(Radio Glamorgan Press Release: Monday 31st March 2014)
Radio Glamorgan has struck gold at the National Hospital Broadcasting Association Awards, the most prestigious event in the hospital radio calendar.
The station, which serves the University Hospital of Wales Cardiff 24 hours a day seven days a week, won a hat-trick of awards – two gold and one silver – at a gala celebration held in Bristol to honour the excellent standards found in hospital radio stations across the country.
Radio Glamorgan received nine nominations in total – more than any other hospital radio station in the UK. The station’s award-winners were as follows:
- Mark Wright won the Gold Award in the Best Newcomer category.
- Nic Clarke and the Daydreamers won the Gold Award for Best Programme with Multiple Presenters.
- Radio Glamorgan won the Silver Award for Best Station Promotion.
Commenting on his gold award for Best Newcomer Mark Wright said:
“It’s a huge honour to win the Gold Award in the Best Newcomer category. There was some stiff competition. I try to do a show that celebrates the smaller things in life. If I can bring a smile to the listener then I have done my job.
“Radio Glamorgan has a wonderful team of volunteers dedicated to making a patient’s stay just that little bit easier. The feedback we get from patients and visitors is what motivates us to produce entertaining radio week in, week out. To have this acknowledged on a national stage is tremendous.”
Radio Glamorgan Trustee and Secretary Nic Clarke, who hosts the Radio Daydream show, said:
“We were delighted to have been short-listed for the award for Best Programme with Multiple Presenters but to win it is absolutely amazing. The Daydream show is a real team effort with everyone contributing and delivering their part for the enjoyment of all our listeners. We all have so much fun producing the show; each week we hope to bring a smile to the faces of people when they are in hospital.”
Radio Glamorgan Programme Controller Jamie Pritchard, who compiled the Station Promotion entry together with Laura Best, said:
“The fact we’ve brought three national awards back to our studio in Cardiff is fantastic. Gold awards for Mark Wright and Nic and his team in their respective categories recognises the hard work they put in both during their shows and prior to stepping into the studio. Our station promotion entry which won a Silver Award features Laura Best who was nominated in the Best Newcomer Category. This award recognises Laura’s hard work and co-operation since joining Radio Glamorgan in April 2013.
“Overall the nine award nominations we received has helped put Radio Glamorgan on the map. I’m so pleased by all the hard work all our volunteers put in. The celebrations will continue for a while although we’re already looking forward to entering the 2015 awards!”
Radio Glamorgan Chairwoman Clare Sinclair said:
“The awards recognise the hard work Mark, Nic, Jamie, Laura and all our award nominees and volunteers put in throughout the year. Everyone at Radio Glamorgan strives to ensure patients’ stay at the University Hospital of Wales is as pleasant as it can be. The awards come at an exciting time for the station – our studio is currently being refurbished, we went online last November and our service was recently expanded internally within the hospital. There’s a lot going on at Radio Glamorgan at the moment so it’s great that the work of our volunteers is being recognised on a national level.”
(For more information please contact John Gilheaney at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07456 659782)
Radio Glamorgan can be heard online via the website at http://www.radioglamorgan.com or by searching “Radio Glamorgan” on the TuneIn app, which is available on most smartphone devices. We’ve been available to hear online since November 2013 and we are officially one of the Top 10 hospital radio stations in the UK.
The full list of nine nominations Radio Glamorgan received in the HBA Awards 2014 were as follows:
Station of the Year.
Male Presenter of the year: Andrew Jones.
Special Event: Remembering the War Insole Court.
Best speech Package: Hospital Harmony.
Best newcomer: Laura Best. Mark Wright.
Best specialist music programme: Graham Canning’s Rock ‘n’ Rolling.
Best Programme with multiple presenters: Nic Clarke and the Daydreamers.