This is RBFM, The local radio station of Aberystwyth,
whose soul aim is to provide 24 hours of music content every day. Recently, they suffered
the loss of their main mixer. But thanks to local and national appeals, and generous donations,
they were able to refurbish the entire studio. Today, we are going to be following Mike,
the Station Manager. ♪ Gotta get right back to where we started
from ♪ I got into RBFM because I moved to Aberystwyth
after a house fire, and CAVO, who are a local voluntary organisation, they introduced me
the station, and it was a case of “okay, This is something I could do whilst I’m recovering”
because I had burns, and everything, to the body. And I came up here for an interview
with the then Station Manager, Luke, joined a week later doing an hour long show. After
a fortnight that changed to a daily 2-hour, sorry, 3-hour breakfast show, and it’s just
progressed ever since. On-air: Yes good morning and welcome to your
Weekday Brunch, the time now is exactly 14 minutes past Eleven here in the UK. The temperature
is currently hitting us at round about eleven degrees Celsius and it’s windy and rainy!
Welcome to the Weekday Brunch, this is mike with you all the way through until 1 O’clock.
Stay with us we’ve got some great tunes coming up, but first let’s tell you what’s happening
on today’s show. We’ve got a great lineup for you today. ♪ Music plays.
The best part of being a radio presenter is when you get people interacting with you,
whether it’s on the internet stream, or whether you get people phoning in who are listening
around Aberystwyth or even in the local hospital. You then know that people are listening, people
are enjoying the show. -Jingle- Now it’s time for the Daily Giveaway
Competition! ♪ Music plays.
Mike: Yes, it is that time of the day for the Daily Giveaway Competition, so don’t forget,
if you do want to enter, you need to ring the studio and say the phrase that pays which
is: “I listen to RBFM!”. Today you can win yourself: A pack of cards, the DVD “Here comes
the devil”, a t-shirt from the film Justin and the Knights of Valour, and a GI Joe: Retaliation
laptop bag. We do a lot of stuff with the Children’s Ward
at Bronglais General in Aberystwyth. Giving them prizes, Christmas presents and tablet
PCs and stuff like that. You get a sense of wellbeing for doing it, you know, and the
radio part of it, the actual show, is just a small part of the overall experience in
working in radio. We started doing internet broadcasting at the beginning of 2013. And
since then we’ve built up such a following and it’s not just in the UK, we’ve got hundreds
of listeners in Australia, in America, Spain, Portugal, I think the other week we had a
couple of people listening in Rome. And I know from later on this week we’re gonna have
a load of Cyprites tuning in. And it’s, it’s just amazing to think that you are literally
broadcasting to the world. And linking that in, doing a simulcast with FM, you can get
some great feedback from listeners and viewers. We’re also using webcams here at the radio
station which means that people can see what goes on whilst a song is playing out. Real rockstars use a ukelele.
I worked with Chris doing the Breakfast Show
on Radio 1. We did the Red Nose Rally from John O’Groat’s to Lands End, as well as stuff
in the studios in London. It’s fun, and so I picked up a lot of ideas from that to do
my show. Because I think, if a show’s scrpited, you know, generally you can tell. Whereas
if you just let it run its course it sounds a lot more fun. People listening can hear
that you’re having a good time and generally, and everyone will have done this, you can
be listening to the radio, something funny will be happening in the studio and you’ll,
for some reason, you’ll laugh along with it. Mike: And, welcome back to the room.
Steve: Sorry. I was in my own world, of course. Mike: I can see. Is it the Dark one, down
below? Steve: Yeah yeah, in my eyes.
Mike: Yeah. You do have a bit of the devil in you.
Steve: Just a bit. Both: -Laughing-
Mike: Oh dear. I took over as Station Manager here back in
June 2013. And since then I’ve made some… Drastic changes, let’s say, to the station
in general. We’ve ripped out the main studio, cleared the room and started from scratch.
Before, it was a basic studio with basic facilities. Now, it’s a studio that, even, we could link
in with BBC or another national station and people listening wouldn’t know any different.
I’m gonna be sticking around with RBFM for a few years yet, because I want to make it
into a Community station, so we can reach further afield. A potentially bigger audience.
And we can be more local, we can have more interactivity with events, you’ve got the
market every fortnight, you’ve got different music events at the Arts Centre. Things like
this we could bring live to everybody else in Aberystwyth if they can’t make it. If you
could tune in and listen to that same thing live on the radio, I think it would be worth
it. ♪ Music plays.
Mike: Performances, like, at the Arts Centre. If we eventually got a Community License and
linked up with them, then we could do concerts live on the radio.
Harry: ♪ My baby don’t mess around because she loves me so and this I know for sure.
Mike: It’s gonna take a lot of money. To do that.
Harry: ♪ But does she really wanna but can’t stand to see me walk out the door.
Mike: Which is where the charity bit comes in, over the next 2 years we need to make
£10,000. Total spare money, before we can even apply for a community license. Thank god for Mom and Dad for sticking two together becuase we don’t know how.
♪ Hey, ya. Hey, ya. Hey, ya. Hey, ya. ♪ We stick together, oh we stick together. But separate’s always better when there’s
feelings involved. We get together, oh no it’s better. Feelin’s
always better when you know what you’re told. ♪ If what they say is “Nothing lasts forever”
what makes love the exception? Mike: Go on, then. Up. Oh, it’s windy out
there, isn’t it? Eh? It’s windy out there, yeah?
Do you want some water? Yeah? Come on, then. Harry: ♪ Hey, ya. Hey, ya.
Hey, ya. Hey, ya. ♪ Hey, ya. Hey, ya.
Hey, ya. ♪ Hey, ya.