Sparkling line-up for GLOSSFM Diamond Jubilee broadcast

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Community radio GLOSSFM is back next month (June) for a special Diamond Jubilee broadcast.

Many of the station’s favourite presenters will be helping to mark 60 years of The Queen’s reign, with programmes starting on Saturday 2nd June and running for two weeks until 16th June.

Programme plans include a link-up with GLOSSFM presenter Nick Thornley, who will be in London for the celebrations. He and Daphne Ashton will also be presenting their popular show Down Your Way later in the week on Wednesday at midday.

And Steffi Barnett will be linking up with Aztec Starbucks on her Breakfast ‘n’ Brunch show on 4th & 5th June, and asking listeners to listen out for code words which will entitle them to a free ‘tall drink’.

To give the celebrations a local flavour, listeners are being invited to tell presenters about their jubilee celebrations – get in touch now at

“We came up with the concept of a ‘Diamond’ broadcast in order to reflect the celebration of The Queen’s jubilee across the towns and villages of South Gloucestershire, so we’d love to hear from everybody,” said director David Wrench.

GLOSSFM’s jubilee special will go out via the internet, but not on the FM airwaves. “Anyone can listen wherever they live, so it’s a great way for those who have moved away from South Gloucestershire to keep in touch with what’s going on,” said Mr Wrench.

You can listen via the ‘tunein app’ on smart phones, on Macs and PCs or by internet radio, in car through your phone via the USB connection, or in Minis and BMWs with ‘connect’. The station’s website is at

GLOSSFM programme scheduler Chris Mountain said that many of the station’s favourite presenters would be back behind the microphone:

  • Sacred and Secular with Mark Hoskins starts off Sunday morning at 8am
  • Chris Connery from 10am – 12pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Chris Criddle on the afternoon Home Run
  • John Harding with Saturday Breakfast
  • Marlwood School has an hour at 11am on the first Saturday

“For music lovers we’ve got soul night on Sunday, fun and requests on Monday, rock, punk and reggae on Wednesday, acoustic music on Thursday, and programmes to get you in the mood for the weekend on Friday and Saturday.”

This will be GLOSSFM’s first broadcast of 2012. Usually the station puts out two month-long FM broadcasts each year, one in spring and one in winter. However, a tough economic climate meant cutting the spring broadcast this year.

Mr Wrench explained:

“Since 2005 the station has been supported through grants, donations and advertising from local businesses and traders. In common with a number of organisations, we have had to cut costs this year and therefore we are restricting our FM broadcast to a single four week period in the autumn.”

“We hope our Diamond webcast will encourage people to become involved and to tune into internet radio, helping us raise much-needed funds so that we are able to realise our goal Radio for the Whole Community!”

If you would like to advertise on GLOSSFM, which broadcasts on the internet all year round, get in touch with Steff at or Irene on 01454 417724.

Source: Gloss FM