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Sony Awards Success
Tuesday 11th May 2010

Andover Sound's news team beat off stiff competition from the BBC and other commercial radio stations last night to win a coveted Sony Radio Academy Award.

The station was second only to the BBC World Service and picked up an award for News Journalist of the Year.

Andover Sound was also crowned 'the best station of its kind in England' at the awards, which are known as the oscars of the radio world.

The awards were given out at a glittering ceremony in London on Monday night hosted by Chris Evans. Click play to listen to the moment the news team's award was announced and hear reaction from some of the other guests.

The judges comments about the news team were:

This is local radio at its best. Vibrant, passionate reporting that informs the audience and reflects the community it represents in an upbeat and positive manner. An impressive entry from a small team operating on a low budget, with respect for the local military population.

Meanwhile the comments about the radio station were:

Despite all of the issues facing smaller radio stations, here is a station which is clearly deserving of industry recognition. Without the 'benefits' of news-hubbing, co-location or networking, this profitable station delivers on behalf of its listeners and advertisers by broadcasting quality, engaging local content.

Meanwhile North West Hampshire's MP has congratulated Andover Sound after the radio station picked up one of the biggest radio awards around.

Sir George Young said he was delighted: "I'd like to congratulate the news team, which is Ben McGrail and Faye Marsh, on their Silver award at the Sony's. It's a fantastic achievement for a relatively small station, compared to the big boys, and one that's only been up and running for two years. Everyone is very proud of what you've done."

The BBC has also congratulated Andover Sound. South Today presenter Sally Taylor mentioned us on the programme on Tuesday night. Click here to watch the moment (approximately 22 minutes into the programme).

Scroll down for photos from the night and leave your messages below:

The Andover Sound team get ready to set off for London courtesy of Ben's Limos

We arrive at the Grosvenor House Hotel

The Andover Sound team (left to right): Ben McGrail, Faye Marsh, Gary Haberfield, Will Brougham, Sarah Axton, Ian Axton, Shirley Swain, Steve Randall & Adrian Clarkson

Shirley Swain and Steve Randall

The team on the screen

Shirley and Adrian with X Factor host Dermot O'Leary

Gary and Will with Paul Whitehouse

Above and below: Gary and Will with Fearne Cotton

Gary cosies up to Claudia Winkleman

Gary meets Frank Skinner

Ben with Dougie from McFly and Frankie from The Saturdays

Above and below: Adrian and Ben meet Pineapple Dance Studio's Louie Spence

Above and below: Adrian and Ben meet former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips

Dermot and Louie

Gary, Shirley and Faye

Shirley meets Jools Holland

Stuart McGinley and Faye Marsh with our silver award

Adrian and Olympic gold medallist Denise Lewis

The Andover Sound team celebrates

Ben McGrail and Faye Marsh with TV impressionist Alistair McGowan

Click below to hear more..

Stan's Pet Needs of Colenzo Drive Andover says:
05:10  on  Monday 17th May 2010
"Well done Ben & Faye and everyone who goes to putting on the shows together "
John Crozier - Head Coach Andover RFC of Andover says:
20:11  on  Sunday 16th May 2010
"Many many congratulations to all, well deserved. The whole of North West Hampshire and especially Andover know how good the station is and this is proof that all the hard work is worth it. Well Done "
Jason Cousins Hair Salon of Colenzo Drive says:
23:04  on  Friday 14th May 2010
"Congratulations to all the team, you really deserve it, fantastic news!"
sarah and family of andover says:
17:02  on  Friday 14th May 2010
"Congatulations to you all at Andover Sounds.You so Desreve the awards ,you are The Pride of North West Hampshire xx"
Sandi Lucas. of Pilgrims Way,ANDOVER says:
09:57  on  Wednesday 12th May 2010
"Congrats and WELL DONE,keep up the good work you deserve it. "
Iris Andersen of Andover says:
20:47  on  Tuesday 11th May 2010
"Everybody should know about Andover now and what a great radio station we have. Well done to all of you, it just goes to show what good teamwork can do."
Sue Sheppard of Andover Vision says:
20:43  on  Tuesday 11th May 2010
"Congratulations Andover Sound on another fantastic achievement. I have seen the hard work and dedication first-hand and there is no other station more worthy. You are the Pride of NW Hampshire!"
John of Salisbury says:
18:57  on  Tuesday 11th May 2010
"Congratulations to a winning team from an older member of another winning team not a million miles away from Andover!"
Pammy of GYR8 Bellydance of Andover says:
17:38  on  Tuesday 11th May 2010
"Huge congrats from everyone at GYR8 Bellydance to everyone at AS! You guys are great and have made a fantastic impact on our community over the last 15 months. The Andovarian spirit rocks thanks to you guys! Btw, we're very jealous that you got to meet Louis Spence!"
Fay of Andover says:
17:34  on  Tuesday 11th May 2010
"Well Done Andover Sound! Good news!"
James Davies of Mold, North Wales says:
17:13  on  Tuesday 11th May 2010
"Ever since I spent some time at the station on a work experience attachment early last year, it was clear from the quality of their output to the staff's professionalism that they had the potential to reach the top. Clearly, last night's recognition is testament to those efforts. Well done to all at Andover Sound."
Jon Stannah of Stannah Lifts Group says:
16:50  on  Tuesday 11th May 2010
"A fantastic achievement from our local Radio station. Keep up the good work - Jon. "
Jenny Balchin of Roman Way says:
14:38  on  Tuesday 11th May 2010
"What great news...well done peeps on winning yet another award for all the very hard work you all put in to make Andover Sound the great radio station it has become....especially proud of Faye and Ben. xx "
Shaun Johns of Nottingham says:
14:07  on  Tuesday 11th May 2010
"Well done team and congratulations to our good friend Shirley, thats one for Nottingham girl "
Manuela of andover says:
11:59  on  Tuesday 11th May 2010
"what fabulous pictures you all look so happy and well deservedly so... and you got to meet so many famous people!!! Love the tie Ben... as I said already on 'messages' very well done all of you I am so very proud of 'our' station you certainly are putting Andover on the map... Dedication hard work and commitment certainly pays off...♥"
Sue Allison of Andover College says:
09:37  on  Tuesday 11th May 2010
"Congratulations Andover Sound. What a well deserved win. We always knew we had a fantastic radio station - now the whole country does!"
Liz Cosgrove of Weyhill says:
07:51  on  Tuesday 11th May 2010
"Its offical - The Pride of North West Hampshire! Well done to all"
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