Award winning Cat Radio is ‘best by far’

The Cat Radio’s Student Radio Awards winning chart show has been hailed as ‘the best by far’ in its category.

The University of Chester’s campus radio station scooped gold to win the national award at the prestigious Student Radio Awards in London.

A competition judge has since contacted The Cat Radio to heap praise on the winning chart show as the standout entry in this year’s competition.

Radio Production programme leader Michelle Ponting was delighted to see her students rewarded for their hard work. She said: “It was a great show put together by two great producers, Cat Warren and Will Dell, and presented by three great talents in Richard Wolfenden, Michelle Homan and Craig Taphorn.

“This is a great achievement. I have been contacted by one of the judges who said it was the best by far…but we knew that anyway!”

The awards were hosted at Indigo at the 02 in London and the event is supported by BBC Radio 1 and Global Radio.

This year there were over 500 entries across 16 categories. The awards are judged by over 100 industry professionals to produce a shortlist of six nominees in each category. The nominees are then whittled down to a Bronze, Silver and Gold award winner by some of the biggest names in radio.

AND THE WINNER: The Cat Radio’s winning chart show featured singer Mo Jamil

Student stations are invited to host the chart show each year. In March 2018 Richard Wolfenden, Michelle Homan and Craig Taphorn presented the programme that is syndicated on student stations up and down the country. Will Dell and Cat Warren produced the programme.

An interview with The Voice winner of 2017, Mo Jamil, featured on the show. Mo had been a judge on The Voice 2018 and was on the television programme the night before the chart show on The Cat Radio, singing his new track.

Presenter Richard Wolfenden, 26, from Liverpool, picked up the award in London on behalf of the station and the students.

He said: “I have never run down a flight of stairs as fast in my life as I did when I went to collect the award!

“It genuinely was a team effort. Craig, Michelle, Cat and Will made a brilliant team on air and behind the scenes and thanks to Michelle as well for encouraging us all to do it!”

Will Dell, 22, from Leeds: “The SRA Chart Show is a big event for us, and I had a blast co-producing it with Cat.”

Catherine Warren, 21, from Flint, said: “Producing the SRA Chart show was incredibly fun, despite being at one of the busiest times of the academic year and that was all down to the amazing team of presenters and the ongoing help from my co-producer Will and lecturer Michelle.”

Will Dell’s ‘The Mind Guide’ was also nominated in the best Podcast category.

The Mind Guide is a five-part podcast series all about Mental Health and Wellbeing and was created to coincide mental health and wellbeing awareness week in May.

The episodes were: Substance, Lifestyle Medicine, Mindfulness, Chasing the Stigma and Take a Walk. At the end of each episode, listeners were invited to join in with ’60 seconds of meditation’, to relax to some soothing, relaxing sounds.

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