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East Grinstead community radio


by Colin Bush


eridian 107FM, the community radio station for East Grinstead and the surrounding area, has now been running for about 18 months. Deputy East Grinstead Town Mayor Liz Bennett is a


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Meridian 107FM is looking for volunteers to help run this vibrant community radio station. Now is your chance to get involved.


big supporter. “Meridian community radio is the heart of East Grinstead and area. For the area it serves it allows local people to have their say about local events and is important for community groups in getting their news and events in front of the public. There are other radio stations you can listen to but none will give you that local perspective.” Currently, we have around 40 active volunteers to run the 24 hours a day, seven days a week service. Based in the Jubilee Centre in East Grinstead, these volunteers undertake all sorts of jobs – what you hear over the airwaves is only the tip of the iceberg! Meridan 107FM broadcasts a mix of music, community news and events, interviews with local people, local weather, and travel news. We see ourselves as a vital community resource available to all local third sector and community organisations, as well as local councils, to help publicise events and generally to raise awareness of what is happening locally in and around East Grinstead. We also have an outside broadcast unit (affectionaly known as ‘Twiggy’) so that we can broadcast live from local events such as the recent East Grinstead 999 Day. We like to showcase local talent, and have


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regular live band programmes and ‘parties’ where budding stars are given airtime they might not get on the bigger stations. We are currently running a recruitment drive for both potential presenters and back office staff. Chairman, Simon Bruce, explains: “It takes quite a number of people to run a community radio station. It’s not just about people who fancy being on the radio, as for every person on the air we need at least two others in the background. We are particularly keen to hear from people who would like to help run our office. They don’t have to have any particular skills apart from being able to get on with people


Meridian 107FM broadcasting live from the studio and at local events in and around East Grinstead.


and some basic IT skills; we provide any training required. We would particularly like to hear from retired, or semi-retired people who can give us either a morning or afternoon each week.”


The station is funded by donations, grants, and advertising income and welcomes any commercial enquiries. As Simon Bruce says, “we are constantly on the lookout for local businesses who would like to advertise with us or sponsor a programme or event. We believe we are good value for money when it comes to advertising and being able to get our sponsors’ messages, such as Sussex Living magazine, across.


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