Shortlist revealed for the Community Radio Awards 2021

The nominations are out for this year’s Community Radio Awards ahead of an in-person awards evening planned for Coventry in October.

Here’s the full list; Congratulations to all!

Community Development Project of the Year

Business Watch – Academy FM Thanet
Hate Crime – Raising awareness within the Chinese community – allfm
On The Radio – Gateway 97.8
A Space to Speak your Mind – SourceFM
The 4PS Radio Training School – Vectis Radio

Station of the Year – Sponsored by PlayoutOne

Heartland FM
Pride Radio
Sheppey FM
Switch Radio
Vectis Radio

Female Presenter of the Year

Katherine Liley – Heartland FM
Suzie "Sparkles" Stevens – LCR FM
Angie Burns – Marlow FM
Amelia Slaughter – Marlow FM
Lynn Briggs – Uckfield FM

Male Presenter of the Year

Lewis Bowden – BFBS Catterick
Ste Greenall – Black Cat Radio
Luke Wallwork – Liverpool Community Radio
Kev Lawrence – PCR103.2FM
Jonny Chambers – Pride Radio

Community Show of the Year

Christmas Day Radio Festival of Carols and Readings – Black Country Radio
City Talk – Nita Jhummu and Brian McGovern – Chelmsford Community Radio
The Kev Lawrence Breakfast Show – PCR103.2FM
A Space to Speak your Mind – SourceFM
Switch Radio's Christmas Crackers – Switch Radio

Live Event or Outside Broadcast of the Year – Sponsored by In:Quality

Scottish Parliamentary Elections 2021 – Heartland FM
The Marlow Christmas Drive-In – Marlow FM
Peterborough's Drive-in Firework Spectacular – PCR103.2FM
The Falmouth Remembrance Service – SourceFM
The Carol Concert – In a Car park – Vectis Radio

Entertainment Show of the Year

Natasha Reneaux Entertainment Show – BFBS Aldershot
Lewis Bowden's Afternoon Show – BFBS Catterick
Afternoon Delight with John Leivers – NLive Radio
Switch Radio's Christmas Crackers – Switch Radio
The Virtual Warminster Carnival – Warminster Community Radio

Speech & Journalism of the Year – Sponsored by RadioToday

One Voice Radio Series: Chinese life in Britain – allfm
Dad raises funds for Mental Health charity MIND, in memory of his son – Black Cat Radio
Cambridge Companions – Cambridge 105 Radio
When The Drugs Didn't Work – Pride Radio
Down on the Farm – Spark Sunderland

Arts & Creative Radio of the Year – Sponsored by the Audio Content Fund

Camelot – Chelmsford Community Radio
Ghost Stories for Christmas – Maritime Radio 96.5FM
On Track In Greensand County – Radio LaB 97.1FM
Beginning Of The End – Radio LaB 97.1FM
The Spooky Hour, by The Saturday Writers and Jonathan Pagden – Wycombe Sound

Specialist Music Show of the Year

Around the World – Lisburn’s 98FM
The Power Playlist – Maritime Radio 96.5FM
The Rock Shop with Michelle Livings – Marlow FM
Fresh Sounds – River Radio
Dance Revolution Chart of the Year 2020 – Spark Sunderland

Sports Show of the Year

Daily Life with Rajani – Awaz FM
105 Sport Special – Cambridge 105 Radio
K107 Saturday Sports Show – K107FM
Sports+ – Purbeck Coast FM
The Radio Verulam Local Football Show – Radio Verulam

Volunteer of the Year

Kevin Ridgeon – Andover Radio
Andy Rankine – Drystone Radio
Geoff Rogers – Susy Radio
Dan George – Voice FM Radio
Nigel Dallard – Winchester Radio

Young Person of the Year (under 25)

Finley Ratnett – Bradley Stoke Radio
Daisy Barker – Chelmsford Community Radio
Lewis Allsopp – Erewash Sound
Yanis Kerampran – Ipswich Community Radio
Aimee Cordwell – Sheppey FM

Sage Person (Over 60)

Moz Walsh – allfm
Frankie Rae – Purbeck Coast FM
Lynn Briggs – Uckfield FM
Kelvin Currie – Vectis Radio
Susie Mathis – Wythenshawe FM

Newcomer (new to radio in last 12 months) – Sponsored by The Radio Hub

Flight Sergeant James Bruce – BFBS Brize Norton
Amelia Salmons – Erewash Sound
Ashleigh Kennan-Bryce – Heartland FM
Craig Mitchell – K107FM
Edan Gaskell – Marlow FM

Innovation Award – Sponsored by Maxxwave

12 Communities One Bristol – BCfm Radio
The Marlow FM Mobile App – Marlow FM
A Space to Speak your Mind – SourceFM
Roberts Lockdown Story – The 4Ps Training School – Vectis Radio
Short Breaks in Lockdown – The 4Ps Training School – Vectis Radio


12 Communities One Bristol – BCfm Radio
Rough Diamonds: True Colours – DWS Audio
ECDP Radio with Nita Jhummu – Essex Cultural Diversity Project
Soundlife Podcast – Ocean Youth Radio
The Alfred Daily Podcast – This is Alfred

Digital or RSL Station of The Year

East Leeds FM
Ocean Youth Radio
Petersfield's Shine Radio
Radio Wanno – HMP Wandsworth
Radio Ysbyty Gwynedd

Covid and Community Response

Covid Response – BFBS Aldershot
Coronavirus Update – Gateway 97.8
Hidden Heroes, Marlow's Quiet Night In, and more – Marlow FM
Switch Radio's Big Show! – Switch Radio
Witney Radio's Community Matters – Witney Radio

Awards chair Martin Steers said: “The breadth and depth of entries never ceases to amaze, and yet again our judging panel from across the industry has had some tough choices to make.

“After a difficult year, our sector has been ever more important in its communities, and giving teams a well deserved opportunity to celebrate is key.”

Phil Johnson, chief sales and support officer at headline sponsor PlayoutOne said: "We are delighted once again to play a major part in the Community Radio Awards.

“After so much industry consolidation, the future of local broadcasting here in the UK firmly rests with teams of volunteers that day in and day out, give their time freely to staff stations such as those that we will honour at this year’s ceremony.

“The awards are here to not just celebrate best practise, but to share it. All the support team at PlayoutOne can’t wait to join you on this momentous evening.”

The awards take place on October 23, at the Coventry Transport Museum and tickets are available now.