This year’s Community Radio Awards also saw the first national honours awarded.
Launched earlier this year to honour those who have provided outstanding or exceptional service to Community Radio, the process involved a written nomination and additional letters of support from the Community.
Maxine Jones, Honours chair, said: “A role of honour has been a vision for us as directors of the Community radio awards for some time, our aim to recognise those who have made a significant impact in the community radio sector and to say thank you to those who may not usually be recognised.
For the inaugural honours we wanted to acknowledge those not just in stations now, but also those who have worked across the sector in the last few years.
It was great to recognise and celebrate these very deserving people as part of our very successful Community Radio Awards programme.”
The inaugural Honour recipients are:
Audrey Hall for her decades of presenting and producing radio, and for community activity in support of and to increase representation of the black community in Greater Manchester, with most recently being part of the team at AllFM.
Danny Lawrence for his 20 plus years’ service to community radio, at various stations across the country, including the last 15 years at Gateway 97.8, for his services representing and supporting the sector with roles at the CMA, for founding the Radio Hub, and also in the last year supporting stations to give out thousands of free radios to those lonely and isolated.
Graham Laycock for over 50 years of exceptional commitment to Community radio and his outstanding dedication to Brooklands Radio and the volunteers within it.
Nathan Spackman for his significant impact in the development of Bro Radio in Wales, especially illustrated by the station winning station of the year at last year’s awards, but also his continued work at developing and representing the sector, locally in Wales as the founding co chair of the Welsh community radio network and co-founder of the UK Community Radio Network
Soo Williams for her work at Ofcom being instrumental in facilitating the creation of community radio in its current form, and for overseeing it’s implementation until her retirement last year.
Tony Smith for his hard work and dedication over the last 20 plus years launching and running Angel Radio, who support an underserved older audience.
Those receiving an honour were presented with a special trophy and certificate to celebrate and recognise their hard work and dedication to the sector.
The Community Radio Awards honours process will reopen for nominations from the 1st of November.