The Radio and Community

Something I have discussed in the past is how I became involved in hospital radio and how this really kick-started my passion for sound. Hospital radio is also something which I am about to become involved in again. It really is an important thing to do for your community, and personally it helped me gain more confidence. I am naturally a quiet and reserved person, but talking to complete strangers during an evening and asking them what they would like to hear on the radio soon changed that. What I soon began to realise was that most of the patients were not bothered about listening to the radio, and what they actually needed was someone to talk to. It was a complete eye-opener and I completely understood the importance of this.

During my third year at University Lincoln I was part of a project which involved going into schools and teaching students about radio. After a couple of months the students then went to the local community radio station, Siren Radio, to produce their own live shows. My group were given 8 years olds, and yes, there was quite a lot of consternation about allowing 8 year olds in a professional studio, but we soon got past that. Of course we went into this thinking they were going to do everything and learn everything about radio, and that it was all about the radio. It soon became apparent it wasn’t. What this project taught me was the personal growth of the students as well as us. I saw the shyest 8 year olds suddenly become little stars. I think for us it became less about the final grade   and more about wanting to see them do a good job.

The point of this post is the importance of community radio in any form. I personally feel it is something a lot more people should get involved in even if Radio isn’t their thing. So I urge you go to your local Youth Centres or Hospitals and help out. It really is rewarding and fun.


I am writing this blog on the 24th of January and it won’t be published until 11th of March, which should run with the finish of Broadchurch. So this post will be a two parter, with this showing what I think right now about it as we are three episodes into the series and then on the 11th about how wrong I was. 24th of January So we have two issues here as we are still dealing with the trial of Joe Miller in addition to the Sandbrook case. So my thoughts are that this is clearly a very well written and produced series and this would of be planned at the very start. I believe there is more to Danny Latimer’s death, with more secrets to uncover and perhaps someone else is involved. That or Joe is really just a sick and twisted individual who wants to put the family through the torture of a trial, maybe as possible revenge. Next issue is Sandbrook. It would be far too obvious for it to be Lee Ashworth, however the next assumption would be it is the wife Claire Ripley. Again, perhaps too obvious, but I do think she knows something and is protecting someone and it isn’t her Husband. It is rather difficult to make a guess at this stage, but I will possibly see how wrong I am in a few weeks.

Dame Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie

Before the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, Dame Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie wasn’t a name I had really heard of, and the fact she was a drummer who was profoundly deaf was incredibly interesting but didn’t make me want to research her further. As a person studying ‘sound’ this is shocking. It wasn’t until recently when I rewatched the ceremony that I began to think about this. In fact it was only when she started playing that I thought, well surely she would feel the vibrations from the whole place, not just from her drums. Well of course I immediately realised that she was standing on a separate platform, therefore she could only physically feel the vibrations from her drums and the other drummers. But it is a truly fascinating area and I would love to educate myself more on the use of vibration in music. I can only assume that it is to do with the building itself and how it has been constructed. The construction helps the vibrations to travel in much the same way as sound travels, creating the vibrations into musical notes. I will research the subject further and there will be a post with my findings in a few weeks’ time. But for now here is some of Dame Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie’s music.