RadioReverb has been Brighton & Hove’s local, not-for-profit radio station for the past 11 years, dedicated to providing a stimulating forum for learning and the expression of local ideas. They’re committed to community cohesion through broadcasting shows that reflect the diverse communities that make up the area. Their core value is to provide open access to radio for people under-represented, misrepresented or invisible in mainstream media. This remarkable station broadcasts 24/7 on 97.2FM, DAB+ and online and has a listenership of approximately 30,000 people, with a potential global reach, thanks to their online stream, listen-again service and podcasts. To date, they have provided a platform for numerous pioneering and award-winning shows, including Carousel, a show made by and for people who have learning disabilities, and Sophie Cook Talks, the station’s second trans-presented show.
We spoke with Tracey Allen at RadioReverb after they won The Community Organisation Award for Multi Strand at The National Diversity Awards 2018. Here’s what they had to say:
What were your thoughts on the other shortlisted nominees within your category?
It was superb to be amongst such a diverse range of groups and it made me aware of great work that I didn’t know was going on.
What were your thoughts after winning The Community Organisation Award for Multi Strand?
Wow! Unbelievable! What an honour! Thank you – this is a massive achievement for such a small organisation.
What reaction have you received from supporters/fellow employees since winning the award?
Everyone is ecstatic and we have had fabulous praise from other media organisations, locally.
Now that you have won a National Diversity Award, where are you going to go from here? What are your next steps?
We are now looking at what we do, but more importantly at what we don’t do and how we can further improve, so that we can keep our title with pride.
In your own words, how do you feel the work you are carrying out is making a difference?
Giving marginalised groups a voice is central to what we do and we know it makes a difference, even if sometimes it’s not popular. It raises awareness and brings new support.
Why do you think it is important to highlight Diversity, Equality and Inclusion?
It’s important to educate, inform, give support and help groups to have a stronger voice.
Who or What is your inspiration?
The team at RadioReverb!
What were your thoughts on The National Diversity Awards Ceremony? Did you enjoy your evening?
It was everything I wanted it to be!
RadioReverb, Brighton & Hove’s not for profit radio station, has been shortlisted for the ‘Community Organisation Award: Multi-Strand’ at the National Diversity Awards 2018.
A total of 24,584 people have been nominated this year, with an astonishing 124 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide.
Community organisations and role models from across the UK will head to the breath-taking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 14th September to witness the country’s 2018 winners being crowned the best of British diversity.
A radio station with its ethos rooted in the Brighton community, RadioReverb aims to ensure the voices of local people are heard – especially if they are from social groups under-represented by the mainstream media.
RadioReverb produces a diverse range of speech and music programmes, including shows made by and for older people (At Home This Morning), people living with HIV (HIV Hour), people with learning disabilities (Carousel Radio) and the LGBTQ+ community (Out In Brighton). They also air Mental Health Matters, which explores issues surrounding mental health, and Sophie Cook Talks, a topical talk show presented by transgender broadcaster Sophie Cook.
Tracey Allen, RadioReverb director, said of the nomination: “We are tremendously proud that RadioReverb has been shortlisted for the Diversity Awards. RadioReverb takes diversity very seriously and are proud to give voices to marginalised communities, so to be recognised for this – and in such a competitive category – is truly an honour”.
Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s continue to gain endorsements from high profile figures such as Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry CBE and Graham Norton.
Radio 2 presenter and Scissor Sister favourite Ana Matronic will host this year’s ceremony alongside television presenter Brian Dowling. Reflecting on the forthcoming celebrations, Ana said; “I’m delighted to be hosting the 2018 National Diversity Awards in Liverpool for the second year in a row.
“Last year’s event was a true celebration of diversity across every area and nothing gives me greater pleasure than being able to be a part of this prestigious event! I can’t wait to meet all of the nominees and winners!”.
Find out more about RadioReverb shows at www.radioreverb.com.
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Source – The Giving Times