National Hospital Radio Awards 2021

The competition is now closed!

The National Hospital Radio Awards is an annual celebration of the excellent standards found in hospital radio stations across the country.

Good luck if you've entered! Shortlists will be announced in due course and further information about this years ceremony will be made available later in the year.

For any other queries relating to submissions or links to folders, please email awards@hbauk.com

General information

Please read the following information carefully before entering. It contains some important changes from last year’s entry requirements.

All entries submitted must be received from hospital radio stations, who are HBA Member Stations on the closing date of entries.

Entries can be submitted between 15 November 2020 and 2 January 2021. Entries received after 2 January 2021 will not be accepted.

To support each entry, stations are requested to provide a short narrative and supporting photographs. Please note that unless specified, the narrative and photographs do not contribute to the judging process, however, will aid judges by putting your content in context.  Attention should be paid to the narrative and photograph criteria. HBA communications team may use quotes from the narrative and/or the photographs to promote the awards, following the shortlisting and/or the winners being announced.

We are very much aware of the challenges that all our stations have had to face during the ongoing pandemic and have revised the categories and awards to recognise and reflect this.

Qualifying period

The material used in each entry must have been broadcast between 1 November 2019 and 31 October 2020.

Audio requirements

Please read these carefully, as these have changed.

  • All entries should meet the criteria detailed for the category the entry is entered for and must be edited to the specified length as required. Please note that entries over the specified length may be disqualified.

  • If the submission is a compilation, this should be of no more than ten unedited extracts of audio.
  • Audio compilations should always be a series of unedited extracts. Each extract should fade in and out from a moment of silence. Please do not use station imaging or FX to montage the extracts.

File Names

  • Please name files in the following format for both audio files and image files:
    • Station categories - Station Name_category.
    • Individual Categories - Station Name_Individual Name_category.
  • Please leave all files in one folder and not individual folders for categories. 
  • Audio files must be MP3.

Categories

Station of the Year

This award showcases the best of hospital radio, from the interaction with station listeners to the delivery of an engaging station output. Submission is limited to a maximum 15-minute recording, featuring a maximum of 10 extracts from your station output. For Station of the Year only, an extract can include a number of related examples (eg a number of clips to show how you present requests for patients, or clips from the same event). Please leave a one-second gap between each extract and the overall entry must not exceed the total time of 15-minutes. The entry should show the judges a variety of programme content from the station.  Please use the opportunity to include a written narrative to inform the judges a little more about your station (this could include for example how many years your station has been on-air, how many volunteers you have and other information you think they would find of use).

The entry may include material from any special programmes or events covered during the year.

Entry: One entry per HBA Member Station

Audio: Maximum 15-minutes

Narrative: up to 750 words

Graphics: Six photos, logos or graphics

Male Presenter of the Year

Designed to accurately demonstrate the diversity of presentation skills and awareness of, and engagement with, the audience. Entries should showcase a variety of subjects and style. Passion, energy and personality should be evident to the listener.

Entries should include a number of extracts, ideally not all from the same programme.

The trophy will bear the name of the presenter.

Entry: Maximum of five entries per HBA Member Station

Audio: Maximum five-minutes

Narrative: up to 250 words

Graphics: Four photos, logos or graphics

Female Presenter of the Year

Designed to accurately demonstrate the diversity of presentation skills and awareness of, and engagement with, the audience. Entries should showcase a variety of subjects and style. Passion, energy and personality should be evident to the listener.

Entries should include a number of extracts, ideally not all from the same programme.

The trophy will bear the name of the presenter.

Entry: Maximum five entries per HBA Member Station

Audio: Maximum five-minutes

Narrative: up to 250 words

Graphics: Four photos, logos or graphics

Best Speech Package

This award is designed to showcase the power of speech through the medium of radio. Entries should be submitted from a single programme, outstanding interview or a special event.  If using an event that has been covered, it should be a one-off programme and not part of the station’s regular output.  For example, an outside broadcast or a hospital event that takes place regularly (ie annually) should not be entered for this category, unless it is the first time the station has covered the event or hasn’t been covered on the station within the last three years. The material must be original, produced and presented by the submitting station. The entry must not include any full music tracks and no more than 10 extracts from the broadcast.

The trophy will bear the name of the station but the name of the event will be published on the short / winners lists and will appear on issued certificates.

Entry: One entry per HBA Member Station

Audio: Maximum 10-minutes

Narrative: up to 250 words

Graphics: Four photos, logos or graphics

Best Newcomer

Designed to celebrate and recognise new talent across the hospital broadcasting community, this award is open to anyone who joined a hospital radio station for the first time during the two years prior to the closing date.

The judges are looking to hear what the newcomer has achieved on-air in the short time they have been broadcasting. The entry should demonstrate the diversity of presentation skills and awareness of, and engagement with, the audience. Entries should showcase a variety of subject and style. Passion, energy and personality should be evident to the listener.

An individual may only enter this award once. The trophy will bear the name of the presenter.

Entry: Maximum five entries per HBA Member Station

Audio: Maximum five-minutes

Narrative: up to 250 words

Graphics: Four photos, logos or graphics

Best Specialist Music Programme

Designed to demonstrate the presenter's expert knowledge of the music in question. Evidence of energy and passion for the genre should be evident to the listener. The entry may also include any content applicable to the programme. For example, an event guide/what's on feature relating to the show. Entries may include any genre such as jazz, classical, country etc.

The trophy will bear the name of the station but the name of the programme will be published on the short/winners lists and will appear on issued certificates.

Entry: One entry per HBA Member Station

Audio: Maximum five-minutes

Narrative: up to 250 words

Graphics: Four photos, logos or graphics

Station Promotion

Designed to allow demonstration of delivering an engaging, clear and concise message within a specific time, this entry must be produced and presented by the station. The entry can consist of a promotion or trailer and should convey the message and attract the ear of the listener.

Entries which appear to be a “jingle” rather than a promotion and/or produced by a third party will be disqualified from entry.

The trophy will bear the name of the station but the name of the promotion will be published on the short/winners lists and will appear on issued certificates.

Entry: 1 entry per HBA Member Station

Audio: Maximum 1 minute

Narrative: up to 250 words

Graphics: 4 photos, logos or graphics

The John Whitney Outstanding Contribution Award

The award celebrates an outstanding contribution, by an individual, to their station/hospital radio.   The nominee does not necessarily have to be a long-serving member, as a contribution over a short period of time can also be transformational to a station.  The nomination should explain why the candidate has made a real and long-lasting impact.

The nominee must be working in hospital radio, may be drawn from the broadcasting arena but may equally be found from a technical or administrative background. They may have worked for single or multiple stations over the years.

The trophy will bear the name of the individual. Please note, there is only one award in this category.

Entry: One entry per HBA Member Station

Audio: Not applicable

Narrative: up to 500 words on official HBA Member Station letter heading.

Graphics: Four photos, logos or graphics

Recognising Innovation across Hospital Radio

Designed to recognise those behind the scenes, this award celebrates pushing the boundaries, using innovative, novel or pioneering ideas.

This award is open to all across the various roles hospital broadcasting organisations may have. Technical to administrative, fundraising to Trust or Board engagement – this award celebrates achieving a goal using new and inspiring techniques.

During these challenging times, we know that stations have had to make changes to be able to continue their excellent service, going over and above just using a playout system. For example, how have you raised funds to ensure you have been able to cover your broadcasting costs?  What other innovative ways has your station used to keep broadcasting and providing a service during these challenging times?

The entry may be for an individual or small team and requires a written submission of no more than 400 words on the station's official letter heading, explaining why this award is justified, what the objectives were and what outcomes and benefits were achieved.

The trophy will bear the name of the individual or in the case of a team, the Station name.

Entry: One entry per HBA Member Station

Audio: Not applicable

Narrative: up to 400 words on official HBA Member Station letter heading.

Graphics: Four photos, logos or graphics