University radio station named finalist for National Radio Awards

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Radio LaB, the on-campus community radio station at the University of Bedfordshire, has been announced as a finalist in three categories of the 2022 Annual National Community Radio Awards.

The station made the shortlist, which was narrowed down from nearly 400 entries submitted across all categories by stations from all over the UK.

Radio play by student Jose Goncalves’Fight fear with hope‘ was nominated in the ‘Speech and Journalism of the Year’ category, while the former station manager and radio and sound graduate, Toby Crabb, was shortlisted for “Young Person of the Year”.

Next to that, Radio LaBLuton’s Collaborative Audio Project with Luton Council to help encourage young people in the city to get vaccinated – #CovidConversations – was nominated in the ‘Covid and Community Rebuild’ category.

Terry Lee, senior radio and audio tutor and coordinator of Radio LaB, said: “We had a fantastic year at Radio LaB, with some amazing highlights. The three awards we are shortlisted for each tell a different story – our close ties to university courses such as Journalism, the work we enjoy with developing young talent like Toby, and the community engagement projects we run with university players such as Luton Council. I am so proud of all the students involved in the station. Fingers crossed that we can bring back a bronze, silver or gold medal on the A6 or M1 in November!

This positive news comes after a fictional pandemic-inspired audio drama created by a group of Bedfordshire students won first prize at the 2021 Community Radio Awards – marking the third year in a row that the University’s radio productions have achieved gold at these notable awards.

The 2022 winners will be revealed at a ceremony in Bedford on November 19, with the evening ceremony following the Community Radio Conference hosted by the UK Community Radio Network.

Martin Steers, Chairman of the Community Radio Awards, said: “It has been another great year for community radio across the UK, entertaining, informing and engaging local communities – the real purpose of local radio stations. As always, this has been a great challenge for our judges from across the industry, as the quality of entries is better than ever. It is a true testimony of all that community radios do in their region.

“We wish Radio LaB well and look forward to hosting the ceremony in Bedford next month.”

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