Ever since I was invited to guest on a show on CHOM-FM Montreal Rock radio as an impressionable 17 year old I have had a passion for radio and its potential as a powerful form of communication. I don’t think the medium has been well explored, especially here in the UK with its crowded airwaves and BBC dominance and its vast potential especially as a community medium and alternative information channel remains untapped. We have been subjected to decades of A+R approved play lists and even the same few radio voices to the point of distraction and abandonment, high entry costs and tight media ownership and control has left us with a monochrome and exceedingly narrow window on the wider world.
All of this has of course changed with the rise of the Internet but for whatever reason Internet radio has largely passed me by and I suspect a great many others as well. A deluge of content has ensued but its been hard to single out the voices worth paying attention to. The advent of the podcast has opened more doors and I have already dared to stick my toe in that particular water, I remain keen to go forward to develop a regular podcast format show. I see a great potential in covering the kind of issues I care about and talk about on here, joining together intelligent and thought provoking conversation with great music from across the spectrum and well off the favoured playlists of mainstream broadcasters..
That said I was thrilled to be invited along to contribute to the regular Internet radio show and podcast hosted by Dr_Rock last week, someone who presents in the format I have always felt is missing from the airwaves. Here is the show, where together with friends and colleagues Andrea, Steph and Ollie we got to take part in a recent 3 hour broadcast, discussing a variety of issues including natural bee keeping, permaculture and rain forest medicine.
We are also planning to contribute to this week’s show, which will be broadcast from the Concious Camp Tribal Gathering, held in a beautiful riverside field near Llangollen. So look out for this broadcast and hopefully many more in the future.
Dragons Radio Channel?
With encouragement from our radio host and other friends surrounding us we have a growing enthusiasm to do something regularly along these lines ourselves. The new co-op premises in Llanrhaeadr could provide a perfect base from which to broadcast and hold regular sessions for interviews and generating other content for a regular show.
I am really keen to see new media content on a regular basis that develops permaculture, sustainability and transition ideas and links them to social change. Live folk music, organic growing updates, Crowdfunding campaign news, cutting edge debate and ideas, exploring decentralised locally orientated media and much more will form some of the main themes for our planned broadcasts.
It is early days for this idea but one I hope that is gaining momentum and I for one want to get it off the drawing board as soon as we are settled in at the new premises. We hope that Dragons Co-op can be a powerful shop window for permaculture ideas and can help connect a great many people to projects and enterprises that embody their own values and reflect their enthusiasm for a much more sustainable, compassionate and saner world. One thing I am sure about is that the low carbon, post industrial sustainable economy we must rapidly transition to will have to be much more locally focussed than it currently is, community radio and other decentralised channels of communication will surely play an essential part of that process.
I for one am really keen to gain much more experience in this area and explore the opportunities it presents Anyone who might want to help us out with this ambition is welcome to contact me and find ways to become involved.