• 2019

    2019 Community Radio Awards entries open

    Entries are now open for the fourth UK Community Radio Awards. Volunteers and stations from up and down the country are being urged to enter the best of their output from the past year, and consider those team members deserving of special recognition. Martin Steers, awards chair, said: “I am ecstatic to be launching the fourth year of the Community Radio Awards. Over the last three, we’ve seen some amazing impact and content from the UK’s community radio stations. “What has been most important for me is seeing how the awards have become a part of the Community Radio calendar, and how stations have been using their award wins to…

  • 2018,  Past Gold Entries,  Sharing Best Practice

    2018 Gold Entries

    Here are the Gold entries from the 2018 Community Radio Awards. Community Development Project of the Year – Mets Training – Somer Valley FM Station of the Year – Raidió Fáilte Female Presenter of the Year – Julie Donaldson – Zetland FM Male Presenter of the Year – Mark Jarvis – Erewash Sound Community Show of the Year – Pol.ON –  East Coast FM Live Event of OB of the Year – Local Radio Day 2018 – Wycombe Sound Entertainment Show of the Year –  The Rob L’Esperance Jukebox – Wycombe Sound   Speech & Journalism – The Parents Show – Radio Verulam

  • 2017,  Past Gold Entries,  Sharing Best Practice

    2017 Gold Entries

    Here are the Gold entries from the 2017 Community Radio Awards. Community Development Project of the Year – Mackem Craic – Spark FM Station of the Year – Wycombe Sound   Female Presenter of the Year –  Louise Croombs – TamesideRadio Male Presenter of the Year – Mark Blackman – Wirral Radio and Canalside Radio Community Show of the Year – The Midweek Sportsbar – BCfm Radio Live Event or Outside Broadcast of the Year – Tour de Yorkshire – Drystone Radio Entertainment Show of the Year – The Kieran Poole Sessions – Miskin Radio   Speech and Journalism of the Year – Rough Sleep – Tameside Radio Arts and Creative Radio of the Year – Folkestone Life, A…

  • 2017

    2017 Community Radio Awards Results

    Wycombe Radio 106.6 FM named 2017 Station of the Year at the Community Radio Awards   The successes of the UK’s growing not-for-profit radio sector were celebrated last night at the second annual Community Radio Awards (23 September), as Wycombe Radio 106.6 FM was named Station of The Year 2017.   The award was announced by CRA Chair Martin Steers following the 2017 Community Media Conference, this year hosted by Ujima FM in Bristol, 2016 Station of the Year.   Gold awards in the 17 categories included Radio Wanno from HMP Wandsworth was named best podcast (presented by Upload Radio); Rachel Price of Forces Radio BFBS Northern Ireland named Young…

  • 2017

    Community Radio Awards 2017 – Our Sponsors and Supporters

      Welcomes drinks sponsored by:     Our Supporters for this year’s Awards are: Danny Lawrence from The Radio Hub ‘Always a real pleasure to support the awards. Listening to lots of entries during the judging process we have been amazed at the diverse quality of entrants but most of all the communities you serve’ Daniel Bruce, UK Chief Executive for Internews said, ‘Grassroots community media is one of the most powerful tools for citizen voice and social progress the world over.  We have seen this repeatedly in the more than 100 countries we have worked in.  We’re delighted to support the UK Community Radio Awards this year. Having judged…

  • 2017

    Nominations for the 2017 Community Radio Awards

    The shortlist for the 2017 Community Radio Awards has been revealed. More than 350 entries from 70 community radio stations have been whittled down to form the shortlist, from every corner of the UK. The independent awards evening will follow the Community Media Association’s conference at The Station venue in Bristol, on Saturday September 23 from 6pm. Martin Steers, awards chair, said: “The 2017 Community Radio Awards has been a fantastic process. We have seen an amazing increase in engagement from the sector compared to our first year in 2016. We have just concluded a robust judging process and it’s been great to have seen such a wide range of…

  • 2017

    2017 Submission Entries are open

    The day has finally arrived and we can officially open the submission process for the 2017 Community Radio Awards. The submission site can he found here:  https://communityradioawards.submittable.com/ Details of the categories and the submission requirements can be found here: http://communityradioawards.co.uk/award-categories/ How does it work? Submissions are open from the 19th May and close 5pm 30th June 2017.  You can head to the submission site and follow the instructions to submit your entries either as a station or as an individual from a station. The submissions are £5 per entry, and we aim for that to be accessible for Community Radio, for those stations that want to fund the awards for their…

  • 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…

  • Uncategorized

    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…