Radio LaB celebrates double success at the Community Radio Awards

Mon 06 November, 2023
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Radio LaB – the ƹƵ of ƹƵ’s on-campus community radio station – scooped two silver awards at the Community Radio Awards (CRAs), recognising a ƹƵbroadcast to celebrate the ƹƵ’s Varsity competition success.

was awarded ‘Silver’ in two categories – ‘Sports Show of the Year’ and ‘Live Event or Outside Broadcast of the Year’ – for their coverage of Varsity 2023, which saw ƹƵ triumph over rivals ƹƵ of Northampton.

This year’s Varsity event saw 11 sporting fixtures take place with matches including volleyball, football, and archery taking centre stage for the exciting day – all culminating in ƹƵ’s first Varsity win since 2019.

During a nine-hour broadcast and a result of months of planning before the big day, the ƹƵteam kept listeners up to date with all the action from the occasion, which was held at the ƹƵ’s Bedford campus back in March.

Speaking about this impressive win, second-year Radio & Audio student, Joel Atkinson, said: “We’re so pleased to have won ‘Silver’ in two categories this year. The team worked incredibly hard on Varsity to deliver a nine-hour broadcast with teams based in the Luton studio and on-location in Bedford.

“We used techniques that big broadcasters would use to bring the event to life for those who couldn't be there, even incorporating ƹƵ of Northampton journalism students. Many of us aspire to work in the radio industry so it was important and amazing to be able to use the skills we are learning in classes. We’re really proud of ourselves.”

Terry Lee, Senior Tutor in Radio & Audio and co-ordinator of Radio LaB, added: “Receiving external, national recognition for their radio work is a huge confidence boost for our students. At Radio LaB we work to professional standards, encouraging our radio & journalism students to incorporate their learning into their practice. Broadcasts such as this and the acknowledgement of their efforts from the , will be invaluable to them in their graduate journeys.”

Following this win, Radio LaB is looking to add to its ever-expanding trophy cabinet with a nomination for ‘Best Sports Programming’ at the Student Radio Awards, to be held in London on 14th November.

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