Soundart Radio celebrates 7 years on air

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Presenters at Dartington based Soundart Radio 102.5fm were thrilled to hear from Ofcom that their community radio licence has been extended a further five years – keeping the local broadcasters on air until 2019.

The station, which first broadcast as campus radio for Dartington College of Arts, is celebrating is 7th Birthday this Autumn. When he heard the news, 17 year old presenter Jared Pope said “It’s absolutely incredible – it’s such good news! 2019 seems so far away, I can’t quite comprehend it. It means we’ll be able to create more great content for years to come. We have a new jingle competition coming up soon so by 2019 we’ll have an extensive selection and it will be great to look back on all the previous work.” Jared, whose show Afternoon Massage broadcasts on a Friday, joined the station over five years ago, when he was 11 years old, as part of a show produced by his mum, Laura

To celebrate seven years on air – and the licence extension – Soundart Radio welcomes programme makers, listeners and anyone interested to join them for 2 events on 13th November. In the afternoon, Tamar Millen is coming to Dartington to host a discussion entitled ‘A Woman’s Place is on the Airwaves.’ This is one of the ‘Broadcast Conversations’ – a series of roundtable discussions coordinated by the Community Media Association, talking place across the country and exploring ways for artists and broadcasters to collaborate. This is a free event but places are limited. Contact arts@commedia.org.uk to book.

Then later on, Soundart Radio members put on their performance hats for an evening of ‘noise, ritual and celebration’ in Dartington’s Studio 20, from around 7pm – which will be going out live on air as well. Performers include, Grymbart, who offer an opening ritual for the event; The Oima Orchestra, who produce the weekly Oima show live from their home in Torbay, which broadcasts simultaneously on Soundart Radio and on Dutch station DFM; Germseed – the artist Alice Kemp who studied at Dartington College of Arts; Dieter Müh, who promises “ walls of noise constructed from samples and loops”; and Shokku – an audio visual act that has performed at the BFi, Big Chill Festival, Simplexity Bristol, Bangface Weekender and Cafe Concrete. For the evening event, contact Dartington Box Office. Tickets are £10/£8.

This post is from the arts.community.media website.

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