Student radio DJ celebrates double award nomination

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A Student at the University of Edinburgh is celebrating receiving two nominations in the Student Radio Awards.

FreshAir.org.uk presenter Calum Macdonald was nominated in the Best Outside Broadcast Category for ‘Live in my Lounge’, a one off special he presented from his home on the Isle of Lewis.

BBC Radio 1 and Global Radio sponsor the Student Radio Awards which this year saw over 600 entries from across the United Kingdom with only six nominations made in each of the thirteen categories.

The show, broadcast live from Calum’s lounge during Edinburgh University’s Innovative Learning Week, included a performance from Colin McLeod – formerly “The Boy Who Trapped the Sun, from Point on the Isle of Lewis – who has appeared in the same line up as Bruce Springsteen and whose new EP is released on 21st October (there is a feature interview with Colin about his new E.P in this week’s Stornoway Gazette out on Thursday, October 17th).

However Calum had even more to celebrate as ‘Edinburgh Question Time’ was also nominated in the same category.

The FreshAir News broadcast, which was presented by Calum, was the only official hustings before the Edinburgh University Students Association sabbatical elections in March. It saw questions being posed to the candidates by a live audience in Teviot Debating Hall and trended on Twitter across the UK due to the high level of audience interaction

Speaking after the nominations party Calum said: “Receiving two nominations for Fresh Air is absolutely brilliant.  The Student Radio Awards are a big deal. They’ve launched the careers of some huge names in the radio industry and to be on a short list to win is fantastic. I am absolutely delighted with the nominations - here’s hoping for a great night at the awards ceremony in London next month!”

The wait is now on for Calum and the News team until the 7th of November when the award winners will be announced at a star studded ceremony in London.