Liz Kershaw told an audience at GFM’s AGM about a phone call she had asking for her brother and fellow DJ Andy.
“I said Andy wasn’t in but the caller asked me to take a message.
“I asked his name and he said Robert Plant (name of Led Zeppelin’s singer).”
Liz thought this was some wise guy and replied sharply: “Oh right and I suppose now you will sing Stairway to Heaven.”
Robert did, beautifully, and a red-faced Liz mumbled: “OK, I’ll take a message.”
Liz told the audience in the Red Brick Building at Glastonbury how her 30-year radio career had started at BBC Leeds.
She had gone there at a BT saleswoman and got offered a music programme called On The Rocks because she expressed an interest in the subject.
Later came a job as a Radio 1 DJ, now Liz is presenting a show on BBC 6 Music and she has written a book called The Bird and the Beeb.
“It is more difficult to get in the BBC now,” said Liz, “but radio stations like GFM which support the community give you a path to learn the trade.
“Radio will never die. It offers a shared experience and brings people together.
“GFM is serving the local community but you can also reach the world online.”
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GFM is the community radio station for Glastonbury, Street, Wells and the surrounding area, broadcasting on 107.1FM and the internet with a licence until May 2019. Our studios are based in the Red Brick Building Centre on the Morlands Enterprise Park in Glastonbury.
GFM is a not for profit organisation run entirely by local volunteers and managed by a Board of Directors as part of a Community Interest Company. Any income generated has to go back into the station for the benefit of the community. We are supported by local businesses and receive some help from trusts and grant giving bodies but the financial help of local people is vital to keep us going.
We give a voice to the local community and the opportunity to get the message out. We really do provide community benefit.
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