From Scunthorpe Hospital Radio to sharing table with comedian Peter Kay at hall of fame awards
A NORTH Lincolnshire radio personality has scooped a prestigious award after 26 years on the air.
Sean Dunderdale was honoured with a lifetime achievement prize by the Radio Academy.
The award was presented at a dinner to induct four new members into the industry's hall of fame.
Sean, 41, rubbed shoulders with radio legends and household names like comedian Peter Kay at the dinner, in Manchester.
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He presented his first show on Scunthorpe Hospital Radio aged 15 and has worked for Lincs FM since it began 20 years ago.
He is now director of programming at the Lincoln-based station and remains heavily involved with hospital radio.
Speaking after the dinner, which formed part of this year's Radio Festival, Sean said: "I just thought I was there for the meal.
"Suddenly, Paul Sylvester, who started with me at Scunthorpe Hospital Radio and is now head of presentation at Absolute Radio, appeared on the stage.
"The penny started dropping as to who he was talking about and before I knew it, I was on stage."
Sean was honoured alongside hall of fame inductees Danny Baker, Helen Mayhew, Margherita Taylor and Sandi Toksvig.
He said: "I was put on table one, which was Danny Baker's table, and Sarah Greene was sat next to me.
"I thought it was odd when I was put on that table.
"Peter Kay presented Danny Baker with his award and then sat on our table, so that was different, spending an evening with Peter Kay."
Sean's first experience of being on the radio came when he was aged 12.
He was picked out to appear on a quiz as part of a Radio Humberside roadshow from an event at Scunthorpe's Quibell Park.
Three years later, he joined the town's hospital radio station, before applying for jobs in the radio industry.
He said: "I got some radio experience under my belt but was told I had radio experience but not journalistic experience.
"I did a few days of work experience at the Scunthorpe Telegraph and eventually got a job out of it."
Mr Dunderdale said reaching the position of director of programming and clocking up more than 20 years on the radio ranked among his greatest achievements.
He added: "Ten years ago as part of the Queen's Golden Jubilee, I brought the Duke of Edinburgh to Scunthorpe Hospital Radio.
"That was quite an achievement, being able to show the Duke around the new studios we had built."
Clive Dickens, chairman of the Radio Festival, said: "The Local and Regional Lifetime Achievement Award is an accolade honouring those who have shown commitment and dedication to producing innovative and dynamic output across local radio stations.
"Sean has demonstrated his skills and passion for local radio with a stellar career at Lincs FM, spanning more than 20 years.
"The station consistently provides listeners with thought-provoking debate and entertaining features."