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Hospital Radio Awards 2015 – winners list

by RadioToday UK
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The winners of the Hospital Radio Awards 2015 have been announced over the weekend at an event near Newcastle.

Radio Tyneside took home three Gold awards whilst Hospital Radio Plymouth were awarded two, including Station of the Year. Take a look at the full list of Gold winners below, and for Silver, bronze and runner ups, click here.

Station of the Year: Hospital Radio Plymouth

The judges said: “Very professional – a real showcase. A true reflection. We loved the interaction at local events. A great range of speech shows, OBs and specialist music. Packed a lot in, and it was good to hear so much content which relates directly to the hospital.”

Male Presenter of the Year: Rhodri Buttrick, Hospital Radio Reading

The judges said: “Rhodri loved being there – infectious, funny, interesting and engaging. There’s no doubt he will chear-up patients!”

Female Presenter of the Year: Asha Jhummu, Hospital Radio Chelmsford

The judges said: “Asha is cheeky, friendly and fun!. A good pace to the links, and great confidence. You could tell Asha listens to ever word a caller says. And what a touch to actually go and see a patient who sounded down!”

Special Event: The Great North Run 2014, the One Millionth Runner, Radio Tyneside Network

The judges said: “Different presenters in different locations covering different aspects of the start of the Great North Run made this an interesting, atmospheric, at times humourous, quick-paced programme with good continuity. The cleverness in not trying to cover the whole race meant that the presentation could be planned. The presenters also used words very well to describe what they were seeing, which greatly helped the listener.”

Best Speech Package: The Fairly Truthful Guide to Geordie, Radio Tyneside Network

The judges said: “This is simple radio, but beautifully done. Excellently told and good use of sound effects. Outstanding. Very impressive editing, soundscaping and humour. Loved teh knowledge, and particularly liked the subversion of Casablanca. Brilliantly executed.”

Best Newcomer: Joe Pilbrow, Radio Cherwell

The judges said: “Joe is relaxed, confident, in control and, as listeners, we really trusted him. A nice turn of phrase, good with children.” Radio Cherwell also won three other awards, and Programme Controller Ian Pinnell told RadioToday: “It was a great night for the station. ‘This was the first time Joe, Roy, Susie and Alison had entered the Hospital Radio awards, and the first time they had been to a ceremony like this. It’s great that they’ve come home with some cracking awards, and is a real testament to the talent that Hospital radio volunteers hold across the UK.”

Best Specialist Music Programme: The Geordie Hour, Radio Tyneside Network

The judges said: “Great presentation style and content. Outstanding. Local radio could learn a lot from this show. Wonderful idea, executed with warmth and humour. Entertaining, engaging, and a joy to listen to.”

Station Promotion: Whipps Cross Zoo, Whipps Cross Hospital Radio

The judges said: “Some of the listeners were an absolute gift for this promo! An amusing promo that met its brief.”

The John Whitney Award: Ted Hanson MBE, Radio Horton

“Ted is a former journalist who, back in 1964, had teh idea to create a hospital radio station in the local area. It meant a year of detailed planning, buying equipment and admin. Since then, Ted has devoted most of his life to Radio Horton. Ted played an integral part in the station’s recent 50th anniversary celebrations, with a special programme from the care home where he now resides. He’s described as an inspiration and, despite deteriorating health is still held in teh highest regard by all who know him.”

Best Programme with Multiple Presenters: Dave Warren and Christine Rowley, Hospital Radio Basingstoke

The judges said: “Good to create talking points and to involve the listeners too. Great to get out-and-about on the wards – this really made the presenters feel involved and with the requests. Nice clear and precise voices.”

Fundraiser of the Year: John Gerrans, Hospital Radio Plymouth

“John joined HR Plymouth in 2013, and has been instrumental in bringing in vital funds ever since – even taking part in his own sponsored walk. His tireless efforts have seen collections talking place in all major supermarkets. Everyone at the station says he’s quickly become a vital asset, often stepping-in at short notice to help arrange of take-over events if required. He’s a credit to all those fundraising volunteers across the country.”

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