Radio station founder awarded BEM in King’s Birthday Honours

Gateway 97.8 director and founder Ros Connors has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the King’s Birthday Honours list.

Ros, who established the Basildon radio station in 2006 alongside the late Yvonne Williams receives the award for services to radio broadcasting.

At Gateway, Ros oversees all shows and station programming. She developed a feature called Community Action, giving charities a platform and airtime to make their appeals and directly ‘speak’ to the community – over 100 charities have benefited from free airtime.

During her shows, Ros has conducted thousands of interviews and has dedicated over 2,000 hours volunteering per year. The radio station has also offered training to 7,000 young people.

Ros said: “It is awesome to be recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours for my work over the years bringing truly local radio to Basildon, and I also want to thank His Majesty and wish him well.

“Gateway is such a wonderful resource for Basildon. The radio station encourages young people who live in the area to consider a career in the media industry, and can provide the necessary training through a series of nationally recognised courses. Also it provides great entertainment with a diverse range of programmes.”

Gateway 97.8 Director Danny Lawrence added: “This is brilliant news for Ros. It is so well deserved. Everybody at Gateway 97.8 is so proud of her.”

Gateway 97.8 is based in the Eastgate Centre in Basildon. Ros Connors presents Drivetime and Sunday Delight. Listen at or on 97.8FM in Basildon and East Thurrock.