When we started the Media Group in 2011, we had no idea that it would touch so many lives and in such a positive way. Our clients took to the airwaves like ducks to water. They studied and learned and made some great programmes for community radio stations in Bristol including BCFM, Ujima Radio and BASE Radio. We produced polite, sometimes provocative and often poignant programmes with guests including nutritionists, psychiatrists, psychologists and local politicians. We played tunes that meant a lot to us, including some of our own compositions! And all on the enduring theme of mental health and how best to keep mentally well.
Around 40 people have joined the Media Group over the last eight years and have gained experience in scripting, editing, and executing programmes. Although the Media Group is not currently running, its achievements tower above us like the proverbial radio mast:
- Through the group Sonic learned to get involved once again in the music scene he loved as a young man.
- DJ Feathertouch (Danny) was offered a regular slot at a local internet station, showcasing his prodigious talent, and credits the Media Group with turning his life around
- Jacqui graduated from the Media Group to helping out on Ujima Radio.
- And our long-standing member, Cath, appeared on BBC Radio Bristol and took part in the BBC2 show “Trust Me I'm a Doctor”. The list of what people have done has gone on and on.
Well done to all of you. You can find some of our past shows on our YouTube channel, including our last show, an emotional goodbye from us to all of our loyal listeners. You can view a snippet of this below.