3rd December 2013, 2:33pm
Siren FM named as East Midlands Radio Station of the Year
Andrew David, Siren FM Lincoln’s first community radio station has been recognised for programming excellence by the Radio Academy after being named East Midlands Station of the Year in the acclaimed Nations and Regions Awards.

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.

Commenting on the success of Siren FM in the East Midlands, the Radio Academy judges said: “Siren FM is a really ambitious and creatively interesting station. They’re doing something different but in their own way and are firmly rooted in their community. A mix of local experiences and stories with global themes – relating the world to Lincolnshire and vice versa. This entry displayed a great range of voices and topics on air as well as a great mix of youth, heritage, diversity and local history.”

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.”

Half of the winning entries in this year’s Nations and Regions Awards are community radio stations, and the Community Media Association is celebrating the success of the format, stating that “community radio is maturing and becoming an integral and indispensable part of the broadcast landscape. Our sector has found its voice producing confident and innovative programming from and for local communities – and at last this is being recognised!”

Siren FM has been broadcasting across Lincolnshire for more than six years. It aims to serve the young people and communities of the greater Lincoln area, and as part of the University of Lincoln campus, it is a valuable source of new media talent and training for the radio industry.

The Siren FM team will attend the Radio Academy Awards in 2014, where they will discover if they have been successful in the Station of the Year (under 1 million listeners) category. For more information, visit www.radioacademy.org and to listen to Siren FM, go to www.sirenonline.co.uk or tune in to 107.3FM.
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