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Operations Manager update #15

Afternoon everyone,

As summer draws to a close, we are inching closer to the festive season and it is hard to believe that Christmas is just over 12 weeks away. Yes, really! I’ve returned from a break and at present, Nick Hazell is away with limited email access until Mon 7 October. Dave Neal will also be away from Sunday 29 September for two weeks, so please do be mindful of response times to website issues. They may not get dealt with as quickly.

Engineering & technical faults – Your usual channels exist for logging technical or engineering faults, which is logging into RV Inside and using the form located under ‘Help’ called ‘Report a Problem’. Please see Dave Neal and the Engineering Teams blog post from Tuesday 30 July for further details.

Community Media Association conference – This weekend over Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September, Clive Glover and I will be attending the Community Media Association conference, ‘We Need to Talk’. It is focused on the community radio sector and the big question of the value of community radio. Amongst audio production workshops, updates on SSDAB technology, radio presenting and citizen journalism, a significant part of the weekend will be focused on funding. As you know, financial support for community radio stations across the UK (including us!) is an ongoing, critical conversation – I will let you know more about what we learn.

Funding (show me the money!) – On a national level, the Audio Content Fund and Community Radio Fund are resources that can be applied to (with no guarantee), but on a local level, individual volunteers can make an enormous difference. All of you contribute hours of work through your programmes, presenting and administrative work and now, it is not uncommon for stations to have annual or monthly volunteer subscription fees in place. This helps cover the basic costs of a volunteers experience, including insurance, electricity and ongoing quality training to ensure you are competent to perform your role.

We may need to consider this, but, in the meantime we’d really love (and need!) your help in sharing our supporter wall on the Radio Verulam website.

Radio Verulam’s supporter wall – To date, we have over 45 businesses and people on the website helping us build a virtual brick wall, to keep the station running and our programmes on air. A single brick is valued at £60 (inc. VAT) and links out to a business website, or if it is an individual their profile or message. As part of the package, we will arrange an interview, share the love through social media and on-air – it’s a brilliant way to get behind a local community station. We have a goal to reach 200 bricks by the end of January 2020, which are 8 bricks per week.

However, if you each ‘build’ two bricks each – we will completely smash this target!

Here’s how you can help straight way by simply sharing this message with friends, family, or any local businesses you know (please keep the stats and add your own personal message if you want to tailor it to suit):

“As a business or valued community member of St Albans and surrounds, do people know about you and the great work you do? If not, here is your chance to be a part of the bricks and mortar of the local community station and be mentioned:

  • To over 7,000 Twitter followers
  • To over 2,500 Facebook fans
  • Be in an interview where you could be heard by one (or more!) of half a million adults in our Coverage area (Total service area) or,
  • Perhaps be played again (locally and globally) in one of our 800 podcasts being listened to over 200,000 times a year

Need to know more? Of course you do! Sign up is easy:

Food & Drink Awards – A massive thank you to Dave Neal, Clive Glover, Peter Glover, Allan Monteiro, Zara Martin, Lydia El-Khouri, Amanda Yorweth, Denise Parsons, Mandy McNeil, Stephen Hall and Jonny Seabrook for their tremendous work in making the Food & Drink Awards a great broadcast. From the ‘OB in a suitcase’, to their professionalism, commentary and handling of the technology – you’ve made it a brilliant community event to remember.

Volunteer social catch up – In October/November we’ll be hosting a social catch up for everyone. Based on availability, it'll be on a Sunday afternoon or Mon/Tues evening. Watch this space for more information; we have some big events in the pipeline for you to get involved in.


As always, feel free to drop me a line with any feedback or suggestions: