Stroud FM has grown to be a wonderful celebration of our communities - see here my letter to press for it's first birthday. Well now it faces closure. This is totally dire - and just at a time when we want to build more community. Like many community organisations Stroud FM has found it extremely difficult to raise revenue and secure funds to continue programming. The directors have taken the reluctant decision to seriously consider closing at the end of this month.
Clare Jackson, vice chair of the board of directors, commented, “It has been a very tough decision to make but with our overheads climbing and funds drying up we have no alternative but to consider closure. We are not giving up hope and ask the wonderful people of Stroud to help keep us on air by making donations to our fighting fund.”
Stroud FM realised it was having financial difficulties in July and called an EGM after which some funds were raised from grants but not enough to maintain the station. Stroud FM went on air in 2008 and now has 56 regular volunteer presenters with a wide range of programmes from the popular news-based Drivetime show through to specialist music programmes. It also broadcasts niche local interest shows such as The Locker Room, which covers local sports, The Skateboarding Show and the environmental-based Transition Show. However, the station has not only concentrated on programmes. It has also trained 300 people in broadcasting and IT skills. It has run classes in schools and youth clubs and trained recovering addicts and the long-term unemployed.
They have also introduced a wonderful Listen Again service for some shows - the Transition Show every Friday from 2-4pm is one of those and very very worth a listen. Just click this link, and save the site as a favourite and return once a week for a new show: http://podcasts.stroudfm.co.uk/index.php?cat=The%20Transition%20Show
For further information or if you can help in anyway please call Clare Jackson on 01453 757492 or
07976 536840: http://www.stroudfm.co.uk/