A few years ago, I tried to launch a community radio station for Shepton Mallet and surrounding areas. For one reason or another it didn’t happen and I’m glad , because the timing just wasn’t right. However, a couple of months ago I was contacted by Nick Tolson, editor of The Shepton Shout magazine. He joined my facebook group, and wondered if we could give the station another go. Within weeks, we’d met with a core team of passionate locals who were either interested in the technical side of things, marketing, researching or presenting. We have trustees, initial funding in place, some equipment and even a studio - which will soon be officially opened by a mystery local celeb!
It’s hoped that the station will be a platform for debate and discussion around local issues, that it will showcase local musical and creative talent, and play a wide range of music. The core team are looking for lot’s more people to get involved. Martin Wells, one of the trustees has set up a direct email . We need people behind the scenes too, but If you have a great idea for a radio show - here are the things we need to know : What is it about? Style of show? Chat show or music based, or both.Who would be involved. How many presenters?Duration of show. 30mins, 1 hr, 2hrs?Is it live or a pre-recorded. Send your ideas and queries to email@example.com The working name of the radio station has not yet been decided, we’ll get feedback from potential listeners and pick the most popular from a public vote! Join the facebook group to find out more - search Shepton Mallet Community Radio.
I’ve done radio for years, but it wasn’t what I really wanted to do! I did it as I felt I could hide behind the microphone. When I was younger I loved getting up on stage, and was in everything from amateur dramatics playing ‘sexy chicken’ Pertelote in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to Golde from Fiddler on the roof at drama school. But, the one thing I really wanted to do was comedy. Stand Up comedy. I was just too nervous! Despite my anxiety, I have finally signed up to a course with professional comic Jill Edwards, at Bath’s Komedia. I decided to dip my toes by going along to the acclaimed Travestees Comedy Club, held monthly at Tor Leisure in Glastonbury. My hubby and I laughed out loud from start to finish at Canadian Mark Watson, hilarious headliner Paul Caffrey, and the unsettlingly rude female comic Micky Overman. It was, however, the dashing dandy and host Troy Hawke - who made me wish I’d worn a Tenna Lady pad! He’s natural, charming, and worked the audience like a wet ball of clay on a potter’s lathe. Quote of the night, “That look you give someone , when they chuck a banana in your sidecar ” Perhaps you had to be there. Anyway, If I’m half as funny as him, I’ll be hilarious.
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)