Students from Edinburgh’s Student Radio Station, Freshair.org.uk, have been recognised in one of radio’s most prestigious award events.
Supported by BBC Radio 1 and Global Radio, the Student Radio Awards recognise the biggest achievements in Student Radio over the past year and have become a firm fixture in the radio industry calendar.
This year the ceremony was hosted by Radio 1’s Greg James and Capital FM’s Dave Berry, while stars of the radio industry looked on. JLS member Marvin Humes and Radio 1 presenters Scott Mills and Jameela Jamil were among those who presented awards on the night.
Fresh Air’s News Team was nominated for Edinburgh Question Time, in the Best Event or Outside Broadcast category. The live broadcast was the only election hustings prior to the Edinburgh University Student Association election in March 2013.
EdQT saw questions from a live studio audience and listeners at home which led to #EdQt trending on Twitter across the UK.
Speaking following the awards ceremony Calum Macdonald, who presented the outside broadcast and is Head of News at the station said,
“It’s absolutely brilliant to have won a bronze award for Edinburgh Question Time. It was a great programme - we had a live audience of 150 to grill candidates for our Students’ Association elections. As well as that, we had such high interaction on Twitter that we trended in the UK for the duration of the programme.
The News Team worked tirelessly to put the programme on and to give students the chance to ask questions that were important to them. It was a privilege to present the programme and it’s an honour to be placed third in such a respected awards ceremony.”
Calum was also nominated in the same category for his broadcast “Live In My Lounge” which saw him present an hour special from his home in the Isle of Lewis. The programme featured music from local musician Colin Mcleod who has appeared in the same line up as Bruce Springsteen.
This year’s award ceremony, which took place in the Indig02 in London, received over 600 entries across the thirteen categories. The nominations were judged by processionals from across BBC and commercial radio stations including BBC Radio 5Live and Heart FM.
Previous winners of the awards have included Greg James who now presents the BBC Radio 1 drive time programme.