I Love Student Radio Awards




The I Love Student Radio Awards, is held annually at the National Student Radio Conference and aims to celebrate the commitment and contributions to student radio.


Last year The Cat Radio won the Best Training Initiative a category the team has been nominated in again. The award is given to the radio station that ‘offers members an outstanding training scheme’. That could be masterclasses with the industry or training days.   This year students have learnt from BBC Breakfast, Football Focus and BBC 5Live’s Dan Walker, they’ve had a training session from Bauer Radio’s Editor in Chief John Pickford and a voice training session from Global Radio’s Senior Commercial Producer Shelly Smith.

Radio Production student Tommie Watts who is 27 and from Nantwich wanted to finish his degree off in style and so he arranged a 24hour radio show during which he raised more than £320 for Warrington’s RSCPA shelter. As a result Tommie has received a nomination for ‘Best Outreach Project’ which recognises a ‘project that has helped raise awareness of a cause and taken a lead in fundraising for it.’



Russ Pollard, another final year student studying Radio Production, has been nominated in the ‘Most Committed Committee Member’ category. Russ who is 39 and from Warrington was entered into the awards by a fellow student for the category that recognises ‘Somebody who has led from the front, and been able to motivate their team to achieve great things.’



The nominations were announced last night by the Student Radio Association.

The winners will be announced at the conference in Leicester on Thursday 20th April.


Radio Production Programme Leader Michelle Ponting: “Winning one of the categories last year was a huge boost for the students and for the station’s profile. To get three nominations in the only categories we entered is fantastic.”


Tommie Watts: “Receiving an ‘I Love Student Radio’ award nomination was unexpected and really exciting. When planning my 24 hour Show on The Cat, I never anticipated the outreach I generated and the rewarding feeling of helping the local community. I hope my project enthuses other students to be creatively involved with extra curricular activities within The Cat radio.“


Russell Pollard “I love being part of The Cat Radio family. Being a member of the management team this year has been a real highlight of my time at university. I am going to miss it when I graduate.  It’s really nice to be nominated as it came from my peers – the best kind of recognition you can get. I really hope we bring the awards back on 20th April as they are awards for the station not just the individuals “


For more information about the Radio Production degree at the University of Chester: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/undergraduate/radio-production


For more information about The Cat Radio: http://www.thecatradio.co.uk/about-us/