‘LOCAL RADIO DAY’ is an annual event in which local radio stations across the country come together to highlight the value of local radio to communities and to celebrate the unique relationship between local broadcasting and listeners.
With the ongoing challenges of the coronavirus pandemic throughout the year, with local news, traffic bulletins and information on local events and details of various support hubs and clinics for coronavirus, local radio has been crucial for many in their local communities during 2021, and Susy Radio has endeavoured to play its part for our community.
This year, the event took place on Friday 15th October and Susy Radio joined over 200 other local radio stations in celebrating the theme, ‘Love Your Place’.
As part of the celebration, Susy Radio’s Outside Broadcast Unit masterminded by Neil Munday and ably assisted by Jim Richman, Pat French and Shan Robins spent the day based in Redhill Town Centre with a live programme being broadcast between 12pm-3pm featuring interviews and chats with various shoppers, passers-by, market stall holders and other dignitaries.
BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Radio Surrey also took part in the day’s celebrations, and invited Susy Radio to take part in a live on-air quiz against two other local radio stations which were Wey Valley Radio which broadcasts to the community of Alton and surrounding area of North East Hampshire, and V2 Radio based in Chichester and serving West Sussex. Susy’s team were Geoff Rogers, Neil Munday and Tracey Franklin.
You can listen to highlights of the quiz as broadcast over BBC Radio Sussex and BBC Surrey, hosted by the BBC’s Joe Talbot here:
Recording courtesy of BBC Radio Sussex/BBC Radio Surrey
Susy Radio’s Shan Robins was present at the Outside Broadcast Unit, and spoke with some passers-by about what they loved about ‘their place’.
Deano is in Redhill and loves Crawley Town FC. He says, ‘Come On the Reds’ for their game due on Saturday, 16th October!
Two year old Jude loves dancing and was dancing to the Susy Radio songs playing out in Redhill town centre!
Michelle, Pat, Linda and brother are in Redhill and love the shopping
Steve is driving buses in Redhill and likes it more than London because the people are more laid back and the ‘Greggs’ is tastier here!
Pat is in Redhill and told Shan that he likes the accessibility of the town from where he lives, and the renewal prospect for a new multi screen cinema.
Eve, Mariella, Eve and Mimi who’ve bumped into each other by chance in Redhill after 10 years all like Reigate Heath.
Sajad is from India working on a contract in Redhill and says everything is very accessible like shopping, banks and the park with a village, yet urban vibe and not too busy.
Ben lives in Redhill and enjoys walking on the downs.
Carol and Mel have lived in Redhill most of their lives and told Shan that they love the Memorial Park because it’s a lovely space.
Robert is in Redhill and told Shan that when the sun catches the tops of some of the buildings with verdigris, that they look lovely.
Jan Thomas is in Redhill with our Outside Broadcast Unit and says the Belfry Shopping Centre is great and celebrating its 30 years. He loves The Harlequin Theatre.