Sony nomination for Beryl and Betty
Published on 14 May 2012 12:00 PM
A radio show hosted by two women aged 85 and 90 has been nominated for a Sony Radio Academy award.
Beryl & Betty is presented by Beryl Renwick, 85, and Betty Smith, 90, and the pair became Sony's oldest-ever nominees when they were shortlisted for best entertainment show.
Their hour-long programme has proved a hit among listeners thanks to its mix of music, local history and past reminiscences.
Previous winners of the award include Chris Evans, Russell Brand and Chris Moyles.
Betty said: 'It's quite a do, isn't it? It's one of those things you never really would have thought when you started.'
Beryl & Betty airs on BBC Radio Humberside at 6pm on Saturdays, after the station's football broadcast.
The show has been running for six years, with between 10,000 and 20,000 people tuning in every week.
Producer and co-presenter David Reeves said: 'It's been a word-of-mouth thing, really. I was looking to create a show that would give a voice to the kind of people you don't often hear on the radio.'
He added: 'I was interested in older people's views. Nothing heavy; just their stories, their thoughts on the week, their opinions of new music.'
Beryl said: 'There's nothing else like it on the radio, anywhere: two ladies, talking. And we do talk about everything. We do vary the show, too; even children love to hear us.'
The Sony Radio Academy Awards ceremony takes place at London's Grosvenor Hotel on May 14.
Copyright Press Association 2012