'Over To You 87.FM' will broadcast live from the Manchester International
Conference Centre to report and comment on the 'Over To You' conference that
will be staffed by 'ordinary' Manchester residents who will give their view
on whether the city's movers and shakers have got their strategy right. No
other LSP in the country has used a radio station in this way.
'Over To You 87.9FM' is produced by the Manchester community development
charity Radio Regen who have trained over 20 Manchester residents in all
the skills needed to make live radio. One of the trainees, Nadia Ali,
mother of two from Longsight, is going to be a presenter for Over To You
87.9FM. She said - 'I couldn't believe it when they asked us to come and do
the station but we're really going to be there, having our say about the
sort of stuff that we normally feel shut out of. It's not going to sound
much like the BBC - much more like real people talking about what really
matters to them - and doing it for ourselves too.'
In an innovative move, conference organisers Manchester City Council see
Over To You 87.9 FM as a way of extending the impact of the conference
beyond the confines of the venue. Delegates from all walks of Manchester
life will be put on the air and listeners will be encouraged to phone in
their comments on the proceedings. The station team will also be on the
street in city centre Manchester getting the views of people as the
Radio Regen is at the forefront of the new wave of community radio in the
country - working with disadvantaged communities across Manchester and
Salford. The charity's position has been recognised by the granting of two
year-long pilot community radio licences for stations in Wythenshawe and
Longsight that will be launched in March.
Radio Regen's director Phil Korbel said: 'There's never been anything like
Over To You 87.9FM. The council have really opened the door for the people
of Manchester to have their say about the Local Strategic Partnership. It's
my hope that community radio in Manchester can continue to serve the people
in this way - giving them real access to the decision-making processes that
affect their lives.'