Melton and Vale community radio station 103 The Eye holds networking event to mark tenth year on air

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Melton and the Vale of Belvoir’s community radio station 103 The Eye held a community radio networking and information day on Saturday to mark the station’s tenth year of broadcasting.

The event - held at Melton Council’s Parkside offices and officially opened by Mayor John Wyatt - was open to representatives of other community stations broadcasting around the UK. Those attending came from as far away as Kent, Somerset, Lancashire, North Lincolnshire, East Anglia and the West Midlands.

Christine Slomkowska, 103 The Eye managing director, said: “We organised the day to enable those who run stations to meet each other and network informally so they could exchange information and advice and share good practice on a wide variety of topics - everything from finance and technical issues to programme material and recruitment of volunteers.

“In recent years we’ve organised several networking meetings with around a dozen of our neighbouring community stations. This has proved very useful and popular so we took the idea a step further.”

Community Media Association chairman Dom Chambers spoke about recent developments in community radio legislation and operation and BBC Radio Leicester journalist Helen McCarthy spoke about the BBC Community Media Day which 13 of the BBC’s local radio stations have been running this week and which went on to include a live broadcast from 103 The Eye’s breakfast show on Monday.

There were also accounts of other successful community radio projects, information about community radio insurance from main event sponsors JL Morris (Insurance Brokers) Ltd and displays and demonstrations of broadcast and studio equipment.