Chiltern Voice 87.9 – coming to your airwaves!
Three of Chiltern Chamber’s committee attended a very upbeat volunteers’ evening for Chiltern Voice FM, held at Chesham United FC. To judge from the meeting, this initiative will enjoy considerable local support, and we wish it every success.
Below is a summary of the project for Chamber members and friends who would like to support or get involved.
What is It?
Chiltern Voice FM is a not-for-profit Community ‘pop-up’ FM radio station, with any profits going to local charities. It has been licensed by OFCOM and will broadcast on FM and over the internet to Chesham, Amersham, Great Missenden and surrounding areas – see map for anticipated coverage (click to enlarge).
The station will be on air for 2 weeks from 7th February 2016. The first week will consist largely of prerecorded programmes, before going fully live during the half term break from 14th February.
The steering group combines radio expertise and local champions, with David Rees and Phill Cannon joined by Mark Rann and Emily Culverhouse, along with Charlotte Norris, Nigel Brand, David MacBean, Mimi Harker and others. The team has already benefited also from experts who work at BBC 3 Counties Radio, volunteers from Radio Christmas and Watford’s community station, Silver FM.
Who can get involved?
Anyone! The radio station is envisaged as a genuine community project. Charities and voluntary groups are invited to get involved. There are plans to involve local schools and students. Becoming part of the radio project will give volunteers the opportunity to learn how to run a radio station, which includes programming, scheduling, writing news reports, as well as the technical and engineering side of broadcast. Students (of all ages), teachers and other members of the public can get in touch if they are interested in getting involved and want to know more. You can download a Chiltern Voice Volunteer application form here, but you’ll need to be quick, as time is short!
Another practical way of assisting is financially. Whilst radio professionals are donating technical know-how, equipment and training, a minimum of £5000 will be required to cover OFCOM fees, music licensing fees and other non-avoidable operating expenses.
Chiltern Voice 87.9’s Ratecard explains terms for sponsors and advertisers – support can be acknowledged on air in a number of ways, from overall project sponsorship, to sponsorship of individual programmes or just advertising your company or products. Costs can start from as low as £1 for a dedication or a 30-second advertising slot.
For further information please contact Emily Culverhouse (tel. 07540 410130) or any of the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.