Peach City Radio gets national award

For the second year in a row, Peach City Radio has received national recognition at a major awards event for community radio.

Both Peach City Radio’s president Dave Del Rizzo and vice-president Tim Tweed received honours at  the National Campus and Community Radio Association annual awards.

Both Peach City Radio’s president Dave Del Rizzo and vice-president Tim Tweed received honours at the National Campus and Community Radio Association annual awards.

For the second year in a row, Peach City Radio has received national recognition at a major awards event for community radio.

That’s a pretty good achievement for a radio station that only received its broadcast licence and call letters — CFUZ — in May, and has yet to start broadcasting on their assigned FM frequency.

CFUZ volunteer, Vice President, and show host Timothy Tweed — also known as Tenacious T — captured the award for Best Music Program nationally for his music series Sounds from the Tenacious Hi-Fi.

The award came on June 6 at the National Campus and Community Radio Association annual awards gala, held in 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 past year.

“Tim is a dedicated volunteer, board member, host and 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. 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.

Del Rizzo also received an honourable mention in the Volunteer of the Year category.

In a letter of support for Del Rizzo’s nomination on behalf of Peach City Radio, Peach City Radio programmer Ian Mackinder wrote that of the entire group of volunteers, no one has spent more time and effort than 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,” wrote Mackinder.

Nationwide, over 6000 volunteers make up the NCRA organization and the awards recognize the work 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 www.ncra.ca/awards/2014/15awards.

To learn more about the Peach City Community Radio Society and to listen to their archive of on-demand programs, visit www.PeachCityRadio.org.