A new radio station appeared in Liscard on Saturday (21 April) for a one-off, 12-hour broadcast.
Radio Local, by performance duo Jenny Hunt & Holly Darton, took over Radio Wirral for the day, with a live hyperlocal station that was built around Liscard’s people and places as part of Wirral’s 2019 Borough of Culture.
Throughout the year, the Borough of Culture programme will showcase award-winning arts and culture from across the UK and beyond whilst promoting local creativity and the very best of what Wirral has to offer.
With a pop-up radio station built outside the Cherry Tree Shopping Centre on Liscard Way, Radio Local started at 8am, packed with fun-filled features entertaining passers-by throughout the day until 8pm. The 12-hour performance was broadcast on Radio Wirral online and in the Cherry Tree Shopping Centre, with some of the programme being featured on BBC Radio Merseyside.
Passers-by were encouraged to get involved in the show through features that included sharing a problem for the presenters to solve, creating a jingle, taking part in games and telling listeners their news. There was also a scavenger hunt which set listeners off around Liscard to track down a variety of items.
In the weeks leading up to the broadcast, Hunt & Darton and entertainers Victoria Melody, Lucia Scazzocchio, and Rosana Cade and Siân Baxter spent time in Liscard, getting to know the residents and finding out about the local area to feed into Saturday’s broadcast.
Special programmes about the Grosvenor Ballroom and an awards show for fixtures including best bus stop and best bench were included throughout the day, along with local heroes who appeared on-air each hour alongside Hunt & Darton and selected the music.
The weekend before the show, residents got the chance to learn the art of radio presenting themselves through a two-day workshop led by Hunt & Darton. Several of the participants then got to take to the airwaves on Saturday, taking over Radio Local for a 30 minute programme.
Next on the Radio Local tour is St Helens, which will host its own 12-hour show on Saturday 29 June, before the production heads to the Spare Parts Festival in Fleetwood and then onto the Edinburgh Fringe.
Radio Local is supported by Arts Council England and commissioned by Heart of Glass. Radio Local in Liscard was presented in partnership with Wirral Council, as part of Wirral Borough of Culture 2019.