On Saturday 30 April at 12 noon, Frome College students staged the 24hour takeover of FromeFM to raise funds for further training and equipment for their radio club – the first time a group of school aged students had broadcast alive for 24 hours continuously from a community radio station in the UK.

 

Shows written and presented by College students and staff covered topics including science, maths, cookery and film reviews.  The Business and Enterprise hour welcomed guests from Frome Rotary Club, and a special pre-school bedtime hour enjoyed book readings from children’s author Michelle Robinson as well as stories written by local school children.

 

Between the hours of 11.00pm and 1.00am the FromeFM studios became a vibrant concert venue with over 20 students performing live music sets, under the direction of Nick Waterhouse from the music department.

The broadcast was a spectacular success receiving over 300 messages of support in to the studio whilst on air, as well as messages on social media.  Listeners were tuning in from all over the world including New York, Melbourne, Kentucky and the Falkland Islands. A seal of approval was even given on Twitter by astronaut Tim Peake direct from space!

 

Matt Sims, from FromeFM said “On behalf of all the directors of FromeFM we wish to congratulate the Frome College Radio Club on their successful 24 hour broadcast. There was such a buzz going on from start to finish and the studio was really alive - the way it should be in a community station.”

Rupert Kirkham, also from FromeFM added “It was great to hear the students enjoying themselves and being so confident. The ‘Teenage Kicks’ show with Gavin Ball was hilarious, and reflected a great relationship between the College students and the Headteacher, as did all the shows.”

Local businesses The River House, Rectory Farm Riding Stables, 35mil Photography, Not Just Pets, Epicocity, FromeTech and Sodexo came on board before the broadcast to support the students by sponsoring shows, and donations came in from listeners and local organisations throughout the 24
hour broadcast.

Frome College support staff member, Jennie Smith, who runs the radio club in her spare time said “The support from the local community, and beyond, was overwhelming. The money raised will enable us to provide training and get more students involved in broadcasting on FromeFM. It’s a lot
of fun for the students, but importantly it enables our young people of all abilities to work with, and get to know people within their community allowing them to have a say in services that affect them, as well as providing them with important life skills and experience.”

The shows are available to download from the FromeFM website at frome.fm and so far the students have raised £1,300.00!  Donations can still be made online at frome.fm/donate until the 23 May.

If you are interested in getting involved in the College Radio Club or would like any more information on the project, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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