Swanage-based radio station scoops silver at national awards

Community radio station, Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM on Swanage Pier, has achieved recognition in the prestigious 2021 Community Radio Awards, less than three years since its launch.

Its sports programme, Sports+ won the silver award at the ceremony at the Coventry Transport Museum, in partnership with Coventry UK City of Culture.

The awards, opened by Nadine Dorries, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, took place on Saturday 23rd October 2021.

Community Radio Awards 2021
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Sports Show of the Year silver award

The Sports Show of the Year silver award was accepted by Purbeck Coast presenter Rena Lang on behalf of the Sports + team, which also includes presenter Andrew Bordiss and producers Sue Banner and Andy Jones.

The Sports + team said:

“We’re extremely proud to be recipients of the silver award. It’s a fantastic achievement and this award recognises all the hard work it takes to bring local stories to local people. Our thanks to everyone who contributed.”

Sports+ is broadcast on Purbeck Coast FM on Tuesdays at 1 pm and is repeated on Thursdays at 6 pm. It covers all local sports in the area with interviews, live-action reports, news of fixtures and results, a weekly competition for fun and the occasional famous name.

Frankie Rae, Michelle Langthorne and Rena Lang at Community Radio Awards 2021
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Left to right: Presenter Frankie Rae, Purbeck Coast FM station manager Michelle Langthorne and Sports+ presenter Rena Lang at the awards ceremony

Frankie Rae was also nominated

Purbeck Coast FM’s Frankie Rae was also nominated for the Sage (over 60) Presenter Award, to recognise his passion for radio and his positive impact on listeners.

There were more than 430 entries received from stations across the country that were subject to an intensive judging process to identify and recognise those who most engaged with their communities and produced high quality content.

Purbeck Coast 101.2 FM community radio station was launched in August 2019 and is owned and managed by the Swanage Pier Trust.

Rena Lang and Michelle Langthorne receive siver award at Community Radio Awards 2021
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Purbeck Coast FM’s station manager Michelle Langthorne (left) and Sports+ presenter Rena Lang (right) are presented with the silver award for Sports Programme of the Year

“Hardworking spirit of the station

Purbeck Coast FM station manager, Michelle Langthorne said:

“We’re so delighted that the Sports+ team and Frankie got so far. It reflects the hardworking spirit of the station and commitment to the Purbeck community.

“Our pride extends to all the volunteers at the station and I am sure this is the first of many successes.”

Community Radio Awards 2021 at Coventry Transport Museum
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The awards ceremony was at Coventry Transport Museum

“Second year of awards within a pandemic

The Community Radio Awards, now in its sixth year, is a national programme open to all Ofcom-licensed community radio stations in the UK.

Martin Steers, awards chair, said:

“It’s the second year of awards within a pandemic, but organisations like Purbeck Coast FM have proven their value at the heart of their local areas.”

Further information

Purbeck Coast FM broadcasts 24/7 from its studio on Swanage Pier and can be listened to via a radio on 101.2 FM or online

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