2017 Award Categories

Here is the full submission and judging criteria for the 2017 Community Radio Awards.

For all entries must be from Ofcom licensed community radio stations (apart from the exceptions listed below), each entry is £5 and must be paid before the entry will be submitted.

All submission lengths and counts given are maximum. Material used in the submission must have been broadcast after June 2016.

Submissions will open the 19th May and close 5pm 30th June.

Community Development Project of the Year

Social gain and community development is at the heart of what makes community radio unique, and great for the communities they are part of and serve.

This award is designed to showcase those stations that run fantastic projects dealing with community issues. The projects don’t have to be on air, but the station has to be the main organiser.

Examples could include training projects, fundraising campaigns with other organisations, community activity days or projects and stations that run community facilities such as museums and cafes.

Audio: 5 minutes

PDF: 4 pages of text, graphics and photos.

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Outcome and impact of project
  3. Identification and engagement of target community and its needs
  4. Planning and ambition of the project
  5. Delivery of project

Station of the Year

This award is designed to showcase the station that has all the essential ingredients that make informative and engaging community radio for its target community.

We want to see a mix of everything the station is doing on and off air, with a balanced audio and written submission, explaining what your target community is and what you do to deliver to that community. Some stations may choose to take highlights and extracts from other category entries and work those pieces together to create an overall picture of the station.

Audio: 15 minutes

PDF: 6 pages of text, graphics and photos

(NOTE: 1 entry per station)

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Identification and engagement of target community and its needs
  3. Benefit and impact for the target community on air and off air
  4. Supporting and developing station members, staff and volunteers
  5. Good quality on air programming that caters and works for the target community

Female Presenter of the Year

This award is designed to showcase those female presenters that are delivering great quality shows and programming for their stations, that really engage with their audience, no matter what the subject, context or type of show.

Audio: 5 minutes

Words: 600

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Identification of the target audience and engagement with that audience
  3. Passion and energy
  4. Personality and character
  5. Presentation skills

Male Presenter of the Year

This award is designed to showcase those male presenters that are delivering great quality shows and programming for their stations, that really engage with their audience, no matter what the subject, context or type of show.

Audio: 5 minutes

Words: 600

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Identification of the target audience and engagement with that audience
  3. Passion and energy
  4. Personality and character
  5. Presentation skills

Community Show of the Year

This award features programmes which promote community organisations, events and activities – from one- off shows to regular features.

Audio: 5 minutes

Words:  600

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Identification of need and the target community
  3. Engagement of the target community
  4. Impact of show on the community
  5. Presentation within the show

Live Event or Outside Broadcast of the Year

This award is designed to feature coverage of special events either hosted by the station or outside broadcasts. Events could be community, political, sports or just very special or unique. We want to hear how your coverage brought the event alive to the listeners and made it unique.

Audio: 5 minutes

PDF: 3 pages of text, graphics and photos.

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Identification of need and the target community
  3. Planning of the programme or event
  4. Delivery of the programme or event
  5. Impact of the programme of event

Entertainment Show of the Year

This award is designed to showcase those shows that really engage and entertain their audience. No matter the time of day or what else is going on, the Entertainment Show has to cut through and really capture and engage with listeners.

Audio: 5 minutes

Words: 600

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Identification of the target audience and engagement with that audience
  3. Passion and energy
  4. Personality and character
  5. Presentation skills

Speech & Journalism of the Year

This award is designed to showcase those shows or content that delivers informative and engaging journalism to their audience. Examples may include news teams producing regular and in depth bulletins, an incisive interview that holds someone to account or is inspirational, and breaking news that significantly contributes to the public’s understanding of what is going on.

Audio: 5 minutes

Words: 800

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Identification of the target audience and engagement with that audience
  3. The treatment of the subject matter
  4. The telling of the ‘story’ of the subject matter
  5. Presentation skills

Arts & Creative Radio of the Year

This award highlights those shows or creative content that is artistic in nature, from drama to soundscapes or that use radio as the medium to entertain, to educate, or to inform the audience about creative audio.

Audio: 5 minutes

Words: 600

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Identification of the target audience and engagement with that audience
  3. Passion and energy for the subject
  4. Personality and character
  5. Presentation skills

Specialist Music Show of the Year

This award is designed to showcase those shows and presenters that have a real passion and knowledge for their music. This might be a specific genre of music or a different approach to something more mainstream as well as shows dedicated to promoting local, unsigned or live music.

Audio: 5 minutes

Words: 600

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Identification of the target audience and engagement with that audience
  3. Passion and energy for the subject
  4. Personality and character
  5. Presentation skills

Sports Show of the Year

This award is to showcase those shows that take pride in community sport, from live coverage of sports matches or events, to coverage of niche sports that are underrepresented in the mainstream media.

Audio: 5 minutes

Words: 600

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Identification of the target audience and engagement with that audience
  3. Passion and energy for the subject
  4. Personality and character
  5. Presentation skills

Volunteer of the Year

This award showcases that volunteer at your station who really goes above and beyond the call of duty. It doesn’t have to be about the hours, it’s about the energy and their contribution. In a sector where the majority involved are volunteers, this award is for those that are an example and inspiration to all.

We recommend that station management nominate someone on their behalf.

Words: 700

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Impact or benefit for the station
  3. Passion and energy
  4. A positive example or role model for those at the station
  5. Going above and beyond for the station and those involved

Young Person of the Year (under 25)

This award is designed to showcase those young people who are passionate about radio whose work positively impacts on those around them and their listeners.

We recommend that station management nominate someone on their behalf.

Audio: 5 minutes

Words: 600

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Impact or benefit for the station
  3. Passion and energy
  4. A positive example or role model for those at the station
  5. Someone who regardless of their age has great skill or potential

Sage Person (Over 60)

This award is designed to showcase older people who are passionate about radio whose work positively impacts on those around them and their listeners.

We recommend that station management nominate someone on their behalf.

Audio: 5 minutes

Words: 600

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Impact or benefit for the station
  3. Passion and energy
  4. A positive example or role model for those at the station
  5. Someone who regardless of their age has great skill or potential

Newcomer (new to radio in last 12 months)

This award is designed to showcase the best of up and coming talent, regardless of age or ability. The nominee could be doing any role within the radio station but must be new to the radio industry within the last 12 months.

We recommend that station management nominate someone on their behalf.

Audio: 5 minutes

Words: 600

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Impact or benefit for the station
  3. Passion and energy
  4. A positive example or role model for those at the station
  5. Someone who regardless of their age has great skill or potential

Innovation Award

This award is designed to showcase those stations that have tried, succeeded and are proud of something that they have achieved that’s unique and innovative to community radio. From studios of all shapes and sizes in creative places and new technical developments, or innovative funding, income streams or entrepreneurial business practices, to truly unique and inspiring social gain or community development projects.

If this award category receives a large amount of entries it may get split into the following sub categories:

* Technical

* Social Gain / Community Development

* Entrepreneurial / Business Practice

PDF: 4 pages of text, graphics and photos.

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Identification and engagement of target community and the need
  3. Outcome and impact of innovation
  4. Planning and delivery
  5. Uniqueness of idea and the approach to solving the need

The following awards are open to community media organisations that do not hold an Ofcom licence but will be accepted if they are members of the Community Media Association.

Podcast

This award is designed to showcase the best in on demand and podcast content. They should be stand alone serial programmes of any genre or format. These podcasts should not just be ‘listen again’ shows, although ‘listen again’ with extra content will count.

Audio: 5 minutes

Words: 600

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Identification of the target audience and engagement with that audience
  3. Passion and energy
  4. Personality and character
  5. Presentation skills

Community Radio Station (non-licenced)

This award is designed to showcase those stations that are not broadcasting as an Ofcom-licensed community radio station, but still have all the essential ingredients to deliver useful, informative and engaging community radio for their target communities.

This could be an Internet-only radio station, SSDAB, Local DAB, or RSL station.

Audio: 10 minutes

PDF: 4 pages of text, graphics and photos

(NOTE: 1 entry per station)

Your submission will be considered against the following five points

  1. Presentation and quality of entry
  2. Identification and engagement of target community and its needs
  3. Benefit and impact for the target community on air and off air
  4. Supporting and developing station members, staff and volunteers
  5. Good quality on air programming that caters and works for the target community