Wednesday, 4 June 2014

We interrupt this broadcast...

If you've tuned in to the show for the last couple of weeks you'll have noticed that it wasn't there.  Well actually it was.  Still broadcasting loud and proud on 106.8FM in the Exeter area. However the internet streaming of the show was not functioning. It hasn't been down the whole time, we've just been unlucky to be hit 2 weeks in a row. To make it worse the archiving wasn't working either today so there is not even the opportunity to listen again on our Mixcloud page.

So I wanted to say sorry for you not being able to listen and to explain why.

Why? Well the answer is money really.

Phonic FM is a small not-for-profit, community station. We're not allowed to advertise and we exist on fundraising, the occasional small grant and the goodwill of volunteers. (You can even donate by PayPal if you're feeling generous!) A lot of the equipment that we use is the same as was installed when the station went on air in 2008 and some of it has been running 24/7 for all that time!

When I arrived at the studio tonight one of our volunteers was there, trying to rebuild a pair of 8 year old PCs. He was still hard at work when I left 2.5 hours later.

It takes time to build a listenership and I'm delighted that so many of you tune in either regularly or once in a while. Interacting with people during the show, whether by text, Twitter or Facebook is half the fun for me!  So I guess I'm just saying sorry for the technical problems that we've been experiencing and I hope you stick around - we'll be back next week. It's nobody's fault, just the reality of running a radio station on a shoestring budget.

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