‘Charming’ nostalgia station wins top honour

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COMMUNITY station Angel Radio has won a prestigious award.

Tony Smith, founder of the station, was presented with the South of England trophy in the Radio Academy’s 2014 Nations and Regions Awards.

The station, in Market Parade, Havant, only plays vintage music with a target audience of people aged 65 and over.

Many of the programmes are presented and produced by those aged in their 70s and 80s. Angel’s oldest presenter is currently 92 years old.

Judges said Angel was a charming mix of ‘fun, nostalgia and practical support for its listeners’.

Tony said: ‘This award proves that as a radio station we punch well above our weight when it comes to providing relevant, uplifting and engaging radio for older people. It is also evidence of our ability to provide a viable and popular local radio service that is better than many other commercial stations.’

Broadcast regulator Ofcom will decide by March 2015 if the station can take over the Breeze FM licence.