Oldest DJ's joy at BBC Radio Humberside award
- 15 May 2012
- From the section Humberside
The oldest ever winner of a Sony Radio Academy Award has said the victory made her feel like a 21-year-old.
Ninety-year-old Betty Smith said it had come as "such a shock" to her and fellow BBC Radio Humberside presenter Beryl Renwick, 86.
The duo beat comedian Frank Skinner and BBC 6 Music's Adam & Joe to the gold award for best entertainment programme.
They were given their Saturday night show after being talent spotted during a tour of the BBC studios in Hull.
The award ceremony was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Monday night.
Betty and Beryl and their producer David Reeves were presented with the award by ex-footballer Robbie Savage.
Afterwards Betty said: "Everything's been marvellous.
"I couldn't believe it was happening to me, and I'm knocking on to bloody 100. I feel like I'm 21.
"I didn't know whether to cry or scream. It was such a shock. What a night - it was absolutely fantastic."
Her on-air partner Beryl said: "It's never happened to me before, anything like this. It's just unbelievable that we're causing all this commotion."
Asked why the two of them were such a successful partnership, Beryl said: "Because we're different. Betty's had a different life entirely to me. She's had 10 children, I've had a very quiet life."
She continued: "When I go through those doors at the BBC something comes over me... I think, 'I'm home. I'm with my family.'
"I've adopted David, I've adopted all the big bosses and all the presenters.
"I love them all - they make such a fuss of us."
Producer David said after the win they were congratulated by many of the famous faces in the audience.
"It was like a little media celebrity hub our table. They put us right at the front, we had one of the best seats in the house," he said
"It was so easy for everyone just to come up to us. We had the minister for radio coming up and shaking our hands."
Simon Pattern, managing editor of Radio Humberside who put the duo on air, said that some people thought they were invented characters played by actresses.
"They're real and the stories they tell are about their lives, " he said. "They just share a real enthusiasm for the world around them."