Meet Me on the Radio is a new weekly radio show broadcast every Tuesday at 11.30am – 12 midday on Resonance FM. It was conceieved as a parternship between myself and Grant Smith, under the umbrella of Soundcamp, with Meet Me at the Albany, a programme for over 60s by the Albany and Entelechy Arts. 

In March 2020, we were mid-way through a residency working with members of the Meet Me at… community - a vibrant cohort of over 60s. With COVID-19 presenting serious risks for older people, the programme stopped meeting in person and as many of it's members were already at risk of social isolation and without access to digital devices, we began working towards producing a radio show available on FM bands in order to speak to people directly in their homes.

 

The show aims to provide an accessible and regular source of connection and entertainment led by the creative voices of vulnerable adults in challenging times. Usually, the weekly arts club includes a choir, gardening activity, films and live events and performance - and so we include some of these elements in the show for familiarity. The hosts, two Meet Me... regulars, record their segments via a phone call, and I work to weave together their conversations with archive material, new features made by artists and members, and environmental sounds. Grant installed a stream box in the Albany garden, so we always have an ear out for sounds from the Meet Me... base, and we mine the rich Soundcamp archive of recordings from across the globe, blending sounds of knitting with snapping shrimps, and inviting listeners to enjoy different sonic textures, diverse voices and suprising soundscapes. 

 

EPSIODE 1:  INTRODUCTION
Welcome to Meet Me on the Radio. Presenters Ron and Ros are at home, recording the show via their phones. They introduce us to the project, the choir and David the gardener. Huw remembers argumentative starlings. We hear a bit about the Soundcamp, and Hannah shows us how to make a bird feeder whilst ee listen to recordings from the Deptford just before lockdown. 

EPISODE 2: BIG WEATHER
As the seasons turn, we take a moment to listen to what's around. Ted sings a solo, and we hear regular features from the choir and an update from the Albany garden. Grant Smith from Soundcamp talk about transmission ecologies and changing soundscapes during lockdown. Huw tells a story of a storm he vividly remebers from childhood.  

EPISODE 3: EVERYTHING IS ALIVE
It's spring. Children dressed as bees have invaded and started to hive. Ants are everywhere. Knitting needles become snapping shrimp and we are submerged into a kelp forest. Malcolm tells us about a recent exhibition at Meet Me. Ros shows us her lockdown circulation excersises. 

EPISODE 4: DOMESTIC SOUNDS

Ron sings us a song and Ruth has a remote whilstlng jam with Ros. Children from the local nursery get involved in planting, and a child loves crows. We think about our domestic soundscapes, hear a carwash, a creaking barn in Nothern Ireland and a South East London fridge. 

EPISODE 5: THE SWAMP

A muggy episode. We hear frogs from four continents: Tanzanian frogs, tree frogs and American bullfrogs in Japan join sounds from the River Effra and a London blackbird. Fuchsias come alive in the Albany Garden. Malcolm introduces us to his parrot as he constructs mystery gifts for members.

EPISODE 6: PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

Following the murder of George Flloyd, we take a break from our usual programmng and instead offer a space for reflection. We listen to a segment from 'Waking in Nima' by Steven Feld, with Q’ranic prayer calls, Pentecostal preaching, and birds singing in a diverse neighbourhood of Accra, Ghana.

EPISODE 7: LIVE VS RECORDED

Ron talks about sound fx and tries some out. IRIE dance theatre for African and Caribbean performing arts lead a workout you can do from your chair. We listen to sounds from London recorded in 1928, a coal seller in 1956 and Columbia Road flower market in 2008, thanks to the digitalisation and restoration work of Ian Rawes at the London Sound Survey.

EPISODE 8: WINDRUSH DAY

A steel pan plays from a youth centre in Deptford. We hear powerful stories from Meet Me members who were born in Jamaica and tell us of their experiences of moving to the UK, the stuggles they experienced and their experiences of racism. Ros talks about education and her work for after-school clubs.

EPISODE 9: WINDRUSH DAY

A steel pan plays from a youth centre in Deptford. Ron and Ros talk about their working lives. We hear powerful stories from Meet Me members who were born in Jamaica and tell us of their experiences of moving to the UK, the stuggles they experienced and their experiences of racism. Ros talks about education and her work for after-school clubs.

EPISODE 10: BEING HUMAN

A steel pan plays from a youth centre in Deptford. We hear powerful stories from Meet Me members who were born in Jamaica and tell us of their experiences of moving to the UK, the stuggles they experienced and their experiences of racism. Ros talks about education and her work for after-school clubs.