5 live success at the Sony Awards
Last night 5 live won the top award for any UK radio station - UK Radio Station of the Year at the Sony Radio Academy Awards. It felt all the sweeter because it's the first time in twelve years we've won this award and only the third time in the station's history.
The award matters because the judges are an independent panel of some of the most respected names in the radio industry. The entry for this category includes highlights of the year, a selection of output from a specific day not of our choosing and supporting written material. To come out on top is a great boost to all of us here; this is what the judges said:
"This year's winning entry came from a station at the top of its game with an enviable roster of skilled presenters. We heard a selection of the very best in speech radio: penetrating interviews, evocative description, topical news and sports commentary, phone-ins and entertainment."
There are many people to thank - our presenters, programme editors and producers, studio directors and managers and everyone involved in running the station. But above all I would like to thank all of our listeners. In the end the sound of 5 live is about connections and relationships, your stories and the things that matter to you. We're thrilled at what we've achieved over the last year but we want to use this as a platform to go on to even greater things.
Adrian Van Klaveren is Controller of BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live Sports Extra