Fresh Sources is Source FM’s innovative outreach project, designed to get voices currently under-represented in community radio onto the airwaves.
The shows are the brainchild of former Source studio manager, Jerry Padfield, who is now carrying out post-graduate research into broadening participation in community radio using digital technology.
The project is an attempt to get a more diverse mix of presenters on the Source schedule, including groups who are currently under-represented in community radio such as women, people with disabilities, the over 60s and people from rural communities. The programmes feature collaborations with Trevern care home, and St Gluvias Hall in Penryn, as well as individuals. It aims to use modern digital technology and ubiquitous devices such as smartphones to create radio content.
Jerry Padfield is a familiar face to Source FM fans, as the former studio manager and sound engineer for the popular Parklive festival and is now using the experience he gained during his time at the Source to inform his academic research.
Jerry said, “community radio has a number of proven health benefits, both for the volunteers who present and on a wider community level, in terms of mental health, wellbeing and community cohesion. However, some parts of our community are currently not being adequately represented and so are not able to enjoy these benefits. The Source aims to represent the community it serves completely and this project is an attempt to address this. If you don’t hear yourself represented on the Source, we need to do something about it. Over two-thirds of us now own a smartphone, which is basically a recording studio in your pocket and we can now use these devices to create podcasts and radio shows.”
Programmes featuring Fresh Sources
It's done a lot: broadcast live performances of a local poetry group I belong to (Falmouth Poetry Group), broadcast radio dramas created by my students, interviewed local politicians (including me) on subjects of local interest and thus contributed to engagement in local democracy.Tom S, Falmouth
I've produced some content for it (Source) during the lockdown, and I train students to make radio and help them get involved in Source FM, one of my PhD researchers uses it for his work too. It's a really important resource that brings people together and helps us get more people able to make audio.Abigail W, Falmouth
The music selections are fun, interesting and most important she makes it rock! Love Val's brash, fun, whimsical off the cuff commentaries. keep it coming! Two music fans from California. Big thank you to SourceFM :)Yyvette, California