Community Radio- A Space For Experimentation

Community Radio- A Space For Experimentation

An hour on the station each day that was completely zany and in essence out of tune with the listenership”

Radio J com in Leeds is home to ‘The Surreal Hour’, hosted by Ed Moss who has over 30 years of radio experience.

Over the years, Ed has presented many a rock show on various stations and has a self proclaimed

Ed Moss
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music taste that consists of “the unusual and incomprehensible”.

Unlike professional radio hospital, community, and student radio stations can often be a place for experimentation- where you can take the time to test ideas out and take a risk on programming that is outlandish.  Ed Moss’ ‘Surreal Hour’ is a fantastic example of this.

We asked him to tell us a little bit about his history, about his programme, and to show us exactly what makes it ‘surreal’. Continue reading


The Blues Session: A specialist programme on hospital radio

Most music radio is usually regulated by chart music on playlists but Martin Clarke, a hospital radio volunteer on Radio Wey, is doing things a little differently.

The outside of Radio Wey at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey
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The Big Broadcast: a 27 hour marathon broadcast

Hospital volunteer Richard Smith has set himself a big challenge for the May bank holiday weekend. He is going to be doing a 27 hour marathon broadcast from his studio at his home in Lancashire.

Richard Smith
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Richard told Community RA+Edio how the Big Broadcast is going to be reaching 10,000 listeners all across the UK.

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Radio Maelor spreads Easter joy in April Sunshine

Presenter and secretary of Radio Maelor, Catherine Ollier, has brought Easter joy to the town of Wrexham in North Wales with the Easter Egg Appeal.

The Appeal was for the pupils at St Christopher’s School and young patients at Maelor Hospital in Wrexham. Nine people took part this year to organise the enormous number of eggs.

Radio Maelor delivering Easter eggs to St Christopher’s school.
Image used with permission of Catherine Ollier.

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“Not just a bit shocked, a lot shocked!” Mandy Morrow

Charli from Community RA+Edio went to visit Mandy Morrow at Radio Wey.

Mandy has been nominated in the Female Presenter of the Year category at the National Hospital Radio awards. She has worked at Radio Wey for four years and fresh from presenting her Friday Brunchtime Breakfast show, she sat down to share her invaluable expertise with me.

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Hospital & Community Radio: Doing what the “big boys” can’t

Mandy Morrow
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Last week we featured an article about Lindsay Smith, a new unsigned artist whose music career was being helped by community radio. We decided to get the story from the other side of the mic, as we talked to Mandy Morrow about why she believes in playing under-the-radar music as a hospital radio presenter. Continue reading