‘Claw-some’ Cat Radio shortlisted for two Student Radio Awards.

Posted on 16th October 2016

The University of Chester’s student radio station, The Cat Radio, which is based at the institution’s Warrington Campus, is hoping to add two more awards to its growing collection after being nominated twice in this year’s Student Radio Awards.

The Awards, which are supported by BBC Radio 1 and Global, are the definitive celebration of student radio. Over the years, student radio has launched the careers of radio personalities such as Scott Mills, Rich Clarke, Simon Mayo, Greg James and Annie Mac, to name but a few.

Tommie Watts The Cat Radio has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Student Radio Chart Show’ and ‘Best Male’ for third year Radio Production student, Tommie Watts (pictured left).

27-year-old Tommie, from Nantwich, has been involved with The Cat Radio since his first year and presents his own showbiz and music show, ‘Topical Tuesday’, on the station each week.

Tommie said: “It’s a really fantastic feeling to get a national student radio award nomination. It came as a big surprise. I’m truly grateful for all the support and guidance I've received from my lecturers. I'm looking forward to the Awards and also to further developing my presenting skills and my understanding of the radio industry."

The Cat Radio’s Chart Show has featured, among other things, an exclusive interview with the chart-topping band, The 1975. During the year, the station has also broadcast interviews with ’90s popstar, Chesney Hawkes, and the late Viola Beach has also performed on air.

The shortlisting is the latest in a series of nominations and awards for The Cat Radio. Earlier this year, the station received the ‘Student Radio Award for the Best Training Initiative’ in the Student Radio Association Awards, and received two nominations in the Jerusalem Awards, for the best radio strand and the under-25s categories.

Dr Alec Charles, Head of the University’s Department of Media, said: “This is more brilliant award news for our radio team and for the Department. It’s great that our students are recognised for producing high quality professional work. They’re really playing in the top national league.”