Did you know that we have a local community radio station?
10Radio is a community radio station run for our local communities by volunteers from our local communities. Its studios are based in Wiveliscombe, serving Wellington, Milverton, Cotford St Luke, Bishops Lydeard, and the surrounding villages while its broadcast signal on 105.3 FM can even be picked up in parts of Taunton. It can also be heard across the globe, through the 10Radio and other radio apps and via the internet streaming service accessed through the 10Radio webpage.
Andrew Norris, the current chair of 10Radio (aka the Rockin Rev!) says, “At its heart, 10Radio aims to provide entertainment, information and opportunities for our local communities to grow and work together. It involves and encourages people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities in every aspect of running the station – from presenting, and playing music, to making programmes of special and local interest, or providing technical know-how. We welcome anyone and everyone.”
10Radio started life in 2004 when a small group of local residents with an interest in community development read about a community radio station in Manchester and thought ‘…“wouldn’t it be great to do it in rural Somerset as well?”. In September the following year, 10Radio was born with a month of varied broadcasts and taking its name from the 10 Parishes Arts Festival. A year later the second month of broadcasts attracted 200 presenters and 50 studio volunteers. Inspired by the success, a community radio licence from Ofcom was awarded and, following a frantic year of preparation, 10Radio was aunched as a 24-hour, 7 days a week radio station in January 2008.
Coming out of lockdown, 10Radio has just re-launched its programme schedule and now boasts a weekday breakfast show providing music, news and information on local events and traffic conditions. There is a weekly community show where artists, local businesses and organisations, local government and organisers of events have the opportunity to share what is happening in this part of West Somerset. There are also a wide variety of music shows of a general, popular nature alongside programmes reflecting specialist genres from folk music to jazz and hard rock.
10Radio’s outside broadcast lorry is back on the road. Affectionately known as ALICE, it is fully equipped with a studio, PA system and stage facilitating music, announcements, and a performance platform for a whole range of community events, concerts, and fetes. Crucially, as part of its commitment to rebuilding our communities after lockdown, 10Radio is offering ALICE to local events and organisations in our communities free of charge.
Throughout the pandemic, 10Radio has become a local beacon providing information and updates on services, resources, amenities and support for people and businesses. It has also offered local, friendly voices as companions for the isolated and taken requests, dedications and messages to pass on to fellow listeners across the world. In its ongoing Home Service programme, 10Radio has also been able to bring acts of worship conducted by local worship leaders to the front rooms of those unable to attend church services.
If you would like to find out more, become involved as a presenter with full training provided, take on any other role for the station, or just become a Friend, please contact 10Radio at info@10Radio.org or telephone 01984 624137.