Entries have opened for this year’s National Hospital Radio Awards, with a warning for those taking part that nominations close earlier this year.
The deadline date has been brought forward to November the 15th, enabling the shortlist in each category to be published at the start of the new year.
Lincs FM’s Director of Programme Sean Dunderdale and Iain Lee, the Deputy Chief Executive of the Hospital Broadcasting Association are producing the awards for a seventh year, with the ceremony taking place as part of the HBA Annual Conference in Bristol next March.
It’s the first time in a number of years the event’s been held in the South West and Sean and Iain say they’re hoping for yet another record number of entries.
Last years two new categories, Fundraiser of the Year and Best Programme with Multiple Presenters, will remain – having proved popular last year.
Sean told RadioToday: “Across the country, thousands of volunteers are giving up their time to entertain hospital patients – both on air and off air – and we want to make sure we’re giving all the chance to have their work recognised. We know they don’t do it to win awards, however the awards area real boost, knowing their work is being appreciated. The awards also highlight the fantastic work that is being done by volunteers in our hospitals right across the UK.”
Plans for the awards ceremony itself are also underway. After last year appearing in drag as The Queen in a spoof James Bond/Olympics sketch, Sean’s remaining tight lipped about just what he has up his sleeve (or skirt!) for next years ceremony!
The full list of categories are:
Station of the Year
Male Presenter of the Year
Female Presenter of the Year
Best Programme with Multiple Presenters
Best Specialist Music Programme
Best Special Event
Best Speech Package
Best Station Promo or Trailer
Fundraiser of the Year
The John Whitney Award