The Student Radio Association has announced that URF has been nominated for best interview in the 2011 Student Radio Awards. It is their first nomination since winning best technical achievement in the awards two years ago.

The annual event recognises the best of student radio and considers over 500 entries (from 56 different university radio stations) for twelve categories.
URF Chair Kit Bradshaw’s topical discussion with Luke Cooper, Associate Tutor at the University of Sussex, aired on the 17 November 2010 days after the London protests, and has been put into the running for best interview.

Other nominees include Sunderland’s 107 Spark FM, Westminster’s Smoke FM, Sheffield’s Forge Radio, Nottingham’s URN and Nottingham Trent University’s Fly FM.

The URF team found out the news of their successful nomination bid from Student Radio Association regional officer, Steph Robson, at a small radio conference on Tuesday 12 October. The conference was attended by other student radio stations in the south east of England. As well as learning of their nomination, the URF heard talks from those within the industry including Nick Bright from BBC Radio 1Xtra.

Nick Bright’s talk highlighted how working at a student radio station brought him into applying for work experience, and eventually obtaining a position as co-host on the weekend breakfast show at BBC Radio 1Xtra.

Since URF was set up in 1976, it has strived to get students to support the station, and it enables students to view radio journalism as a possible career choice.
For this reason, URF doesn’t enforce playlists or micro-management, but allows students to decide what is discussed and played on their show. This philosophy won the station Best Station at the NUS Guardian Student Radio Awards in 1986.

The 2011 Student Radio Association ceremony will take place at the O2 Arena, hosted by Annie Mac and Scott Mills.

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