I took this photograph earlier today when I visited the studios of Ginger Productions, the company of Mr Fantasy Radio; not to photograph anything or anybody but for a chat and a coffee. What a beautiful piece of equipment and by that I mean proper equipment with switches, buttons and knobs. The mixing console, that is, not its charismatic owner.
Friends and readers of my blog will know that I was interviewed by Fantasy Radio last month. It was this exciting experience and listening to the radio almost all day every day that made me a big fan of the concept of local radio.
I had known about the recent developments for some days but was not sure whether I was allowed to spill the news: Fantasy Radio, the local radio station for Devizes in Wiltshire, England, has been awarded a full time broadcast licence by Ofcom, the industry regulator. Up until now Fantasy Radio held only a licence to broadcast for 28 days twice a year.
Fantasy Radio are planning to be back on air full time in early 2012.