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Ra­dio sta­tion to air in Fe­bru­ary

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Pop-up FM ra­dio sta­tion Chiltern Dis­trict Ra­dio will air for two weeks in Fe­bru­ary.

The sta­tion has been li­censed by Of­com and will broad­cast on 87.9 FM, as well as on the in­ter­net, to Che­sham, Amer­sham, Great Mis­senden and sur­round­ing ar­eas from Fe­bru­ary 7, with pre­re­corded pro­grammes, be­fore go­ing live dur­ing the half-term break from Fe­bru­ary 14.

The ra­dio sta­tion will serve as a com­mu­nity plat­form for char­i­ties and vol­un­tary groups to get in­volved and pro­mote them­selves, along with giv­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to stu­dents in the town.

One of the steer­ing group mem­bers Emily Cul­ver­house said: “Our aim is to be a gen­uine com­mu­nity sta­tion, run by the com­mu­nity for the com­mu­nity. We will show­case ev­ery­thing that is good about the Chilterns, and bring to­gether var­i­ous dif­fer­ent as­pects of our com­mu­nity. We will achieve this by in­volv­ing the lo­cal schools and com­mu­nity groups to tell their sto­ries.”

Steer­ing group mem­ber Mark Rann added: “We’re aim­ing to give teams of be­tween three and five young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to be trained and then broad­cast the day­time ra­dio pro­grammes.

“We’re now look­ing for schools or other groups to put a team for­ward, and some have al­ready ex­pressed in­ter­est.”

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.

Char­lotte Nor­ris, who is in­volved with the project, said: “We ex­pect we may not strug­gle for pre­sen­ters but we’ll need them too! The key to the en­tire project is to en­gage the whole com­mu­nity, from all ar­eas, of all ages, eth­nic­ity and ed­u­ca­tional stan­dard.”

You would be for­given for think­ing that the nam for the ra­dio sta­tion sounds fa­mil­iar.

Miss Cul­ver­house added: “Some­one from out­side the area had al­ready reg­is­tered the trade­mark Chiltern Ra­dio so we had to think of some­thing dif­fer­ent. We’re so en­trenched in the area that an al­ter­na­tive was a tricky task. David thought of Chiltern Voice with­out know­ing that un­til re­cently it was an e-mag­a­zine de­tail­ing what’s on in the area, the work of Mer­rin Molesworth since 2006.

“I asked Mer­rin if she’d mind do­nat­ing the name to us and she was de­lighted that it was go­ing to a bril­liant com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive.”

Project man­ager David Rees said: “This ra­dio sta­tion will be a real com­mu­nity plat­form for the Chiltern Dis­trict. There are huge op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal peo­ple, whether through per­sonal de­vel­op­ment, pro­mot­ing lo­cal char­i­ties or good causes, and af­ford­able ad­ver­tis­ing to pro­mote their busi­ness at the start of the year.”

The steer­ing group com­bin­ing ra­dio ex­per­tise and lo­cal cham­pi­ons are David Rees and Phill Can­non joined by Mark Rann and Emily Cul­ver­house all of whom are ably as­sisted by Char­lotte Nor­ris, Nigel Brand, David MacBean, Mimi Harker and oth­ers.

If you are a bud­ding ra­dio pre­sen­ter, if you have a story you think needs to be told, have an idea for the ra­dio sta­tion, or would like to get in­volved in any­way con­tact Miss Cul­ver­house by call­ing 07540 410 130 or email any of the team at chiltern­voice@gmail.com.

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