Community Radio Awards return to recognise sector

Community Radio Awards return to recognise sector

The Community Radio Awards are returning in 2017, to continue to recognise achievement and dedication in the sector.

A hefty 235 entries from over 45 stations were received last year, with more than 50 nominees recognised at an awards evening in Birmingham.

Once again, the results will be announced at an event in September, with full entry criteria released in April and award submissions opening in May.

The process remains accessible, priced just at £5 per entry, and entries can be submitted either by stations or individuals. Stations are free to submit as many applications as they wish across multiple categories.

Based on feedback from entrants and a group of advisors, several categories have been revised or updated, to add clarity and better represent community radio.

There are also two wholly new categories – one dedicated to non-licenced community radio stations, and another for podcasts.

Martin Steers, awards chair, said: “It was fantastic to see such a great response from the industry in our first year, and we’re already looking forward to a bigger and better awards process.

“We’d love to see more community radio stations involved, and we’re keen that the sector can continue to celebrate the fantastic work undertaken.”

2017 Categories

Community Development Project

Social gain and community development is at the heart of what makes community radio unique, and great for the communities they are part of and serve.

This award is designed to showcase those stations that run fantastic projects dealing with community issues. The projects don’t have to be on air, but the station has to be the main organiser.

Station

This award is designed to showcase the station that has all the essential ingredients that makes to deliver useful, informative and engaging community radio for its target community.

Male Presenter

This award is designed to showcase those great male presenters that are delivering great quality shows and programming for their stations, that really engage with their audience, no matter what the subject, context or type of show.

Female Presenter

This award is designed to showcase those great female presenters that are delivering great quality shows and programming for their stations, that really engage with their audience, no matter what the subject, context or type of show.

Community Show

This award is designed to showcase those shows on air to promote community organisations, events and activities, from one of shows to regular features, it can also include those shows that are put together by groups from those separate community organisations to promote their work or activity.

Live Event or Outside Broadcast

This award is designed to showcase coverage of those special events be them hosted by the station or seeing the station out and about with their coverage. Events could be community, political, sports or just very special or unique, we want to hear how your coverage brought it alive to the listeners and made it unique.

Entertainment Show

This award is designed to showcase those shows that really engage with their audience to entertain their audience. no matter the time of day or what’s going on, the entertainment show has to cut through and really capture and engage with their audience.

Speech & Journalism

This award is designed to showcase those shows or content that delivers informative and engaging journalism and speech programming to their audience. From the news teams that produces regular and in depth bulletins, that cutting interview that holds to accounts or inspires to that breaking news show that was the best or only coverage of what was going on.

Arts & Creative Radio

This award is designed to showcase those shows or creative content that is either artistic in nature, from drama to soundscape or that use radio as the medium to express, educate or inform the audience about art and the creative arts.

Specialist Music Show

This award is designed to showcase those shows and presenters that have a real passion for their music, be it a unique genre of music or a different approach to something more mainstream, or shows dedicated to promoting local, unsigned or live music.

Sports Show

This award is to showcase those shows that take pride in community sport, from live coverage from sporting matches or events, to coverage of sports that are underrepresented in the mainstream media and niche sports.

Volunteer

This award is designed to showcase that volunteer at your station that really goes above and beyond. It doesn’t have to be about the hours, it’s about the energy and their contribution. In a sector where the majority involved are volunteers, this is for that those that are an example and inspiration to all.

We recommend that station management nominate someone on their behalf.

Young Person (Under 25)

This award is designed to showcase those young people who are passionate about radio, and those who will go on to have a great impact in radio no matter what sector or role they have.

We recommend that station management nominate someone on their behalf.

New and updated for this year

Sage Person (Over 60)

This award is designed to showcase older and more mature people who are passionate about radio, and those who will go on to have a great impact in radio no matter what sector or role they have.

We recommend that station management nominate someone on their behalf.

Newcomer (new to radio in last 12 months)

This award is designed to showcase the best of up and coming talent, regardless of age or ability. They could be doing any role within the radio station but must be new to the radio industry within the last 12 months.

We recommend that station management nominate someone on their behalf.

Innovation Award

This award is designed to showcase those stations that have tried, succeeded and are proud of something that they have done that’s unique and innovative for community radio. From studios of all shapes and sizes in creative places and new technical developments, or innovative funding, income streams or entrepreneurial business practices, to truly unique and great social gain or community development projects.

If this award category receives a large amount of entries it may get split into the following sub categories:

* Technical

* Social Gain / Community Development

* Entrepreneurial / Business Practice

New to this year as well are two categories that are open to any community media organisation.

Community media organisations who do not hold an Ofcom license will be accepted if they are members of the Community Media Association.

Podcast

This award is designed to showcase the best in on demand and podcast content, they should be stand alone programmes of any genre or format, and something that is more than a single show (These podcasts should not just be listen again, although listen again with extra content can count).

Community Radio Station (non-licenced)

This award is designed to showcase those stations that are not broadcasting as an Ofcom licensed Community Radio Station, but still have all the essential ingredients to deliver useful, informative and engaging community radio for their target communities.

This could be an internet only radio station, SSDAB, Local DAB, or RSL station)