I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that, after leaving school, I had pretty much no clue what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I loved music but a career in it seemed impractical and feeling pressure to do something, I went to University to study Chemistry, a subject I was only somewhat decent at in school.
Needless to say, I quickly dropped out and spent the next five years bouncing from course to course trying to figure out what I really loved. While it would be easy to look back on this era as a waste of time, it was during this period that I discovered the beauty of radio – which would lead me to my final stab at education studying Radio Broadcasting and Production, culminating in me finally getting a degree.
And I’ve loved radio ever since – from the mainstream to pirates. I also know the importance of community radio and the talent it nurtures, and the platform it gives to those voices that often get overlooked.
Tottenham’s Threads Radio fills exactly this role. Regular readers of this blog will know I host a monthly show there and since it’s inception I have loved both the diversity of the station’s programming and the passion of the team behind it, all working on a shoestring for a project they 100% believe it.
While the imminent relocation is now postponed until further next year, the station is currently looking to fundraise for a number of projects to help keep it alive and providing a platform for creative exploration and positive self-expression.
Alongside using the money to upgrade gear and studios, the fundraiser will be used towards education programmes helping people develop practical skills in the industry at a time when the arts is struggling in mainstream education.
I can’t explain how passionately I feel about this project. Threads is vital in helping promote so much underground music and voices, and I would appreciate anybody who reads this to pop over to the GoFundMe page, read a bit more about the plans and consider donating anything at all to help the station reach its target of £7,500. Your contribution will feed directly into supporting a dynamic internet radio community.