Resonance FM fundraiser – please give generously

Resonance FM, the London community radio station that is home to The Bike Show, needs listener donations if it is to carry on providing the kind of radio that you cannot find anywhere else.

All the programme-makers on Resonance FM, and all the studio engineers, give our time for free.

There are just three and a half paid employees at the station. Three and a half. There are probably more people employed to make tea for You and Yours.

Resonance FM’s staff keep the station running and the studio up to scratch, they they make sure the antenna safely on top of a tall building near London Bridge, run special events and outside broadcasts and commission new shows and secure the charitable foundation and Arts Council funding that provides the bulk of the station’s income. As well as a very modest staff bill, Resonance has to pay rent on its small premises, pay various broadcast license fees and keep all the studio equipment working.

The station’s fundraising target is £30,000 by the end of this fundraising week. There’s an Auction going on over here.

If everyone who regularly listens to The Bike Show by podcast gave just £3, that would meet half the fundraising target for the whole station.

You can just donate using the Paypal box to the left. Or even more simply, send a text message.

Text RZFM14 followed by the pound sign and either 5 or 10 (or more if you’re feeling generous) and send the text to the following number: 70070. That’s seven zero zero seven zero.

Thank you.

AudioBoo the Dunwich Dynamo 2011

Dunwich Dynamo sunrise

The Dunwich Dynamo is the greatest London cycle event, bar none. A free, turn-up-and-go night ride to the Suffolk Coast. Just long enough to feel like a real achievement, but well within the reach of an averagely fit day-to-day cyclist. The Bike Show has featured DD16 and DD12.

Once again, we want you to be the reporters for the Dunwich Dynamo, and we’ll be crowdsourcing audio from the night via audioBoo for broadcast on Resonance FM.

Here’s how it works. You’ll need an iPhone or an Android phone. audioBoo is a really nice free application (made by a Southwark-based company) that allows you to record short snippets of audio, up to five minutes in duration, and post them to the web. It’s incredibly easy to use and the sound quality is very good indeed. You just need to sign up for a free audioBoo account and download the free app. Then you’re ready to go.

Just be sure to tag your recordings with the tag ‘DD19‘.

Photo credit: Adrian Fitch

Keep the Red Stuff In

In the studio is Bike Show regular ‘Buffalo’ Bill Chidley, who brings news of London’s burgeoning bicycle polo scene (note imminent rebranding as ‘urban bike hammer ball’). The London Open 2011 is on 30-31st July. Steve Evans, a bicycling paramedic from the Liverpool Century RC, gives some excellent practical advice on how to provide immediate post-collision assistance to an injured cyclist. Steve’s free first aid guide for cyclists is available from the Rough Stuff Fellowship. Also featured is long distance cyclist and bearded wonder James Bowthorpe, around 18 hours into his 24 hour non-stop bicycle ride in a shop window. Phew!

Resonance FM wins award

Earlier this week, Resonance104.4fm won the Radio Academy’s Nations & Regions Award for London – for the second year running. The judges said:

“We agree that the winner should be Resonance FM. The judges felt this was the type of radio to be admired and applauded. Experimental and unique with a clear focus and raison d’être. Anyone who thinks UK radio has become bland and homogenised should listen to Resonance FM. It revels in its eclecticism, champions creativity, experiments with sound, dares to take risks, celebrates London’s vast cultural diversity and brings true meaning to the word ‘variety,’ because you genuinely have no idea what’s coming next. It offers a service not available anywhere else and London would be a poorer place without it.”

Return of the Jack

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Okay, okay, it’s been a long break since the last show went out in August. Thanks to everyone who’s enquired as to my health and well-being and dropped subtle (and not so subtle) hints that it’s about time for another season. Yes, it is.

And so without any further ado, I’d like to announce that the new season will begin on 29 November, running up to the Resonance FM Christmas Break, and then restarting again in the New Year.

Tous en selle!

Resonance On Air Fundraising Weekend

Tune in this weekend and support us when Resonance104.4fm celebrates its 8th anniversary with a Fund Raising Birthday Marathon on Saturday 1st May and Sunday 2nd May 2010, noon to midnight each day. Anchored by Jonny Trunk (Saturday) and Bob & Roberta Smith (Sunday) with special guests dropping in throughout the weekend, we’re setting aside 24 hours to raise funds to help secure our licence for another five years. We need your support! We will be auctioning one hundred exclusive and wonderful items and experiences on-air and on-line: tune in and bid – and help us continue! Or set up a standing order to become a Friend of Resonance – or just send us a donation of any size. Continue reading