Express FM, Portsmouth’s very own local radio station, has once more held their annual awards event to celebrate the work of their invaluable volunteers. The Lord Mayor, Cllr Frank Jonas, was there to make the presentations.
"95 per cent of our programmes are presented by volunteers" say Station Director Cheryl Buggy, "So without them we would not exist! This our way of saying thank you, and recognising outstanding contributions."
The Volunteer of the Year went to not one, but two people this year. One to the Breakfast Show presenter Mason Jordon, who manages to juggle a full time job with getting up really early every morning. The other award went to 19 year old, former Highbury student Josh Beaven. "It was a very nice surprise to be honoured for something I really love doing. Express is a great place to learn how to be a professional presenter, I would recommend it to anybody who wants to get a foot in the door of the media!"
Another presenter recognised for his endeavours was Dan Windle who picked up the Best Ambassador award. Dan is a familiar voice on Express, presenting the Football Hour shows and providing the commentary for all the Pompey matches. "Dan goes above and beyond the shows and commentary contributions" says Technical Manager Ellie West Thomas. "He promotes the station wherever he goes, and is a constant advocate and champion. Sadly for us he is leaving for pastures new having been offered a job with TalkSPORT 2 and we will miss him."
Best Specialist Show went to Gloria Miller, herself a great singer. She hosts Glo's Music for the Soul, and came to Express having never presented on radio before. "It's a real honour. I enjoy sharing the music I am passionate about so to win an award is the cherry on the cake." said Gloria.
The Awards celebration, held at the Eldon Building of the University, soon to be the new home of Express, culminated in a special presentation of certificates for volunteers who had been with the station for the full ten years of its existence. A fitting end to a great evening.
Visit www.expressfm.com to find out more about the range of great shows that are on offer every day of the week, and also how you can get involved and join the Express volunteer team.