Sil­ver award for ra­dio sta­tion

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

PRINCE Philip Hospi­tal’s ra­dio sta­tion has been recog­nised with a na­tional award for its cov­er­age of the NHS 70th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in July 2018.

Ra­dio BGM, which broad­casts on­line and in­ter­nally, was be­stowed a sil­ver award in the cat­e­gory for Best Spe­cial Event at this year’s Hospi­tal Ra­dio Awards.

Dur­ing a star-stud­ded event in Stoke-on-Trent, Ra­dio BGM was among some of the best hospi­tal ra­dio sta­tions in the UK to be nom­i­nated.

The na­tional awards are an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of the ex­cel­lent stan­dards found in hospi­tal ra­dio sta­tions across the coun­try.

Or­gan­ised by the Hospi­tal Broad­cast­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and open to any mem­ber sta­tion, the awards are di­vided into dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, each one recog­nis­ing a spe­cific area of ex­cel­lence; some to in­di­vid­u­als and oth­ers to sta­tions.

Cur­rent serv­ing chair­man of Ra­dio BGM, Dave Hur­ford, said: “We are over the moon. This is the first time Ra­dio BGM has won an award and I think it just goes to show how much hard work our vol­un­teers put in for us to be recog­nised on a na­tional stage. A spe­cial thank you must go to them for their tire­less ef­forts.

“The NHS 70th birth­day was a na­tion­wide cel­e­bra­tion that many hospi­tal ra­dio sta­tions up and down the coun­try took part in. The bar was very high for us, but we couldn’t be hap­pier that we have fought off some heavy com­pe­ti­tion to win a sil­ver award for best spe­cial event.”

Speak­ing about Ra­dio BGM’s en­try the award judges de­scribed it as: “just a lovely en­try, an up­lift­ing, gen­tle, warm and well pro­duced piece of ra­dio that we loved”.

Mr Hur­ford added: “We are hop­ing the award and the sta­tus it car­ries will give us a boost as a sta­tion. The past 12 months have not been with­out their chal­lenges, but we are in a great po­si­tion and ready to wel­come new mem­bers.

“We would en­cour­age any­one who wishes to find out more or is in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing for Ra­dio BGM to down­load our brand new mo­bile app or visit us on­line www. ra­diobgm.org.uk”

Dave Hur­ford, chair­man of Ra­dio BGM, left, and head of pro­gram­ming, Gareth Hur­ford.

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