Surrey Hills Community Radio thrives to give everyone a voice. By expanding, we can better facilitate community debates and live music.
Based in Leatherhead, Surrey we aim to:
- To provide confidence building opportunities
- To promote charities and not-for-profit events
- To give everyone the chance to produce and present a live radio show
- To entertain, encourage, inspire and inform
We have already invited a number community groups including Scouts, Girl Guides, schools, national youth projects and young adults with a range of disabilities.
We provide a host of benefits to our community. Not only do we provide 24 hour entertainment but we also give people of all ages and experiences the chance to try something new, something that makes them feel "shiney and new" (as to paraphrase Madonna!).
We have already had donations of building materials by local companies and fans of the station to pull together the structural elements needed to create the space for the second studio. We now need help to buy the equipment needed to allow presenters to produce top quality shows and engage with more groups in our community.
We are looking to spend your donation on:
- A radio broadcast mixer
- A set of 6 microphones
- A set of 6 headphones
- All the required cables
We have over 30 volunteer presenters at Surrey Hills Community Radio. From 15 to 67 we are able to deliver a range of programmes and give people from all walks of life the opportunity to be creative.
Here are two stories from one of the oldest, and one of the youngest presenters.
Meet Al Douglas (1minute 36seconds into the film)
Al has 40 years of Dinner Dance DJing under his belt. Black tie events in all the top hotels. At the age of 56 he was diagnosed with Parkinson's which unfortunately put an end to his career.
Within a few months he found us and he says it has "turned his life around". He now has a new lease of life as a radio DJ and we support him wherever we can by being flexible to his health needs.
Meet Maddy (3minutes 2seconds into the film)
Maddy was part of our second in take of work experience students in 2015. With a passion for sport and a hard working attitude she soon proved to be a fantastic asset to the studio.
We were able to take her on at the studio for her week placement as we did not require her to be currently studying media or broadcasting which many stations insist on.
She has now returned to the station to continue gaining work experience for her CV.
Contact us with your questions and someone will get back to you.
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2nd Leatherhead Brownies: "Thank you very much for such a great experience when the Brownies visited. The feedback from the girls and parents alike was fantastic!"
Stephen Connor, Singer-Songwriter, Versonic Music Limited"Surrey Hills Radio provides a great service to the community in keeping the public up to date and engaged with local news, events and entertainment stories. As a local singer-songwriter and band member I am extremely grateful to the team at SHR for supporting my music by giving it air-time, shout outs for local gigs and inviting me in to the studio for live interviews. SHR is a staunch supporter of local and National Charities and Co-Hosted my album launch Gig in support of Leatherhead based Military Veteran's Charity Combat Stress."
Andrew Davis, Christ Church Epsom & Song Squad Choir Master
You totally captured our children's imagination, and they really wanted to do a song about your show/station as a way of saying thank you! We had a think about the running gags you used on the night, and remembered that all the naughty things we did had to be kept secret from Station Manager Dave........so we came up with a rap entitled "Don't Tell Dave!"
Many thanks again and if I or the club can be of service to you in any way at all please do get in touch any time. Great to see you're all going strong.
Will Herbert Martin, Local Musician
If I was to describe Surrey Hills Community Radio and how they support local music in a few words, this is what i would say: The ARE local music.
I was invited over to Surrey Hills Radio in the Summer, as they were promoting the build up to my villages local music festival (Capel Music Festival), and my first impression was how supportive they were of me and how much energy they were putting in to ensure the success of the Festival. It was great to see as there is not a whole lot of the dedication that they have around - its hugely inspiring. The best thing about my experience in the studio was how much fun I had with them and how comfortable and relaxed they made me feel - so relaxed that I was able to rock out one of my own written songs with ease (I was very nervous before i turned up) So I would just like to thank Surrey Hills from the bottom of my heart for encouraging and supporting me. I have massive respect for what they do and would happily come back anytime! Thanks for all your hard work!
Big love, Will x