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RECYCLE RADIO

The Calderdale town of Hebden Bridge has never had a local radio station. In 2013 we conducted a survey which showed there was a significant amount of interest within the local community not just to listen to such a station but to be an active part of delivering the service.

Following a successful model trialled in Leeds, Salford and Chester, we devised a strategy that will ultimately lead to a full-time community radio station focusing on the needs of the listenership. The programme was devised in order to address a number of different needs within the community:

  • Provision of entertainment/information to listeners
  • Allowing people to learn and develop new transferable skills regardless of age, enhancing their self-confidence
  • Enhancing community cohesion
  • Promoting local interest groups, artists and musicians
  • Tackling issues of loneliness and social exclusion in the local area

The first stage of this, carried out in July 2014, was a four day, live-streamed Internet broadcast coinciding with the Yorkshire legs of the Tour de France. Listening figures for the weekend were well into 4 figures at peak. On the run-up to the event, 58 members of the local community accessed free training in software, radio production and presenting. Throughout the 4 days 157 people were involved in presenting show or in a technical and support capacity.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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Radio Skills Training

Over 10 weeks, we will recruit and train a group of volunteer radio presenters from the community.

We will equip them with the skills necessary to operate a radio studio.

Here are some of the things you can learn:

 

 Studio Protocols – (including health and safety)

 Desk craft (software and hardware)

 DJing (creating a show)

 Microphone technique

 Interviewing techniques

 Vox Pops

 How to conduct live ‘On Air’ interviews

 How to write radio scripts,

 How to research local interest items

 How to record and edit audio files,

 How to construct Station Idents,

 Writing their own DJ profile for the website

 Make title sequences for their own show

 Make radio jingles and PR

 

Thanks for listening!

 

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