Introducing Secklow Sounds - your local radio station Currently available online at www.secklowsounds.org but with future plans to transmit on FM, Secklow Sounds is the local radio station serving the people of Milton Keynes. As a 24-hour station, in addition to live and repeat broadcasts, ‘on-demand’ show recordings are available through the website with many also uploaded to Spreaker and Mixcloud. The programmes are presented by an enthusiastic and committed team of 50 volunteers from all backgrounds and age groups, each bringing their own specialities on a wide array of music and other topics. The station is proud of its wide range of programmes that reflect the tastes of every type of listener. These include broadcasts on just about every kind of music genre, the arts, business, current affairs, religion, local interests and nostalgia. Secklow Sounds was the brainchild of station director and founder, Mike Johnson - winner of the 2000 Andrew Cross award for the best programme by a Restricted Services Station. The ethos is to create a friendly, family environment to bring people and communities together. In addition to the regular programme content, presenters interview local interest groups, entertainers, business people, charity organisers and others on-air and attend local events. This station’s role is succinctly summed up by Mike Johnson: “The intention is to bring together people from all backgrounds to produce an unrivalled variety of programmes celebrating the rich diversity of cultures, music, food and traditions that is Milton Keynes, and will include business, health, sports,
the arts, faith and non-faith groups. As a community station we will encourage participation from all citizens, defending their interest and reflecting their views. Cultural diversity is at the heart of Secklow Sounds and all ideas can be debated in our programmes, and a multiplicity of views will be fairly presented.” Secklow Sounds works in partnership with local organisations including Inter-Action MK who provide facilities at its headquarters for the studio. In return the station provides radio production and presentation training to its user groups. One
programme project: ‘The Groovy Gecko Radio Show’ involves young adults with learning difficulties. Shows are also presented by students aged from 14 to 16 and the station actively provides work experience for students studying media. If you have some free time, especially during the daytime and would like to contribute as part of Secklow Sounds’ family of presenters, please contact Mike Johnson on 07757 816316 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Published on Mar 19, 2013