Our program on the 15th May had a more serious approach than previous Friday broadcasts. We wanted to know how people felt about the recent elections and indeed how they thought the election results would affect people with learning disabilities, and to that end we cut down on the music and limited ourselves to the three groups who we thought had most to say. These three groups were the Young Ambassadors, London Include Me & our own Islington Social Crew.
A fortnight earlier we had given our portable Zoom recorder to the Young Ambassadors, and they had visited a select few polling stations with some leading questions. They recorded some great answers. These sound bites had been posted to Erin earlier in the week, and were edited and ready to go by the time the 12 ‘o’clock start was upon us. We were primed with plenty of choice, and had found lots of topical and suitable songs.
First in the studio was London Include Me with Ciara and Katie, who were hosted by Nikki from the Islington Social Crew. Nikki asked them what they hoped would change for the future with Mencap strategy, and also asked about the Hear My Voice campaign. A whole range of subjects were covered, and the group’s passion really came across. But to hear their answers in full we suggest you listen to our archive of the full show here.
And then, a veritable whirlwind blew into the studio in the form of the Young Ambassadors. Wow! These guys know how to rock. We spent two hours exploring many subjects, playing favourite records & hearing from the man in the street. We’re not sure if we’ve got everyone’s names here but BIG shout out to Jamie, Kelsey, Michelle, Krishan, Sahil, Ellie, Hussain, Charlotte, Ollie, Paul, Carl, Sam, Hannah, & Eve. We covered a range of topics from food banks to Williams Syndrome. All in all it was a superb show and for a first foray into radio these guys were bang on, and made the studio their own territory.
Finally, we ended with Message in Our Music. Adrian and Celia from the Islington Social Crew came in and talked quite candidly about their love for each other and what it means to live together as a couple with LD. We had asked them to bring songs in that meant a lot to them, and that represented different parts of their lives. And in the spirit of election week, and in a jukebox jury kind of manner we played them politically minded topical songs from down the years and asked them for their response. It was a very interesting and thought provoking hour, and rounded off the afternoon’s broadcast in a heartfelt & life enhancing manner.
We have some great themes lined up for future broadcasts, and the next one will be a week long series of shows for Learning Disability Week 15-21st June. Yea roll on Our Radio!