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Video: East Leeds FM - broadcasting to Cross Gates, Colton and Temple Newsam

In this online world, pretty much anything can be ordered to be delivered to your doorstep. Radio stations, however, have usually been an ask too far – until now.

Residents in Seacroft, Whinmoor and Swarcliffe can call and request their community station – East Leeds FM – to be "delivered" to their street.

If a slot is available, the station, for the first time being broadcast from a caravan, will be towed to the would-be DJ's front door.

And it's not just any old caravan. Known as the Caravan of Love, the vehicle is a gold-painted van of classic 1970s vintage.

The visits have been organised by Heads Together Productions, an arts

organisation based in east Leeds.

Linda Strudwick, of Heads Together, said: "Anyone, any age and any ability can volunteer on East Leeds FM. Just get in touch and we will find a job for you, either in front of the microphone or behind the scenes.

"It is a community radio station so it is all about the community. We are encouraging local residents to make their own radio shows which will be beamed back to the studio in Seacroft and then broadcast on FM radio.

"What we want to do is to continue building on our success. We began broadcasting in 2003, and since then nearly 3,000 people have come into the studio and broadcast on FM and on the internet. Our youngest DJ was just three, our oldest was 87, so it really is a station for everyone."

Last year, ELFM attracted more than 26,000 listeners during its time on air.

Linda said: "Feedback is incredibly positive – listeners say they like the broad range of music, topics and range of voices and they are always surprised by the amount they learn about their area. One listener told me he never normally listens to the radio, but when ELFM is on, he never switches it off."

This year looks set to be the biggest yet for the station, as it has

been given a permanent base in Seacroft at which volunteers can make programmes and music throughout the year.

On top of that ELFM has secured funding from the Tudor Trust to employ its own project director, who will be responsible for managing the various parts of the station.

"We also have a group of volunteers from our area who are busy making a soap opera, which will be broadcast on air, " Linda added.

* East Leeds FM will be on air until Friday, August 1.

* To volunteer, visit: www.elfm.co.uk

* To listen, tune in to 87.7FM.

 
 
 

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