Volunteers rewarded for their efforts at community station

21/4/11   CS''Express FM volunteer awards at the Spinnaker Tower, pictured L-R is Liam Howes 18 and Jason Webster 24 who present the Drive Home won the Best Newcomer and Audience Recognition awards''Picture: Paul Jacobs (111426-4)
21/4/11 CS''Express FM volunteer awards at the Spinnaker Tower, pictured L-R is Liam Howes 18 and Jason Webster 24 who present the Drive Home won the Best Newcomer and Audience Recognition awards''Picture: Paul Jacobs (111426-4)
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DEDICATED volunteers at a community radio station were rewarded at an awards ceremony.

Those who devote their spare time to helping make Portsmouth-based Express FM a continued success were recognised for their efforts during the event at the Spinnaker Tower.

The annual awards were also a chance to celebrate the station’s fifth birthday.

Express FM, which broadcasts on 93.7FM, is set to run for another five years after being granted a new five-year lease recently.

Station director Cheryl Buggy said: ‘For this event we have focused on the volunteers because we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without them.

‘They fill the air waves for us every week, and they always turn up, even if there’s a power cut or it’s snowing.

‘We started off in two second hand studios in an office the size of a cupboard.

‘Now we’ve got a lot more space and we have filled that already. we have about 100 active volunteers and 42 different shows a week. It’s fantastic.’

THE AWARDS

Best Specialist Speech-Based Show

Winner: Chris Perry for Age Concerns

Also nominated: James Williams for Men’s Matters, Elaine Crinion for Write On

V Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Lia Evans

Also nominated: Bernie McIver, Jack Preston

Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Matt Farmer

Also nominated: Liam Howes, Terry Powell

Best Entertainment Show

Winner: Ian McGuiness for Saturday Breakfast

Also nominated: Russell and Fowler, Mark Greenwood for Sunday Breakfast

Five Years Service Award

For someone who has volunteered with Express FM since its launch in 2006

Winner: Geoff Dorset

Audience Recognition Award

Winnner: Liam Howe and Jason Webster for The Big Drive Home

Best Newcomer

Winner: Liam Howe and Jason Webster for The Big Drive Home

Also nominated: Dan Windel, Radio Battenburg

Best Presenter

Winner: Shep Woolley

Also nominated: Miles Henson, Geoff Peters

Best Production

Winner: The Pompey Live Production Team

Also nominated: Ellie West Thomas for her work on Write On, Matt Farmer for his work on radio soap Conway Street

Best Specialist Music Show

Winner: Hipshaker

Also nominated: Charles Haskell for the Country Music Show, D.I.Y.