About Us

GFM is a not-for-profit community radio station run entirely by volunteers. We broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with a potential audience of 37,000 listeners. Our programmes cover a variety of different genres, local business and community issues, the local landscape and heritage, as well as output for and by young people.

GFM provides a voice for individuals and organisations with over 60 different local community groups on air each year.

Our new transmitter has enabled us to offer an improved service to a wider listening audience.

 

GFM Directors

 

Bill Barna

Bill Barna joined gfm in February 2015 as a broadcaster and volunteer, becoming a volunteer Director in December 2017. Bill’s full time work is in electronics and Software engineering. Media experience as animator and sound engineer in the world of games development and in entertainment as DJ from the age of 15, now specialising in modern Jive dance and music. Bill brings this expertise and experience to progress and enhance the station moving it on from the great work already done.

Ian Liversidge

Ian joined gfm as a volunteer presenter many years ago in response to an article in the paper asking for volunteers.  He became a volunteer Director in 2015.  His passion is supporting local musicians and being part of the community radio station.  He brings his experience and expertise in  local live music events to the Board of Directors, raising thousands of pounds for the station.  Being a fan of music and trying to support local acts he also presents a show on the station promoting local music.    Ian set up the gfm Songwriting Competition and Glastonbury Calling which raise funds for the station and he also supports and trains new volunteers.

Liz Gilbert

Liz moved to Glastonbury in 1987 and became involved in community events and theatre as a director, performer and producer for 27 years. Having been involved with the station since the temporary broadcast trials in 2005 and presenting live shows since 2007 she joined the Board of Directors in 2017. Liz has a passion for music and is keen to get the many great songs and artists that she enjoyed whilst growing up in New York over the airwaves. She brings her skills in production and administration to the running of the radio station ensuring the communities of Glastonbury, Wells and Street continue to benefit from a well managed community radio station.

Joanne Schofield

Joanne Schofield joined  the gfm Board of Directors in 2017 having supported and advised on the initial application for a licence in her capacity as Director of Bristol Community radio station (BCFM).  She started her radio career as a volunteer at Radio Avalon at Glastonbury Festival in 2004.  She wrote the application for the first permanent full time community radio station in Bristol, BCFM with two colleagues, which went on air in 2007 and is still going strong today. Her responsibilities included volunteer outreach, programming, training, fund raising and governance.  She has taught Radio Production skills for City of Bristol College and at HMPS Eastwood Park.  She is a freelance radio producing having worked on Commercial radio in Bristol and on BBC Radio 4.  Currently working as a freelance producer for BBC Radio Bristol.   
 
Joanne successfully applied for funding from Ofcom to work as the Station development manager from April 2018.

Allan Trinder

Allan Trinder is a founder member and Director of gfm since 2008 helping to launch it as a full time community station in 2009 and been involved with the GFM story ever since including the move to the Red Brick Building and the building of the new studios. His previous experience as a radio presenter was with local hospital radio and other community and commercial radio stations. Allan’s background is in teaching plus fifteen years in the voluntary and community sector where he managed a Carers Support organisation gaining experience in service delivery, funding, managing staff, volunteers and a Board of Trustees. Allan has been responsible for the volunteer outreach, training and governance of the station and has also built relationships with local training and education providers. He is also responsible for the commercial revenue and advertising which has been brought into the station.

The Story So Far…

Only in Glastonbury could a community radio station start life in a bowls club with several short term broadcasts (thank you Wirral Park) 2003 – 2007; use a black tin can at a football stadium to launch as a community radio station in April 2009 (thank you Glastonbury FC); follow that up with a move to a historic, derelict building, itself in the process of being transformed into a community hub (thank you Red Brick Building) and then decide not only to raise the money (£24,000) but also to build two studios and finally to improve transmission across the area (thanks to a grant from Mendip District Council). That’s the story of GFM in a nutshell – and it is a nutshell.  

 

“They had a dream”… Abba

“Let’s work together”... Canned Heat

“Celebration “... Kool & The Gang

“There’s something in the air” ... Thunderclap Newman

Who’d have thought we would have our own stage at the Godney Gathering, an annual song writing competition, an outdoor stage at the Glastonbury Fringe: a presence at the Wells Moat Boat Race, Glastonbury Frost Fayre, Glastonbury Road run and many other community events. There’s a lot to be proud of in what we’ve done. So many community groups, organisations and businesses have found their voice on the radio. Lots of volunteers have gained new skills, gained confidence and learned how to provide the many, varied and unique programmes that make up Gfm. That’s the story so far.

 

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