Tuesday 13th February, 2018 is UNESCO World Radio Day – and we support everything it is seeking to achieve!
The theme this year is “Radio and Sport”.
Through three special shows, Sound Vault is celebrating three particular aspects of this year’s theme – as well as the first anniversary of us announcing the idea for our community-driven podcast network back on World Radio Day 2017.
Click on each show title below to take you to the individual podcast in the Sound Vault: Voices series:-
In “A Kick In The Family” by Gilly Stewart, we will be looking at the power of sport to reconnect people with their cultural heritage, and at the same time, explore gender stereotypes. Being adopted, Gilly decided to track down her birth family in the 1980s, only to discover that her paternal grandfather was part of a footballing family, who played for West Bromwich Albion, and was capped for England. She thinks it might explain why she always wanted to join in with the college football team – but was thwarted in less enlightened times when it came to gender and sport;
In “Campaign Slam Dunk”, sixth form student Michael Chacko reflects on the civic role sports provision can play in local communities, and how the activism of a few friends helped bring about change at the grassroots in his local community in Yateley, in Hampshire, in the UK. The inspiration of sport has helped shine a light on, and encourage democratic participation;
In “Fan’s Eye Radio”, lifelong grassroots football fan Kevin Rye looks at the growing phenomena of fan-driven radio and podcasting at the more grassroots level in football. He speaks to two of those leading the way, at Radio WDON (for fans of supporter-run Wimbledon), and at FCUM Radio (for fans of supporter-run FC United of Manchester). Such operations mirror the explosion in fan podcasting in the professional game too.
As well as the three special shows, Sound Vault is holding an ‘Open Studio’ on the day at its base, at Farnham Maltings in Surrey, between 11am and 3pm, to mark and celebrate World Radio Day, and encourage more people to get involved.