A LOCAL hospital radio station has been put forward for five prizes at an upcoming awards ceremony.

Radio Northwick Park has received the nominations in the 2009 Hospital Broadcasting Association's National Awards, which is the station's most impressive performance ever.

Ben Punter is up for Male Presenter of the Year, and Lauren Rich and Biba Hunjan have both been nominated for Female Presenter of the Year.

The station broadcasts live for 24 hours straight in its first 24 Hour Challenge, and this has been nominated in the Special Event category as well as for Best Station Promotion.

The award winners will be revealed at a ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool on Saturday, March 28.

Radio Northwick Park continues to broadcast out of the basement of the Harrow hospital, and managed to stay on the airwaves despite a fire last month forcing patients to be evacuated.

The station's nominated entries can all be found by visiting www.radionorthwickpark.org/awards.