Redstone FM
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This page looks at Redstone FM's activities during 2008.

2008 saw Redstone broadcast its 5th temporary broadcast as well as submit its formal application to Ofcom for a full time community radio license.

On This Page:
2008 Broadcast
Full time License application
Gallery of Pictures

See also:
Adult Learners Week - and Redstone FM's contribution.
Love Where You Live competition.
Programme Schedule - full listings for the broadcast.

2008 Broadcast

Redstone FM was on the air from 10 May to 26 May 2008 and for a second year broadcast from studios at the Surrey County Council Youth Centre at The Oakley in Merstham. With the prospect of community radio licences being advertised by Ofcom that summer, Redstone FM used this broadcast to test out its programming ideas and develop the system of volunteers, many of whom are visually impaired. The broadcast had three specific objectives:

1. Offering Opportunities 
2. Youth Programming
3. Local Community Radio

Offering Opportunities 
Previous Redstone FM broadcasts have enabled blind and partially sighted students from the RNIB college to produce and present live radio shows. Whilst the college is now closed, Redstone FM is committed to continuing to offer opportunities to blind, partially sighted people and those with other disabilities. The aim of the broadcast was to provide an opportunity for disabled persons to engage in the practical aspects of producing and presenting live radio show. 31% of volunteers had a disability of some kind (including sight loss) and they produced 45% of our live output.

Youth Programming
All previous broadcasts have involved young DJs and presenters. Redstone FM committed to continuing to provide opportunities to 16-25 years olds within its programmes. This broadcast had 24 hours each week set aside for specific 'youth' programming, i.e. programmes broadcast to an under 25 year old audience by under 25 year old presenters. In addition, our younger presenters were involved in programmes at other times of he week.

Included in the team this year were two students from Central Sussex College who were given work experience placements. Redstone FM also broadcast two live music sets, from Moral Soul and Pretty Bricks - these being arranged by DJs Alan & Kim. 45% of our volunteers were under 25 years of age and they presented 31% of our live output.

Local Community Radio
There is the opportunity for a new local community radio station for Redhill and Reigate (to be licensed by Ofcom).  The involvement in trial broadcasts is considered an important part of the process in applying for a permanent community license. The aim of this broadcast was to showcase community based programming for the Redhill and Reigate area.

During the time we were on the air, 55 guests were interviewed on Redstone FM. Local personalities were interviewed. These ranged from the up and coming singer Sally Cranham playing some of her songs to an hour-long special with the out going Mayor. Local events and activities were promoted including live coverage of the Territorial Army parade in Reigate on the 10 May 2008. Listener's local knowledge was tested with a competition run in conjunction with the Life newspaper. This is part of an on-going theme of civic pride supported by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. One theme for the broadcast was coverage of Adult Learners' Week with special page on the web site and 8 interviews which looked at a range of education issues. This activity was supported by East Surrey College.
Redstone FM again worked with Radio Redhill. An hour long special with Cllr Ross-Tomlin (the out-going mayor) was recorded at their studios and broadcast during the middle weekend.

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Set out below is a list of all those interviewed on Redstone FM. Most interviews saw guests visit the studio although some were conducted on location or on the telephone.

Adult Learners' Week
Arthur Brown (University of the Third Age)
Chris Long (East Surrey College)
Elizabeth Whiddett (Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership)
Jane Waller (Workers Educational Association)
Lynne Pierce (RNIB)
Pauline Roussos, Learning Co-ordinator for NIACE.
Tracy Burrows (Community Worker - Merstham).
Viv Ottaway (Learning & Skills Council)

Ted Hickman (Mertham Football Club)
Andy Ansah (sport choreographer)
Bradley Allen
Daly Thompson (2012 London Olympics)
Gavin Peacock (BBC Sport)
Garth Crooks (BBC Sport)
Janice St. Fort
Keith Bartlet (promoter of the European Drag Racing Championships, Santa Pod)
Paul Mortimer, Manager of Charlton's Ladies.
Scott Minto (Sky Sports)

Abba Mania
Chico (ITV's X-Factor)
Moral Soul
Pretty Bricks
Jenna Witts
Sally Cranham
Steve Knightley

Crispin Blunt (Member of Parliament for Reigate)
Angela Fraser (Chairman of Surrey County Council)
Cllr. Julian Ellacott (Deputy Leader of Reigate and Banstead Borough Council)
Cllr Mrs Dorothy Ross-Tomlin

Voluntary and Charity
David Barrell (Reigate Scouts)
Gareth Owen (vInvolved/YMCA)
Ken Sadler (Chairman of the Reigate and Banstead Council of Voluntary Service)
Julia Jenkinson (Surrey Air Ambulance)
Mike Ward (Age Concern)
Nadine Cullum (vInvolved/YMCA)
Penelope Horsfall (Reigate and Banstead Twinning Association)
Tanya Stafford (Redhill and Reigate Live At Home Scheme)
William Humphson (Diabeties UK)

Sonia Ashworth (Surrey County Show)
Jessica Simpson (Denbies Vineyard)

Chris Chandler (Editor of the Redhill, Reigate and Horley Life newspaper)
Dave Roberts (Pilgrim Brewery - Reigate)
Jessica Bevan (Harlequin Theatre)
John Davidson (Black Horse pub)
John Fisher (Horley's Prom In The Park)
Lieutenant Colonel Peter Kumik (Commanding Officer of 103 Battalion)
Nina Porter (Reigate and Banstead Borough Council - Priory Park)
Paul Otway (Surrey Fire Service)
Pat Pay (Gatton Park)
Russell Ballard (Vox Solaris)
Sally Leach (Epsom Downs Primary School)
Simon Wilding (Eon Energy)
Terry Boardman (Reigate and Banstead Borough Council)
Tom Keeley (Harlequin Theatre)
Val Hood (clairvoyant and medium)

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Full Time Community Radio License

Since the first broadcast in 2005, Redstone FM has held ambitions of becoming a full time, permanent community radio station. In 2006 the umbrella body Reigate & Banstead Community Radio was established and submitted a letter of intent to the media regulator, Ofcom.

In August 2008 Ofcom invited applications for community radio licenses for South East England. Redstone FM submitted its application for a community radio licence to cover the Redhill and Reigate area in November that year.

Prior to the submission, Redstone FM formally launched it's license bid on Monday 29 September 2008 at the Reigate & Banstead Community Radio Ltd's AGM.

As part of this launch, three key commitments were highlighted:

  • Redstone FM will be the voice of the borough.

Redstone FM will broadcast news, opinion and information of specific interest and relevance to those who live in the borough.

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Redstone FM's application documents to Ofcom for a full time community radio license.
Redstone FM's licence bid to Ofcom.

  • Redstone FM will offer opportunities.

Redstone FM will continue to offer opportunities to the blind and partially sighted and those with other disabilities to get involved with producing and presenting radio programmes. Redstone FM will also expand the opportunities for young people to get involved with programme making. Local organisations will have the chance to publicise their activities and reach an otherwise untapped audience.

  • Redstone FM will offer a unique commercial proposition for local advertisers.

Redstone FM will offer affordable and highly targeted advertising and sponsorship opportunities for local businesses.

Ofcom initially indicated that a decision would be made in October 2009 but that Redstone FM's application, along with a number of others around the M25 would be included with the assessment of applications from Greater London, due to be advertised during 2009.

Update - June 2010
Ofcom advise that they unable to grant a license due to the lack of FM frequencies in the Greater London area.

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Below are a selection of pictures taken during the 2008 broadcast.

Reigate MP Crispin Blunt with the presenter of the East Surrey Talks, Johny Cassidy.
Reigate MP Crispin Blunt with the presenter of the East Surrey Talks, Johny Cassidy.

The former Mayor, Cllr. Mrs Dorothy Ross-Tomlin with Nigel Gray
The former Mayor, Cllr. Mrs Dorothy Ross-Tomlin with Nigel Gray

Members of the band Pretty Bricks with DJs Alan and Kim.
 Members of the band Pretty Bricks with DJs Alan and Kim.

Sport presenter Carl Leaburn with DJ Anne-Marie Evans.
Sport presenter Carl Leaburn with DJ Anne-Marie Evans.

Chairman of Surrey County Council, Angela Frasier with Johny Cassidy.
Chairman of Surrey County Council, Angela Frazier with Johny Cassidy

Moral Soul during a live broadcast on the Alan & Kim Show on Redstone FM.
Moral Soul during a live broadcast on the Alan & Kim Show on Redstone FM.

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