Wednesday, 21 September 2016
29 September to 2 October
Hebden Bridge's very own Community Radio Station takes to the airwaves next week. Your Town, Your station. Get involved!
On 29 September to 2 October, Recycle Radio will broadcast to the Hebden Royd area on FM radio, and to the world on internet radio for four days of non stop music and talk on www.recycleradio.co.uk.
The Upper Calder Valley's only community radio station, Recycle Radio, now makes a comeback, two years and one flood later. Brought to you by members of the local community, it will be packed with a huge variety of quality entertainment and local interest.
News, music, local interests and social media
The output will include news, music and interviews along with a number of segments designed to actively showcase community interest groups, projects and events along with local businesses, artists and musicians. There will be a huge variety of content, covering many musical genres, with broad appeal, reflecting the diversity of ages and abilities of the people involved in running the station.
Audio content will be augmented by social media, creating a real life interactive experience. This will be a unique opportunity to create a focal point for the community and a voice for local artists and community groups.
Opened by the Mayor of Hebden Royd
The broadcast will start at 7am on Thursday September 29th. The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Tony Hodgins will be officially opening the station live on air at 11am, along with Deputy Mayor Cllr Pat Fraser. Local shops, cafes and businesses are asked to support the station by playing it throughout the day.
Based on a successful model trialled in Leeds, Salford and Chester, Recycle Radio produced a continuous online streamed broadcast from Hebden Bridge Town Hall in July 2014. This initial 4- day live-streamed webcast covered the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival and the Tour De France.
Following its success, the Recycle Radio team have been working very hard, with lots of great support from DJ's, musicians and presenters (who also have hidden skills in carpentry, carpet fitting and general DIYery.) after several setbacks, including the floods, to get back up and running to bring great community radio back to the Calder Valley. They have built a new studio in Salem Community Centre, using reclaimed and donated materials, time and skills.
Free training sessions
A small team of experienced radio producers have been running free training sessions over the past few months, sharing their expertise with local people who have wanted to get involved. These range through all generations from school age children, students, working age and retired people; also local DJ's, known for their music events, including Chapter 4 and Scott Hub.
Community radio in Hebden Bridge
This is the launch of an ongoing community radio station in Hebden Bridge, further ongoing internet radio and FM broadcasts, TBA, and will eventually develop into a fully licensed FM and internet station serving Hebden Bridge and surrounding communities of the Upper Calder Valley.
We will know the frequency soon so be sure to tune in!
This project re-launch was made possible by grants and support from Hebden Royd Town Council, The Archway Project (Youth project in Halifax), plus lottery funding.
There is no advertising on the station, however people and organisations that have given support will be acknowledged on air. Most of the work behind the scenes is being done by a dedicated team of volunteers, who will also be presenting and running their own shows throughout the broadcast. It is hoped that this showcase will generate enough interest to bring in some more funding to continue the project.
For further information, and for full programme listings, visit www.recycleradio.co.uk (Work in progress!)