Bailrigg Triumph at Student Radio Awards


Bailrigg FM returned triumphant from this year’s Student Radio Awards, receiving a gold award in the category of Best Technical Achievement.

The annual Awards have been running since 1996, and this is the first year Bailrigg FM have won since 2004.

Designed to celebrate the latest talent emerging from student radio, the Awards are judged by some of the biggest names in radio.

The Awards claim to have launched the careers of many top dogs in the UK’s radio industry, and it’s true that many winners have gone on to glittering careers. Some past winners include Kevin Hughes, Scott Mills and Alex Zane.

The event was hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw and Capital Breakfast’s Dave Berry, with over 700 people attending, including students and radio industry professionals.

Prizes for the winners of gold awards included work experience on big radio shows, one-off shows on major networks, and even technical equipment.

Bailrigg FM’s winning entry was created by Grace Zarczynska and Chris Kalkov, formerly the Head of Music and the Chief Engineer respectively. It featured a computer program capable of switching between many different audio streams, and was used during the recent Roses tournament to switch between the many concurrent commentary feeds from different areas of campus.

The award was received by members of the current Bailrigg team: Station Manager Charlie Edwards, Assistant Station Manager Curtis Kennington; also present to accept the accolade were former Station Manager – and current Vice President Media and Communications – Rachel Harvey, and entrants Chris Kalkow and Grace Zarczynska.

In speaking about the Station’s success, Assistant Station Manager Kennington had this to say: “This is an amazing achievement for the station, with our last award being won back in 2004 for ‘Best Station Sound’. I would like to thank everyone who was involved in the project and I hope this will be the first of many to more to come in the future and hopefully next year”

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