Canalside Community Radio in the Station awards 2017 with a Gold for Best Male Presenter and a Bronze for Sage Participant of the Year.

The successes of the UK’s growing not-for-profit radio sector were celebrated at the second annual Community Radio Awards (23 September), with Canalside Radio 102.8FM presented with a Gold Award for 2017 Best Male Presenter – Mark Blackman, and 2017 Sage Person of the Year for Trish Napier.

The announcement was made at a packed awards ceremony following the 2017 Community Media Conference. This year’s conference, which was hosted by 2016 Station of the Year Ujima FM in Bristol, brought together grass roots media organisations owned by and giving voice to communities usually overlooked by mainstream and commercial media.

Bill Best, Community Media Association Operations Manager, says: ‘We’ve had a fantastic day today at the Community Media Conference hearing stories as to how community media from across the World can offer a viable alternative to mainstream and commercial media. A huge diversity of volunteer-supported organisations are empowering the creativity of communities to challenge traditional media formats and tell untold stories. The Community Radio Awards showcase some amazing examples of this community media practice in action.’

Station Manager Nick Wright alongside many of the other hardworking volunteers at the radio station will really cherish not only getting Gold but a Bronze too for the Sage award and the work the Station has done over the years to include elderly residents of North East Cheshire. Canalside Radio still have pride of place for an award in 2011 for work with young people and people with disabilities.

Martin Steers, Community Radio Awards Chair, says: ‘We can’t believe how much these new awards have caught the imagination of the movement of volunteers who are producing fantastic and engaging radio for their communities. What we were really excited by is the increasing energy of their output. It can be a long old haul keeping output going over the long term on very minimal funds, so we’re pleased to see that the sector is not only surviving but thriving, and is increasingly the answer to bringing communities together and serving those who are being left behind by the traditional and mainstream media.’

A panel of over 50 judges drawn from the BBC, commercial radio, community radio and media, and academics selected the best programmes and stations from more than 350 entries from 70 community radio stations.

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Full list of Community Radio Awards 2017 can be found here: