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Key commitments annual report form
January 2012 Issue 6
Community Radio Annual Report Form
.1 Community Radio Annual Report Form: Year Ending 31 December 2011 Station details
Launch Date 1 May 2002 (community radio licence awarded 1 January 2006)
Web address where you will publish this report
http://resonancefm.com/faq/research to be published 5 April 2011
The year in numbers
Please specify the station’s achievements in the year under review in numbers as follows: (some of this may be a repetition of the information supplied in the financial report) Average number of live hours per week Average number of original programming hours per week (this may include pre-recorded and live material but should not include repeats). The percentage of your live daytime output that is speech Number of people trained during the year Number of volunteers involved during the year Total volunteer hours per week If appropriate, a list of languages you have broadcast in 96 145 35.00% 36 300 (plus) 1116 English Hindi
Somalian Lingala Taiwanese Polish misc other languages in oneoff shows (There may be some repetition of this information in other sections such as programming.)
Please indicate whether your station key commitments have been delivered during the reporting period: January 2011 to December 2011 .1 Key commitments: programming YES
Yes Yes Yes
Key commitment delivery
The service will include radio artworks made especially for and exploring the medium of radio, and offer a wide variety of music output and speech programming with an emphasis on cultural and community matters. • Output will typically comprise 65% music and 35% speech (‘speech’ excludes advertising, programme/promotional trails and sponsor credits). • Music-based output will place an emphasis on alternative and experimental music. It will include programmes with a specific bias towards a range of musical styles such as free jazz and improvised, electronic, sonic and radio art, reggae, independent rock, dance and club, avant-garde and contemporary classical, roots and world, musique concrete, noise, field recordings and found sounds, plus programming dedicated to specific displaced or under-represented communities such as Brazilian, Congolese, Serbian, Albanian and Portuguese. • Speech-based output will include discussion, alternative news programmes and interviews, documentary, literary spoken word, and occasional phone-ins, comedy, drama and poetry. Subjects may include cultural theory, political issues, environmental concerns, civic responsibility, pensioners’ rights, mental health, and visual and plastic arts. • Output will be broadcast primarily in English with some output in other community languages such as Farsi, Serbian and Albanian. Community language programmes will change from time to time. • Live programming (with pre-recorded inserts as applicable) will typically comprise around 72 hours per week. Explanatory notes re non-delivery (if applicable): Not applicable.
Key commitments: Social gain objectives
Key commitment delivery
(a) The provision of sound broadcasting services to individuals who are otherwise underserved Yes • Resonance FM will provide a service for practising artists and engaged consumers whose interests fall outside the mainstream media and for those whose access to media is restricted or limited due to language, ethnicity, lack of formal training opportunities and cultural bias. The service will be multicultural, transcending age barriers, and will typically develop programmes for marginalised, disadvantaged persons and groups within the community. The station intends where possible to expand and diversify to respond to the necessities of the often rapidly shifting urban audience. (b) The facilitation of discussion and the expression of opinion Yes • The station will invite guests to take part in discussion programmes on topics such as culture, health, education, crime and other civic and community related matters. Community groups will be encouraged to initiate and realise their own programming. Some output will promote cultural identity as well as encouraging debate and discussion from a variety of cultural perspectives. (c) The provision (whether by means of programmes included in the service or otherwise) of education or training to individuals not employed by the person providing the service Yes • Education of listeners is part and parcel of many programmes, with educational content on a variety of topics such as conservation, natural history, alternative health, local history. Yes • The formal institution of training opportunities will include work with educational, artistic, creative and community groups and institutions active within the broadcast area. No • Weekly Cool Edit Pro (audio editing) training sessions will be offered to programme makers and engineers Yes • Training in programme production, editing and engineering will be offered at the studios as appropriate. All new programme makers will receive basic broadcast and production training. Community groups that wish to broadcast will be offered training in programme production. Yes • Ten new engineers will be offered training per year; two work placements will be organised per year. (d) The better understanding of the particular community and the strengthening of the links within it Yes • Resonance FM broadcasts arts, music, cultural and community material not available elsewhere. Feedback is encouraged both by individual programme makers through phone-ins, email, individual programmes’ websites, and by the service as a whole. Yes • Collaborations are encouraged between programme makers and engineers. Discussion will be facilitated through a dedicated on-line forum, accessible by programme makers and engineers. Additional Social Gain objectives (if any are specified in your licence). • Resonance will forge promotional links for the mutual benefit of the service and contributors e.g. through print media, CD releases, opportunities to perform live at fund- and consciousness-raising events. Yes
Explanatory notes re non-delivery (if applicable): We no longer use ProTools for audio editing hence this commitment is now irrelevant and has been superceded by other software and concomitant training methods.
Key commitments: Access and participation YES
Yes Yes Yes
Key commitment delivery
• • • Volunteers are encouraged and workshop days will be held at the studio each quarter. Engineers are encouraged to develop technical skills and to assist in training programme makers and to encourage them to develop basic broadcasting skills. A membership scheme (‘Friends of Resonance’) will be set up.
Explanatory notes re non-delivery (if applicable):
Key commitments: Accountability to the target community YES
Key commitment delivery
• An Advisory Panel will be set up, and a formal mechanism within the group will be created to develop good lines of communication between management, the Advisory Panel, the Board of Directors and volunteers. Contact between listeners and broadcasters will be encouraged onair, by email and live forum discussion (i.e. a dedicated website comprising self-explanatory sections accessible to the listeners and general public). There will be a dedicated programme makers’ section of the website to allow for individual volunteers to correspond and express their views to the management. Transparency will be a key element of the service. Information relating to all aspects of the service (such as reports to funders, confidentiality agreements permitting) will be made available on request wherever possible.
Explanatory notes re non-delivery (if applicable):
We have formally abandoned the on line Forum. No programme makers were using it. Other social networking tools have come to the fore.
Volunteer inputs (see guidance notes on page 2)
Number of volunteers: over 300 people made voluntary contributions to the station this year, roughly half in terms of providing one-off programme content, the other half through regular weekly contributions. This document focuses on the latter contributors. 1) 30 engineers and support workers, whose contribution ranges from technical set up for live bands, manning the broadcast desk for programme makers, maintaining the database and listings, cutting audio for repeats, and general office administrative support work. This pool of volunteers works in four hour shifts each weekday, with weekends comprising four shifts of six and a half hours each. This gave a total this year of 146 man-hours per week. In addition, there is typically two extra persons contributing each week-day for seven hours, i.e. 70 man-hours per week. The total for these pool of volunteers is therefore 216 per week allowing for holidays and studio closure about 9720 man-hours per annum. 2) Secondly, there is an average of over 150 people making content each week, some in groups. These programme makers produce around 80 hours of broadcast material each week. Note that programme makers typically spend many extra hours on preparing their programme than is indicated by the actual broadcast time (typically between 15 and 90 minutes per week). A conservative estimate of the preparation time for each hour of material would be six man-hours, which gives us the following total figure: 150 x 6 x 52 = 46,800 hours per annum or 900 per week Other volunteer work, which includes website maintenance, trouble-shooting and advice cannot readily be estimated but accounts for in excess of 500 man-hours per annum. Given the skill involved in this area, in the open market the value of this input would be several times this very modest estimate. The institution of a second studio at the station mean that further training and programme making could be realised this year. This is reflected in the final figure given in the Financial Report under In Kind contributions of volunteers. Broadcasting; editing; production; post-production; miscellaneous administration; on-air announcements; scripting; website maintenance; building work; cleaning. Approximate number of hours worked on average per volunteer per week: six.
Resonance was winner of the Radio Academy’s Nations and Regions Award for London for the third year running. The Judges commented: “Resonance demonstrated a genuine passion for radio in all its forms. Fresh, creative and bursting with ideas, this station provides opportunities for people who would not easily find space elsewhere in the radio family.” It was accordingly automatically long-listed for the Sony Radio Academy Award station of the year. Resonance's assistant manager Tom Besley was named as one of the inaugural “30 Under 30” by The Radio Academy. Over 200 people were nominated from across UK radio industry in The Radio Academy's search for “thirty young people who don’t just do their job well, but go the extra mile... the industry’s brightest young stars.”
This year, we significantly • formed a partnership with open source radio software developer Sourcefabric to develop the Airtime playout system • were awarded a grant by Trust for London to develop non-English broadcast strands by new arrivals to the UK • were awarded a grant by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to develop DIY radio, a tool for use in secondary schools. • were broadcast artists-in-residence at the exhibition Gone With The Wind at London's prestigious Raven Row gallery. • undertook an on-air fund raising weekend which yielded £16,000 in donations from listeners • were beneficiaries of the £6000 raised by comedian Stewart Lee at the annual Resofit stand-up comedy night • were media partner of monthly concerts at The Vortex and Cafe Oto; of the Colour Out of Space festival in Brighton; and LIFEM Festival, London. • collaborated on the Netaudio Festival at the Roundhouse • addressed the CMA conference in Brighton • were broadcast partner of the Dirty Weekend with the Wellcome Collection • collaborated with the London College of Communication on its sound Art Practitioners series of lectures for broadcast. • taught radio to Camberwell Foundation Years students • arranged three sessions for broadcast at Ravensbourne, which had newly moved to Greenwich, for No Frills Band, Stars and Sons, and Kinnie The Explorer. Here follow some representative reports from our pool of programme makers and volunteers. Art Monthly Monthly Each programme this year has been based on a discussion with the writers of features, reviews or polemics from the current issue of Art Monthly published at the time of broadcast. Over the last twelve months we broadcast 12 shows. We have had an average of 551 downloads on each of the twelve programme podcasts with the highest being March 2012 with 881 downloads. Programmes featured: Morgan Quaintance (imaginative engagements as a form of participation); Omar Kholeif & Paul O¹Kane (Arabic agendas; inside outsider art); John Douglas Millar (Gerhard Richter at Tate Modern); Colin Perry (Art and TV); Mark Prince (The made v the readymade); Laura McLean-Ferris & Morgan Quaintance (Dissolution of the body in the internet age; the book Digital and Other Virtualities); Christopher Townsend (British modernism viewed through contemporary culture); John Douglas Millar & Peter Suchin (Experimental writing as art; Focal Point's 'Tarot' exhibition); Bob Dickinson & Paul O¹Kane (Time Machine Biennial in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Junk: Art and the Politics of Trash); Stephanie Schwartz (The Worker-Photography Movement and the utopian potential of digital photography); Maria Walsh & JJ Charlesworth (Mary Kelly; theoretical critique vs subjective criticism); Morgan Quaintance & Peter Suchin (General Idea; professionalization through practice-led PhDs); and Dave Beech & Larne Abse Gogarty (On Ugliness; guerilla activist art). Matt Hale Art Saves Lives In Residence Art Saves Lives is a community interest company run by volunteers that sources space and time for any artist, writer, poet or musician, who for whatever reason feels marginalised by mainstream society, to help them to find and share their voice. Our show on Resonance helps us to raise awareness to the talent and the passion for the arts that exists within the margins of society. We are currently running a free film course at the world famous Goldsmiths College in New Cross. As a direct result of advertising this fact on the radio show, we have had over 30 enquiries regarding enrolment. In 8 shows this year, we have featured 24 poets, 4 live bands, 6 solo artists and introduced the world to the Limba! Dean Stalham Big Science: What's the Big Idea Big Science began as an experiment borne of a belief that the laws that govern the universe are simple. Fantastical, astonishing, often unbelievable, but ultimately comprehensible to anyone who wants to understand. For an hour each week, Dr Ed Gerstner and guests explore the ideas that make the Universe tick. Over the past year we have:
* Interrogated Cern physicist, Professor Jonathan Butterworth, about all the excitement over results coming out of the Large Hadron Collider in the search for the Higgs boson. And challenged neutrino wrangler, Dr Ryan Nichol, to explain whether the laws of physics had been broken by a team of Italian physicists working beneath Gran Sasso mountain. * Explored the implications of a research suggesting that the heart drug, propranolol, can significantly reduce a person's subconscious racial prejudice, with Oxford professor, Julian Savulescu. * Received an exhaustive run-down of the current status of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and of the events that lead to the disaster that occurred following the March earthquake and tsunami, from reporter, Geoff Brumfiel. * Spoken to Professor David Baker and Dr Chris Eibens of the University of Washington about citizen science, and how the network computer game, Foldit, is helping scientists accelerate progress in the drug development. * Asked astronomer and Fellow of the Royal Society, Professor Mike Lockwood, where the space-age dreams of the 1960s have gone? And about Newt Gingrich's plans to colonize the Moon. * Reviewed the science of electric cars and the future of green transport, with Gordon Murray Design engineer, Dr Ralph Clague. * Discovered a particle accelerator being developed by Dr Hywel Owen of the University of Manchester that could not only provide a new source of nuclear power but might also help treat cancer. Ed Gerstner Chips for the Poor I produced a 9-part series for Resonance based around the band I play in, Chips for the Poor. This included a travelogue of our tour in the USA, culminating in our performances at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas; sessions in the Resonance studio; and an outside broadcast of our gig for Record Store Day 2011. For the studio performances we had various guests come in to manipulate and remix our sounds live in the studio. At the end of 2011 we released an album using audio from the radio series, re-edited into a three new five minute pieces and a 30-minute audio collage. Michael Garrad A Colder Consciousness Since its initial incarnation as a six-episode series beginning on 4th October 2011, A Colder Consciousness has become a regular weekly show on Resonance and has broadcast 23 programmes so far and a 2-hour Christmas special. The aim of ACC is to play and reflect upon early synthesizer music, minimal wave, cold wave and other less knows sisters genres; around 90% of the records we play are rare, neglected and/or hard to find – our remit is very much to nurture a rediscovery of this largely forgotten music which is aesthetically, technologically and sociologically interesting as well as being, for the most part, danceable. Since starting with ACC we have slowly but surely acquired a certain following (listeners following us on various social media or adding themselves to our mailing list). I would say our notable achievements this year have been: interviewing a couple of musicians who were making these records in the early 1980s; hosting conversations with artists, designers, publishers, authors who are interested in this kind of music; the inauguration of a series called The Colder Commentaries in which artists and scholars are invited to write a ten-minute lecture on one particular track; being asked to DJ live at East London event Jupiter; conversing and collaborating with small reissue labels, notably in France and Italy; participating in the first issue of independently published magazine Verfreundungseffekt. Flora Pitrolo DJ Debbie presents DJ Debbie presented occasional leftfield cultural encounters in this 15 minute slot with subjects including Baaba Maal; DJ/ Producer Joe Claussell; London based Palestinian artist Laila Shawa; and Natalie Mitchell, a young member of Kids Company who is part of The Pendragon Recordings. Debbie was also invited to contribute to the London Diaspora Live series in early 2011 and hosted a Calypso special with the reigning Calypso Monarch veteran Calypsonian Alexander D Great and Junior Monarch Kiki B. Debbie Golt Hello Goodbye Show Over the last year we have continued to showcase live music from the local London music scene and beyond, featuring live sessions every week from both established and emerging artists. The more
recognisable names from the past year include Jad Fair, Monochrome Set, Mekons (all of whom performed full sets of 10 songs), Alexander Tucker, Comus, Patrik FitzGerald, Serafina Steer and The Smoke Fairies. gave 64 different bands/artists (approximately 205 individuals) the opportunity to perform their music in a live setting on the radio. A great deal of these artists had never performed live on the radio prior to this and get very little exposure elsewhere. Over 16 different nationalities were represented among these artists (Inc: Brazil, New Zealand, USA, Scotland, France, Ireland, Wales, Japan, Spain, Australia, Norway, Iran, Poland, Canada, Rwanda, Italy and of course the England). Dexter Bentley was also responsible for organising 7 live concerts, with over 20 acts being given the opportunity to hone their talents and perform their music in front of a live audience. All these gigs occurred within the near proximity of the radio station in the London Borough of Southwark. Our radio programme also gave a number of individuals the opportunity to interview, record and edit their own self-contained features for the show. To raise funds for the station last year we sold a show off on a pay as you go basis at a rate of £10 per minute, raising over £900. Michael Garrad & Richard Bentley Henry Scott-Irvine Presents... This is a one hour weekly show that celebrates heroes who are both sung and unsung from the world of music, film, tv, and art. The angle that the show takes is to look at areas of people's lives that would possibly not be undertaken on mainstream radio. Status Quo's Francis Rossi talked about those who had covered his songs and those whom he had produced, alongside discussing his solo output. Johnny Thunders Heartbreaker's bassist Billy Rath discussed his memories of Punk Rock days on the Anarchy Tour with The Sex Pistols and The Clash, alongside memories of playing with Blondie and The Ramones whilst living in New York. Other shows have looked at rare and recently re-discovered 'lost' British tv; The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, which featured Neil Innes of Monty Python fame; and Paul Howard singing acoustic songs about William Blake's London. Henry Scott-Irvine Hooting Yard On The Air This year Hooting Yard celebrated seven years of continuous weekly broadcasting on Resonance. In 2011, for the sixth year running, a paperback anthology of stories read on the show was published and this sells steadily online. The podcasts are downloaded by upwards of a thousand listeners per episode. One small highlight, on the thirtieth anniversary of his death, was the impromptu inclusion in one show of a performance of Cornelius Cardew's "!0,000 Nails In The Coffin Of Imperialism". Frank Key I Can Hear The Grass Grow Shows in 2011 featured guests Rosemary Lee and Jo Bailey from Square Dances commissioned by Dance Umbrella - a free event that took place in four squares in the Borough of Camden; field recordings from the salt pans of Botswana and the city square of Gaberone; and news from the allotments on the near derelict Heygate Estate at the Elephant and Castle. The show ended the current series with a guest from the Brautigan Book Club discussing poems written on seed packets and other writings by Richard Brautigan. Mark Aitken I’m Ready For My Close-Up I’m Ready For My Close Up has broadcast in-depth discussions of cinema on themes and directors such as Ken Russell, Peter Watkins and faux documentaries, 60s experimental Japanese cinema, Soviet science fiction, secret societies, female horror filmmakers, sound and Japanese Buddhism. Guests have included respected film writers Kim Newman and Jason Wood, Sergei Kapterev from the Institute of Cinema Art in Moscow, director of Sci-Fi London Louis Savy, BFI archive curator William Fowler, British director Simon Rumley, Strange Attractor publisher Mark Pilkington, Wire deputy editor Frances Morgan and Buddhist priest-cum-hip-hop DJ Akinobu Tatsumi, who gave a live demonstration of his Buddhist chanting and beat boxing skills on the show. Virginie Sélavy Interesting Conversations Interesting Conversations is a literary programme which is 30 minutes long and broadcast live. A writer is interviewed in each programme. It is an intelligent and informative programme for a discussion of writing and the issues in the books covered. In 2011 a very wide range of writers are interviewed, from
different backgrounds, countries and approaches. Some writers are world famous, others are first time writers or self-published. In the last year, I have interviewed, among others, the Pulitzer Prizewinner, Marilynne Robinson; Fay Weldon; Welsh poet Owen Sheers; the owner of Housmans, the anarchist bookshop; Clare Allen, author of Poppy Shakespeare, a novel about mental health; the feminist Katherine Hakim; and Edmund de Vaal, who wrote The Hare with Amber Eyes. Wendy Jones International Women's Day and more Debbie Golt produced several themed programmes in 2011 - most notably marking International Women's Day for which she linked with Catherine Pluygers and the London New Wind Festival's IWD women's music concert. Catherine and 3 of the filmmakers joined Debbie in a round table discussion with a live music session from Ensemble Triptik. Debbie Golt also created and presented a programme linking Resonance FM to Refugee Week Radio with a show that was simulcast on both platforms on 20th June 2011. This year her studio guest was Macedonian singer/composer Tanja Tarovska and the show also included Cathy Aitchison's prerecorded interview with Tom Green, coordinator of Platforma, a new UK wide arts based network and online resource open to refugee artists and those working in related activities. Debbie also linked Resonance with Radio 1812 , which involves over 110 community and mainstream radio stations around the world on the 18th December to celebrate UN International Migrants' Day, with a show simulcast on London Link Radio. The programme is archived on the Radio 1812 website and had front page billing when it was added. Guests this year were Anna Nguyen and Greg Bartlett of Silent Shout Theatre, relating to the Vietnamese community, and Congolese born Lilas La Fleur Debbie Golt Ireland's Eye A weekly show with news and gossip from the Irish community with Irish country music and some interviews with country singers, this year Ireland's Eye notably raised some £700 for Save The Children. Johnny Jameson Is Black Music Is Black Music is the first radio show to be committed to broadcasting the wide range of alternative Black music that does not fit into industry stereotypes. Within that scope we investigate culturally related issues that surround artists of African lineage whose work is unrecognised by the mainstream media. This past year Is Black Music has highlighted work by many artist who have been widely ignored by the media, including William Fountaine, Danny Thompson, Renu, Natasha Awuku, Rosie Okay, George Simmonds, Leila Adu, Carl Inglesis, Juwon Ogungbe, Barby Asante and Adrian Lauwence. The show looks at the different aspects of Black culture that lie at the foundation of Black artistic expression in the world of music and other wise. For instance, recently we worked with the exhibition titled South London Black Music Archive at the Peckham Space Galleries by Barby Asante. There we examined the link between the South London community and Black music and culture. We have also teamed up with other outside projects that gave voice, training and education to individuals within the community, such as the special we did about the Meld exhibition at The Pumphouse Gallery in Battersea. This exhibition took place in October 2011 and featured the work of Dublab and Quest and was noted for its blending of mental health issues within a hip-hop aesthetic. Part of last year's summer programming also contained community members' impressions and experiences of the uprisings that took place around England in early August 2011. This included the composer Danny Thompson and multimedia artist Umanyano. Is Black Music has done its best to create a friendly environment for musicians to freely expressive themselves beyond mainstream constraints or expectations. Art Terry The Left Bank Show The Left Bank Show discusses arts and politics with writers, artists and filmmakers, engaging with their art and the politics that drive it. The show could go to a demo, could visit a place, could confront a politician or the guests could sit on a park bench like bookends. The Left Bank Show is a casual, probing chat into the lives and motivations of artists, thinkers and drinkers. And to top it off, we'll play it all out with the most embarrassing tune in the guests' record collection. Leah Borromeo Little Atoms Little Atoms has continued in its mission to bring intelligent and stimulating discussion of science and
rationalism, broadcasting interviews with leading writers from the worlds of science and the arts to an ever widening audience. Over the course of the last year our audience via the podcast has gone past 10,000 regular subscribers. Meanwhile over 1 million interview mp3s were downloaded from our site. Last year we organised a number of events at science and literary festivals around the UK, including the Cheltenham Science Festival and Stoke Newington Literary Festival. We also programmed a season of six live events at The Bishopsgate Institute in London. We have continued to interview a wide and varied range of new guests and old favourites, including Jon Ronson, Heather Brooke, Adam Curtis, David Eagleman and Lisa Randall. We also celebrated our 200th episode in June 2011, with an episode featuring Astronomer Royal Sir Martin Rees. In addition to this, presenter Neil Denny was awarded a 2012 Travelling Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. Neil Denny Lucky Cat This year Zoe Baxter's show on East Asian culture covered the historic Opium Wars between Britain and China. Writer and performer/presenter Ann Chen discussed her performance The Steampunk Opium Wars at the National Maritime Museum. Celebrating the Chinese New Year - Year of the Dragon – the show included a preview of London-based free cultural events and contemporary Chinese cinema programmed over the New Year season. Film curator Jingjing Xie and art curator Xuhua Zhan from China Culture Connect discussed their upcoming documentary programme at BFI as well as future plans for the organisation which promotes new cultural awareness and understanding of modern China. The series also featured a discussion and review of East Asian cinema of 2012 with Electric Sheep magazine editor Virginie Selavy; an interview with Japanese London-based saxophonist Megumi Mesaku whose home town is Soma City, in Fukushima where she has been raising money since the Tsunami hit last year; a future Chinese superstar - underground singer and musician Cha Cha who, based in Shanghai, is the first ever mainland Chinese artist to be chosen to attend the Red Bull Music Academy; Thai Country Music (Lukthong & Molam) & Vintage Vietnamese Vinyl; Oral Histories: Hong Kong life - an interview with Sham Shui Po record shop owner Paul Au, one of the many refugees who fled Vietnam for Hong Kong during the war in the 1970s; and Hong Kong Euro pop - Edine Kwok of HK band The Marshmallow Kisses provided a collection of her favourite songs plus new material from her latest project Tramgirl Karaoke Club. Film curator and author Jasper Sharp came to Resonance to discuss his forthcoming book the Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema and Zipangu Film Festival. Terracotta Far East Film Festival organiser Joey Leung discussed the contemporary pan East Asian cinema scene. Lucy Cat also reviewed the Anna May Wong double bill. Zoe Baxter Luscombe's Choice Luscombe's Choice is an eclectic music show which explores the work of notable artists, featuring guests from the world of entertainment and a healthy dose of irreverent philosophical speculation. This past year, Luscombe reviewed a pre-release of Lee "Scratch" Perry's latest offering, discussed the needless fragmentation of genres with dub-step progenitor Shackleton and spoke with trip-hop pioneer Tricky about his Mercury Prize award winning album Maxinquaye. Will Luscombe MicroClearSpot Anne Wanjie pre-recorded interviews for three MicroClearSpots during 2011. The topics were The Team (a film shown in Human Rights Watch film Festival) in April; Slave - a Question of Freedom (a play about modern-day slavery) in September; and London's Film Africa in November. Anne Wanjie The N@ked Short Club Hedge Fund and Finance Sector luminaries dance around the markets and the economy to host Dr. Stu's psychic rhythms, with heady music and sublime poetry. In 2011 the show publicised the station through vigorous but measured publicity via the traditional media (e.g. a large Dazed and Confused feature article derived from the show, as well as numerous mentions in the financial press) and social media (e.g. weekly postings on 50 Linked In Discussion Groups), which have contributed to awareness of the station and helped to introduce new listeners and potential donors. As the show's host I also contributed auction items of my own and lined up auction items from others, made constructive bids during the station's two on-air fund raisers, as well as presenting on-air during them. I also undertook to pursue getting some of the station's output onto US networks as a potential revenue source and also to participate in the proposed Programme Makers' Forum. Additionally I have attended Trustees' meetings
regularly, as well as the AGM and contributed ideas and support (especially around the management of the station's finances, e.g. instituting regular cashflow reporting and better payments management, as well as re. fund raising). I have introduced three Advisory Board members to the station (the Chief Executives of the RSA and Getty Trusts, respectively and a former Home Office Minister), as well as two sources of potential collaboration (the Chief Executives of the Royal Academy of Arts, plus the RSA) and the Deputy Editor of Time Out. Stuart G. MacDonald One Life Left Europe's only radio show devoted to videogames continued into its seventh season, including guests from across the game industry (BAFTA winners and OBE-holders among them) and beyond. As well as fusing games and music at the annual GameCity festival in Nottingham and releasing a second CD of specially written, game-inspired songs, the season climaxed with the OLL team being invited to the annual Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco. Their first series of transatlantic broadcasts saw the team presenting six shows with more than thirty all-star guests, successfully capturing the flavour of the industry's most important gathering. Ste Curran The OST Show In the past twelve months The OST Show has continued its campaign to play lost, forgotten and overlooked film music and TV music on the radio. It is a unique show - the only one on British radio to feature and concentrate on this vast musical field - and we have been the only show to feature new releases in the genre as well as celebrate re-releases, new discoveries and the passing of cinematic composing giants. The show has hooked up with the BFI as well as smaller, independent cinematic ventures; it has brought collectors, composer and commentators within the field on air; and enjoyed a considerable amount of listener generated content through weekly phone-ins and competitions. Jonny Trunk Out In South London Our LGBT magazine show goes out every Tuesday 6.30pm, repeated Sunday. We continue to grow audience, facebook and twitter numbers and have developed our own website (outinsouthlondon.wordpress.com). We have strengthened links with other LGBT shows and stations around the UK - Shout Out Bristol and Gaydio in Manchester. We have increased our representation of the transgender community through links with organisations including Gendered Intelligence. This was an area that was under-represented until our activities and networking this year. This year we also presented two hour long Christmas specials on Christmas Day and Boxing Day featuring a round up of 2011 LGBT highlights, culture and news Rosie Wilby Outsider In This show invites outsider artists and musicians into earshot, to welcome them to tell us their story, always endeavouring to do this in an unselfconscious way. This invitation applies to anyone who falls outside the central 80% of the bell curve. This brief is not always adhered to: playwright, poet and actor Heathcote Williams, for example would and could not appear. However he provided us with his hourlong epic anti-royalist poem Royal Family Values, exclusively heard for the first time on Resonance. Other notable guests included R. Stevie Moore, the godfather of DIY home recording, on the last day of his first world tour. Outsider In also covered some of the early stories associated with UKUncut. Other guests included Sexton Ming, Adam Bohman, Patrizia Paolini, Mike Lesser, a waitress at Flipper's restaurant in Vancouver Island, Peter Silver, Anthony Ackner and Tijinder Singh. James Tregaskis Panel Borders The UK's only weekly radio show about comic books and sequential art, Panel Borders features interviews with comic book creators and interested parties. Recent guests have also included curators of comic art, including former Home Secretary, Lord Baker of Dorking; and Joycean scholar and feminist critic Mary Talbot. Both proved to be particularly popular interviews, receiving an additional 3,000 downloads each as a subsequent podcast. The podcast of the show was listed on iTunes' "New and Noteworthy" podcasts front page in November 2011, alongside examples by The Economist, Wired magazine and the BBC. To help promote the show and provide a venue to record episodes in front of an audience who contributed additional questions, I curated two day comic book festivals at the British
Film Institute and the Imperial War Museum in April and August 2011 respectively, with international guests and novelists who have dabbled in comics including China Miéville and Denise Mina. I also disseminate information about broadcasts and podcasts of the show on facebook and twitter and am garnering around 2 new followers on the latter site every day, with a current total of 655 followers. Alex Fitch The Philosophy Now Radio Show In this weekly hour-long discussion show I present philosophical ideas in an accessible way to Resonance's lay audience. Over the last twelve months I have interviewed many leading British philosophy academics and writers, including Ray Tallis, Chris Janaway (Britain's leading expert on Schopenhauer), Peter Cave, Simon May (NY Times bestseller for his book 'Love, A History'), Mary Margaret McCabe, and many others, on topics ranging from quantum mechanics and the philosophy of human rights, to Nietzsche and Socrates, to a live philosophy lesson to eight-year-olds. Subsequent podcasts of these shows at www.philosophynow.org have resulted in over a quarter of a million downloads for the shows overall. Grant Bartley Radia The weekly Radia shows are produced by a syndicate network of 22 community radio stations across the globe. Resonance is one of the founding member stations. Last year has seen the addition of Slovenian veteran community broadcaster Radio Student in Ljubljana to the network as well as Curious Broadcast from Dublin, Ireland. For its continued support to the advancement of radio art it has been shortlisted for the Prix Ars Electronica in the category "digital communities". Knut Aufermann Rough Trade Shops Counter Culture Radio Rough Trade Shops has been trading in London since 1976 and has a deserved reputation as one of the most influential independent music stores in the world. Since the first day of trading, unknown and unsigned artists have come to us in the hope that we will spread their work throughout the community around the shop. Times have changed, but we still operate in the same way and part of our process of sharing is the presence of our radio show on Resonance – we've been broadcasting on the station weekly since 2003. The format of the show is simple - members of RT staff come into Resonance studio and play a selection of newly released music / sonic art that will not be receiving much / any exposure on commercial radio. We also give details on the work and artist involved, as well as give information on related publications and events happening that week. The reason for the simple format of the show is to give maximum exposure to new sonic work within the 60 minute time slot while we hope our our presence, at the shop and on the airwaves / internet, provides encouragement to listeners by creating a link between their practice and the wider artistic community. Simon Russell Sanskriti Sanskriti (which means culture in Hindi) broadcasts on Tuesdays 4.30 pm to 5pm. Our programme is in Hindi and English and we have received feedback from numerous Indians living all over the world about the Sanskriti programme. Saskriti grew from strength to strength during the last 12 months. In our various programmes, we had live Brazilian, Japanese and Indian music; interviews with men and women in news such as Laxmi Mittal, Anish Kapoor, Boris Johnson and dozens of award winners for their work for various charities and NGOs. We presented a short history of Indian classical music with the contribution of Dr Anami Gour, broadcast in a series of three programmes. We covered openings of various art galleries such as Turner Contemporary in Margate, Nottingham Contemporary and numerous art openings at Tate Modern, Ashmolean museum, Arts Mundi at Cardiff, proceedings at the Nehru Centre, an Indian government cultural centre. Rakesh K.Mathur Sicknotes A weekly radio show on Saturdays at 2.30pm for one hour, up and running since 2010. Run by four teenagers, aged between 16 and 18. Sicknotes have recently been interviewing and reviewing upcoming artists and music that is of interest to them. The show consists of thought out playlists that reflect the interests and music tastes of the Sicknotes members. This includes showcasing mc's in a weekly freestyle battle. They have recently set up a Facebook page (/sicknotesradio), a twitter page (@sicknotesradio) and quite a successful mixcloud (/sicknotesradio) in which members of the public can
listen back to the shows online. The show is currently in the process of broadening their horizon in a collaboration with Touch magazine as well as a plan to host club nights. A website and business cards are in the creating process in a bid to bring new life to a long running teen show, and to broaden the listening fan base, with more featured interviews to come and a plan to introduce 'mini mixes' of the show which allows people to listen back to snippets of the show as a 'taster', instead of listening through the whole hour. Ronnie Zubic-Nahvi Six Pillars to Persia In 2011 at SOAS we organised a free screening and panel discussion on Pearls on the Ocean Floor, an in-depth look at female artists in the Iranian diaspora. We also supported a rare double vinyl release by B Music/Finder's Keepers of rare Iranian Funk: Pomegranates, with a studio visit by the record producer from the USA. We reported from Venice Biennial, organising and promoting an intervention with the excluded Lebanese Pavilion in the town of Venice, and curated and broadcast a talk on Ethel Adnan's poetry with the Iraq Pavilion curator and several prominent writers at a floating pirate radio station made by the Danish Pavilion. We broadcast a talk organised by the Iraq pavilion, only the second time Iraq has participated in history; reported from Dubai Art Fair and Sharjah Bienniel, being the sole broadcaster for Sharjah Art Foundation's March Meeting; took part as a major event organiser in the Mayor's Arab festival: Shubbak. We had three events including a week of clear spots on the Middle East and Arab identity. We brought over a rapper from Sweden for a performance who the Mayor of London took with him to attend his press conference on Shubbak's launch. We also organised a Six Pillars Middle Eastern sonic arts event at Cafe Oto and brought over musician from Canada to perform there. We featured on World Service arts news due to this as well as in 40,000 Time Out leaflets. We also ran a remix competition of Iranian music as part of the festival; co-programmed an Arab Electronica stage at the Exit Festival, Serbia, and DJed Iranian Arabic music; supported Iranian deportee and sonic artist Sohrab, with Touch Recordings broadcasting his work and highlighting his case on air; gave away many tickets to Middle Eastern films and live music concerts at Cine Lumiere, Free Word Centre, Barbican, Cadogan Hall, Hackney Picturehouse, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cockpit Theatre and more; and I was asked to review two Iranian films and a play on BBC R3 as a direct result of the radio show on Resonance. Fari Bradley Slade Transmissions Slade Transmissions is a half an hour programme that goes out every Tuesday afternoon at 5.00pm. Over the last twelve months, we have been broadcasting a mixture of The Slade School Of Fine Art students' sound works, collaborations, radio plays, and speech, including a long lost live session transported forward in time from 1979 and a solipsistic radio play in which the protagonists eventually realise that they are being improvised in the mind of somebody making lunch. Dante Rendle Traynor The Sound Projector Radio Show This year I would just like to report on two events that have made me think about what I am doing on the show. They may also have some meaning to other broadcasters, or to Resonance in general. In the first instance, I was briefly "stalked" by a Canadian musician who demanded to know whether I had received her submission and why I wasn't playing it on the air. She not only did it by email, but she rang up the station from Canada while my show was being broadcast and insisted on speaking to me about it. Luckily, the volunteer who answered the phone deflected her and was considerate enough not to interrupt me. Have other broadcasters been "stalked"? The musician wanted attention to the extent that she also required me to pass on her submission to one of the other Resonance broadcasters, in case I didn't like it. I realise this is the price that The Sound Projector pays for having a weekly show and a public website, but it's also interesting that she had no clear perception of how small-scale The Sound Projector operation is (in my case, it’s a staff of one). The same may apply to public perceptions of the station. Will we be able to meet the demand? How can we sustain what we're doing? One practical tip out of this: maybe Resonance could benefit from a small record library in the studio? The Canadian musician assumed we have one, and requested that her record be lodged there, with hopes of future airplay. Perhaps this is standard practice in North American stations. In my second instance, I received a "Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells" message from a musician this year. She was protesting my rule about not reviewing or playing digital-only content. The implication (as she saw it) is that for The Sound Projector, only big names and musicians with contracts and record deals are eligible. I think Resonance has a show devote `d to airing digital-only music, and I know there is a show devoted to showcasing
unsigned bands. Do we need to be doing more? Or do we regard this as an area that's already wellserved through podcasting, myspace sites, and other online services? This story also indicates a misperception of TSP and Resonance, to the extent that I was considered to be "the enemy", aligned with media giants and other corporate evils, with my restrictive editorial policy. I have no idea if either of these stories are significant, but they are good anecdotes. Ed Pinsent Sound Out As an older generation Resonance presenter, I hope that my programme reflects the many interests of this group. At the same time, the varied subject matter of each programme is hopefully of interest to all listeners. 24 Sound Out programmes have featured live guests. Music, live or recorded, featured in Sound Out, covers a wide field. Here is a list of categories and number of shows in each for the last year: Folk, blues, honky-tonk old-time music – 13; experimental, improv, modern music – 11; classical music – 3. Sound Out topics, other than music are: travel and field recordings - 2 shows; poetry - 2 shows. Carole Finer Speakers' Corner Show The Speakers' Corner Show has continued to cover a wide variety of views and ideas from a range of ethnic, national and religious backgrounds. These included a significant contingent of participants from Middle Eastern and North African origin, Afro-Caribbeans and Sub-Saharan-Africans, Russians, Irish, Polish, Indians and Pakistanis in London, and a range of Christian and Muslims creeds. We collaborated with King's College to produce workshops in public speaking as a means for academic research to reach out to the community. We also worked with an oral history based project at the Bishopsgate Institute aimed at creating oral history records that document the life and past of the Speakers' Corner community. This particularly targets its oldest participants. Heiko Khoo Talking Africa Broadcast of Talking Africa every Thursday from 1pm to 2pm over the last twelve months has been excellent. The show always started on time, station staff assisting with the show, including operating the audio mixer, have been excellent enabling a smooth broadcast. In terms of support for the show, station staff and volunteers have been very supportive and prompt in providing help with any studio or broadcast related issues for Talking Africa. There were the two or three minor ones such as loss of dialling tone on the studio phone, or with the studio computer 'freezing' but these were quickly rectified where possible. Neither the schedule of the show, nor broadcast quality, as far as Talking Africa is concerned, were compromised at the times these minor situations occurred. Feedback on the Talking Africa show has been very good, partly due to very good broadcast output from the station, strongly suggesting a gradual but steady increase in the number of regular listeners to the show within the UK, and in Africa by those able to listen online. This is encouraging for the station as there are more visits to the station's website as listeners here in the UK and from Africa tune in to the programme. The Talking Africa show is in discussions regarding a formal arrangement with the NEPAD agency (The New Partnership for Africa's Development) to support the promotion of the NEPAD development programmes as part of Talking Africa's programmes. The executive director of UNAIDS was interviewed on Talking Africa: the show and station were recommended to him and the UNAIDS office by the NEPAD agency who has been actively involved with Talking Africa. All in all, broadcast of the Talking Africa show on Resonance in the past year has been excellent. Sonny Decker Technical Difficulties In the past year our broadcasts have been largely concerned with the wide-ranging Welfare Reform Bill and protests against it, including talking to a member of the House of Lords, and former Paralympian. In this Paralympic year, we have also spoken to the Integration Officer of the organising committee. We have also looked at moves to make the listening to and the playing of music accessible to as wide a range of people as possible. We have held dedicated shows on anxiety, autism and hydrocephalus. Technical Difficulties was one of the programmes chosen by Resonance to be submitted to the Sony Radio Academy Awards. Tim Abbott This Music Wins
In 2011, starting as a two hour New Year Special, This Music Wins presented over 30 half hour showcases of new releases in leftfield rock and beyond. Produced by Peter Lanceley, a 19 year old musician, blogger and broadcaster based in Brighton, This Music Wins has been cited by The Independent and a number of other notable music authorities worldwide including Indie Shuffle, The 405, NME, Wikio Music, Amazing Radio and The Camden Crawl. Peter was also selected by Glastonbury Festival to judge the Emerging Talent Competition for the 2011 festival and contributed a specially commissioned broadcast to the 2011 Netaudio Festival at The Roundhouse, London. Peter Lanceley The Thread The Thread is a free conversational space that goes beyond the university, a place where complex ideas can flourish in public dialogue. Created and produced by PhD students from the London Consortium, it brings artists, academic, amateurs and professionals together in wild and wide-ranging discussion. The Thread uses speech as a tool for research to open up new and unexpected angles. This is live radio thinking. I produced and hosted the show 'How to Think about Things' as part of The Thread's programme broadcast on Resonance on Tuesday 19th April 2011. The show was about object oriented thinking and had as guests Steven Connor (Professor of Modern Literature and Theory at Birkbeck College), Christopher Pinney (Professor of Anthropology and Visual Culture at University College London) and Aura Satz (artist, writer and lecturer). Each guest brought into the studio a particular 'thinking thing'. I also brought in a couple of thing-inspired tunes that were played as an intro as we set up the objects and as closing as we cleared up. The conversation went very well and a lot of that was due to the efficiency of the engineer who made sure all technical aspects went smoothly. I am very grateful to the Resonance team for offering us the opportunity to set up a live dialogue in that manner. It is a testament to their love of radio and their commitment to putting forward the medium's particular qualities. It was a pleasure to work with everyone involved and it was an experience I would certainly hope to repeat. Lina Hakim Unspoken Words Unspoken Words has aired on Resonance for three separate series broadcast between 2010 and 2012. The fifteen minute comedy storytelling slot has been part of the larger “The Poetry Point” Project, established in 2008. Over the past three years, Resonance has provided those involved with writing and producing the series an invaluable amount of experience in ‘talk radio’ production, and has led to the development of partnerships in the region where the show is produced (Cornwall). Our relationship with the station has also helped The Poetry Point to develop networking and potential future funding strategies with a focus that extends and promotes regional talent to a much wider community, and exchange ideas with London, national and even international literary and artistic networks. Mac Dunlop The Voice of Americans with Lewis Schaffer of Nunhead "The Voice of Americans with Lewis Schaffer of Nunhead" is the only radio programme broadcasting to, and for, the 11,500 residents of Nunhead, an area in the London Borough of Southwark. While only five miles from central London, Nunhead has been almost completely ignored by London and Borough media. Nunhead has been primarily known for its cemeteries and has historically been lumped in with Peckham or overlooked in favour of its richer (and whiter) neighbours of East Dulwich and Dulwich. Nunhead is a mixed area, with a large working class population and a higher than average percentage of people on low incomes. Over half of Nunheaders are members of minority groups with large AfroCaribbean and west African populations. Under the guise of broadcasting for the “American community in Nunhead” (numbering at present at around 10), American immigrants Lewis Schaffer and Lisa Moyle bring together diverse groups from Nunhead. In the past year, guests on the show have been representative of that socio-economic, cultural and ethnic diversity and have included the local postman, four of the local councillors, the proprietors of local pubs, the director of the local adventure playground, a Nunhead food blogger talking about local restaurants, the director of the Nunhead Community Choir, and religious figures such as the Major from the Nunhead Salvation Army. The show promotes the artistic expression of Nunheaders. Nearly every show features a guest connected with the arts community in Nunhead, such as the Hackney Colliery Band, the Woodentops, and the artist Morganico - who not only got the skateboard park installed in Nunhead but spray painted it too. In every show we report the “News of Nunhead” - from broken post boxes to major roadworks - with a sharp focus on one council-owned block of flats, Priory Court. The style of the show is casual comedy talkshow format, with a goal of getting into animated and informative discussions about life of immigrants
and old-timers in Nunhead. We let the Nunheader see that what is happening in the community is important, and allow the non-Nunhead listener see what inner-city suburban life is really like. We show the pleasant truth behind the negative headlines and images on the TV news. The programme works as much to inform the residents of Nunhead as it strives to make Nunhead better known in the world, and to reflect the pride we have in our unique community. You could call it “micro-broadcasting”. Lewis Schaffer and Lisa Moyle Yinka and the ID Highlights of this series following Yinka on his travels to New York and what he discovers there in terms of art, music and politics have included interviews at Occupy Wall Street and an exclusive interview with seminal black rockers Death! Yinka Oyewole
Do you wish this section to be kept confidential? No There were three notable difficulties this year. The first arose from the demand of our aerial site landlord, Guys and St Thomas's NHS Trust, that we move our antenna so they could undertake maintenance work on their rooftop. This cost a considerable amount of money, causing dire cashflow problems, and resulted in a loss of signal in many part of London. The second concerned the departure from the station of regular broadcaster Gustave Ferrier who decided he could no longer volunteer at the station because of what he perceived to be a lack of coherent methodology in our programming schedule consonant to his expectations as long-time volunteer. Seeking to diffuse any potential clash of personalities, the Board took the matter in hand, following its formally adopted policy. Thirdly and finally, the uncertainty over the direction of Arts Council England towards its funded clients meant that many trusts and foundation who might otherwise have supported the station felt it incautious to give money to what might in effect be a lost cause. This caused severe financial problems to the station which it addressed first through a public appeal for donations and secondly through its application to ACE for 2012 onwards, which happily proved successful.
Please provide a summary of any audience research/ data you have collected during the year. We have been unable to undertake any meaningful or useful formal audience research since the last Ofcom report. Anecdotally, a continued increase in audience numbers was suggested by much on-line activity in the form of downloads of programmes and numberless email enquiries, along with a significant increase in individual donations to the station.
I hereby declare that the information given in this annual report is, to the best of my knowledge and belief, true and correct.
Name Edmund Baxter
Station Resonance FM
Email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone number 0207 407 1210
30 March 2012
Financial Information (precis)
INCOME On-air commercial income (advertising, sponsorship and commercial references) Off-air advertising and sponsorship Grants Service Level Agreements/SLAs Fundraising, events and merchandising Donations Education & Training Membership Schemes Broadcast Access fees Other Income Sub total income (all cash income): Volunteer in-kind support (See Step 3) Non Volunteer in-kind support (See Step 3) Grand total income: EXPENDITURE Staff Volunteer expenses Premises (rent, mortgage etc) Technical costs (studios, transmitters etc.) Marketing costs Administrative costs Programming costs All other expenditure Grand total expenditure: Surplus Cash surplus (excl. all in-kind support) 112,515 0 47,762 8,240 2,626 10,760 13,112 9,217 191,120 533,203 -6,419 59% 0% 25% 4% 1% 6% 7% 5% 107% Sub-totals 0 0 134,349 0 11,572 17,181 9,880 6,711 0 5,008 184,701 534,172 5,450 724,323 Percentage 0% 0% 19% 0% 2% 2% 1% 1% 0% 1% 74% 1% 100%
Step 3 - In kind support Volunteer in-kind support (including summary of support e.g. Senior Volunteers)
FILL IN THE SHADED CELLS ONLY £ 8,067 Senior volunteers 526,105 Other volunteers 1,200 Loan of piano (Markson Pianos) Software support 4,250 (Sourcefabric), part of year 0 0 539,622
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