Highland Perthshire’s local community radio station, Heartland FM, has been shortlisted in the annual national Community Radio Awards.
The station has made the shortlist, which was whittled down from more than 430 entries from stations from every corner of the UK.
The station has picked up nominations in 4 different categories this year: Katherine Liley (Lie-Lay) for Best Female Presenter for her show Celtic Celebrations; Ashley Keenan-Bryce for the Best Newcomer the Radio; Best Outside Broadcast or Live Event, for coverage for the Scottish Parliamentary Election from Bell’s Sports Centre; and the prestigious Station Of The Year award, demonstrating the importance of local radio within Highland Perthshire.
The winners will be revealed in a ceremony at the Coventry Transport Museum, in partnership with Coventry UK City of Culture next month.
Alistair Smith, station manager, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised among a large number of other stations doing great work across the UK.
“For all of us the last year has shown the importance of local communication through all of our platforms and serving our local area. This also gave us the challenge of providing a radio service whilst being advised to work from home. I am delighted that fiddle teacher Katherine Liley has been nominated for female presenter as her commitment to promoting Scottish music, along with her bubbly personality makes a perfect listen.
“Newcomer to radio Ashely Keenan-Bryce has shown amazing commitment to the news team, as she is still in full time study and is certainly one to watch for the future. Our commitment to news has further been recognised with our nomination in the best Outside Broadcast or Live Event when we brought our listeners the result of the Scottish Parliamentary election from the count. To be nominated for station of the year is amazing too, as this instantly means we are recognised as one of the top five community radio stations in the UK.”
Martin Steers, awards chair, said: “As face to face events resume, it’s great to get together and celebrate the hard work of the last 18 months. Many stations have further cemented their essential community role in this time, and it is great to reflect.”
“It is clear to see from this, that passionate presenters, volunteers, and staff are really there for their audiences.”
“We wish Heartland FM good luck and can’t wait to host the ceremony in Coventry next month.”
Reacting to her nomination, Ashleigh Keenan Bryce said: “I was totally blown away to even be nominated for this category and now that I’ve made it to the finalists I’m so happy. This past year has had its challenges but thanks to the help and support of the team here at Heartland I’ve been able to learn and progress in a career I’m really passionate about.
“The great thing about being part of the team here is that everything I do here means something. Anything I do is for a purpose and that pushes me to get better every time.
“I’ll never be able to express my gratitude to my colleagues here especially Ramsay Beattie who has always valued my input and has taught me so much.
Heartland accepted me as a first year journalism student with no radio experience and has been a key part in me achieving my dream job. Community radio is so important for the role that it plays and Highland Perthshire couldn’t ask for a better team than the one at Heartland.”