Entries now open for 2018 Community Radio Awards

Entries are now open for the third 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: “We had more than 350 entries from 70 stations last year, and I am constantly amazed by the breadth and depth of broadcasting from the UK’s community radio stations.

“The awards provide an opportunity for sharing of best practice, developing ideas, and most of all, recognising the great impact community radio has on its local communities.”

Philippa Sawyer, programme director at Wycombe Sound, last year’s station of the year, says the award has had a truly positive impact on the team.

“Being ‘Station of the Year’ is a fantastic accolade and I recommend all stations aim for it.  It forces you to take a close look at all of your output and to think about everything the station does on-air and off.   It’s great to focus on all the good work we do in our sector, and be proud of it.”

For more information and to enter head to https://communityradioawards.org.uk/award-categories/


How does it work?

Submissions are open from the 9th May and close 5pm 18h June 2018.  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 volunteers or for those volunteers who are happy and able to pay themselves.


Who should enter?

The awards have been designed so that stations and individuals from stations can submit as many entries into any of the categories as they like. We are do not want to limit stations as to how many submissions they can make, and we are happy for stations to administer it how they wish. Some stations may send out the information to their presenters & volunteers or some may decide to centrally organise and submit entries in one go. We want everyone who is involved in community radio to feel in a position to enter, and we hope that there is a category for everyone with our awards.

Entries will be checked and sorted in July when the judging process starts. A shortlist of 5 for each category will be produced and published prior to the ceremony.

The certificates will be awarded at an evening event at Sheffield Hallam University, at a venue opposite the Community Media Association’s conference, on September 15.