St Albans’ own Radio Verulam shortlisted for national awards

Paul Hutton, co-commentator.

Paul Hutton, co-commentator. - Credit: Archant

St Albans’ own radio station has been shortlisted for two national awards after its coverage of a local football match.

Jonny Seabrook chats to Saints former star Simon Martin

Jonny Seabrook chats to Saints former star Simon Martin - Credit: Archant

Radio Verulam has been nominated for two National Community Radio Awards categories - Live Event of the Year, and Sports Show of the Year - after broadcasting a St Albans City vs Carlisle United game in November last year.

Although the local players held their own, Carlisle still won 3-5.

Every aspect of the Emirates FA Cup first round was caught by Radio Verulam with engineers, reporters, commentators, and a radio car used to transmit live for the entire match.

It was listened to as far away as Norway and Australia.

Presenter of two Radio Verulam shows, Jonny Seabrook, wrote and produced the three-hour broadcast, which included interviews with St Albans City FC manager Ian Allinson, players, and fans.

Ian Rogers and Kerry Cobb delivered reports throughout the whole event, and Jonny was joined by Paul Hutton for commentary duties.

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Broadcast technical facilities and management were provided by Paul Andersson and Matt Jones.

Radio Verulam’s chairman Nick Hazell said: “On behalf of everyone at Radio Verulam, I’d like to thank and congratulate the team for delivering such a memorable broadcast which made the fixture so exciting for our listeners both at home and abroad.

“All our volunteers give freely of their time, and we simply couldn’t deliver our service to people in St Albans without them, so this recognition of their work is well deserved.”

In 2015 Radio Verulam won the Voluntary Sector award in the Mayor’s Pride Awards, and was nominated for a Mind Media Awards in 2014.

Radio Verulam will find out if it has won these awards in Bristol on September 23.

It has been a landmark year for the community station, with the volunteers celebrating a decade broadcasting on 92.6 FM last July 7.

The not-for-profit organisation started modestly in 1993 operating on a telecential cable system and then over the internet, upgrading to FM when it got a community radio licence in 2006 and starting to broadcast in 2007.

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