Local radio station on our doorstep
Published on: 29 Oct 2014
A RADIO station broadcasting from the heart of Staple Hill has been amassing thousands of listeners despite only hitting the airwaves since April. GLR is a commercial internet radio station run by a team of volunteers from premises in the High Street.
The station is on air 24 hours a day and features a breakfast show, interviews, chart show, style blog, a What’s On guide to the city and live broadcasts from various events in the city including the Harbourside Festival and Balloon Fiesta.
Weekly listening figures are already up to 11,000 with the station’s website getting more than 40,000 hits a month.
Programme director Roger Noble, who has been involved in commercial radio for more than 20 years, said the strength of the station is its strong identity with the city.
“Lots of radio stations are deceased now and local radio is slowly drifting away so we’re trying to create another radio station for the people of Bristol.
“There’s a need for local radio because people want to know what’s going on in Bristol. They don’t want to be brainwashed with showbiz gossip or whatever. It’s about addressing that local element in a certain way and making it friendly. We also make sure we get the music out there including featuring a lot of Bristol artists.
“We are a truly local radio station so if something is going on in Bristol we want to know about it and shout about it on the air. Anything Bristol-related we will get along to as much as possible. We supported the Fish Festival in Fishponds which doesn’t get exposure from any of the big players in town and that’s where we come into our element.”
As well as Roger, the team also includes Gary Hopkins, Tom Smith, Ben Williams, Russell Blake and John Faber as well as regular contributors. Some have media careers; others don’t but all share a passion for radio.
“We’re all multi-taskers so one minute we could be fixing a problem with one of the computers and the next minute we could be on air,” Roger said.
“We’ve all got our normal jobs to do as well so it’s all a labour of love.”
You can listen to GLR via a free app called Tune In. You can also visit the website www.glronair.com where you can listen live.
The station would love to hear from people who would like to volunteer or contribute to various shows as well as from potential advertisers or sponsors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0117 305 0637.