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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today we heard the live set from Bird to beast from The Ferret in Preston for our Second Saturday gigs.
I had a chat with Joni Fuller about her return to music with a new sound and Tourist Attractions were in plugging a gig and discussing tea and fruit based slushy type drinks.
This week we played Harry Cartwright’s live set recorded at The Ferret in Preston, we spoke to Foolk and Arctic Lake too.
It was nice.
Last Saturday 10th January 2015, BBC Introducing Lancashire put on another of our monthly ‘Second Saturday’ gigs at The Ferret in Preston.
The Scarletts, VYNCE and Iced Pops for Breakfast played a well attended, vibrant, happy Ferret and we recorded it for play out on BBC Introducing Lancashire over the next few weeks.
This week Darlia played a live and exclusive session for us. We chatted lots too and heard some of the songs and artists they like.
You can listen up to 30 days from the broadcast by clicking the button below what I robbed off the internet.
Last night I opened the programme with these words:
Last year if you’d have asked me what the name Matthew James Cogley makes me think of I’d have said a really nice young bloke who plays in a great band and made a fine solo album too.
He played live in our radio theatre here in Blackburn… I interviewed him and I played his music as a band and as a singer songwriter.
Now it conjures up some very sad thoughts of a young life lost so tragically this week.
All I can do tonight is say how much I feel for his family and his many friends and hope none of them mind me playing this tune to remember the life of Matt.
You will be sorely missed… may you rest in peace…
Rae Morris – Blackpool
Rae Morris is no stranger to BBC Introducing Lancashire and BBC Radio Lancashire too. From around 2009 (my records are sketchy and I can’t get in to my Myspace to check!) she’s been producing songs of a quality not often heard, with a voice that never fails to hit an emotional spot.
We’ve played her music as and when it got recorded on BBC Introducing Lancashire, we recommended her to play at T in the Park on the BBC Introducing stage which she did with aplomb. She’s been on Dermot O’Leary and Zane Lowe’s radio programmes in session and earlier this year played a brilliant and intimate gig at Thornton Little Theatre for BBC Introducing Lancashire.