Wrexham community radio station Calon FM has been named Radio Academy’s Nations and Regions Station of the Year for Wales 2014 – for the 2nd year running.
The station beat off competition from other radio stations from across Wales to claim the 2014 Nations and Regions Award, which is eligible to station with a listenership of up to 300,000.
The Academy Judge said the “Charming and fun” station “is a great example of local radio delivered with passion and truly in tune with its area”
Calon FM Station Editor Katherine Wade credits the win to the hard work of the stations team of volunteers who offer their time to the station.
She said, “It’s wonderful that smaller community stations are being recognised wit such a prestigious award. It’s great to be able to show our volunteers that all of their hard work has paid off, particularly for a second time.”
“Running the station on such a limited budget is often a real challenge, so it’s humbling to be recognised for our position as a real platform and voice for the community.”
“Thanks to the positive response to the award in 2013, we have partnered with even more local and national organisations so it’s exciting to see what will happen over the next 12 months.”
Broadcast on FM to listeners within five miles of the station, Calon FM has built a following of more than 4,000 listeners worldwide online.
Katherine is one of the only two paid employees of the station, with fellow Station Editor Amy Hughes, working together with over 90 volunteers.
Their bid for the Radio Academy Award involved the submission of a 30-minute package of highlights from the stations programming, plus a summary explanation of the stations activities and achievements.
A spokesperson for the Radio Academy Awards who judged their entry said: “Calon FM is a charming and fun station, serving its audience in a fully inclusive way. Balancing sport, music and community content, this is a great example of local radio delivered with passion and truly in tune with its area.”
Jon Kirby, Smooth Radio Programme Controller for Communicorp UK and Chairman of the 2014 Nations and Regions Awards Judging Panel said: “the overall standard was incredibly high this year within every branch. What leapt out of the entries universally was the passion, dedication and ambition that runs through all of the programming elements and this is what makes the Nations & Regions Awards so very special.”
Calon FM Win Prestigious Radio Award 2013
Wrexham community radio station Calon FM has been named as the best of its kind in Wales in the prestigious Radio Academy Awards.
The station, broadcast from studios at Glyndŵr University, beat off competition from eight other radio stations to claim the 2013 Nations and Regions category for Wales.
Judges for the awards, the biggest in the radio industry, singled out Calon FM’s bilingual output, “clever use of language and colourful story telling” for praise.
Calon FM station editor Amy Hughes said the award had only been made possible by the work of its 80-strong team of volunteers.
She said: “To win with our first ever entry into the Radio Academy awards is really special. There is no bigger accolade in the radio industry but it wouldn’t have been possible without the work of our presenters, who are all volunteers.
“We’re a community radio station which is grant-funded and operates on a limited budget so it’s not easy to keep going but I think this shows just how successful Calon FM has been since we started six years ago.
“We’ve had 350 guests from the community within the last year alone and diverse content output which I think gave us the edge.
“The award is a tremendous boost to Glyndŵr University too, who can now boast providing an opportunity for students to work on an award-winning radio station.”
Broadcast on FM to listeners within five miles of Glyndŵr University’s Wrexham campus, Calon FM has built a following of more than 3,000 listeners worldwide online.
Amy is one of only two paid employees at the station, with fellow station editor Katherine Wade.
Their bid for the Radio Academy Award involved the submission of a 30-minute package of highlights from the station’s programming, plus a summary explanation.
A spokesperson for the Radio Academy Awards who judged their entry said: “Calon FM serves its audience well with its clever use of language and colourful story telling. This is a station with a strong and impressive range of bilingual output from arts through to politics, and some really strong presenters.
“The station is very accessible, stays fun throughout and fulfils one of the best yet simplest straplines – uniting the community. Truly local and interactive, it offers a great service to the area on a budget.”
Director of the Community Media Association, Jaqui Devereux, said: “The Nations & Regions Awards 2013 showcase some of the very best talent in community radio broadcasting from the centre of their communities and, in spite of reduced funding and adverse economic conditions, managing to excel on delivering social gain objectives such as providing access to the media for under-served groups, providing education and training opportunities, and developing and strengthening community links.
“After over ten years on the air, we believe that community radio is maturing and becoming an integral and indispensable part of the broadcast landscape.
“Our sector has found its voice producing confident and innovative programming from and for local communities – and at last this is being recognised.
“The CMA congratulates all participants in the Nations & Regions Awards 2013 for their commitment to passionate grass-roots community broadcasting and we look forward to seeing more community radio winners in 2014.”
Awards in the Nations and Regions category are made to stations with under 300,000 listeners. Calon FM now receives free entry into the national 2014 Radio Academy Awards.