CUR 1350 in awards success

Betony Lloyd 22 November 2007

CUR 1350 (Cambridge Universities Radio) is now officially the best student radio station in the country.

The station, run independently by Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin Universites, fought off over 300 entries for the accolade of Best Station at the Student Radio Awards.

The win means that CUR1350 will be given the opportunity to present a two-hour slot on BBC Radio 1, showcasing their award-winning talent.

Station manager Michael Brooks is delighted with the recognition the station has received “regardless of our relatively small size.”

The event itself was a glitzy affair, in the New Connaught Rooms at Covent Garden, and students mingled with celebrities such as Scott Mills, Edith Bowman and Jo Whiley along with DJs from XFM, 6music and Capital.

Individual presenters and shows were also richly rewarded at the ceremony. Churchill College student Katherine Godfrey scooped gold for Best Female, while the Weekend Breakfast team received a bronze in the Best Entertainment category.

Katherine, who is now in her third year at Cambridge, has been involved in CUR1350 since her first week and was shocked to win the award. She says the awards “can only do good things for the station”.

CUR1350 has gone from strength to strength over the last three years, enjoying ever-increasing numbers of listeners.

Head of Production Alex-James Painter urges “anyone interested in broadcast journalism” to “get involved as a trainee” and even apply for next year’s awards, as it is the constant flow of dedicated students that keep the station going.

Betony Lloyd