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National Award for pioneering Wirral Radio Project

Published: 22nd June 2011 12:09

A community radio project based in Wirral and aimed at giving over-50s a voice has won a prestigious national award.

Ken Harper & Gordon Nicholas of Vintage Radio, WirralKen Harper & Gordon Nicholas of Vintage Radio,

Vintage Radio, which broadcasts online from the Birkenhead YMCA and is staffed by older people from all walks of life, scooped the ‘Community Voices' category award at the Technology4Good (T4G) awards.

Volunteers received their award from TV and radio presenter Mariella Frostup during the ceremony at the BT Centre, St Paul's, London.

Gordon Nicholas, Chairman of Vintage Radio, said: "We were overjoyed just to be nominated as a finalist in the ‘Community Voices' category so to be judged the winner from the shortlist of such excellent and worthwhile projects nationally is a real achievement for everyone involved.

"The award will help Vintage Radio further fulfill our aim of catering for a mature audience with a wide range of content selected to appeal to our target audience. We will continue to produce interview-style programmes, allowing people in residential homes and day care centres to share their life experiences, bringing enjoyment to themselves and listeners."

Volunteers from Vintage Radio pictured with host Mariella Frostrup and event sponsorsVolunteers from Vintage Radio pictured with
host Mariella Frostrup and event sponsors

The ‘Community Voices' category, sponsored by the Media Trust and Barclaycard, was one of eight categories contested by 250 nominated projects across the UK. The T4G awards, organised by the charity AbilityNet and BT, celebrate the hard work of charities, businesses and individuals who use digital technologies to help change our communities for the better.

It is the second major award for Vintage Radio. In 2009, after just nine days of broadcasting, the project was recognised in the National Counsel and Care Awards for its portrayal of older people in the media.

Vintage Radio was founded in 2009 with help from Help the Aged, now Age UK, and broadcasts via FM radio for limited periods and also free through the internet at www.vintageradio.org.uk from 9am seven days a week.

Photos by Ray Gibson.



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