• 2017

    Community Radio Awards teams up with Local Radio Day

    The Community Radio Awards has teamed up with next month’s Local Radio Day as it continues to champion the place of radio in local communities. Community stations already signed up in support of the day include 2016 award recipients Ujima 98fm and Gateway 97.8fm. More than 40 community radio stations from around the UK entered the awards in 2016, with even more expected to put submissions forward this year. Categories for the 2017 awards were announced last month – available at https://communityradioawards.org.uk/award-categories/ – with entries opening in May. Martin Steers, awards chair, said: “Community radio is a shining example of great local broadcasting, and we are proud to support Local…

  • Sharing Best Practice

    Sharing Best Practice – Using Sports Broadcasting to Build Listenership

    By Ian Nockolds (Somer Valley FM) – Gold Award 2017 – Sport Show Building and maintaining an audience is the most fundamental challenge faced by any broadcaster, commercial or community. Forget advertising revenue, what’s the point of creating a body of work if there is no-one to appreciate it? My name is Ian Nockolds and I’ve been involved with community radio for the past ten years. In that time I’ve been able to develop my passion for sport into a successful weekly magazine programme that has delivered real strategic benefits for the station, as well as providing an important resource for the local sporting community. But none of this would have…