I shall just blog about a few highlights, and not succumb to being a daily rambling diary!
I have had the pleasure of being a part of the Reading local community radio station www.reading4u.co.uk. It was a very short and relaxed two hours talking about the exploits and agenda of the Rambling Duck to the presenter, and chairman of the station, Eddy Winship. It was during the 10.00am to 12.00 timeslot which is a daily regular slot for Community Matters, where anyone can pop on the show and chat about an event, something they suffer with, etc. Just email them for more information.
I have also been interacting through twitter, facebook and a phone-in with another radio station, Redshift Radio. They are predominantly an Internet community radio station, awaiting a FM licence. In April they will have 28 days to be on 87.7FM! So I certainly wish them every success with that.
I tend to tune into the two presenters, Doctor Gav and Bizzy Lizzy, both Co-founders. I enjoy listening to them from 7pm-9pm, for the late,Late Breakfast Show, especially as that is when I am glued to the computer interacting on facebook and twitter! They certainly have a huge and scattered listening base, despite them being based in Crewe, Cheshire! People phone in from far and wide all over Britain,. Yhey have some great studio guests. I first heard of the station via a twitter group called Year of The Mad, a group of students doing some fun & whacky fundraising. They twittered out they would be on, so I tuned in. I also heard another twitter friend phoning in about her charity and event – Nikki Salsa, losing weight to raise awareness and sponsorship for Beat Bullying. Any one can utilise the show by writing in and participating.
The show is live, so I interact with comments through twitter, and often they get read out, which is all part of the education, fun and socialising on the radio waves. So a huge thankyou to Redshift.
On Thursday I participated in a phone in session to Redshift radio and enjoyed listening to the work of Cheshire Search and Rescue team. That inspired me to take action and contact the local Berkshire Search and Rescue team, Sebev and also the dog handling section k9-SAR. After a few preliminary twitters and emails I completed an on-line application for k9-SAR, and training starts on Tuesday! As always, I usually see and hear of something and think “I’d like to do that” and that indeed was the case for Sebev for many years. So I took the bull by the horns and took immediate action.
So the wonders of twitter and community radio stations can indeed work in a powerfully positive way. There are no boundaries, geographically or intellectually! There is something for everyone out there on the Ethernet! Nikki Salsa pays homage to her Twitter-family; tis an apt name and sentiment that I share and endorse. You all make my time rock! It brings a new dimension to my life, otherwise entwined and embroiled with work, family and being a Domestic Goddess, as well as a Rambling Duck! I shan’t wax lyrical about that..
Instead, I shall share a little music, my favourite track, and very appropriate!