Tune into Chiltern on new show
Radio station to air in February
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 email@example.com.