King’s Lynn-based KLFM wins station of the year in Sony awards
King's Lynn-based radio station KLFM is celebrating after winning a prestigious Sony Radio Academy award.
Staff collected the award for station of the year in the under 300,000 listeners category at a glittering ceremony in London on Sunday night.
The station, a partner in the EDP's Make It Marham campaign, saw off competition from Garrison FM, based in Aldershot, and Moray Firth Radio – the Scottish station which backed the opposing Save RAF Lossiemouth campaign.
'This is the single biggest award you can get for a radio station; it's like winning an Oscar and the FA Cup all at the same time,' said managing director Darren Taylor.
'We like to think we represent the wider community of west Norfolk and Wisbech.
'While it is an award for everyone at the station, we are proud to share it with everyone in the community.
'It was a fantastic feeling when we heard we had won and it's great to be recognised by the judges. This is a tremendous achievement.'
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Programme director and presenter Tim Lewis, breakfast presenter Adam Newstead and home-time presenter Simon Rowe attended the ceremony which featured performances from Jessie J and Gary Barlow. 'We wouldn't be here if it weren't for the listeners and the advertisers –they have got us through the last 20 years,' Mr Lewis added.
'This is the result of a year of hard work for everyone at KLFM, all under the leadership of our previous managing director Pam Lawton. We have seriously held our own with Adam and Hannah at breakfast.
'I would also mention that Simon Rowe is 'Mr KLFM', as he's been here for 13 years!
'We wouldn't be here without our amazing support from the listeners and the advertisers.'