Frieda show nominated for top award

Broadcaster and singer Frieda Morrison with Steve Byrne, who joins her on the programme.
Broadcaster and singer Frieda Morrison with Steve Byrne, who joins her on the programme.

An online radio programme celebrating the Scots language and produced by broadcaster and singer Frieda Morrison has been nominated for a top international award.

Scots Radio features Scots ‘fae Shetland tae the Borders and athin in atween’.

The programme that was launched on the internet two years ago attracts thousands of listeners throughout the world with its special blend of information, interviews and music.

The monthly podcast has been nominated in the ‘magazine category’ and is competing against programmes from BBC Alba and BBC Scotland as well as BBC Ireland and Wales, for the Celtic Media Festival’s ‘Torc’ Award for Excellence.

Frieda, from Deeside, sees the nomination as an important step in the promotion of the Scots language.

She said: “I’m just thrilled and honoured that Scots Radio has been nominated for an award in such a prestigious festival and I would like to thank all the contributors and listeners for their support.

“It’s a big class of entries and we’ll be competing with the biggest broadcasting companies in the land - but we are proud of our programmes and we travel in hope.”

The hour-long podcast receives funding from Creative Scotland and before it developed its own website on www.scotsradio.com, was hosted by the Scots Language Centre.

Frieda is joined on the programme throughout the year by folklorist and musician Steve Byrne.

The winners will be revealed at the festival in County Waterford tomorrow (Friday).