A VOLUNTEER-led Barry-based radio station has been given a national award for its work.

Bro Radio is the community radio station for the Vale of Glamorgan and was given the Station of the Year award at the Community Radio Awards 2020.

The judges said of Bro Radio: “Bro Radio is a friendly and calm radio station with people who really care about the station and the area they serve.”

“Professional ‘sound’ to the station, excellent repetition of the brand, who you are and where you are.”

“Good local and engaging content. Very impressed with the demonstrable work in the local community. A shining example of local radio at its best.”

The station also picked up the silver award for its 3030 General Election Hustings event.


Nathan Spackman, operations director at the station, said: “We were delighted to be nominated for this award but to win it is unbelievable.

“2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and this win is a celebration of the station and our wonderful team of volunteers, who work so hard to create brilliant local radio for the Vale of Glamorgan.

“I can’t thank every member of our team, the local businesses and everyone in our community who supports the work which we do – thank you.”

In 2019, the annual awards were held in Barry’s Memo Arts Centre but this year were held online on Saturday, December 12 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Community Radio Awards aim to recognise the work of more than 300 volunteer-led community radio stations across the UK.

To listen to Bro Radio, tune in to 98.1 and 11.2fm, online, on mobile and on smart speakers. It will be launching on 106.1fm in Penarth in the new year and is planning to be available across the region on DAB.