9 Feb 2009

Stroud FM: a celebration of our Five Valleys

Thursday night I braved the snow with various other parents and children from the Woodcraft Folk group to talk on Stroud FM. We were able to talk lots about what Woodcraft Folk does, how it came about and more - plus advertise some spaces we have. Each time I go into Stroud FM - not that often - I am impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of all the folk who are developing this radio station into something special. Here is my letter to local press below as I don't think we shout enough about Stroud FM locally!

Photos: Snaps taken on our visit this week.

Next month Stroud FM (107.9) will be one year old and as a listener I'd like to give a big thank you to all those who are making it such a success. Run by volunteers it is growing into a wonderful community radio station that really is "radio made by the people, for the people".

The programming is wildly diverse from chat to serious discussions plus every possible type of music from Techno and industrial, Rock and Soul to Classics, Salsa, Punk and World Music.

Last week I joined a Drivetime show with all it's local 'news and views of the valleys'. I was there with a group of Woodcraft Folk children and parents to talk about our local Willow Elfin group (aged 6 to 9) and advertise some spaces we have for more children (Tel: 755451) - but also packed into the show were guests like Sarah Parker on the monthly allotment spot (not to be missed by any gardeners), a local financial and property guru and other guests.

The station is wonderfully accommodating if you have an event or local group you want to publicise on air. They are also looking for more presenters, programme makers and others to further build their programming schedules: training and support is given. The station is also available online: www.stroudfm.co.uk

Philip Booth

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