NOT for the first time – including last year – the Inverness-based radio station, Moray Firth Radio, has been named the ‘best small radio station’ in Scotland.
The accolade comes from The Radio Academy and the station will now go forward to compete for the small station title, UK-wide.
It will be up against KL.FM 96.7 (East Anglia), Siren FM (East Midlands), National Prison Radio (London and South East), 102 Touch FM (Midlands), Sun FM (North East), Manx Radio (North West), Raidió Fáilte 107.1fm (Northern Ireland), Isle of Wight Radio (South), Somer Valley FM (South West), Calon FM (Wales), and BCB 106.6fm (Yorkshire).
Says The Radio Academy: “The aim of these awards is to celebrate programming that caters for the needs of a local audience, recognising the passion, commitment and outstanding content of UK local radio.
“The winning stations will now go forward into the Station of the Year (under one million) category at the 2014 Radio Academy Awards.”
Head of The Radio Academy Nations and Regions judging panel, Jon Kirby, programme controller, Real and Smooth Ltd, is quoted, as saying: “The standard of entries this year was superb right across the board, and in several cases the judges debated long and hard over their final decision. Each region has a worthy winner but there were many other entries that gave those winners a real run for their money. Overall, the judges were hugely impressed with the passion, dedication and expertise displayed in each winning entry and how well each station served its target audience.”