Edinburgh Students Scoop Four Nominations at National Radio Awards.

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Edinburgh Students Scoop Four Nominations at National Radio Awards.

Students at the University of Edinburgh’s radio station, FreshAir, are celebrating after receiving four nominations in the UK Student Radio Awards.

Supported by BBC Radio 1 and Global Radio the awards had over 600 entries this year and celebrate the best of student radio, providing a launch pad for many future radio stars.

FreshAir Radio’s marketing and station sound have been recognised in the nominations list alongside six other UK radio stations.

Amongst the nominations is also a Best Male nomination for fourth year politics student Calum Macdonald.

Past winners of the prestigious Best Male award include BBC Radio 1 drive time presenter, Greg James.

After being nominated, Calum said:

“I am absolutely astounded. To be nominated out of an incredible number of entries is just brilliant. I love radio and have done for years, which led to us starting a radio station at Charleston Academy in Inverness.”

“I’ve had so many great opportunities since becoming involved in FreshAir three years ago. The focus is always to make great radio for the audience - to even be nominated for this prestigious and respected an award is incredible. Thursday 6th November will be a great night, whatever the outcome.”

The station’s news team have also been recognised with a double nomination. Their outside broadcast live from the Scottish Parliament on the day the White Paper on Scottish Independence was published featured a “doorstep” interview with First Minister Alex Salmond and a range of guests from student politicians to MSPs and academic experts.

Their EdQT broadcast – a debate programme between candidates in Students’ Association elections – is also nominated. EdQT won bronze in last year’s awards.

Station Manager Emma Glicher said:

“I’m proud and excited that the SRA have recognised the hard work, skills and enthusiasm of our great team at Freshair.”

“We cannot wait to head to London for the awards ceremony.”

Now the countdown is on to the Awards night, this year being held at London’s O2 Arena on Thursday 6th November.


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