Golden Oldies win a Sony!

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Last night, the glitterati of the airwaves gathered together for the most coveted radio awards of the season – the Sonys.  The biggest and brightest stars of radio were all out in force, but it was two golden girls who outshone the rest.

They are the hottest things on the radio right now, with plans to conquer TV and maybe even Hollywood. No, it’s not a couple of hip, young DJs, with a talent for waxing lyrical and mixing beats, it’s 90-year-old Betty Smith and her best friend, 86-year-old, Beryl Renwick.

Betty and Beryl won the prestigious award for Best Entertainment Show at last night’s event, beating comedian Frank Skinner to the post.

What began as a bit of a joke on a local radio station has become one of the most talked about radio shows in Britain. As so rightly put by the Sony judges, “these two pensioners have given a voice to the unspoken members of British society”. In an age when radio stars are getting younger and younger and technology developments are making the generation gap seem wider, these silver-haired ladies have brought a refreshing change to radio.

Earlier this year, as it was announced that a spritely Greg James would be taking over from Scott Mills on Radio 1, many speculated it was because Mills was now considered ‘too old’ for drive time. Too old? Since when was 39 considered old?

So, we Peppermints would like to congratulate Betty and Beryl for their award and for opening the airwaves to a whole new – well, old – generation. Life, it seems, begins at 90!