Your friend in the corner

To say that recent weeks have been a challenge is probably an understatement.  To say that it’s been a bit concerning, is probably wide of the mark too.  But through it all, I’ve fallen under the banner of “key worker”.  Not because I’m a frontline person who can save lives.  Not because I’m emergency service personnel who can protect the public.  And not because I’m keeping the nation fed and watered while stacking shelves or delivering goods.  I salute and thank each and every person who is risking their life to continue doing these jobs.  I’m certainly not risking my life to do my job.  But I am classed as “key” because of what I do on the radio. 

Often the creative industry can be dismissed as superficial or unnecessary, not really a “proper” job.  Yet at times like these, we’re turning more and more to music, film, books, TV and radio to get us through.  In fact, radio listening has seen a huge surge in recent weeks and I might suggest that it’s not because we’re offering round the clock Coronavirus updates, but because we’re actually offering “normality” and calm in an otherwise chaotic and scary situation. 

Before the lockdown, there I was at 8 o’clock every weekday morning bringing my “Something to Think About” feature, along with the Golden Year, the Julie’s Gem and the daily guest.  Since the lockdown, it’s been business as usual.  Only this time, thanks to the miracle of modern technology, it’s been live from my house, with guests at the end of the phone!

The response from listeners towards our continuous broadcasting has been wonderful; thanking us for being there, giving them something to smile about and dance along with.  While for us as broadcasters, it makes us feel like we’re doing something right.  We may not personally be putting our lives on the line, but the value in keeping up the spirits of people stuck at home, cannot be undervalued.

But, like many other small businesses, we will also struggle to get through it financially.  So please think about, and support, your local community station where you can.  Help us to help you through the bad times, so that we can continue to thrive in the good.

If you’d like to find a new friend in the corner, we’re on 105FM across Redcar and Cleveland, online at zetlandfm.co.uk and to a smart speaker, say “Play Zetland FM”.

Posted on April 6th 2020

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