Glastonbury FM needs more volunteers to continue growth

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By abbie_wells | Monday, January 21, 2013, 10:12

Glastonbury FM is in need of local volunteers willing to give up their time to help this local radio station expand and develop.

The local radio station was founded ten years ago and is run entirely by volunteers taking responsibility for different areas crucial to broadcast media, ranging from presenters to admin support.

Station volunteers come from all walks of life and range from the ages of 16 – 73.

Julan Unthank, Glastonbury FM (GFM) Director, said: "Currently the station has 1 year left on its 5 year ofcom licence and will shortly need to put together an application to renew this licence for a further 5 year period.

"A key requirement for the future is to raise enough funds to move the station to a fixed studio within the Red Brick Building and to increase the number of volunteers.

He added: "Volunteer roles within GFM offer many different opportunities, the station requires individuals who are prepared to give their time to help run the station on a day to day basis."

"There is also a need for the station to expand its programming across its weekly schedule, with focus on both speech and music content. GFM wants to get out into the community with outside broadcasts and covering live events."

Mr Unthank stressed: "GFM is a community radio station that exists to serve the community; it represents a great opportunity for future volunteers to get involved and make a difference."

Specifically, the GFM team are on the look-out for a Station Manager and people willing to take responsibility for diverse yet crucial areas such as training, sales and marketing and scheduling and technical support.

John Carroll, Glastonbury FM Director and Founder, told Glastonbury People in a previous interview that many volunteers have gone  on to greater things, using the station as a stepping stone towards broadcasting career:

"The whole aim of this project is to involve local people and give them a chance to develop their skills," he said.

"We have had a number of our volunteers go on to work for national broadcasting organisations.

"A guy called Rob Mayor has gone on to work at Heart FM and Charlie Taylor is now at the BBC, and we have seen a few more move up the ranks as well."

The station currently broadcasts to Glastonbury, Street, Wells, the outskirts of Shepton Mallet and any other villages within a ten mile radius of their current position beside the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury.

To listen, you can tune into GFM on 107.1FM but you can also listen from anywhere in the country via the Listen Live feature on GFM's website

If you are interested in volunteering at the station, e-mail your details to or telephone 01458 835299.

To keep up to date with the radio station you can also follow GFM on Twitter, @GlastonburyFM, and like their Facebook page.



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