• Alex Smith

UEA's award winning student radio station?

Everyone likes an award. Whether it was a sticker for doing your homework in Primary School, or something a bit bigger, it’s always nice to be recognised for doing something well. As a station, Livewire has grown massively over the past couple of years, and it’s been great to be recognised for it. In 2014, some of our shows won Bronze and Silver at the National Student Radio Awards for the first time (we think!) for nearly a decade, and in 2016, as a station we won a Gold award for the first time since Greg James (remember him?) did back in 2005.

Last night, the nominations for the 2017 award ceremony were announced, and I am thrilled to say that Livewire SMASHED IT! Our six nominations are the most we’ve received in a single year for as long as we can remember, so to say we’re pleased is a bit of an understatement!

Our podcast series The Take managed three nominations by itself, for Best Speech Programming, Best Journalistic Programming and Best Multiplatform initiative. Masterminded last year by our current Head and Speech and Factual Will Shears, but made possible by the dozens of members who contributed or helped to produce, film, edit or present, it’s great to see the work our members recognised after a relatively short period of time!

Next, our Head of Live Events Eleanor Martin managed a nomination for Best Newcomer, having joined Livewire as a (probably slightly nervous) Fresher last year. Eleanor got massively involved straight from-the-off last year, so we’re thrilled that she’s been nominated!

And finally, Livewire as a station received two nominations. First, for Best Station Branding, after the absolutely phenomenal job last year’s Head of Visualisation Tom Rees did in rebranding our station from head to toe, and giving us a brand that we can all be very proud of. Then, the big one. Best Station.

Best. Bloody. Station.

To be nominated in this category, against so many other stations, is FANTASTIC. Livewire’s committee and members have all been working towards something exceptional, and it looks like we might just have managed it!

I am SO proud of Livewire and where we’ve got to. The awards ceremony isn’t for another month or so, so but I’m already counting down the days until we get to the indigO2 to consume many bevs and find out if we’ve won.

Is this year’s SRAs going to Livewire’s year? Please, judges, please.


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