On Saturday June 6, 2015, the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA) held its annual awards gala at the UNB Grand Hall in downtown Saint John, New Brunswick. At this event - held during the 34th National Campus and Community Radio Conference - the NCRA recognized the best efforts put forth by volunteers and staff at member stations throughout the 2014/2015 eligibility period.
Peach City Radio (CFUZ) was honoured to be recognized for a second year in a row - no small feat for a station not yet broadcasting on the FM dial. CFUZ volunteer, Vice President, and show host Timothy Tweed (a.k.a. "Tenacious T") captured the award for Best Music Program nationally for his music series Sounds from the Tenacious Hi-Fi.
"Tim is a dedicated volunteer, board member and host & producer of one of our longest running programs - he makes his podcast in his own home, on his own equipment - because we don't even have a studio yet! We just got our license approval a month ago, and I'm confident that this award is an indication of the great things to come from Peach City Radio in the future", said Society President Dave Del Rizzo who accepted the award on Tim's behalf in Saint John.
In addition, Dave Del Rizzo received an Honourable Mention in the category of Volunteer of the Year at the annual awards gala. Peach City Radio programmer Ian Mackinder had this to say in a letter of support for Dave's nomination on behalf of Peach City Radio, "Of our entire group of community radio volunteers here in Penticton, no one has spent more time and effort than our leader Dave Del Rizzo. He does so much - web design, committee chairing, sound engineering, policy writing, DJ'ing and more. He's a great guy - a leader, a visionary, and the hardest working man in community radio - plus, he has a great beard".
The NCRA organization boasts over 6000 volunteers nationwide, and the awards recognize the amazing work that is done by passionate volunteers throughout the year. The annual conference, held in June, is hosted by a different member station each year. This year's event was hosted by Local FM (CFMH) in Saint John, New Brunswick. The Awards Gala was live streamed, and a compilation of the award winners, including clips of their programming can be found at the link below.
In 2016, the conference will be hosted in Ottawa by CHUO, and in 2017 the conference returns to BC, being hosted by CIVL in Abbotsford.
Visit the NCRA Awards page to see the list of 2014/2015 Community Radio Award recipients.