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By Donald Turvill
Dumfries and West
Award shortlist for community radio

DUMFRIES community radio station Alive 107.3 has made the shortlist at this year’s National Radio Awards.

The volunteer-led station is nominated in the specialist show of the year and volunteer of the year categories, with Ali Donowho and Kevin Rennie respectively up for awards.

The station, which was granted a community radio lisence by OfCom in 2007 and began broadcasting on FM 107.3 in 2009, has for more than a decade brought an eclectic mix of music, community-centred talk shows and local news to the town 24 hours a day.

David Macfarlane, chairman of the station’s board of trustees, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised among a large number of other stations doing great work across the UK.

“Our wide variety of specialist shows offer a unique proposition to our listeners and Country In My Veins with Ali Donowho has been a mainstay of our schedule for many, many years. Ali demonstrates a wealth of knowledge and infectious passion for country music – he connects well with his audience and always manages to find the very best material from emerging and established artists. It’s everything a specialist show should be and his nomination is testament to his talent and the enormous amount of work that he continues to put in week after week.”

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