De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU)’s resident community radio station has been nominated for a record six national awards.
DemonFM, which broadcasts across Leicester on 107.5FM and online, have made it onto five different shortlists at the Student Radio Association (SRA)’s ‘I Love Student Radio Awards’ – including twice for ‘Outstanding Contribution to a Student Radio Station’ – being held at De Montfort University (DMU) in April as part of the national SRA Conference.
The station, made up of DMU students and community members from across Leicester and beyond, have been nominated for;
- Most Improved Student Radio Station
- Best Training Initiative (Demon21)
- Outstanding Contribution to a Student Radio Station (Ollie McGrath, Head of Programming, and Ryan Cooper, Head of Tech)
- Committee Member of the Year (Hannah Rowe, Station Manager)
- Student Radio Team of the Year (The Afternoon Show)
Hannah Rowe, a third-year Politics student and DemonFM’s Station Manager, said: "Why have we been nominated for multiple awards this year? The reason is because the team has been awesome.
“A massive thank you to all the volunteers and management members who have worked tirelessly to demonstrate all that Demon has to offer.
“I have no doubts that DemonFM will win big this year, and I can’t wait to see the entire crew up on stage when that happens at SRA Conference in April.
Hannah was part of DemonFM’s bid to host the conference which will return to DMU after its appearance in the city back in 2013.
As well as leading the station to their ‘Most Improved’ nomination, Hannah has also picked up a nomination for her ‘Individual Contribution’.
She said: “Without the work of the wonderful DemonFM team around me, none of what we’ve achieved this year would be possible. I am amazingly humbled and I am so proud to be a Demon.”
Hannah scooped Demon of the Year at The SULETS Demon Media Awards 2016.
The awards will be dished out at a glitzy ceremony on Thursday 20 April at The Venue@DMU, in front of a packed audience hundreds of guests from student radio stations across the UK and celebrities from the radio industry.
Ryan Cooper, a postgraduate Mechatronics student and Demon Media’s Head of Tech, said: “It’s incredible to have been nominated for this award and it makes all the hard work throughout the year worth it.
“Things like the refit of the DemonFM studio wouldn’t happen without the dedication of not only me, but the rest of the tech team.
“If I do win, the award will be on behalf of the whole team because the commitment displayed by all of us is keeping the station on air 24/7.”
Six nominations is a record for DemonFM, who last year made the shortlist for four prizes at the same ceremony.
The SRA state that the I Love Student Radio Awards aim to celebrate the commitment and contributions of individuals to student radio, and that it recognises ‘those people and stations who go the extra mile, putting in time effort and creativity behind the scenes, and whose commitment to the medium is unprecedented’.
Mike Mayes, VP Media and Communications at DSU, concluded: “Of course, it is incredibly exciting for DemonFM to be nominated for these awards. This year DemonFM has really ramped up the quality of its output.
“The inception of new shows and some of the more difficult shows, like ‘In Focus’, really show the fact that DemonFM is looking to broaden its audience and is just constantly delivering content which blows me away.
“On the one hand I am extremely excited and immensely proud of everyone, but from my own completely biased perspective I’m not at all surprised.
“It’ll be a privilege to announce the winners on our campus – just as our campus redevelopments are really drawing to a close so that we can show off what a brilliant university we’ve got and what a damn-good student media group we have.”
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