The Prison Radio Association – an award-winning NGO using radio to support prisoner rehabilitation
In 2006 Phil Maguire became the founding Chief Executive of the Prison Radio Association (PRA) – an award-winning NGO that uses radio to support prisoner rehabilitation. In 2009 the PRA launched National Prison Radio, the world’s first national radio station for people in prison. The station has a large, loyal and growing audience – with 74% of people in prison tuning in for more than 10 hours each week.
Phil is leading the development of Prison Radio International – a growing global movement of people using audio for social good in criminal justice settings.
The PRA has produced dozens of radio documentaries for the BBC and made several award-winning podcast series. The PRA was named Production Company of the Year at the 2017 and 2020 Audio Production Awards. The PRA’s work has won a range of national and international awards, including ten Sony Radio Academy Awards, eight New York International Radio Awards, and a coveted Rose d’Or, in the Audio Stories category.
In the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Phil was appointed an OBE for ‘Services to Radio Production and Prison Radio’.
Phil loves his job, but says he’s never had more fun at work than when co-hosting The Secret Life of Prisons podcast.