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.
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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