HIGHLAND Perthshire radio station, Heartland FM, broadcasting from studios in Pitlochry, brought home an award in the Community Show of the Year category, at the recent Community Radio Awards.
The station picked up the Silver Award for the The Health and Wellbeing Hour broadcast on Heartland FM, every Wednesday and Saturday.
Station manager, Alistair Smith, and project manager, Bruce Patterson, attended the awards ceremony, now in its third year, at The Memorial Arts Centre Theatre in Barry, South Wales.
Over 150 members from community radio stations across the country attended the awards ceremony, with awards been handed out in 18 categories.
Heartland FM’s entry was for a new initiative, The Health and Wellbeing Hour, which informs the rural community of health service provision, local initiatives and the delivery of health information to the Highland Perthshire community.
Station manager, Alistair Smith, says: “We have been delighted with the support we have been given from local people who have come forward to be interviewed on a wide range of topics, from personal experiences of prostate cancer, social isolation and role of cares and befrienders.
“The inclusion of interviews with experts from NHS Tayside, and leading figures from the Stroke Association, mental health charities and Tourettes Scotland, has been both informative and enlightening for our listeners.
“The award is for the whole Heartland FM team, many volunteers help produce this high volume speech based programme, from arranging interviews to editing audio, making podcasts to adding content to our social media channels, it’s a testament to the whole team who put in many hours each week preparing and presenting shows, which I would like to publicly acknowledge and thank.
“This is also a very exciting time for Heartland FM, as we have just agreed our next three-year business plan, including a multimedia approach to our output with our new listen again service, just launched this week, where ‘listen on demand’ is now part of our ongoing output.”
Alistair Smith – station manger Heartland FM
Office 01796 474040 Mobile 07963 899 550
Heartland FM was the original community-owned radio station started broadcasting on a part-time basis in 1992.
Heartland FM, for the second time, moved to new premises in Pitlochry in 20198, opened by Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP, in October 2018
Attached picture: Bruce Patterson (L) and Alistair Smith (R) Picking up the award.
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