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Thursdays at 9pm

If you've been listening you may have noticed that Thursday evenings have become the home of really good local talk content. Local Life Extra at 7, followed by The Parents' Show at 8 give a really solid line up. In the 9pm hour, we've seen a range of unique and special content including a one-off drama, special interviews, Q&As with politicians, readings, and more.

With the studios likely to be closed for a while longer, I'm keen to keep up some of the original and special programming we've been playing on Thursdays at 9pm.  It has allowed us to do things we don't normally do, try ideas out, do longer-form talk, or explore new topics. It's really exciting.

I'd like to open this opportunity out to more people. All the programmes that have been broadcast have come from people's homes and made use of technology such as Zoom and Zencastr (which is my favourite).  It means that you can carry out interviews remotely and  easily. Zencastr is especially good because it gives you each participant as a separate recording which means when you sync them up in the edit, you can boost or reduce one person's levels without any impact on the other. It's also easy to register and use and is web-based so requires no downloading of apps.

Maybe you have been unable to do your normal programme and would like the chance to get back into producing some radio content and you have a nice idea?  This could be the opportunity for you. If you are currently on air but would like to contribute a special programme, I'm happy to hear from you but I am especially keen to target this at those of you who have been forced off air for the time being.

This isn't the time to be doing a new music show but it is a chance to do something you might be interested in - an interview with someone of interest (try your luck with people you admire or some celebs - they all seem to be very generous at the moment), or an edited programme about a topic. The topics don't need to be about Covid-19 unless there's a special angle, and can be about things which are much lighter (for example I'm putting together something about people's experiences of being on tv quiz shows). They don't even need to last a whole hour - 20 mins is fine.  They do, however, need to be well made, interesting, and feature other voices - so no lecturing please. You can do something quite serious, or it can be something lighter and purely for entertainment; however no religion, conspiracy theories,  or politics please.

If you are interested, please contact me directly and before you embark on anything.

Finally, and this cannot be stressed enough, this needs to be enjoyable for you and the listener, and not a burden on anyone. Please don't create work for other people (but please do collaborate in any way you see fit). I am also unable to offer technical advice, tuition on software or anything similar. I really don't have the time; however if there is a group of people and common questions, I'd be more than happy to arrange a 'zoom' session to support.

If you want to contact me, please email (don't phone): Andy.waterfield@radioverulam.com

Do keep safe and well; keep smiling, we will get through this. I look forward not only to better times but also to any fabulous ideas that come my way.

Andy

Programme Controller