Breakfast show presenter celebrates scooping top radio award

By Emily Barker

A breakfast show presenter is celebrating after winning an award and being presented with it at the O2 venue in London.

Abi Gibson 1

De Montfort University (DMU) third year Media Production student Abi Gibson, 22, has won a Student Radio Award for Best Female Presenter for her breakfast radio show.

Abi said: “It was a big sense of relief when I won. I was the only person nominated from DemonFM and because I took 15 people down there with me, I think I would have felt like I let a lot of people down if I didn’t win.”

Candidates had to create a four-minute demo of their best bits, along with 500 words which was sent to the Student Radio Awards (SRA) where it undergoes two rounds of judging; one round from the SRA and one round from industry officials. Work is submitted in July and the candidates find out if they have been nominated in October. The awards this year were earlier this month.

Abi Gibson 2

In her first year at DMU, Abi was a news reader. In her second year, she became head of news and had her own breakfast show.

Now in her third year, she is station manager for DemonFM.

Abi added: “These awards are a great opportunity for networking, it helps to get our name out there and for someone to have an SRA on their CV, it gives a good impression to the employer.

“I got a lot of email addresses that night. I’m also going to contact the people who judged the awards, when their names or organisations have been released.

“I would love to work in radio in the future, and I feel with student media, you get out what you put in.

“I would love to work at Radio One as it’s every radio presenter’s dream, but I’d also like to work at my local radio station, Key 103, which is based in Manchester.”

You can listen to Abi’s breakfast show on DemonFM on a Tuesday morning from 8am to 10am.

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