NLive Radio celebrates Volunteers’ Week
Written by Robert Mullane on June 6, 2021
Volunteers’ Week takes place between the 1 to the 7 June every year and is a time to recognise and thank volunteers.
NLive Radios volunteers account for the majority of the voices you hear on air. The stations’ volunteers also work tirelessly to engage with the community, including outside broadcasts from across the town at events, shows and from their homes, where most have been recording from since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Colin Read, NLive Radios weekday breakfast show presenter, has been with the station for nearly four years and is no stranger to entertaining: “I’ve always been an entertainer (hopefully) in my spare time, fronting bands from the age of fourteen, maybe earlier, and amateur dramatics for many years. Radio didn’t come along until a good friend of mine started volunteering for NLive Radio. I, of course, got the bug and was let loose on the Airways on Saturday Breakfast, with training, of course. I remember not getting a lot of sleep the night before I went on air for the first time. So why do I do it? There is a sense of comradeship, a sense of doing something worthwhile enlightening (maybe) the good people of Northampton and the feeling of achievement in doing your best to become something better. I can recommend being a volunteer, there is always a sense of achievement and doing good in your community.”
The station, which is owned and operated by the University of Northampton, was launched on 1 November 2016 as NNBC before being rebranded to NLive Radio in autumn 2017 and has gone from strength to strength ever since. Earlier this month, its community radio licence was renewed for another five years by communications regulator Ofcom. The station was also recognised for the vital contribution it has played during the coronavirus pandemic when it was awarded a Rose of Northamptonshire Award in January.
You can get involved with Volunteers’ Week by sharing your story on social media with #VolunteersWeek. If you are interested in volunteering with NLive Radio, you can contact the station at [email protected]