The 2008 Hospital Broadcasting Awards will see the introduction of two new categories. For the first time the Unsung Hero Award is being added, aiming to highlight the hard work carried out by volunteers behind the scenes, and The Special Award will recognise an individual, a team or an event.
The Hospital Broadcasting Association’s Yorkshire Regional representative Iain Lee will organise the competition, while the Lincs FM Group’s Director of News and Scunthorpe Hospital Radio member Sean Dunderdale is to produce the award ceremony. Rookwood Sound’s Sybil Fowler and Warwick Corporate Events is providing technical support and staging at the ceremony, taking place at the prestigious Queens Hotel in March next year.
They’ve taken on the challenge after the HBA Vice-Chairman Dave Nicholson decided to hand on the baton, after five successful years.
Sean told RadioToday.co.uk: "We all felt that Dave had done such a magnificent job over the last five years, putting the awards firmly on the map. We felt it would be a shame for them not to happen this year so we were honoured when the HBA invited us to organise the 2008 event."
Iain revealed: "Hospital Radio is unique and it’s right the volunteers across the country are recognised for their tireless work, day-in, day-out. We felt, this year, that it’d be good to also honour those who volunteer away from the microphone perhaps helping in fund-raising, request collecting, anything that happens behind the scenes. In all radio competitions, it’s usually those in-front of the Mic who get the plaudits but in Hospital Radio there’s an equal number of hard-working volunteers working behind the scenes, keeping stations on air. We hope the Unsung Hero category will reflect this invaluable work."
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