Quedgeley People takes to the air at community radio station Severn FM

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By Bodger21 | Monday, October 08, 2012, 03:14

Quedgeley People gatecrashed the airwaves recently when it paid an early-morning visit to the Saturday morning breakfast boys at Severn FM.

Located in the former school house at Pound Lane in Hardwicke, the Severn FM studio provided a welcome retreat from a rather cold and misty autumn morning.

On air was Severn Bore Breakfast Show DJ Andy Clarke, aided and abetted by his motley crew of Peter Street and Barry Kirby.

As well as the melodic strains of 1979 hit, Pop Muzik by M, the studio resounded to the witty banter and gentle leg pulling of the Breakfast Show crew, who broadcast from the community radio station every Saturday morning, between seven and nine.

As well as being the Severn Bore Breakfast Show host, Andy is managing technical director, founder and concept owner of Severn FM, which first started broadcasting in June last year.

While 'in between records', Andy took the time to chat about the station and its plans for the future.

"Severn FM's a real community project," he said. "We have lots of youngsters who come to help out and get involved. But it's not just the younger generation - people of all ages, right up to retirement, are constantly dropping in to get involved with the running of the station.

"It's a project that is truly run by the community for the community.

"We broadcast through the internet at present, but we'd love to have an FM licence.

"However, the costs involved are so prohibitive. To hold an FM licence, we would have to find £5,000 a month - half payable to Ofcom, and the other half to PRS [the Performing Right Society], MCPS [the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society] and PPL [Phonographic Performance Limited].

"We just don't have that kind of money. We are seeking funding for that licence application, and would ask any prospective sponsors who would like to get involved in this type of community project, to contact the station through our website, or through our Facebook page."

But just as Pop Muzik faded out, Andy dropped a little bit of a bombshell. I thought I was there merely for an informal off-air chat and interview, and was comfortable with the concept of simply sitting back and observing the Breakfast Show boys in action.

But no, Andy had different plans, and before I knew it, I had a set of headphones on my head and a mic in my face. I was live on air. GULP!

The tables had been well and truly turned, with the interviewer becoming the interviewee. We talked about Quedgeley People and the Local People sites in general and my role as a community publisher within Northcliffe Digital.

Andy also ribbed Barry over the recent Quedgeley People profile on him and his role as parish councillor and chairman of the Kingsway Village Residents' Association.

In reference to the profile, he joked: "It's all about me, me, me, me, me," - a light-hearted jibe indicative of the type of gentle mickey-taking that continued throughout the duration of the show.

To be honest, the boys went pretty easy on me, and I soon found myself relaxing into this whole radio broadcasting lark.

Severn FM broadcasts a wide variety of music, news and programming - 24 hours a day, seven days a week - with live shows every evening and at weekends.

Tune in at http://www.severnfm.com/

You can also keep abreast of the latest Severn FM news via the station's Facebook page and Twitter.

* Would you like to sponsor your local community radio station and help to get its FM licence?

Or would you like to get involved at the community radio station with presenting and scheduling, or helping with the technical side of things, such as IT and audio, transmission? Maybe you would just like to help out and get involved generally around the studio?

Do you have an event you would like pubicised, or a business or service you would like to advertise? Find out how to do all or any of the above by contacting Severn FM.

* To hear Quedgeley People on the Severn Bore Breakfast Show, click on 22nd Sept 2012 Pt 2.

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