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.’
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
Winner: Liam Howe and Jason Webster for The Big Drive Home
Also nominated: Dan Windel, Radio Battenburg
Winner: Shep Woolley
Also nominated: Miles Henson, Geoff Peters
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
Also nominated: Charles Haskell for the Country Music Show, D.I.Y.