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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

I can only say how much pleasure Source FM has given us over the years! What an amazing radio station! Unbelievably and consistently excellent! Well done and thank you, Best wishes, Jeremy

Jeremy

This station is great. I listen in my workshop during the day in New Jersey USA . Keep it up. Dave. Hope to visit there someday.

Dave