Sun 21st Aug 7.00pm – 8.00pm.
Malcolm Lloyd talks to FromeFM about Community Education and their learning for leisure courses. You can book up for Sept courses through the Cheese and Grain Box Office – and there’s even a course on making a radio programme !
FromeFM will be running the course and it includes everything you need to know from the initial idea through to broadcasting the finished show. See the brochure available from the library for more information or listen to Malcolm on FromeFM by going to programmes > features > Frome Community Education 2011
“This is great news for our 80 plus volunteers, who have put so much work into producing such a diverse range of programmes,”said Station Manager Phil Moakes. “It’s also good news for our sponsors, because more people will be seeing their adverts. At a time when all businesses are feeling the pinch it’s good to know that our services are reaching more people than ever before. Since FromeFM is a free service, we can only develop it further through building on our sponsors and through creating new services that people buy. ”
FromeFM have recently made an application to Somerset County Council’s Creative Industries Development Fund to help kickstart an audiobook service.
“The purpose of our bid is to secure funding to make real products. We have put in a bid for £8000 from which we hope to generate £20,000 and more going forward. This will put money and work into the hands of the writers, composers and creative professionals in Frome, as well as providing a revenue stream for FromeFM.”
FromeFM have 3 audiobook projects in the pipeline for launch before Christmas. The first will be a dramatization of the children’s adventure novel ‘Doors Of Time’ written by local author Andrew Saunders. Two more projects will be announced in August.
“One of them will be a collaboration between FromeFM and The Merlin Theatre which we hope will make a contribution to their fighting fund to keep the theatre running.”
(Photograph shows Festival star Cara Dillon co hosting Cath & Quin’s Radio Show)
To blast off Day 1 of the Festival on Friday 8th July we bring you 3 special one-offs. At 6.00pm join Mark Besley for Thank Rock It’s Friday, followed at 7.00pm by Carla Hanreck with Electro Pop and then at 8.00pm its Ian Leak with Different Sounds
Broadcasters at FromeFM are holding their breath and crossing their fingers and toes while they wait to hear whether Ofcom will grant an FM radio licence for Frome. The chance to apply for an FM licence only comes round every 5 years, so as soon as Ofcom announced an offering of licences in the South West, FromeFM were quick to respond.
“We have to demonstrate the benefits for Frome that having our own FM radio can give” said FromeFM Station manager Phil Moakes. “Lots of local groups and businesses have sent us messages of support and we would like to say a big thank you to them and to everyone who has filled in our petition. We have included extracts from many of these messages in our application.”
Local MP David Heath who regularly appears on FromeFM in the politics show ‘Constituency Matters’ was keen to voice the benefits of an FM licence for reaching more people in the community.
‘Dr Who’ and ‘Life on Mars’ writer Matthew Graham, who lives locally, is also enthusiastic to support the FromeFM application. “Community radio provides a great outlet for new writers.”
The FM application went in earlier this week, well in time for the 21st July deadline. It is likely that we won’t hear until August/September whether we have been successful. Keep your fingers crossed!
In the meantime we are busy gearing up for coverage of the Frome festival on the internet on http://www.fromefm.co.uk/ and we have an exciting project underway to create an audio book with a local author. Watch this space.