Shortlist out for 2019 Hospital Radio Awards

The nominations are out for this year’s Hospital Radio Awards are out ahead of the awards evening in Stoke-on-Trent at the end of March.

Here’s the full list along with a description of each category.

Best Station Promotion
Designed to allow demonstration of delivering an engaging, clear and concise message within a specific time, this entry must be produced and presented by the station. The entry can consist of a promotion or trailer and should convey the message and attract the ear of the listener.

Coventry Hospital Radio – Choose a Request
Hospital Radio Basingstoke – Music on Demand
Hospital Radio Medway – New Website
Hospital Radio Plymouth – Requestline
Radio BGM – Your NHS
Radio Brockley – On The Mend
Radio Clatterbridge – Tatty Bye to Sir Ken Dodd
Radio Glamorgan – We Are Radio Glamorgan
Radio Harrow – The Basement Tapes
Radio Tyneside – The New Radio Tyneside.

Best Specialist Music Programme
Designed to demonstrate the presenter’s expert knowledge of the music in question. Evidence of energy and passion for the genre should be evident to the listener. The entry may also include any content applicable to the programme. For example, an event guide / what’s on feature relating to the show. Entries may include any genre such as jazz, classical, country etc.

BHBN – Music from Stage and Screen
CHBN – The Acoustic Hour
Durham Hospitals Radio – The Sunday Showtunes Showdown
Grampian Hospital Radio – The Touch of Tartan Programme
Hospital Radio Bedside – The Classical Collection
Inverness Hospital Radio – The Sunday Ceilidh
Radio Frimley Park – From Then to Now
Radio Grapevine – Fresh Sounds
Radio Tyneside – Those Fabulous Fifties
Whipps Cross Hospital Radio – Beyond Britain

Best Speech Package
This award is designed to showcase the power of speech through the medium of radio. Entries should be submitted from a single programme or interview. The material must be original, produced and presented by the submitting station.

BHBN – Generation Gains
Durham Hospitals Radio – Bearing It All
Hospital Radio Plymouth – The Tony Rea Interview
Hospital Radio Chelmsford – The Knife and Axe Throwing Cardiologist
Radio Brockley- UCL Open Day
Radio Harrow – Discussing Anxiety
Radio Redhill – London Harness Horse Parade
Radio Tyneside – Organ Donation Week
Rookwood Sound – A hundred years of Rookwood Hospital
Winchester Radio – Hampshire Hospitals NHS Voices

Best Special Event
This award is for a ‘one-off’ programme broadcast by the station. The entry should be a compilation of the programme’s output demonstrating production and presentational quality as well as listener engagement.

Radio Glamorgan – NHS 70
Durham Hospitals Radio – Dog Cafe Birthday
Radio BGM – NHS 70
Radio Brockley – Alpha Sessions, 10th Anniversary
Radio Clatterbridge – Doddy Day – A Celebration of Sir Ken Dodd
Radio Harrow – Local Radio Day
Radio Wishing Well – The Birthplace of the NHS
Radio Cavell – NHS 70
Rookwood Sound – A hundred years of Rookwood Hospital
The Hospital Broadcasting Service – 48 Hour Broadcast for NHS70

Best Newcomer
Designed to celebrate and recognise new talent across the hospital broadcasting community, this award is open to anyone who joined a hospital radio station for the first time during the two years prior to the closing date.

Claire Goldsworthy – CHBN
Zara Shoesmith – CHBN
Tommy Overton – Harrogate Hospital Radio
April Haywood – Hospital Radio Basingstoke
Liam Mandy – Hospital Radio Lynn
Kate Beatty – Radio Brockley
Debra Davies – Radio Grapevine
David Stone – Radio Harrow
Noah Abrahams – Radio Harrow
Chris Nott – Radio Redhill

Best Programme with Multiple Presenters
Recognising that many hospital radio stations have programmes presented by a group of people, this award celebrates the ingredients that make hospital radio unique, such as patient and staff interaction, requests and personality.

Coventry Hospital Radio – Colin and Annette’s Music Set
Harrogate Hospital Radio – Ellie and Cathie’s Pick and Mix
Hospital Radio Bedside – iKidz
Hospital Radio Medway – The Film Show
Hospital Radio Plymouth – Requestline
Radio Harrow – Harrow Today
Radio Glamorgan – The Teenage Cancer Trust Takeover
Rookwood Sound – The Flagship Show
Rookwood Sound- Paul and Sybil
The Hospital Broadcasting Service- Long Lunch

Best Male Presenter
Designed to accurately demonstrate the diversity of presentation skills and awareness of, and engagement with, the audience. Entries should showcase a variety of subject and style. Passion, energy and personality should be evident to the listener.

Mark Webster – CHBN
Andrew Colby – Coventry Hospital Radio
Dan Sambell – Coventry Hospital Radio
Julian Singh – Hospital Radio Bedside
Andrew Hill – Hospital Radio Plymouth
Rajiv Hasan – Nottingham Hospitals Radio
Byron Brain – Radio Glamorgan
Ross Coutts – Radio Grapevine
George Reed – Radio Hillingdon
Tony Sloan – Radio Tyneside

Best Female Presenter
Designed to accurately demonstrate the diversity of presentation skills and awareness of, and engagement with, the audience. Entries should showcase a variety of subject and style. Passion, energy and personality should be evident to the listener.

Philippa Clarkin – BHBN
Donna Joseph – BHBN
Dawn Finnigan – Durham Hospitals Radio
Eileen Thompson – Durham Hospitals Radio
Christine Rowley – Hospital Radio Basingstoke
Carrie Ingram-Gettings – Hospital Radio Lynn
Julie Caston – Nottingham Hospitals Radio
Sarika Unadkat – Radio Harrow
Tamsin Robson – Radio Tyneside
Lesley Jennings – Rookwood Sound.

Station of the Year
This Award showcases the best of hospital radio. From the interaction with station listeners to the delivery of an engaging station output. Submission is limited to a maximum 15-minute stand-alone documentary-style recording, featuring extracts from your station output. The entry should give the judges an insight into your station, station volunteers, hospital(s) broadcast to, and the style of presentation and programme content.

Durham Hospitals Radio
Hospital Radio Basingstoke
Hospital Radio Chelmsford
Hospital Radio Plymouth
Radio Brockley
Radio Glamorgan
Radio Harrow
Radio Redhill
Radio Tyneside

Categories Without Shortlists
There are some categories where the HBA awards a single prize and where a shortlist is not released. These categories are:

The John Witney Award
The award celebrates an outstanding contribution, by an individual, to Hospital Radio over a period of years and is open to anyone working in hospital radio. The nomination should explain why the candidate has made a real and long-lasting impact. The candidate may be drawn from the broadcasting arena but may equally be found from a technical or administrative background. They may have worked for single or multiple stations over the years.

Recognising Innovation across Hospital Radio
Designed to recognise those behind the scenes, this award celebrates pushing the boundaries, using innovative, novel or pioneering ideas. This award is open to all across the various roles hospital broadcasting organisations may have. Technical to administrative, fundraising to Trust or Board engagement – this award celebrates achieving a goal using new and inspiring techniques.

The shortlists for the HBA’s showpiece event were announced by HBA Patron Alan Dedicoat just after midnight on New Year’s Day.