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undefinedFlame Christian and Community Radio (CCR), headquartered in Rock Ferry, Wirral, received a 2012 Christian Broadcasting Council (CBC) media award recently.

The award was in the Innovative Use of Radio category and was give for the station’s ‘Voices & Verses’ series. The award ceremony was held in London.

‘Voices & Verses’ was created to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible by inviting over 600 local residents to read a verse from this much-loved bible.

The single verses were read into a recording microphone on the streets of Wirral with plenty of background noises. They were joined together into a series of 20 short programmes each with a different theme. The 2011 series has been broadcast regularly on Flame CCR.

Jono McGrath (pictured recording a contributor) is a Flame CCR radio volunteer who grew up on the Woodchurch estate near Birkenhead. Jono masterminded the series and received the silver award from comedian Tim Vine (a star of BBC1 sitcom, Not Going Out).

The single verses that featured in the programme were read into a recording microphone on the streets of Wirral with plenty of background noises. They were joined together into a series of 20 short programmes each with a different theme. The 2011 series has been broadcast regularly on Flame CCR.

The episode which won the award was on the theme of marriage.

Flame CCR is a registered charity and has broadcast on 1521 kHz medium wave since 2009 under a community radio licence. It broadcasts to Wirral and some adjoining areas. You can also listen on www.flameradio.org

The station welcomes Christians of all confessions to contribute to its broadcasts. A number of Anglicans have featured regularly – including the Revd Canon Roy Lawrence, who was vicar of Prenton, Wirral, before his retirement.

Jono McGrath (right) recording for Voices & Verses.