Radio station encourages local groups to get involved

Gloss FM - radio for the community

GLOSS FM is inviting local groups to come up with their own programme ideas for broadcast this autumn.

The community radio station will be on air for four weeks, from 31st October to 27th November, and is keen to get more people from its listening area involved in its programmes.

“There is so much of interest going on in South Gloucestershire and it would be marvellous if GLOSS FM could reflect that,”

said director David Wrench.

“We would like local groups and organisations to think about preparing programmes of their own, then to submit their proposals to . We can organise training if necessary.”

GLOSS FM broadcasts twice a year on the radio, in spring and autumn, with each broadcast lasting four weeks. It also puts out a year-round webcast which you can listen to while you surf the net – log on to to listen live, and to find out more information about the station.

At the moment internet broadcasts are largely music-orientated, with some presenters putting on live shows. Tuesday nights, for example, often feature Gary Price from 6pm, followed by Phil and Gav’s Party Anthems at 8pm.

Syndicated programmes are also broadcast such as The New Music Show at Sunday 10am, repeated Tuesday 10pm, and Infosound, a news and information service for the blind and partially sighted, which is broadcast on Tuesday at 10am. For a full programme schedule go to .

GLOSS FM will soon be looking for a webcast manager with a view to upgrading its webcasts with more live programming, plus repeats of favourite FM programmes.

The station is run entirely by volunteers, from the receptionists on the front desk to the presenters, managers and ad reps. Originally called Thornbury FM, broadcasts began in 2005. The station changed its name to GLOSS FM in 2009 when a new mast enabled it to be heard across a much wider area in South Gloucestershire.

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