Congratulations to BBC Radio York which has been nominated for one of the Oscars of the wireless world.
The station’s documentary Mary And The Minstermen is on the shortlist for Best Sports Programme in the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2013. The show followed ten-year-old York City fan, Mary Holmes, go behind the scenes at Bootham Crescent.
Also working on the show were producer Julia Lewis and broadcast assistant Neil Foster.
Radio York is up against three national radio programmes: the Olympics coverage, and a documentary called Not Just Cricket, both on Radio 5 Live, and the Keys & Gray show on talkSPORT. A programme about rugby broadcast on a number of Welsh stations makes up the nominees.
The 31st Sony Radio Academy Awards takes place on May 13 at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, hosted by Chris Evans, a nominee himself. They are judged by industry and media professionals, this year including Sky News’s Kay Burley, presenters Janet Ellis, Sarah Greene and John Inverdale, journalist Miranda Sawyer, EMI’s Andria Vidler and Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera.
“This year’s nominations make me proud to be part of the UK radio industry; the sheer range of talent across stations of all shapes and sizes is inspiring,” said John Myers, chairman of the Sony’s organising committee.
It’s not the first time Radio York has been among the awards: in 2011 it won gold for its original journalism in the Gillard Awards.
And last year the Adam Tomlinson show took home the bronze in the Sony Radio Awards for Breakfast Show Of The Year (under 10 million).