Charity fundraising, huge cash giveaways, and getting out into the community; watch what happened on Local Radio Day which saw nearly 200 local radio stations from around the UK join together to celebrate they’re listeners 📻🌍
Started by the UKRD Group In 2016, Local Radio Day is an annual celebration on the last Friday of May where commercial, community, BBC and student radio all come together to celebrate the communities and listeners they serve.
Local Radio Day aims to celebrate ‘Proper Local Radio‘, a phrase used to describe radio stations who are also based in the area that they broadcast providing local essential information and programming for the local area which national and networked brands cannot.
From Sunderland and Harrogate to Cornwall and Kings Lynn, more than 150+ radio stations came together in 2018 in order to celebrate Local Radio Day. On the day itself stations offer things from VIP all access tours of their studios, fundraising for a vital local charities, giveaways of thousands of pounds in cash, and special programming for the occasion.
During its initial year, Local Radio Day has had several notable endorsements from celebrities and Members of Parliament like. The Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, Matt Hancock MP, Chief Whip Anne Milton, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and John Whittingdale to name a few.
Members of the wider radio industry have also endorsed Local Radio Day including Digital Radio UK’s Ford Ennals, CEO of UKRD William Rogers and RadioCentre.
UKRD won a prestigious ARIA award from the Radio Academy in 2017 for Team Of The Year and Local Radio Day.
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