Tameside Radio presenter scoops double gold at prestigious awards
Tuesday 3rd October 2017 @ 10:05 by Tom Greggan
News Tameside

Tameside Radio has it’s very own golden girl after breakfast presenter Louise Croombs scooped two top awards at the Community Radio Awards in Bristol.

Louise, who is now in her fourth year at the station, was nominated for three awards, taking home the gold awards for Female Presenter of the Year and Speech and Journalism of the Year, something she said was “beyond her wildest dreams.”

GOLDEN GIRL: Louise Croombs

After winning two silver awards in 2016, Louise’s dedication, storytelling and community spirit ensured the panel of over 50 judges had no choice but to crown her a double winner.

“Winning gold for Female Presenter of the Year is amazing,” she said. “I had to do a quick speech and I mentioned that there aren’t enough women in broadcasting but when we have a chance we are fantastic, so I’m sure that all of the nominees in the category were excellent.”

Louise won the top Speech and Journalism prize for her broadcast of a rough sleep, in aid of local charity ‘We Shall Overcome’ in Ashton.

Speaking about the broadcast and subsequent award, Louise said: “When I took part in a rough sleep in Ashton with Pauline Town at the Station Pub, I knew we were doing something special and hoped that my skills in radio could bring Pauline’s work to people’s attention and help people better understand the thoughts and feelings of people who were in a position where they had to sleep rough.

“I am so proud of the work we did and so honoured it won gold but the story is their story and the work people do to help others is so fantastic. It makes me so proud of the people of Tameside.”

Louise has already been asked to host next year’s Community Awards alongside the Male Presenter of the Year, Mark Blackman of Wirral Radio. But for now, she’s enjoying her well-deserved success.

She said: “I am so grateful to my family and long-suffering husband to allow me to live my dream of broadcasting. I want to thank everyone who has visited the studio for interviews and listened to our station.”

 

Top picture: Louise with Male Presenter of the Year, Mark Blackman of Wirral Radio and Canalside Radio. Louise and Mark will be presenting the Community Radio Awards next year.