Lucy’s been nominated for a huge national radio award!


We’re planning big improvements to Reckless Radio in the summer, and this could help.  Lucy has been nominated for Best in Music presenter at the Young Arias, putting her in the top three young presenters in the country.

Our full press release will be sent to media shortly, but here it is for you to read first!

Young music fan in line for national radio award

A 17-year-old student from a village near Manningtree in Essex has been nominated for Best in Music presenter at the new “Sony Radio Awards” for children.

Lucy Hutton of Bradfield, who is a first year A Level Student at Suffolk One College in Ipswich, was frustrated with the music choice on mainstream radio so set up her own online station, Reckless Radio, which plays “music the others hardly bother with” such as All Time Low, Panic! At the Disco, Wolf Alice, Paramore, Two Door Cinema Club and Waterparks.

The Young Arias, which are run by the Radio Academy and supported by the BBC and Commercial Radio, search for the best in radio talent for under-18s.  Lucy entered a special Reckless Radio show she produced and presented, playing female alternative artists to mark International Women’s Day, and it has been shortlisted along with two other nominations for the prestigious prize.

“I was being put under an extreme amount of stress at my previous all-girls’ school in Colchester in the run-up to my GCSEs,” explains Lucy.  “I was urged to do something completely different from study to try to reduce my anxiety and so I thought playing music that I love which is under-represented on mainstream radio would be fun.

“Reckless Radio does play some songs you hear on Radio One, but they’re not heard there that often and they get played alongside many other genres I don’t like.  We started by broadcasting Reckless on Upload Radio and had some really positive feedback, and even picked up listeners in America and Argentina!”

The station now broadcasts online at and Lucy has plans to go onto DAB in the future although she admits, “I’ll have to do a lot to edit out swear words in some of the songs before that happens!”  She’s hoping that the nomination will help her sell advertising and sponsorship on the station to pay for the expansion because, “Running a radio station is really quite expensive.”

The rules for entries are that they must showcase how the presenter has a passion for, and an in-depth knowledge of, music that is presented in a “style that sounds fresh and exciting”.  Lucy is grateful to professional voiceover Danny Cox, who used to run a radio station in Colchester, for making all the station imaging, which, she says, “really brings the station to life”.

The awards are on the 17th May at BBC’s New Broadcasting House.  “Win or lose, it’s been a real confidence boost for me,” concludes Lucy.  “At my old school we were even told that sometimes our best isn’t good enough.  I want anyone else who’s being pressured in their teenage years to believe in themselves and know they are valued.”

Lucy is now very happy at Suffolk One and is about to embark on her university applications, as well her hopes to grow Reckless Radio even further.

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