A community radio station based on the Isle of Wight has been nominated for a number of awards.

Newport-based Vectis Radio was shortlisted for nine awards in seven categories at this year’s National Community Radio Awards.

The awards recognize the work that community stations do in their local communities, with minimal staff and volunteers.

Martin Steers, President of the Awards, said:

“It has been another great year for community radio across the UK, and as always it has been a great challenge for our judges across the industry as the quality of entries is better than ever, a true testament to everything that community radio stations do in their fields”.

Vectis Radio was nominated in the following categories:

  • Community Development Project of the Year for 4Ps Radio Training School for Youth and 4Ps Radio Training School for Adults with Learning Disabilities
  • Community Show of the Year for the show Short Breaks. This show is sponsored by the Isle of Wight Council
  • Volunteer of the Year with two nominations for Ron Leleux and Maggie Currie
  • Wise person (over 60) for Kelvin Currie
  • Innovation Award for 4Ps Youth Radio Training School
  • Covid and community rebuilding for Think On Our Feet
  • Overall Award for Station of the Year

Station Manager and Director of Vectis Radio, Ian Mac said:

“This year’s nominations blew my mind.

“We did well in 2021 and getting so many nominations for a national award shows how well regarded we are by our peers in the radio industry. For a station our size, with only around 30 volunteers, we weigh way above our weight.”

“I hope this will bring attention to the major success of the 4PS Radio Training School and that we can secure much needed funds so we can continue in 2023. I am really looking forward to November 19th. Good luck to all the nominees.”

Director Kelvin Currie added:

“It’s an honor to be named Sage of the Year again, and I’m delighted that Vectis Radio has earned nine nominations. It is a recognition of the hard work of all our volunteers and of course a huge thank you to our supporters.

Isle of Wight High Sheriff Kay Marriott added:

“It’s great news that Vectis Radio has been nominated for nine awards in the National Community Radio Awards, including a nomination in the Station of the Year category. Such meritorious nominations for a radio station that serves our island community.

“Wishing Vectis Radio good luck and I’m excited to hear the results on November 19.”