Station Presenter's Programme Entry

By Shirley Ludford On Friday 17th March 2017

Dave Woods has entered a documentary on Lydiard House and Park into an international radio competition, based in New York.... the subject covered the subject of one of the town's listed buildings.  Read more below.

 Dave Woods competition poster


Dave Woods has entered one of the world’s most prestigious radio awards. The New York Festivals’ International Radio Program Awards honours radio programming from radio stations, networks and independent producers from around the globe. 

His programme, ‘Lydiard: Past, Present and Future", broadcast last September, was a special edition of our regular daily magazine morning programme ‘Roundabout Swindon’. It focused on Lydiard Park, which at the time had been the subject of increased public scrutiny, as Swindon Council planned to lease the park and historic Grade 1 Georgian House to an outside bidder to run. In addition, a proposed housing development on the edge of the estate had also met with widespread anger from local residents.

Researched, edited, produced and presented by Dave, the 60 minute speech-based programme investigated both stories, in addition explored the Manor’s illustrious past, looked at how one local group regularly use the park and reported on the estate’s 12th Century church’s lottery bid to restore rare medieval wall paintings, giving an informative and varied topical programme delivered with a depth of knowledge and understanding that told the stories to the Swindon 105.5 listeners.

Dave, who has been with the station for over 8 years, raised the awards’ entry fee through a crowdfunding project. “To enter this annual competition isn’t cheap, but I think the programme is one of the best I’ve ever produced and has a chance, so I thought I’d ask our listeners and friends if they would help me enter, and have been overwhelmed at everyone’s generosity, meaning I can enter.” Dave is the first community radio presenter from the UK to enter the International Awards.

We will find out in May if Dave has made the final shortlisted, and travel to the Big Apple and the Gala Award Ceremony at the Manhattan Penthouse, New York in June. 

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