Com­mu­nity ra­dio team strikes gold

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

ACOMMUNITY ra­dio sta­tion has picked up two hon­ours in a na­tional awards cer­e­mony.

The team at Canal­side Ra­dio are cel­e­brat­ing win­ning gold for Best Male Pre­sen­ter and a bronze for the Sage Per­son of the Year at the sec­ond an­nual Com­mu­nity Ra­dio Awards.

They were up against 350 en­tries from 70 com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tions.

Mark Black­man won the gold for 2017 Best Male Pre­sen­ter. Mark now has a pre­re­corded show Kick Up the 80s at the sta­tion.

The Sage award goes to ra­dio sta­tions for their work to in­volve older peo­ple in the com­mu­nity. It went to Trish Napier, from Bolling­ton, who is 68 and does the pop­u­lar reg­gae show.

Sta­tion man­ager Nick Wright said: “The Sage award recog­nises our work to give op­por­tu­ni­ties to older peo­ple in our com­mu­nity and we’re re­ally proud of that. We’ve had two pre­sen­ters in their 90s and it’s fan­tas­tic.

“They were na­tional awards so we’re re­ally pleased to have picked up two. We’ve been beaver­ing away here for 15 years and we’re proud of what we’ve achieved. It’s get­ting harder for com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tions to sur­vive. I think what we do well here is proper train­ing for the peo­ple who work here. We’ve had 14 pre­sen­ters over the years go on to the BBC, TV, com­mer­cial ra­dio and other com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tions.

“Good com­mu­nity ra­dio is about be­ing right at the heart of ev­ery­thing in the com­mu­nity and of­fer­ing some­thing for ev­ery­one, telling peo­ple about events and pro­mot­ing health and well­be­ing, and our mu­sic cov­ers all gen­res.”

The sta­tion has op­er­ated from its canal­side lo­ca­tion at Clarence Mill in Bolling­ton for 15 years and cov­ers res­i­dents across North East Cheshire.

The awards cer­e­mony fol­lowed the 2017 Com­mu­nity Me­dia Con­fer­ence in Bris­tol. A panel of more than 50 judges drawn from the BBC, com­mer­cial ra­dio, com­mu­nity ra­dio and me­dia, and aca­demics se­lected the best programmes and sta­tions.

(Left to right) Nick Wright, sta­tion man­ager of Canal­side Ra­dio, Mar­tin Steers, of the Com­mu­nity Ra­dio Awards, and Gold Award win­ner Mark Black­man

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