National Winners in the 2020 HBA Awards

Southend Hospital Radio was proud to pick up two national awards in this year’s Hospital Broadcasting Association Awards

The national awards ceremony was due to take place in Bolton this year, but due to the Coronavirus situation, the awards were held virtually this year, on Easter Monday, the 13th of April 2020.

Southend Hospital Radio was nominated for four national awards, the results as follows:

  • SILVER AWARD – Kara & Kathryn – Southend Hospital Radio Kids
  • BRONZE AWARD – Joe Smith – Best Male Presenter
  • NOMINATED – “Focus”, Best Station Promotion
  • NOMINATED – “McMillan Coffee Evening”, Best Special Event

Southend Hospital Radio Kids

When announcing the Silver award, the judges “praised this nicely delivered content and said that Kara and Kathryn demonstrated the required relevance to the hospital patients and the wider hospital community – fun and enjoyable to listen to.”

You can listen to the award submission here:

Best Presenter – Joe Smith, Southend Hospital Tonight

Commenting on Southend Hospital Tonight’s entry, the judges said that Joe had a “lovely friendly style that was really engaging, with a good local feel about the show”

You can listen to the award submission here:

Joe Smith Selfie from 15 June 2018

2020 Awards

There were nine programming categories in this year’s awards and we were up against some very prestigious stations. For Southend Hospital Radio to be nominated in four of those nine categories is something that our team should all be hugely proud of.

Southend Hospital Radio has been providing its unique service to the patients of Southend University Hospital since 1977 and is staffed entirey by volunteers.

Hospital radio stations are playing a pivotal role in the current Coronavirus pandemic, with many stations broadcasting remotely with presenters hosting programmes from their own homes. While many patients in hospitals aren’t able to have visitors, hospital radio is always there to be a friend at the bedside, providing entertainment, information and relaying messages from family and friends. 


To see the full list of national winners, go here: HBA 2020 National Winners

One comment

  • Maurice Jardine

    Having listened to the SDHR entries,l have shared in the fun and professionalism which went into producing these promos.
    Well done to Kara, Kathryn and Joe.
    Excellent work!.

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