Moray Firth Radio again among the prizes

INVERNESS-based radio station, Moray Firth Radio, has netted a presenter’s prize at an awards ceremony celebrating the best of commercial radio.

At the Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards, held last night, the station’s ‘Knoxy’ won the Radio Presenter of the Year category for a small station which broadcasts to a population below 300,000.

Last month, the station was the winner of a Sony Radio Academy gold medal, as best radio station serving a population up to 300,000.

Yesterday’s ceremony was particularly good for LBC talkshow host, Nick Ferrari, and Bauer Media – which operates a number of radio stations in Scotland, including Clyde, Forth and Moray Firth Radio.

Ferrari, who missed out at the Sony Radio Academy Awards despite receiving five nominations, won two awards. Bauer Media, meanwhile, won a total of five awards, including Station of the Year (broadcasting to a potential audience of more than one million people) for Hallam FM in South Yorkshire and the North Midlands.

Moray Firth Radio had been also nominated as ‘UK Local Commercial Radio Station of the Year’ and ‘Specialist Presenter of the Year’ categories, the latter for Marion Scott.

The full list of winners reads:

Commercial radio feature of the year

The Afghan Diaries – On the Front Line (Radio City 96.7)

Commercial radio special programme of the year

Ali Booker’s Cancer Diaries (Oxfordshire’s 106 JACKfm)

Commercial radio specialist programme of the year

Friday Night Sport Show with Bill & Ben (102.5 Radio Pembrokeshire)

Commercial radio social action initiative award

Real Radio Websafe (Real Radio North West)

Breakfast show of the year

Nick Ferrari at Breakfast (LBC 97.3)

Commercial radio schools radio award

Pudsey Grangefield School

Most played UK artist on commercial radio

Take That

Commercial radio marketing award

Get Me to the Church on Time 2 (Hallam FM)

Local sales team of the year

The Bay Sales Team

National sales team of the year


Commercial radio technical innovation award

Global Radio RadioVIS System – Global Radio Creativity Technology Team

Commercial radio station imaging award

Oxfordshire’s 106 JACKfm

Commercial radio journalist/news team of the year

Real Radio North West News Team

Commercial radio programmer of the year

Clive Dickens (Absolute Radio)

Commercial radio newcomer of the year

Lucy Jones (107.6 Banbury Sound)

Commercial radio presenter of the year (small – broadcasting to a population below 300,000)

Knoxy (Moray Firth Radio [MFR])

Commercial radio presenter of the year (mid – broadcasting to between 300,000 and one million)

Rich Williams (96.3 Radio Aire)

Commercial radio presenter of the year (large – broadcasting to more than one million)

Geoff Lloyd (Absolute Radio)

Special Award – Lifetime Achievement Award

John Perkins

Special Award – The RadioCentre Chairman’s Award

Lisa Kerr

Special Award – The Arqiva Gold Award

Nick Ferrari (LBC 97.3)

Commercial radio digital station of the year


Commercial radio station of the year (small)

106.4 Andover Sound

Commercial radio station of the year (mid)

The Bay

Commercial radio station of the year (large)

Hallam FM