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Fresh Sources: My Community

Getting under-represented voices in the community onto the airwaves

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.”

Members of the Trevern Radio Club

Listeners say

I don't know how I found you, but I'm so happy I did. I listen to 96.1 online constantly. Love the variety of music and all the presenters. I'm in Eureka California and have been able to visit Cornwall once. I left my heart there and want desparately to return. Until then, at least I can listen in. Cheers!

Susan

Just wanted to say what a lovely surprise it was on Monday morning when I first discovered your channel on my tablet. I am an artist and I love to have music and humour playing in my studio. The programme that I discovered was called the Monday Morning Comedy Collective with a presenter called Colin Leggo . A lovely lively entertaining programme with lots of humour and a good variety of music. I think a big strength of the programme is the warm personality and the professional style of the presenter. Colin Leggo was often using funny voices which I found really funny but he also encouraged the listeners to contribute to the programme. He was also interviewing a comedian which was interesting and entertaining. I will definitely catch the Colin Leggo show again and explore the other Source programmes.

David Hosking

Just a quickie to say thank you for keeping us entertained on our (rainy) holiday in Falmouth. We really enjoyed the variety of music on your radio station and loved hearing all the local voices.

Jamie