The Fylde Community Radio License

For years now I’ve been working with others to bring a community radio station to the Fylde Coast. If you don’t understand how great that would be for the area then stop reading now and go and watch Dave.

Enlightened

I first worked with our local hospital trust on community radio when a forward thinking Chief Executive asked me to get involved. They were concerned about their hospital radio station and wanted me to sort that out and bid for a community FM radio license; which would work for the good of the hospital and also serve their wider community.

A bid was put together to Ofcom which eventually delivered us a community radio license. I then built, with others, a sizeable group of volunteers who worked hard to make the changes needed to uphold the standards of an Ofcom licensed radio station.

Malheureusement

Unfortunately, just as all that hard work came to fruition, the senior management changed at the trust and after some discussions we suddenly had no studio.

Ofcom

Sadly, today I have handed back the community radio licence to Ofcom.

The hospital has an internal radio station again which is good to see but a great opportunity has been lost for Blackpool and The Fylde Coast.

I’ve looked at this from both sides now

I am looking at this whole subject of how Blackpool can change itself another way now and am already exploring some really exciting ways that the arts with journalism can impact here.

Thank you

I must thank all the people I have worked with in the last few years including those who didn’t share my vision. It’s taught me a lot and that’s a total bonus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Victoria – coming to FM radio on the Fylde Coast soon!

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Yep. A radio on FM. We’ll also be available on your devices too.

Well the fab news is that Ofcom have awarded Radio Victoria CIC a community radio license.

Radio Victoria is currently the hospital radio for ‘the Vic’ as it’s known locally.

We now have 2 years to get on air. We hope we can do this in 12 months but that means we really need to crack on.

So what do we need?

You! Your creativity, your passion for local events, your ability to fundraise, your love of music, documentaries, news, in fact anyone with positive intent who wants to make a difference to the Fylde Coast.

What we don’t need

People who ONLY want to be “on the radio.” This is community radio and it’s all about making a difference outside of being a great radio station. Yes we will need presenters and good ones of course but my focus as I put together the master plan is on making connections, raising money and demonstrating the power of community radio.

We want to serve the patients at Victoria Hospital with more visits and befriending. We want to serve the Fylde’s harder to reach communities too among younger and older people with events and information. Of course, we want to become a brilliant radio station too!

How can you get involved?

Red setters can apply but ONLY if they write the email themselves

That is easy… just send me an email to radiovictoriablackpool(at)gmail.com and I’ll put you on the newsletter mailing list. I will then soon tell you via email when we are holding the next recruitment meeting which will be next month in Blackpool.

We have a great deal to do in terms of negotiating our primary partnerships, fundraising and connecting with our community in the public, private and third sector so please don’t be offended if we don’t jump at the offer of an hour of Norwegian Nose Flute music just yet.

Thank you!

A huge thank you to those people who’ve supported me in this adventure. More and more of you are seeing that a community radio station for the Fylde Coast is something you’d like to be involved with.

So do join us.

 

Sean McGinty – Chairman of Radio Victoria CIC

 

 

 

 

Twoople – it’s really quite new and I like

Twoople

In a world where the increasingly revenue desperate Facebook has taken over the instant messaging space. I like this new idea.

Twoople gives you a personal URL… mine is www.twoople.com/seanamcginty and when it’s clicked people can chat with me, anywhere on any device. You can swap files too which is nice.

Instant messaging from anywhere to anyone with no networks

Instant messaging from anywhere to anyone with no networks

I miss ICQ

I am not sure what I might use it for personally as I.M. has not been my bag since ICQ went the way of all flesh but I wish them well as I think we need something like this.

I suppose if I ever set up an online business then it would be a nice addition to a customer service offering which is a lot more efficient that taking telephone calls all the time and more instantaneous than email.

Also (thinking about it) it could be a way for me to stop having to use Facebook to communicate with bands, artists and community radio people!

Canadian folk

And they are Canadian which means they are nice people.

My Twoople URL is >>here<<

 

 

 

 

You’re Doing It Wrong: 4 Tips For Better Social Media Engagement

Boom!

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You’re Doing It Wrong: 4 Tips For Better Social Media Engagement

You’re Doing It Wrong: 4 Tips For Better Social Media Engagement image social engagement 4of51

Did you know only 1 out of 5 customer inquiries on Twitter and Facebook receives a response from a brand or business? Even when they are answered, the average response time is a dreadful 11 hours.

What a shame.

So many missing major opportunities – for new business, to save business, and to learn what your customers want.

I’m always surprised when I hear of businesses that ignore their customers on social media.

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