development Project of the Year was presented by Hannah Parry, Deputy Chair of the Community Media Association and A Present from the Past from Phoenix FM Halifax received the Silver Award.
The Announcer called the station,
“another leading light in community broadcasting.”