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GRF wins Jerusalem Award

GRF won a top award and was also a finalist in this year’s Jerusalem Awards, presented in October at BAFTA in London.

From 26 entries, a shortlist of seven, and a final list of three, GRF won in the Festivals (Radio) category with our short programme called ‘Waiting for refugee status ‘. This programme was a presentation of music and words for Advent on the theme of waiting, featuring an interview with Alison Phipps, the foster mother of an asylum seeker. The shortlisting judges said it was as “a timely insight into the reality of those, especially children, seeking asylum and the engagement with the UK authorities.” Alison is Professor of Language and InterCultural Studies at the University of Glasgow, co-convener of the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMnet). The judges said the programme was “…simple and understated but very, very effective…”.

Also, from 16 entries and a shortlist of six, we made the final list of three in the Digital Audio category for our smallVOICE podcast. The judges said “We really enjoyed listening to this – light in tone but substantive in content.”




October 26, 2016   No Comments

Prayer Letter July 2015


Our Prayer Letter for July 2015 is now out. Please click on this link or on the picture above to see the newsletter.

If you would like to subscribe to the Prayer Letter, please just email us.

July 7, 2015   No Comments

GRF at the Aye Write! festival

GRF’s smallVOICE podcast is hosting an event at this year’s Aye Write! which is Glasgow’s popular and well-established book festival.

At 6pm on Saturday 18 April we are delighted to welcome Rev Dave Tomlinson. Dave Tomlinson was vilified in the tabloid press as ‘the villains’ vicar’ after taking the funerals of two Great Train Robbers, including Ronnie Biggs’ in 2014. For ten years, Dave led a church gathering in a pub in Clapham; he is a rubbish birdwatcher, a Liverpool supporter and he is convinced that God shouldn’t be left in the hands of the religious.

smallVOICE brings Dave to Aye Write for an honest, maybe controversial, but always eminently reasonable session about finding God.

The session will be chaired by smallVOICE presenter Darrem McKinnon, and other members of the GRF Team will be at the event. Do come along, enjoy the session, and say hello!

Tickets are £9 and you can book online at or by telephone 0141 353 8000 or in person at The Mitchell Library. Check out the smallVOICE website at for updates and news.

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March 21, 2015   No Comments

GRF’s smallVOICE podcast finalist at 2014 Jerusalem Awards


GRF’s monthly smallVOICE podcast was a finalist in the Series or Strand category at this year’s Jerusalem Awards. The presenting team of Darren, Margaret and Anne were able to attend the ceremony on 15 October at BAFTA in London. The category was won by BBC 2’s Pause for Thought, but the team from GRF were happy to pose with their finalist certificates for the camera!

October 16, 2014   No Comments

Our smallVOICE podcast is one!

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Our smallVOICE podcast has just notched up its 1st birthday! Thanks to everyone for listening and interacting.

The podcast is a monthly mix of chat, reviews, live music and topical debate. All the content is led by the experienced broadcasting team of Margaret Tooth, Darren McKinnon and Anne Muir (pictured above).

You can listen to it on our dedicated website at or subscribe on iTunes and listen to it on your mp3 player or phone.

We’ve had some great studio guests – including former Moderators of the General Assembly! There’s been laughs, great songs and challenging thoughts.

You can let us know what you think about the podcast via the website or on Twitter (@small_voice1).

August 4, 2014   No Comments

GRF nominated for two Sandford Awards

GRF is delighted to have two programmes shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Sandford St Martin Awards.

Our documentary about Mary Livingstone, Mrs Livingstone I Presume?, is shortlisted in the Radio category (and is the only non-BBC produced or broadcast programme in that category).

Mrs Livingstone I Presume? was broadcast by Premier Radio in London on 27 May 2013. Read more information about the programme.

In the Podcasts category, our Christmas edition of smallVOICE has been shortlisted. You can find out more about the podcast on the smallVOICE website: and you can listen to the podcast here.

The Sandford St Martin Awards are broadcast awards for radio and TV programmes that reflect religious, spiritual or ethical themes. The winners will be announced in a ceremony at Lambeth Palace on 3 June 2014.

April 16, 2014   No Comments

Albert Bogle back at GRF studios


A keen singer-songwriter, Albert Bogle recorded his very first LP at GRF’s studios in 1974.

Since then he’s done a few things …. Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, charity director, internet innovator, and committed parish minister, to name just some!

40 years on, it’s been great to welcome Albert back to GRF  to do some more recording for our April smallVOICE podcast.

Visit the smallVOICE website here.

April 2, 2014   1 Comment

Two Jerusalem Awards for GRF


We’re very happy to report that our two shortlisted programmes both won awards at last night’s Jerusalem Awards held at BAFTA in London.

The programmes were very different  – one a personal reflection for Fathers’ Day; the other, a satirical television sketch for Christmas – but the judges were fulsome in their praise for both. The Fathers’ Day piece was ‘very moving’ and involving; the sketch was ‘clever and creative, with a smart Christian message’.

GRF Team members, Brian Muir and Gillian McKinnon, were at the award ceremony to accept the awards on behalf of GRF.


October 17, 2013   2 Comments

GRF programmes nominated for awards

We’re delighted that two GRF programmes have been nominated in this year’s Jerusalem Awards: a very personal reflection for Fathers’ Day presented by Anne Muir; and a spoof of TV’s The Thick of It re-imagined for Christmas, starring King Herod’s spin doctor. We’re particularly pleased that two such very different styles of programme, aimed at different audiences, have been nominated.

You can listen to Herod’s Spin Doctor in The Thick of It on our YouTube channel. (Warning: as this is a spoof of the TV series ‘The Thick of It’, very strong language is implied!)

The Jerusalem Awards promotes and supports Christian involvement in broadcasting. You can view the full shortlist for the 2013 Awards here.

August 5, 2013   No Comments

Mrs Livingstone, I Presume?

Christian missionary David Livingstone’s bicentennial is celebrated this year, but in all the coverage, little mention has been made of his wife Mary, who shared two of his great expeditions across the Kalahari. She was pregnant both times and, on the second trip, actually gave birth in the scrubland in a make-shift camp. Born in Africa, died in Africa, Mary still lives in the shadow of her famous husband.

GRF’s radio programme, ‘Mrs Livingstone, I Presume?’, tells the lost story of Mary Livingstone, missionary, wife and mother. Based on recent research by journalist and travel writer, Julie Davidson, and by Marion Moffatt, Mary’s great-great-grand niece, this 27-minute radio programme is broadcast on Premier Christian Radio, Heartland FM (Pitlochry), Manx FM (Isle of Man) and on other stations across the UK.

Please check Premier Radio’s listings for times:


May 22, 2013   No Comments