Now this was where planning exploded into several mini projects. World Radio Day, as the name implies, is a global celebration. So what was a better way to celebrate this then with international links! Unfortunately, our twinned cities of Kutaisi in Georgia and Heidenheim in Germany, were unable to help us, yet still wished us the best of luck. After a mixture of asking around and targeted googling, I was put in the direction of Dodoma FM in central Tanzania and Pure FM in the Seychelles who were both happy to be involved in Newport City Radio's World Radio Day project. Both stations sent Newport City Radio voice clips explaining what radio meant to them and the communities, as well as they way in which women participated in Radio.
We wanted guests to help us in both of our World Radio Day themes: Women and Community. In our female theme, Amnesty speaker and Human Rights educator Jane Houston from Amnesty Wales spoke to us about two case studies of women in media. Firstly of the plight of an Ethiopian journalist, who was critical of the elections. Secondly was the wider case of women in Afghanistan, involved in both media endeavours and as supporters of girls education. Additionally we managed to contact SoundWomen- a networking tool for women in the audio industry- who forwarded us to Angie Dee: a pioneering female DJ.For our community theme we linked with GTfm and Radio Cardiff. With Radio Cardiff, we were able to interview two presenters who had taken different avenues into Radio. DJ Scott told us of his journey from youth and community work via pirate and commercial radio, before a return to community radio. On the other hand, Dominic Westerland explained how the love of radios' DIY nature led him into radio, as well as the involvement opportunities that are often missed in the mega structures of commercial radio. with these two guest, we were able to gain a great insights into the long term role of community radio...and get inspiration for Newport City Radio's next moves!
Help didn’t end there! An email from UNESCO’s Ben Stanford showed us open social media that was available for World Radio Day and the best ways to publicise our event. Once we had figured who was coming in, focus then turned to the days scheduling…which meant FEMALE LED SHOWS!
On the Day, we started off with the SPINs news show. Me (Chae) and Lara spent the first hour outlining the who’s, what's and whys of World Radio Day- but not without occasionally veering wildly off topic as all good radio does! We were also able to plug the work within our communities by highlighting the charity activities of two young Newport girls: Abbie Moranda and Sianie Mansell. With this going on in the Station, Outside of the studios we had street teams in Spytty and in Newport Centre, demonstrating how to download the TunIn app so to listen to Newport City Radio on-the-go.
But the hard work on the day did not stop there! Charlotte took control of a live interview with Terry, GTfm's station director discussing what Community Radio meant to him . Bianca took over the 5-7 slot with her own well-researched special on the current female presenters, raising some really interesting points. More than anything, the last minute changes and quick fixes to shows as the day went on felt like we were in the thick of a professional radio environment.
Overall Newport City Radio’s World Radio Day celebrations brought the station that bit closer together... and I finally got the chance to play my eclectic music! Now my thought returns to what is my next project...
Special thanks to: Amnesty Wales and Jane Houston, Pure FM Seychelles, Giovanna Rousseau, Ms Phylis at Pure FM and Glenys Mayemba, James Msofe and Baptist Mutesasira , Dodoma FM, Ben Stanford at UNESCO, Wendy at Newport City Council ,SoundWomen and Angie Dee, Jaci French and Spytty Tesco, Abbie Moranda and Sianie Mansell, Dominic Westerland and DJ Scott at Radio Cardiff, Terry and GTfm, @TheNewporters, @Chrispevans1 @NewportRises and lastly all the gang at Newport City Radio! Asante Sana! Mersi!