Whenever you start a new venture one thing which really motivates you is the support that your friends, colleagues and members of the community provide. Without this support, any venture probably would never get as far as it does and some might actually flounder due to lack of support. One question which I get asked a lot is how people can support the station so I thought I would write a quick blog post with some ideas. It goes without saying, on behalf of everyone who contributes to the station, we really appreciate your support in any form – so, here’s a big THANK YOU!!!
Listening to the station – Yes, it is as easy as that – the biggest way you can support the station is by listening in. Unfortunately we don’t have an FM or DAB channel for you to tune into, but we are always present on the internet and we are currently working on an app which you will be able to download to your mobile devices. The webpage has a ‘pop out’ player, so you can put it on in the background and listen to the music wherever there is Wifi. The online map on the internet shows how many listeners we have and where in the world they are listening. A dream we all have is to make the Top 20 stations which our hosting company reports every month. Perchance to dream!
Spread the word – Have you ever seen Sister Act? There is a wonderful piece in the film when Delores is trying to get one of the nuns to sing up and she describes a scene when there is a noisy room and someone trying desperately to listen in the far corner. The internet is a huge place and coupled with that there are hundreds of radio stations all broadcasting. I always imagine that we are a very small community in a tiny corner of the world, shouting as loud as we can, but only just being heard over the general background noise. If you enjoy listening to the station then please tell other people about it. Although we advertise and promote the station there is nothing more powerful than word of mouth and the more mouths which are talking the louder that noise becomes and maybe, just maybe, we will start to be heard outside our small corner.
Join in and participate – All the presenters are keen to interact with listeners. Although we enjoy playing music and chatting with you, there is something very rewarding when someone actually talks back. You don’t have to get the answer correct to the riddle or even guess the theme tune to interact with the station. Just saying ‘Great Show!’ is really important to us. Remember you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook – so keep in touch with us and join in with the community. If you have especially nice things to tell us, then don’t forget you can actually post a comment on the website for all to see.
Provide a segment – We are always looking for people to provide segments for the shows. These are a short, two to three minute sound recording providing a insight to some area of interest – for example – gaming news, books, new bands or even tips for something. These just need to be recorded (you could use Audacity for this which is free) and sent to the station in plenty of time for the show in which it would feature. This is still a commitment but a lot less than actually producing and presenting a whole show. If you are interested in provided a segment for use then please just drop us an email and we can have a chat about it.
Become a presenter – You might be reading this thinking I want to be part of the station and actually become a presenter! If this is the case, then that is completely possible! We have written a series of guides to help you not only understand the process but also what could be involved. You can find the guide here and also in the Radio Station’s forums so feel free to register an account and become part of the community. If you are interested then have a read and then get in touch.
Hopefully this has provided you with some ideas of how to support the station and become part of the community. Whichever way you choose to support us we really do appreciate your support. It only therefore remains for me to say- Have fun and I’ll catch you all later and, until then, consider yourself waffled.