Flame Radio has previously entered radio programmes for national Awards’ Ceremonies, with some success:
- Jerusalem Awards – ‘Snakes and Doves’ show, Best Newcomer 2004
- Christian Broadcasting Council – ‘Haynesies Friends’, Highly Commended 2006
- Christian Broadcasting Council – ‘Voices and Verses’, Silver Award 2012
- Jerusalem Awards – ‘Good Friday Thought’ (based on Pilgrims’ Progress), short-listed 2014
Why does Flame enter programmes for such awards? Yes, there’s the prize-money (£2,000 was awarded to us in 2004), it also helps to maintain the Flame Radio profile, but significantly it enables the station to measure the standard of our own productions against those of other broadcasters. It also gives Flame publicity across the UK. In 2016, Flame has entries with three separate organisations:
- Jerusalem Awards jerusalemawards.org– this is under ‘The Jerusalem Trust’ (one of the Sainsbury Family Trusts) promoting Christian involvement in broadcasting. For each of the 11 categories, 5 are shortlisted, with the BBC being at least half of them! However, smaller broadcasters do stand a chance. Jerusalem publish their shortlists in mid-summer and their annual awards’ ceremony is held at BAFTA in October. In 2016, we entered the following programmes: Series category – The Chat-Room; Long Programme category – The Hashtag Forward Slash Show; Good Friday category– Stations of the Cross; Festivals category – The Donkey’s First Christmas and Advent Thoughts; Short Programme category – Jingle Bingo; Digital Video category – In Memoriam at St. Paul’s Mission.
- Community Radio Awards communityradioawards.co.ukis a new initiative this year to celebrate community radio (some 245 stations). Judges are drawn from the community radio sector, academics and other radio areas – five finalists for each category with a ceremony in September, associated with the Community Media Association conference. For the 16 categories, Flame has entered the following: Entertainment Show category – The Hashtag Forward Show; Community Show category – The Chat-Room; Arts and Creative Radio category – Pilgrims Progress; Volunteer of the Year category – Laura Higham; Male Presenter category – Drive Home presenters; Technical Innovation of the Year – the Flame antenna.
- Community Radio Awards communityradioawards.orgis another, different, initiative to the one above with the same name! This initiative boasts BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright among the judges and a gala awards’ evening at Preston Guildhall. Out of 20 categories, Flame has entered the following: New Innovation – Drive Home show
Please pray that Flame’s submissions receive a fair-hearing from the respective panels and judges.
Another organisation that ran national awards, the Christian Broadcasting Council is not functioning at present (little national church interest in an organisation for independent radio practitioners; lack of support from Premier Radio and UCB). The Church & Media Network www.churchandmedia.net has an annual conference but does not run national awards – however it does provide a network www.themedianet.org for Christians who work in and with the media.