Richard Kell Pride Radio

A radio station broadcasting from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear has beaten more than 400 stations around the UK to be named Community Radio Station of the Year.

The Community Radio Awards are a celebration of the very best in the UK’s community radio sector, with winners recognised in a number of categories such as Male and Female Presenter of the Year, Community Show of the Year and Entertainment Show of the Year.

Taking the overall title of Station of the Year for 2021, Pride Radio is the first LGBTQ+ network to receive the prestigious award.

The station was announced as the winner at a ceremony in Coventry this month (23 October).

Pride Radio broadcasts from studios in Pride Media Centre – the UK’s first LGBTQ+ business and media hub.

It has been broadcasting for more than ten years and in that time has built a global audience both within the LGBTQ+ community and with their allies.

Martin Steer, Chair of the Community Radio Awards, praised the network for its community spirit and professionalism.

He said: “Pride Radio has really gone all out to position itself with its volunteers at the heart of the community with enjoyable, energetic and engaging results.

“Their professionalism really shone through.”

Pride Radio – which can be found on 89.2FM along with online and via an app - will also soon be launching on DAB in the North East of England.

Richard Kell, Pride Radio Station Director, said it was a fantastic testament to the hard work of everyone involved.

“We are absolutely delighted to be named Community Radio Station of the Year,” he said.

“This is a huge honour not just for the station itself but for our amazing presenters and volunteers who make Pride Radio so unique.”

Key Takeaways: 

- The full list of winners for the 2021 Community Radio Awards is listed here: https://communityradioawards.org.uk/2021-community-radio-awards-recognise-the-best-of-the-nation/ 

- Pride Radio broadcasts on 89.2FM from Pride Media Centre, the UK's first LGBTQ+ business and media hub: https://www.pridemediacentre.co.uk/ 

- Read our interview with Pride Media Centre CEO, Peter Darrant-Parkes, over on the UMi platform: https://www.weareumi.co.uk/news/sectors/creative-media/putting-pride-in-your-business 

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