Behind the sounds at Radio Woking

Yesterday was my first time in a radio studio and it was quite fascinating. The mixing desk of dials to adjust the sound and fade in or out different microphones. The computer screens to select songs from the database and prerecorded news to play at a certain time. On the screens were countdowns for cues so the presenters knew when to come in, and on the walls were reminders and tips about mentioning the name of the station, the contact details etc.

I had done radio interviews before, but always over the phone and it was wonderful to see behind the sounds.  At Winston Churchill School, in a series of sound proofed rooms with internal windows are the two small studios of Woking Radio. The students can get involved with the radio and it’s a powerful way to improve their confidence. Local radio supports a lot of non-commercial and community activities that larger stations do not. Less than a year old, Radio Woking is currently only available on the internet, but if all goes well they will apply for an FM license and broadcast on the airwaves in future too. radio woking tripod

My hosts Sharon and Sheila, were both new to radio presenting when they began with Radio Woking. Initially they were guests on shows and were invited to co-host, before moving on to having their own show.

Although the show went out live yesterday it will also be posted at in a week’s time, so if you missed it you’ll have the chance to listen again. I was left feeling very joyful at the support that local radio can give to projects like the Buzz Tour and as always, the delight in learning about new things and developing new skills.

Buzz Tour documentary

Work has begun on the Buzz Tour documentary! :) Miranda has uploaded ten hours of footage , now Eve is splitting it into scenes and we’ll be putting together a storyboard to see how it’s all going to fit together. The aim is a one hour documentary about the amazing changes people are making all over the country.

This is our first documentary. We’re learning as we go and if you’d like to learn too and help make the documentary, get in touch! Or if you know what you’re doing and can teach us, please do! Do you have any suggestions for how we could show a map with the route and place names?

Next summer, when we cycle back around the country, we’ll revisit the route and bring the documentary and the book with us!

Collaborative Buzz Book

We’ve started work on the Buzz Tour Book, but we’d like your help too! bee and book

All the people who walked on the tour are invited to write some of the book from their perspective (if you haven’t already received the link email us). All the people we visited, or anyone who wants to be involved is also invited to comment on the text as we write it and help us make it fantastic.

There will be approximately 32 chapters in the draft book (it’ll change a lot in the final edit!) and roughly every week we’ll post a draft chapter or two on the website for you to read.

We’d love it if you could help us with critical feedback, ideally constructive critical feedback, but tell it to us straight – we want the final book to be AWESOME! Don’t worry about spelling or grammar as those will get caught in the final edit, but content feedback would be rally helpful. Which bits flow well, are interesting? Where have we missed an opportunity for a joke or to share something in a better way? Which bits are dull and you wish weren’t in it? Should there be more/less description, more/less dialogue?

To help you put up comments the paragraphs are numbered, so just refer to the paragraph number in your comment, or if it’s about the whole chapter that’s great too.

I hope you enjoy reading the drafts and enjoy the process of making it better! Thank you!