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Local station Poppyland Radio is a finalist in the annual national Community Radio Awards.

Poppyland Radio has made the shortlist of five, which was whittled down from nearly 400 entries submitted across all the categories by stations from every corner of the UK. The station has picked up nominations in the ‘Digital Station of the Year’ category.

The winners will be revealed in a ceremony in Bedford on the 19th of November, the evening event will follow the Community Radio Conference organised by the UK Community Radio Network.

Paul Hensby, station MD, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised among a large number of other stations doing great work across the UK. To have achieved so much in such a short period of time is testament to the energy, vision, and commitment of our founding team, and of the dedication and talent of our volunteer presenters. Sincere thanks go to our precious sponsors who have supported us, accommodated us and made it possible for us to connect with listeners across North Norfolk, bringing communities together and helping us to reach listeners in isolated villages in a way that only radio can. To be selected as a finalist in the national awards in our first year is a massive achievement and everyone associated with Poppyland Radio should feel incredibly proud.”

Martin Steers, Awards Chair, said: “It’s been another great year for Community Radio across the UK, entertaining, informing, and engaging local communities, the true purpose of local radio stations. As ever it’s been a big challenge for our judges from across the industry as the quality of entries is better than ever, a real testament to all that Community Radio stations do in their areas.”

“We wish Poppyland Radio good luck and can’t wait to host the ceremony in Bedford next month.”

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