Phonic FM’s special programming for International Women’s Day 2020 has been shortlisted in the ‘Community Development Project of the Year’ category at this year’s Community Radio Awards.
Occupy the Airwaves is a day-long broadcast on Phonic FM each International Women’s Day (8 March). It’s a day where we tear-up the station’s normal schedule and partner with local organisation Dreadnought South West to bring fantastic, challenging and inspirational stories of women and girls onto the station in a day-long celebration of female voices. 2020 marked Occupy the Airwaves’ fifth year on the station.
Phonic FM director Patrick Cunningham said: “It’s important for community radio to be truly representative of the places it serves. This project is an important step in improving the audibility of communities Phonic FM has previously found hard to reach.”
Dreadnought South West co-director Natalie McGrath said: “Only community radio could give platform and accessibility to so many diverse women across one day. The experience of broadcasting live is unlike any other. It is a beautiful holding space generously enabling a multi-vocal event to take place.”
Community Radio Awards chair Martin Steers said: “We are excited to announce that this year’s awards have more entries than ever before. The quality of the entries continues to grow, and the judges are always blown away by the output, engagement, entertainment, and social gain that the sector produces.
“It is clear to see from this, that passionate presenters, volunteers, and staff are really there for their audiences. These local radio stations are truly at the heart of their communities.”
All of the programmes from this year’s Occupy the Airwaves can be streamed from Dreadnought South West’s Mixcloud page.
The awards ceremony is taking place virtually this year, on December 12.