Marlow FM has picked up a top accolade at this year’s Community Radio Awards. The station won gold for its response to the coronavirus pandemic, which included running the Hidden Heroes awards and broadcasting the Marlow’s Quiet Night In fundraising event.
Marlow FM walked away with a total of four awards, more than any other community radio station in the country. In addition to the gold mentioned above, The Marlow Christmas Drive-In won silver in the outside broadcast category, The Rock Shop with Michelle Livings took silver for specialist music programme, and Amelia Slaughter won bronze for female presenter.
The station and its presenters had received a total of seven nominations, with presenters Angie Burns and Edan Gaskell and Marlow FM’s new mobile phone app also in the running for awards.
The ceremony took place on Saturday 23 October at the Coventry Transport Museum, as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations. More than 430 entries from stations around the UK were whittled down to five per category.
Graham Duthie, managing director of Marlow FM, said: “What an achievement – our first ever gold, and the most awards! We’re a very small station, from quite a small town, but we like to think we pack a punch. A huge thank you to everyone at the Community Radio Awards, all our hardworking volunteers, but most of all our listeners.”
In a video played at the start of the awards, Nadine Dorries, Secretary of State for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, mentioned Marlow FM when commenting on the huge variety of nominees.