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10 Days to Go! Sign-Up for Local Radio Day 2023

10th Oct 2023

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Local Radio Day 2023 is just around the corner!

This year's theme, "Community Heroes," promises to be a heartwarming celebration of the extraordinary individuals, organisations and stations that make a difference in their communities. Whether you're a seasoned participant or a first-time sign-up, please register for this year. The dedicated team here at Sound Vision want to invite you to join the festivities, showcase your station's heroes, and be a part of this year's Community Heroes showcase. 

Spotlighting Community Heroes

Sound Vision appreciate the radio stations of the UK and all they do to benefit their audiences. We have taken to social media to spotlight some remarkable stations that embody the spirit of community engagement: 

Deal Radio - Kent

Deal Radio, based in Kent, stands as a beacon of community support. Their volunteer-run broadcast studio in the heart of Deal Town provides a space for local artists and authors to promote their work. Deal Radio's commitment to the community shines through in its fundraising efforts for the Martha Trust, supporting those with profound physical and multiple learning disabilities. They've even been a part of the historic Deal Pride event, emphasising their dedication to inclusivity. 

Check out the Deal Radio showcase on social: LinkedIn, Facebook, X and Instagram.

Tring Radio - Hertfordshire

Tring Radio is a haven for local radio enthusiasts. Their commitment to inclusivity is evident with presenters spanning generations, from 18 to 73. Beyond the studio, they nurture the next generation of broadcasters by offering essential work experience opportunities to young people. Tring Radio's philanthropic efforts, including Christmas toy drives, demonstrate their dedication to supporting local charities and inclusivity within their programming. 

Learn more about Tring Radio in their showcase: LinkedIn, Facebook, X and Instagram.

Awaaz FM - Southampton

Awaaz FM, led by RDJ Roque Vaz, has worked tirelessly to represent the Goan community locally and globally. Their broadcast reaches over 100 countries! The station makes a difference not only to the Goan community but to every community in the local area. Awaaz FM actively engages with local services to provide support for various crises, dispelling myths and promoting mental health awareness, particularly for ethnic minorities. Awaaz Radio was born following local consultation and continues to thrive thanks to its grassroot approach with the community.  

Awaaz FM’s showcase can be found here: LinkedIn, Facebook, X and Instagram.

Cando FM - Cumbria  

The heartbeat of Furness in Cumbria, Cando FM has been a vital platform for diverse voices and open dialogue. They have left their mark on the community in new and unique ways, including organising a soapbox Derby and setting up interactive walks. Their walks feature boxes along the route that play music, poems, or local history, all created by local submissions. This innovative approach not only connects people with their surroundings but also celebrates local talent and heritage. Cando FM also offers an educational summer club for 7-16-year-olds. The club includes workshops on media, radio, drama, music, and DJing, providing a creative outlet for local youth. 

Enjoy the Cando FM showcase on LinkedIn, Facebook, X and Instagram. 

There are even more heroes on the horizon. Our Community Heroes showcase doesn't stop here. We have lots more stations, including Gateway Radio, Lomond Radio, and Somer Valley FM, who we are looking forward to featuring. Local Radio Day wouldn’t be possible without the support of our audio partners. We extend our gratitude to TM Studios for producing our sung jingles and Devaweb for the spoken imaging.”

Maxine Stride, Trustee Sound Vision, Organiser, Local Radio Day

Dom Chambers, CEO of Sound Vision and the organiser of Local Radio Day, has been on a mission to visit local radio stations across the UK. He has visited more than one hundred over the last five years. For Local Radio Day this year he visited Tameside Radio in Greater Manchester, Rhubarb Radio across Wakefield District and South Leeds, Canalside Radio in North East Cheshire, and EAVA FM in Leicester. 

Each station in the UK is completely unique, and a treasure trove of broadcasting, training and volunteer management best practices. Collaborating and knowledge sharing is critical to strengthening our wonderful industry. Thank you to the stations who welcomed me and shared their ideas, and to those who celebrate Local Radio Day each year.”

Dom Chambers, Sound Vision CEO

It's not too late to be a part of Local Radio Day 2023! Whether you're registering for the first time or returning for another year, your station's unique story deserves to be shared. Sign up today and email us at LRD@soundvision.charity to be featured on social media. Make sure to include your logo, a few pictures, and a brief summary of what sets your station apart and how it makes a difference in your community. 

Register your station or organisation for this year here.

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