BCfm's award-winning Face to Faith

A feature aired on BCfm’s Face to Faith has won a Sony Gold Radio Award.  'The Budgerigar and the Prisoner' was made for the Clifton Diocese by Mary Colwell and was broadcast as part of our Advent programme on 15 December 2008.  The Advent reflection features Face to Faith regular Father Robert King.  'The Budgerigar and the Prisoner' also won a Wolrd Gold Medal at the New York Radio Festival.

Our picture below shows Father Robert on the big screens at the Sony Radio Awards.  He's on the right.

Another fetaure aired on BCfm’s Face to Faith and made for the Clifton Diocese by Mary Colwell won a Sandford St Award in June 2009.  'Bereavement' was broadcast as part of our programme on 12 January 2009.

BCfm’s Face to Faith won a national award for a special programme about Lourdes.

BCfm’s Face to Faith followed Bristol people to the French shrine of Lourdes as they went on pilgrimage to mark the 150th anniversary of the apparitions. Presenter and producer Tom Bigwood interviewed people ranging from the airplane pilot flying the pilgrims to France, to Bishop Declan, as well as the faithful travellers themselves.

The judges said the programme was: "A beautifully mixed presentation to the highest standards of the BBC Network."

The special edition, Face to Faith - Direct from Lourdes, was broadcast in August 2008 and can still be heard in the Listen to Face to Faith section - both as mp3 and streamed.

Read about the award in the reports by the Bristol Evening Post, Independent Catholic News and the Clifton Diocese.

The silver award for best speech/magazine radio programme was made by the Christian Broadcasting Council at a ceremony in Manchester.  Regular Face to Faith contributor Robert King is pictured with the award.

BCfm’s Station Manager Phil Gibbons said: “This national award for ‘Face to Faith’ is great news for BCfm and our listeners. It confirms that, even in the year and bit we’ve been on air, BCfm has produced top quality unique radio, bringing more voices and a greater choice to Bristolians.

“This honour from the Christian Broadcasting Council comes hot on the heels of BCfm’s win at the ‘Voscurs’ - a new award to celebrate the fantastic and innovative work done by the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Bristol.

“It’s wonderful that the hard work of our 100-plus volunteers is being recognised in these ways.”

Face to Faith is broadcast at 3pm on Mondays. BCfm can be heard on 93.2fm in the city of Bristol and enjoyed online around the world. BCfm is Bristol’s first community radio station. It has just two employees but 150 volunteers. It began broadcasting in March 2007. BCfm offers access to air time, direct community involvement, training and the desired community led output of the audience. BCfm gives the people of Bristol the choice and the voice to get involved and make a difference.

Face to Faith - at the beating heart of our city of Bristol