A volunteer-run charity has won two National Hospital Radio Awards for its coverage and contribution to the community.
The annual National Hospital Radio Awards are organized by a national charity, the Hospital Broadcasting Association, and judged by media and radio professionals working in the broadcasting industry and senior NHS staff.
The 2022 awards took place online on Bank Holiday Monday in August and saw Winchester Radio take home two awards and be shortlisted for two further categories.
The charity won silver in the ‘Best Special Event’ category for broadcast by community station ‘Winchester Carols on the Doorstep’. Meanwhile, volunteer administrator and chief engineer Paul Blitz received the John Whitney Outstanding Contribution Award.
The local station was also in the top 10 of the “Best Speech Package” and the “Best Station Promotion”.
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Award winner Paul Blitz said: “When I was persuaded to help design and build Winchester Hospital Radio’s first studios in the 1980s, I had no idea that 38 years later I would would always be so involved!
“I’m very lucky to have always enjoyed ‘getting the technical stuff working’, something that is so essential to running a radio station, especially a charity hospital/community radio station, where the money is always tight! So it’s a very pleasant surprise to be recognized by the hospital audio community with the John Whitney Award.
Winchester Radio President Anna O’Brien added: “Paul is very community-minded, enthusiastic and hardworking.
“He is simply one of life’s unsung heroes. He never fusses or seeks recognition – he just takes care of whatever needs to be done. He has and continues to have a real impact on Winchester Radio, and we are extremely grateful to Paul. for everything he does.
The awards event showcases stations and volunteers across the UK hospital radio, health and wellbeing sector who exemplify high standards of broadcasting and engagement with their audiences.
Winchester Radio’s silver medal for ‘Best Special Event’ was for its December 2020 broadcast of Winchester Carols on the Doorstep, where local townspeople and villagers gathered with their families at their doorsteps to sing Christmas carols with patients from the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.
The judges of the awards said it was: “a great community initiative that brought people together through the power of radio. Really interesting and instructive.
Anna O’Brien said: “The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the importance of community spirit and how we can support each other in times of need – to stay connected, uplift people and help reduce loneliness and frustration. social isolation.
“Our participation in the Carols on the Doorstep initiative was suggested to us by listeners at the Badger Farm Community Centre’s Chat-Tea Café.
“We thought it was a great idea, and it was wonderful that so many local neighborhoods, community groups and churches got involved in what was a truly local, memorable and participatory event. At a time when many felt anxious and depressed, this shared community experience brought comfort, fun and a sense of togetherness.
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Winchester Radio has provided a volunteer-run hospital radio service for patients at Royal Hampshire County Hospital for 38 years. Since 2019, the local charity has also provided a community radio service for older people in Winchester and surrounding villages on 94.7FM.
This year’s success follows two wins for the station at the 2021 National Awards when Winchester Radio received the ‘Recognising Innovation Across Hospital Radio Award’ for its health and wellness broadcast and the Gold Award for one of its presenters.
To learn more about the awards, go to hbauk.com/member/awards-page/winners-2022.
Winchester Radio aims to support people aged 50 and over, to promote what is happening locally as well as community activities that people can get involved in, to direct people to health, charity and support services they might need and to help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.
For more information, visit winchester.radio/.
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