Wednesday 28th December
Every two years a team of very dedicated people joins me to plan, prepare, build, run and clear up a festive charity radio station called Radio Christmas. The station was born in 2004 because a few friends and me had experience with a radio project called Cracker Radio in Amersham. The idea of a charity radio station that broadcasts at Christmas was one I was keen not to leave in the vaults of good ideas in history.
This year´s production involved 530 volunteers, many of whom were children and young people. Together we put out 18 hours of programming per day from the 1st to the 24th December and, at its peak, we had 45,000 listeners per day on our online stream together with many hundreds listening on 87.7FM in the Chilterns.
A huge amount of work goes into getting the station ON-AIR and thanks to the tremendous commitment of the team we managed to raise nearly £30,000 during December together with a further £20,000 in match funding. The money raised will impact the lives of hundreds of vulnerable children throughout the coming year and I will ensure that I keep you updated with stories of lives changed through the use of this money.
The goodwill from local people and their willingness to host us (thanks Alexis Curson) and the great care presenters put into producing some incredible shows is a testimony to what happens when our local community comes together to make a difference over the Christmas period.
Next year I am hoping to produce shows from Guatemala and Honduras and so stay in touch with www.radiochristmas.co.uk for more information later into 2017.
Thank you again to all those who helped build and dismantle the studios, to our sponsors and to all producers, presenters, newsreaders, those who answered the phone and emails, to our hosts and to those who did so much behind the scene with programming, recording, visiting advertisers as well as a host of dedicated people who I will forever be grateful to. THANK YOU.