Two community radio launches
NB: these workshops have finished.
Our plans for the launch of Mildmay Community Radio – from the garden deck of the centre – have been thwarted several times by unusually adverse weather. We can’t do al fresco radio if it’s cold or wet outside.
So we will launch it twice and you are invited to both …
- Indoors: a pre-launch activity in the main hall, Monday 15 May, 2-4 pm.
- Outdoors: the planned launch on the garden deck, Tuesday 16 May, 2-3:30 pm.
Pre-launch: community digital radio is easy
Monday 15 May, 2 – 4 pm
This will be a normal Monday afternoon learning event in the main hall. We will demonstrate the equipment we use for internet radio and podcasts — and hopefully convince you that this is something you could do yourself at home. Everybody can have a go.
It will be live internet radio, not a short podcast episode. The acoustics on the main hall are not good, so professional sound quality will not be on the menu – but we will at least have got something started.
We have also set up all our training phones to pick up the live stream. So you will have an easy way to listen (though not yet to phone in).
Actual launch: open air internet radio
Tuesday 16 May, 2 – 3:30 pm
We can do this on the garden deck (outside the café area) – provided the weather is on our side. The outdoor acoustics are usually excellent, and our equipment can handle most intrusive noises.
The provisional topic is Mildmay Community Centre itself – and what older people can achieve there.
What actually happens
Everyone who turns up is a part of fluid studio audience. But not all at once. We have 4 microphones, so up to 4 people can be part of the conversation – while the others wait their turn.
The conversation picked up by the microphones is streamed to an online radio server. Anyone who knows the link can listen.
By the way – here is the link: live.radiotogether.uk (when there is no live talk stream, the server just sends a loop of recorded birdsong).
Internet radio: pure digital partcipation
You don’t need any digital skills to participate. The important skills are the skills you have been learning for decades – talking and listening, sharing your life experiences as an older person who remembers life before the internet.
Got questions or suggestions?
Bring them to the Monday event.