National Hospital Radio Awards 2020

Awards season is here!

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

The awards are open to any HBA member station and are divided into different categories, each one recognising a specific area of excellence; some to individuals and others to stations.

ENTRIES CLOSED

Confirmation of receipt of entries has now been sent to all stations who entered.

Nominations will be announced on New Year's Day.

Good luck and thanks to all who entered and watch out for conference booking details soon.


Station Categories

Best 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: 250 words

Graphics: 4 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.  There should be a a maximum of 10 extracts. 

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: 1 entry per HBA Member Station

Audio: Maximum 5 minutes

Narrative: 250 words

Graphics: 4 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 or interview. The material must be original, produced and presented by the submitting station.  There should be a a maximum of 10 extracts. 

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: 1 entry per HBA Member Station

Audio: Maximum 5 minutes

Narrative: 250 words

Graphics: 4 photos, logos or graphics

Best Special Event

This award is for a 'one-off' programme broadcast by the station. The entry should be a compilation of the programme’s output demonstrating production and presentational quality as well as listener engagement.

The special event must be a one-off and not part of the station's normal output.  For example, an outside broadcast or a hospital event that takes place regularly (i.e. 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 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: 1 entry per HBA Member Station

Audio: Maximum 15 minutes

Narrative: 500 words

Graphics: 6 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 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.

There should be a a maximum of 10 extracts. 

Entry: Maximum 5 entries per HBA Member Station

Audio: Maximum 5 minutes

Narrative: 250 words

Graphics: 4 photos, logos or graphics

Best Programme with Multiple Presenters

Recognising that many hospital radio stations have programmes presented by a group of people, this award celebrates the ingredients that make hospital radio unique, such as patient and staff interaction, requests and personality.

This can be a difficult format to get right to ensure the listener feels included rather than on the outside. 

Entries should demonstrate how the programme seeks to be relevant to the hospital patient in the first instance and also the wider hospital community. 

The entry should include extracts from more than one edition of the same programme. 

The trophy will bear the name of the station but the name of the programme, which should be included on the entry form, will be published on the short/winning list and will appear on the certificates.

There should be a a maximum of 10 extracts. 

Entry: Maximum 2 entries per HBA Member Station

Audio: Maximum 5 minutes

Narrative: 400 words

Graphics: 4 photos, logos or graphics

Best Male Presenter

Designed to accurately 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.

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

The trophy will bear the name of the presenter.

There should be a a maximum of 10 extracts. 

Entry: Maximum of 5 entries per HBA Member Station

Audio: Maximum 5 minutes

Narrative: 250 words

Graphics: 4 photos, logos or graphics

Best Female Presenter

Designed to accurately 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.

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

The trophy will bear the name of the presenter.

There should be a a maximum of 10 extracts. 

Entry: Maximum 5 entries per HBA Member Station 

Audio: Maximum 5 minutes

Narrative: 250 words

Graphics: 4 photos, logos or graphics

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. 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: 1 entry per HBA Member Station

Audio: Maximum 15 minutes

Narrative: 750 words

Graphics: 6 photos, logos or graphics

 

Individual Categories

There are some categories where the HBA awards a single prize and where a shortlist is not released. These categories are:

The John Witney Award

The award celebrates an outstanding contribution, by an individual, to Hospital Radio over a period of years and is open to anyone working in hospital radio. The nomination should explain why the candidate has made a real and long-lasting impact. The candidate 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 candidate may be drawn from the broadcasting arena but may equally be found from a technical or administrative background. They may have worked for a 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: 1 entry per HBA Member Station

Audio: Not Applicable

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

Graphics: 4 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.

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.  There is only one award in this category.

Entry: 1 entry per HBA Member Station

Audio: Not Applicable

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

Graphics: 4 photos, logos or graphics

 

Additional Entry Criteria

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 23rd September 2019 and 10th November 2019. Entries received after 10th November 2019 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 made to the narrative and photograph criteria.

Photographs will be used during the Awards ceremony and by the HBA in post Awards publicity.

Qualifying period

The material used in each entry must have been broadcast between 1st November 2018 and 31st October 2019.

Audio requirements

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.

Photo requirements

Please name photos in the following format: Station Name_Category_x (where x is a number from 1 to the number of photos included in that category).

And finally...

Entries must be submitted by a committee member of the member station and in submitting the entries you are certifying that the entries meet the criteria and information given is true and correct.