A Cirencester-based radio station has been recognised as one of the best community radio stations in the UK.

Corinium Radio is one of five in the country shortlisted for the digital station of the year accolade in the Community Radio Awards 2019, a set of national awards celebrating community radio and the hard work and time that volunteers put into their stations, programmes and communities.

The award is designed to showcase digital radio stations that deliver engaging, informative and helpful community radio for the communities they serve.

The Corinium Radio team will now have to wait until the awards ceremony on October 26 in the Welsh town of Barry to find out whether the station has managed to bag the Bronze, Silver or Gold award within their shortlisted category.

Having first gone live in 2006 on a two-day license, Corinium Radio now broadcasts online 24/7 from a permanent studio in the centre of Cirencester.

Entirely volunteer-run, the station’s membership is made up of a wide range of ages, interests and experiences, with programmes spanning everything from pop music to creative writing.

The organisation recently launched a young people’s project entitled Speak Up, which aims to give people under 30 the training and skills to report on news stories from the local area.

Station chair Carole Boydell said: “It is a fantastic honour for Corinium Radio to be recognised as one of the top five community radio stations in this field nationally.

“We’ll be keeping our finger crossed for a good result at the end of October.”

The station is always looking for new volunteers, whether they have previous radio experience or not. All ages, locations and skills are welcome.

If you are interested in joining Corinium Radio, please email info@coriniumradio.co.uk.