MônFM has won a prestigious Gold award at the 2019 Community Radio Awards.
The community station for Anglesey and North West Wales won its first major industry prize as MônFM Sport was named Sports Show of the Year.
This year’s ceremony marked the first such event to be hosted in Wales, at the MEMO Arts Centre in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan.
Entries were judged by over 60 leading figures from the radio, education and community industries, including BBC, commercial and community radio stations from across the UK.
MônFM was also shortlisted in two further categories – ‘Speech and Journalism of the Year’ for its news coverage of the decision to suspend Wylfa Newydd, and ‘Volunteer of the Year’.
Gareth Joy, the station’s Head of News and Sport, said: ”It’s a huge achievement for MônFM. We’ve worked hard to develop a high quality sports service for North West Wales, whether it’s providing comprehensive results or unrivalled full-scale live coverage.”
”I’d like to thank Sharon Parry, Ben Leggatt and Dafydd Griffith, who ensure we always go a step further in what we do and maintaining such a high standard. I’d also like to pay tribute to those grass roots clubs, who reliably keep us up-to-date on their own fortunes.”
”There is an immense passion for football and rugby in our region – and we hope we are doing justice covering our local teams every weekend.”
MônFM Sport airs every Saturday afternoon from 3-6pm, providing a rolling service of local results, news and analysis, alongside live reports from Premier League matches, the Six Nations and other major sporting events via the IRN network.
The station also produces full match commentaries of major football matches in its broadcast area, including Welsh Cup fixtures and the Inter-Island Games football tournament.
Sharon Parry, who launched MônFM Sport in 2017, said ”I’m so pleased for Gareth and all of the team for all our achievements over the last three years – we’re a strong team and we work closely with local clubs, players, supporters and those who run the various leagues and tournaments.”
The judges, who offered feedback to all entrants after the awards, said: “Not really sure how this could be any better! Well presented, passionate and knowledgeable. Good quality audio and interviews with great insight and great way of generating interest in what’s going on.”
Tony Wyn Jones, the station’s acting chairman, added: ”We’re very proud of MônFM Sport’s achievement, and after two years of being shortlisted for various categories, it’s a great honour to see the team being rewarded with the GOLD award – it’s well deserved recognition.”
”When we first started MônFM, we were advised that we were too ambitious and that we couldn’t achieve Outside Broadcasts from the community we serve – we’ve managed to make this happen and we want to continue the excellent work and be as visible as we can in our broadcast area.”
Among the other winners, Bro Radio in the Vale of Glamorgan took four prizes – its mid-morning presenter, Geoff Selby, won Gold for Sage Person of the Year.
The Barry-based station, which also hosted a major industry conference on community radio, took Silver for specialist musicals show It’s Showtime with Ryan and Jodana and presenter Kane McMahon (Young Person of the Year).
The weekly magazine programme The Vale This Week took bronze for Best Community Show. Meanwhile, another Welsh community station, Radio Cardiff, won bronze in the sports show category for The Terrace Radio Show.
ALL FM, a multicultural community station serving south and east Manchester, was named overall Station of the Year, with Radio Wanno, a prisoner-led project based at HMP Wandsworth, winning Digital / RSL Station of the Year.
Jo Thoenes won Female Presenter of the Year for her work at BFBS in Brize Norton and Sam Day from Future Radio in Norwich was named Male Presenter of the Year.
Kate Gregory from Speysound Radio in Aviemore took Gold for Volunteer of the Year and Radio LaB in Luton was honoured for its Speech and Journalism feature on Autism and Its Possibilities.