Three presenters and a puppy – The 28 Hour Broadcast
28 is the age Paul McCartney went solo. 28 is a popular card game in India. 28 is the amount of Chinese star constellations there are. 28 is the age Mark Zuckerburg became a paper Billionaire. 28 is also the amount of hours three presenters and a puppy are going to broadcast live on Voice FM to raise money to build disabled access studios.
In the last year local community radio station, Voice FM, has been working with Enham Trust and Ability Radio, providing the opportunity for disabled people to create original, innovative radio, which is broadcasted to the local community. To continue the station’s work with these charities and make Voice FM available for everybody in the community, presenters, Chris Huskins, Jay Radcliffe and Ana Roitenburg will be presenting for 28 hours to kick-start 28 days’ worth of crowdfunding. Lexie, the Station Puppy, will also be accompanying the team during their efforts. With these vital funds, the team plan to build new studios with complete disabled access, allowing everybody within the local area the chance to create radio and become part of the 120 plus volunteers Voice FM has.
Kevin Scott, Station Manager, said: “Voice FM has helped a huge variety of people, including people with disabilities and people that have come from difficult backgrounds. Broadcasting live on air is a huge responsibility and everyone at Voice FM is treated equally. By giving these opportunities to people, it allows them to gain experience, grow confidence, socialise and make friends, learn multiple skills, experience a sense of community and take pride in Southampton as a city that brings people together. Not only can people benefit from presenting on air, they can also gain experience in marketing, social media, music and events. Volunteers’ regular shows and responsibilities also become an integral part of their week, allowing them to get excited and look forward to their time at Voice FM. With new studios that have complete disabled access, we can give the opportunity of creating radio to everybody within the community.”
Chris Huskins, Presenter and Marketing Manager, said: “On Wednesday 1st March at 7am we will kick off the live 28 hour broadcast, with fantastic entertainment, great music, no breaks and no sleep for us! It doesn’t sound like much, but to be on air, happy, talking and with no breaks or sleep is incredibly hard. We wanted to challenge ourselves to help raise money so that we can continue our great community work, therefore any amount that anyone can donate would go a long way.”
“Our team will gate crash the normal station programming, starting on Wednesday’s breakfast show and finishing with an on-air party on Thursday morning. Fun will continue throughout the entire broadcast with Paul Bakers Pub Quiz, Prize-Time Drive-Time and Bazza’s 80’s Disco. We will partake in the usual Sonar Takeover however we will literally be running across to the Southampton Solent University studios whilst on air, to physically take over the airwaves! Throughout the night the action won’t stop as we have local artists lined up, including Daniel Eagle, FooR and The Zeus Collective, amongst others performing live on the show.”
Chris is also currently partaking in the 100 day fitness challenge, slimming down for his big day when he gets married in July. Due to the team not taking any breaks he will be doing his workouts live on air.
To donate and find out more, visit: www.voice28.co.uk. People can also watch the team on-air on the website’s live webcam. To listen to the live broadcast, tune in to 103.9FM in Southampton or online from 7am on 1st March.