Siren FM, Lincoln’s first community radio station, celebrated scooping the title of East Midlands Station of the Year with a special presentation event, which saw them receive the Nations and Regions Award.
Siren FM, which is based at the University of Lincoln, received the accolade after competing with other radio stations throughout the region.
The award celebrates programming that caters for the needs of a local audience, recognising the passion, commitment and outstanding content of UK local radio.
The competition is judged by a panel of radio industry experts, and as a winning station, Siren FM will now go forward to contend the Station of the Year category at the 2014 Radio Academy Awards – formerly known as the Sony Awards and widely regarded as the “Oscars” of the radio industry.
The celebratory event, hosted at the Siren FM studios on January 24, was attended by Rob Persani, Chair of the East Midlands Radio Academy, who presented Managing Editor Andrew David with an official trophy and congratulated the Lincoln team on its success.
The event hosted Siren FM volunteers, supporters and guests, as well as a number of local dignitaries including the Mayor of Lincoln Councillor Pat Vaughan, the City Sherriff of Lincoln Mrs Patricia Carter, Karl McCartney MP and the University of Lincoln’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Mary Stuart.
Andrew David, Managing Editor at Siren FM, said: “This award means a great deal to the whole team at Siren FM, as it recognises just how far we’ve come since our launch in 2007.
“It is a coming of age moment for the station, which now has a notable reputation that enables us to go up against the best in the UK.
“I don’t think any of us believed we would find ourselves ranked alongside major radio professionals in the region so soon after winning our full time licence. The buzz on the station since hearing the announcement has been electric.”