Invitation to Community Radio Networking & Information Day

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Community radio station 103 The Eye is marking its tenth year of broadcasting by holding a ‘Community Radio Networking & Information Day’ in Melton Mowbray on Saturday, 21 February.

The award-winning station, which serves the Vale of Belvoir on the Leicestershire-Nottinghamshire border, was the first to launch when Ofcom originally licensed community radio in 2005.

The Networking & Information Day is open to directors and managers of community radio stations – both those already broadcasting on FM, AM or DAB and those which have been awarded licences but are not yet on the air.

The event takes place in the Civic Suite at Melton Borough Council’s Parkside offices, in Burton Street, right next to Melton Mowbray railway station, from 10 am until 5 pm.

There will be an address by Dom Chambers, Chairman of the Community Media Association, at 11.30 am with an update on the latest developments in community radio followed by a question and answer session. Individual stations will have an opportunity to share their success stories, with a particular emphasis on innovative ways of generating income.

“The day will enable those who run stations to meet each other and network informally so they can exchange information and advice, and share good practice on a wide variety of topics – everything from finance and technical issues to programme material and recruitment of volunteers,” says 103 The Eye Managing Director Christine Slomkowska.

“In recent years, 103 The Eye has organised several networking meetings with around a dozen of our neighbouring community stations. This has proved very useful and popular so we are now taking this idea a step further.”

The Community Media Association will be on hand to give information on a variety of topics, as will main sponsors of the event, J L Morris (Insurance Brokers) Ltd, who specialise in community radio insurance. There will be advice on generating revenue, and broadcast and studio engineers are also attending to provide advice on technical matters.

Admission to the event is free and a buffet lunch will be provided. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. To register your attendance please email by Wednesday, 18 February. For more information phone 01664 565315.

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