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Local Radio Day – 2021

‘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

Andy Nash, Belfry Shopping Centre Manager talks with Neil Munday
Head of Place Delivery, Peter Boarder-Marketfield Way Development talks with Neil Munday
Sophie and Christine cycling London to Brighton

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.

https://localradioday.co.uk

Reigate and Banstead Writes – 2021

REIGATE AND BANSTEAD WRITES is the annual story-writing competition for school pupils in the Borough.

Organised by the Carrington School in Redhill’s Librarian, Kay Hymas, the competition is now well established, and once again Susy Radio’s ‘Afternoon Stroll’ show has been delighted to read the winning entries live on air.

Read by David Jay, the three stories are:

Equal runners up:

Max Eggleton from Dunottar School – ‘Escape From the Cold’

 

Ella Dutton from The Carrington School – ‘Ondine’.

 

Winner:

Heidi Penrose Buckley from Reigate Priory Junior School – ‘My Life in Reigate’.
Heidi is the youngest winner so far.

 

Find out more at
https://reigateandbansteadwrites.com

The Community Radio Awards 2021

The Community Radio Awards have been setup to celebrate community radio and all the hard work and time that the volunteers involved in community radio put into their stations, shows and communities.

The awards are a judge led process, with judges drawn from the community radio sector, academics, other radio/associated areas and the 3rd sector.

The awards are run not for profit completely independent of any organisation or association.

Its being run by a team of volunteers with experience of radio in all forms and sectors from Student, Community to the BBC and Commercial.

Last year, the award ceremony was held only online, but this year will be held in Coventry on the 23rd October at the Coventry Transport Museum and tickets are available now.


Award Nomination

Local community radio station Susy Radio has been shortlisted in the annual national Community Radio Awards 2021.

Susy has received one award previously which was last year, winning Bronze for ‘Outside Broadcast/Live Event’ of the year. This year, five submissions were made by Susy for different categories resulting in one shortlisted entry.

This has been whittled down from more than 430 entries from stations from every corner of the UK.

The station has picked up a nomination in the name of Geoff Rogers in the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ category for his work in helping establish community radio for the East Surrey and North Sussex community beginning in 1994, and his continued active involvement in the service ever since.

The winners will be revealed in a ceremony at the Coventry Transport Museum, in partnership with Coventry UK City of Culture next month.

Alan French, Station Chairman, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised among a large number of other stations doing great work across the UK.”

Martin Steers, awards chair, said: “As face to face events resumes, it’s great to get together and celebrate the hard work of the last 18 months. Many stations have further cemented their essential community role in this time, and it is great to reflect.”

“It is clear to see from this, that passionate presenters, volunteers, and staff are really there for their audiences.”

Website: https://communityradioawards.org.uk/


Profile of Geoff Rogers

Geoff Rogers - PROGRAMME DIRECTOR
Geoff Rogers – PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

Geoff Rogers was part of the team which launched Susy Radio on FM on 15th July 2012 as a fully licensed community radio station. He has remained a presenter and Director ever since.

For the wider East Surrey and North Sussex community, his work contributed to providing a radio service for the local area where there had previously been a gap. He was not only a key player in the initial set up but has maintained the service overseeing the licence renewal.

In June 2019, following a year of discussion and applications submitted, Susy Radio was granted a transmitter power increase by Ofcom resulting from Geoff’s application which he made in liaison with Susy Radio’s engineers. As a result of the successful application, Susy Radio is now transmitting at 100 Watts representing a doubling of transmitted power, or 3 Decibel lift.

Geoff has recently updated the Susy Radio playout system using his knowledge in IT to upgrade the PCs in both studios and to train the presenters on the updated system. Some were unsure of change but Geoff has helped train them with training videos and held Zoom training sessions during a time when the pandemic restrictions made face to face training difficult.

Geoff is the Programme Director at Susy which also includes continual maintenance of the presenter rota. This has been increasingly challenging over the last 18 months as he has been instrumental in devising a Covid-safe schedule for the presenters.
He has enabled many presenters to broadcast from home in order to comply with social distancing requirements and continue to maintain a ‘live’ programming sevice. He has spent many hours supporting presenters and talking them through the process of setting themselves up to broadcast remotely.

Geoff also looks after the station’s finances, does a lot of the sales negotiations and advertising and arranges the on air adverts.
Although now a delegated task, Geoff also used to spend many hours over many years training new presenters and the news team until they were ready to present unaided. His foundation has enabled others to take on the training using Geoff’s standards.

Although there is now a website manager at Susy Radio, Geoff has previously set up and maintained the station’s website. Geoff’s IT background also means he maintains the PCs and the IT side for Susy.

Assisted by his deputies, Geoff programmes the music to create the station sound for regular programmes and adjusts the programming according to current news events. This became evident following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Finally, Geoff has also been known to present the occasional programme!

Some words from his colleagues:

“……Geoff Rogers goes beyond that giving more than 100% of his time, energy and belief without necessarily thinking of reward or recognition.
Outside of Susy Radio, Geoff has a busy life but has always been someone who cares about the people who operate on the station and will give up his time to help and assist any of them who need encouragement, help or support.”
Alan French, Chairman Susy Radio

“Geoff is always just a phone call away and that is a wonderful safety net that I value as a presenter. Thanks Geoff.” Shan Robins, Volunteer Presenter

“I am in no doubt the role he plays is often a thankless one. Impeding on his life in so many ways. Geoff loves radio, and it shows. He is the one person bringing all the volunteers together and ensuring that for Sussex and Surrey Community radio lives on.” Si Clarke, Volunteer Presenter

Appeal launched following Jordan Heights Scout Camp break-in

Jordan Heights is set within a secluded area on the side of Reigate Hill.

Named after a former Guide commissioner and used for guide camps up until almost a decade ago the Campsite, set on National Trust property was taken on by the scouts providing a safe camping place with many activities including archery and climbing. The grass plateau is surrounded by woodland with a small outdoor Chapel set into the trees and perfect for traditional camping and survival skills to be learned. Access is on foot up some steps then a newly laid back trackway. Certainly a test on fitness on arrival.

Jordan Heights Scout Camp is a registered charity, locally run by a team of volunteers.

The break in was a few weeks ago and a lot of work has been completed to restore the site to its former glory after storage boxes were ripped open, fences torn down, lighting smashed and solar panels damaged. This has been a significant set back, and an added burden to an already hard working team of volunteers.

Spencer Mitchell (Warden)
Photo credit: Neil Munday

The Warden, Spencer Mitchell following in his father’s footsteps as a warden (his father warden of Reigate Fort when that was a Scout site), is very passionate about his duties and the site has been improved and tidied for the scout camping season.

Spencer spoke with Neil Munday:

He has asked if people can support the site with donations or physical help and more details of the help required can be found on the Jordan Heights Scout Camp Facebook page, along with information on how to donate. Spencer can also be contacted by email at [email protected]

Website: https://www.jordanheights.org

Heritage Open Day at St John’s, Redhill

The church of St John the Evangelist built in 1843, and later enlarged (1889-95) by architect John Loughborough Pearson, the famed exponent of Victorian Gothic, will be open for guided tours from 14.30 hrs to 17.00 hrs on both Saturday, 11 September and Sunday, 12 September.

St John’s splendid 185 ft spire is a familiar landmark visible from much of Redhill, Earlswood and Salfords. It houses eight bells, installed in 1895, and hung for full circle ringing with the peal considered to be one of the easiest going in Surrey.

The church features the original Victorian stained glass windows, and an outstanding organ installed in 1897 built by Henry Willis, (famously known as Father Willis), who also built or rebuilt around 1,000 organs, including Alexandra Palace, the Royal Albert Hall and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Musical Events
On Saturday 11 September at 17.00 hrs the choir of St John’s will give a special recital conducted by Director of Music Clement Hetherington entitled “Music in the House of God”.

On Sunday 12 September, at 16.00 hrs, there will be an organ recital by Robert Cooper, featuring music by Alfred Hollins, organist of St John’s from 1884 to 1888.
Although blind from birth, Hollins became a world-famous composer and recitalist and returned to St John’s in 1897 to give a recital marking the opening of the refurbished church on the then new organ.

For further information about St John the Evangelist see the website:
https://www.stjohnsredhill.org.uk/news

Photo credit: St. Johns, Redhill