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Former Social Policy student wins top radio award

Published: 9 December 2013

Social Policy alumna and radio presenter at Southampton’s award-winning Unity 101 Community Radio, is celebrating being crowned the national 2013 Radio Personality of the Year by the UK BEFFTA Awards – dubbed the ‘Black BAFTAs’ – which recognises outstanding talents in Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television & Arts.

Veronica Gordon graduated in BSc(Soc) Social Policy and Administration in 2005 and now presents the ‘Vibrant Vibes radio show’ on Unity 101 Community Radio bringing vibrant music – such as afrobeats, calypso and reggae - to Southampton’s airwaves, alongside vibrant chat, community news and events.

After successfully surviving the BEFFTA Award’s strict short-listing process, Veronica placed as a nominee, and the Award winners were selected by public vote, with Veronica receiving overwhelming support from local people.

Veronica said: “I’m still in shock that I won! Some of the other nominees in my category were very popular radio presenters from London, with bigger followings than me so I never thought I’d beat them! When they announced my name as the winner, everything just went blur! I could hear my family and friends cheering and they swept me up into their arms – which was a good thing as my legs would’ve given way! I keep kicking myself now though as I didn’t have a winner’s speech prepared, so I just thanked everyone and proudly mentioned that I’m from Southampton. My award was announced by one of my radio inspirations & previous BEFFTA Award winner, DJ Abrantee from Global Radio’s newest hit station Capital Xtra! Everything was so surreal.”

Veronica works for award winning community radio station Unity 101
Social Policy alumna Veronica

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