April (birthday) News
4Legs celebrates its first birthday on Friday 12 April. Like any four-legged colt, we’ve come a long way since that first day – yes there have been a few hiccups and there’s definite room for improvement (which we are working on) but in general I’m really proud of what everyone involved with 4Legs has achieved. Here’s a summary of those achievements:
• Average ‘Listen Live’ listeners per week between 50 and 220+. Average ‘Listen Again’ listeners per week between 80 and 300+
• We’ve had a wide range of guests including actors, politicians, children, councillors, campaigners, writers, police commissioners and musicians discussing an entertaining, informative and thought-provoking range of topics. Above all, we feel we’ve helped provide a platform for people with a story to tell.
• We’ve involved children by launching writing and photographic competitions and recorded programmes from primary schools.
• We’ve covered local sports including horse racing, Lambourn football and cricket teams.
• We’ve given a voice to local charities.
• Regular monthly slots have been introduced covering information technology and pet care.
• Broadcast hours have increased.
• The number of presenters has increased.
It’s important that the focus in 2019 is to implement improvements and changes to ensure the continued success of the radio station. The following is what’s being planned:
• Re-vamping the website (work is underway).
• Registering 4Legs Radio as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) or something similar.
• Obtaining donations and/or sponsorship for either each individual programme or entire radio station (preference is the latter).
• Finding a new larger studio with better facilities.
• Receiving feedback from the community and from listeners, both on-line and face-to-face.
• Extending broadcasting by two to three hours on a Friday and consider broadcasting on Saturday mornings from 9am to 12 noon. (Possibly sports and/or show for teenagers)
Click here to listen again to our recent shows (Chris was broadcasing virtually single-handed in the snow on Friday 1 February with all presenters calling in) ranging from Uncovering Strange Energies and Ed Pownall’s satirical take on the week to Lambourn trainer Dominic Ffrench Davis explaining the effect of equine flu on the racing industry in the Downlands Racing Show.
About 4 LEGS Radio
Since April 2018, 4Legs Radio, our first community radio station, has been broadcasting great music and interviews to the Lambourn Valley and beyond. The internet radio station broadcasts via the website 4legsradio.org.uk between 9am and 4.30pm every Friday, although there are plans to expand the times (and perhaps the days) in 2019. The schedule changes slightly from week to week. You can listen live every Friday or to listen to the shows from any week, anytime, just go to the 4 LEGS Radio website at 4legsradio.org.uk and click on ‘Listen Again.’
Here is a quick demonstration by founder Chris Capel:
Our shows cover everything including local news, sport, events, campaigns, businesses, the mysteries of the River Lambourn, gardening, astronomy, wine, wildlife, health, therapy, drones, dogs, quizzes, local clubs and voluntary groups, climate change, ghosts, recipes, racing, competitions and lots of fascinating interviews with local residents from seven to 87 years old.
There are good jokes (and a few awful ones), great music, lively chat, informed opinion, eye-catching stories sliced, diced and prepared in a variety of ways as well as a sprinkling of banter and – of course – the unexpected.
Click here to listen again to any of the shows. Here are some highlights: Lambourn’s Liz Beard, 89 year old George Bodman, MP Richard Benyon, Gill Hall from Great Shefford Youth Club, Sue Cocker from Lambourn Library.
Regular presenters include: Chris Capel from Eastbury; Penny Locke and Brian Quinn (from Penny Post) and racehorse trainer Pat Murphy from East Garston; Paul Allen, Tim Forrester and Pat Heslop (aka Lavinia Flynch) from Great Shefford, Pat’s monthly guest and home healer Emma Loveheart; Ed Pownall, Suzie Cairns and Tim Scott from Lambourn.
Pete Brady joins the team from January 2019
Starting Friday 11 January, 4Legs radio is delighted to announce a new weekly show hosted by ex-BBC Radio 1 DJ and Magpie presenter Pete Brady.
Initially the show will be for 1 hour from 9am with the aim of a two-hour slot starting at 8am within the next couple of months. Pete will be playing a variety of great music (not just old stuff) and also conducting some live and pre-recorded interviews on the subject of support for head and neck cancer patients, their carers, relatives and friends.
About Pete Brady
Originally from Canada, Pete Brady has been a radio and television presenter in the United Kingdom for over 50 years. He was one of the original line-up on BBC Radio 1 and one of the original presenters of Magpie. Pete lives locally in Shefford Woodlands.
Following a similar path to DJs Tony Blackburn, Kenny Everett and Simon Dee from pirate stations such as Radio London and Radio Luxemburg, he made the natural progression to BBC Radio 1 at its launch in September 1967. Pete was given a major six-day-a-week afternoon slot Monday to Saturdays. He played a varied mix of current pop and rock music.
In July 1968, he became one of the original presenters of Thames Television’s new youth magazine programme, Magpie. During his time on TV he found difficulty maintaining his Radio 1 shows and left BBC Radio late in 1968. He continued with Magpie until 1971, when he returned to radio hosting the afternoon show on BBC Radio 2.
How to get involved
If you would like to be a guest, co-presenter or have your own show please contact Chris Capel on email@example.com
The programmes are presented by local people with local guests, and are designed to serve the needs of the Lambourn Valley Community not currently served by other broadcasting media, that stimulate, educate and entertain the listeners.
We are keen for the community to join in by texting on 07418310510, by Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on our posts. We are also on Twitter @4legsradio, Mixcloud at 4Legs Radio, Youtube and on Facebook at 4 legs LVCR.