“Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

“Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby Hugh-AR » 22 Sep 2018 22:38

I have had the following from Ian Wolstenholme who says:
Dear Hugh and Brian

As you may know I produce/present “Community Keyboards”, Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM. I wonder if I might be able to include the winning entry to the August (and future) challenge in one of my forthcoming editions of the programme? If this is something which could be considered, all I would need would be the consent of the performer and perhaps a short biography to introduce. Would be great to have your thoughts.

Best wishes,

Ian Wolstenholme

Now that the first 'Challenge' has ended and we have a Winner (actually, four 'Joint' Winners for August) I have contacted Ian again so he can update us as to what happens next. In the meantime, check out "Community Keyboards":

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http://www.communitykeyboards.com

If you click on the LISTEN page you will find Ian's 'Keyboard Music' (mostly organs) to listen to. Also, if you scroll down you will see that Ian has put a LINK to the Tierce-de-Picardie Forum (bottom left).

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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby organbroadcaster » 23 Sep 2018 10:40

Hello

Well, I must say how delighted I am to be able to include the winning entry or, in the case of the August Challenge, entries, on my Community Keyboards programme. As is so often the case, being a recorded programme, we have to work at least a month in advance, so this means that - and here we go with dates for the diary - the August winners will be featured in the second of our two November editions which will be broadcast on Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM on Thursday 8th November at 9.02am and repeated Thursday 22nd November at 9.02am. Being a community radio station, our FM signal reaches across much of the Greater Manchester/Cheshire region - but that it!! The good news for everyone else is that the two November editions are uploaded to http://www.communitykeyboards.com a little ahead of that - on Sunday 28th October around 7pm.

Hope you enjoy the programme!

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Postby organbroadcaster » 29 Oct 2018 08:07

Just a quick update - the August Challenge winners are now in the programme. Simply go to

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http://www.communitykeyboards.com

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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby Hugh-AR » 30 Oct 2018 23:03

Obviously we can't listen to the actual Radio Broadcast as we are not in the Oldham/Manchester/Cheshire area. Hence the Website Ian has set up above .. so that anyone anywhere can listen to his broadcasts.

If you click on that LINK above you will see this:

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Both Prog 1 and Prog 2 run for nearly an hour and feature mainly 'TheatreOrganists'. Ian interviews a few of them. These are the organists he is featuring .. and notice the list includes Don Wherly, Peter Slack, Hugh Wallington and Eileen Lowry.

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The Tierce-de-Picardie August Challenge Winners can be heard in Program 2, starting from 38:30

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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby Hugh-AR » 23 Nov 2018 23:26

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I sent an email to Ian Wolstenholme at Oldham Community Radio giving him the Winners of the October Challenge. I also said:
When will you be putting up your next 'on-line' broadcast of your Community Radio? Now that we know where you are, several Members have listened to ALL your broadcasts going all the way back to when you started them. They have said that they enjoy your program more than they used to enjoy 'The Organist Entertains' (of course, now no longer being broadcast) as you have those interviews with Artistes, which are brilliant! And you cater for Electronic Organs too, which The Organist Entertains had stopped doing. They are hooked on your program!

I have now had this from Ian:
Hello Hugh

Hope all is well and very many thanks for your kind email. The next two editions of Community Keyboards will be uploaded to the website this Sunday evening (25/11/2018). These will be the “Christmas” shows (as you may expect!) and will include the September Challenge winners.

It’s lovely to hear that some forum members are enjoying the programme too. I do try to provide a mix of all organ and keyboard genres but to receive these comments is very encouraging indeed.

I’ve downloaded the October winners which will slot into the February editions.

Thanks again and all good wishes.

Ian


A reminder of the LINK to Ian's Community Radio Program:

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https://communitykeyboards.com/

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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby Hugh-AR » 06 Jan 2019 21:46

Oldham Community Radio - December Broadcast

Ian Wolstenholme, who runs Oldham Community Radio, has included the 'Winners' of the September Challenge in his December Broadcast.

The 'Winners' were:
Brian Dawson with Our Day Will Come
Charles Hughes with Trumpeter's Lullaby.

Click the below to go to the page where you can find his broadcast (do a right-click to open it up in a New Tab).

https://communitykeyboards.com/editions/

When you get there, scroll down the page to find it:

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The TDP bit starts at 45:30 on December 2018 - Edition 2.

The January Broadcast is at the top of the screen (same URL):

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Both Editions are from the Oktoberfest held in Huntingdon recently, so no TDP 'Winners' in this one.

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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby Brian007 » 07 Jan 2019 08:30

Hi Hugh,

Thanks for keeping us up to date on what`s happening on this front.

All the best, Brina007
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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby organbroadcaster » 07 Jan 2019 09:08

Thanks for the very detailed information about how to hear the programme. Sending everyone all good wishes for 2019. Ian
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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby Hugh-AR » 25 Mar 2019 15:48

Hi All,

I'm a bit behind with my updates for Oldham Community Radio. They are broadcasting the 'Winner/s of our Music Challenge. Click this LINK to go to their on-line version of the Radio Program.

https://communitykeyboards.com/editions/

The Winners of the October Challenge are featured in both Editions of their February broadcast.

FEBRUARY 2019
EDITION 1

Brian Dawson (Brian007) at 1:07 with Till There Was You.
Don Wherly (DonW) with Music Of The Night at 32:10.

EDITION 2

Hugh Wallington (Hugh-AR) at 15:25 with Climb Every Mountain.

The Winners of the December Challenge are featured in their March broadcast.

MARCH 2019
EDITION 2

Tony Kettridge (Ajay) at 45:20 with Caravan.
Hugh Wallington (Hugh-AR) at 49:04 with a Quickstep Medley.

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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby Rev Tony Newnham » 26 Mar 2019 08:29

Hi

The APRIL editions of Community Keyboards are up now - I guess that's what Hugh meant, as I listened to the March edition a couple of weeks back.

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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby organbroadcaster » 26 Mar 2019 08:51

Hello all

Just a quick update - the April 2nd edition will be available shortly - I just need to get final approval from the organisers of the ATOS YTOY competition. Apologies for this.
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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby Hugh-AR » 22 Apr 2019 21:25

Oldham Community Radio - APRIL

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The Winner of the TDP January Challenge is featured in their April broadcast.

APRIL 2019
EDITION 1

Jon Davies (JonD) is featured at 46:10 with It's Now Or Never.

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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby Hugh-AR » 03 May 2019 07:01

Update on Oldham Community Radio

Oldham Community Radio - MAY

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The Winner of the TDP February Challenge is featured in their MAY broadcast.

MAY 2019
EDITION 2

Margaret Draper (MARGARETD) is featured at 54:44 with The Magnificent Seven.

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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby Hugh-AR » 01 Jun 2019 15:32

Update on Oldham Community Radio

Oldham Community Radio - JUNE

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The Winners of the TDP March Challenge are featured in their JUNE broadcast.

JUNE 2019
EDITION 1

David Hamory (tucsondave) is featured at 39:28 with Benson, Arizona.
Hugh Wallington (Hugh-AR) is featured at 49:41 with Rebel Rouser.

JUNE 2019
EDITION 2

Margaret Draper (MARGARETD) is featured at 15:30 with Forty Miles Of Bad Road.
Hugh Wallington (Hugh-AR) is featured at 37:30 with King Of The Road.

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Postby Hugh-AR » 15 Aug 2019 22:22

Update on Oldham Community Radio

Oldham Community Radio - JULY

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The Winner of the TDP April Challenge is featured in their JULY broadcast.

JULY 2019
EDITION 1

George Turner (George) is featured at 32:47 with Will You Love Me Tomorrow.

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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby Hugh-AR » 15 Aug 2019 22:58

Update on Oldham Community Radio

Oldham Community Radio - AUGUST

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The Winners of the TDP May Challenge are featured in their AUGUST broadcast.

AUGUST 2019
EDITION 1

Hugh Wallington (Hugh-AR) is featured at 30:22 with Spanish Eyes.

AUGUST 2019
EDITION 2

Ron Fraser (Ron) is featured at 35:47 with Slow Boat To China.
Don Wherly (DonW) is featured at 47:18 with Home In Pasadena.

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Postby Hugh-AR » 01 Oct 2019 11:26

Update on Oldham Community Radio

Oldham Community Radio - SEPTEMBER

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The Winners of the TDP June Challenge are featured in their SEPTEMBER broadcast.

SEPTEMBER 2019
EDITION 1

Jon Davies (Jon D) is featured at 13:00 with Games-That-Lovers-Play.
Hugh Wallington (Hugh-AR) is featured at 46:50 with Love Is The Sweetest Thing.

SEPTEMBER 2019
EDITION 2

Margaret Draper (MARGARETD) is featured at 32:18 with Lara's Theme - Somewhere My Love.
Don Wherly (DonW) is featured at 49:41 with Love Me Or Leave Me.

Sorry .. I am a little late with this update as the October Edition of 'Community Keyboards' is already out. Will list our Winners for the July Challenge that feature in this broadcast in my next update post.

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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby Hugh-AR » 02 Oct 2019 08:51

But before I do that ...



Hi Ian,

Tell you what. I really enjoy listening to your Oldham Community Radio Broadcasts (well, the on-line versions as I am not in the Oldham area to listen 'live'). And so do several other Members of our Forum (and the AR Group Forum, which I also run). One thing I would like to know is how you record your 'artistes' playing 'proper' organs. It's easy with electronic organs as we do it from a LINE OUT or a Headphone socket; and with keyboards you can usually do it dirctly from the keyboard as a WAV file (or MP3).

You obviously have a microphone for your interviews, but doing those recordings? Two mics and two channels? Or jut the one mic. And where in the venue do you position your mics to get the best sound overall?

I have updated the TDP June Challenge winners which are featured in your September broadcast in my post just above this one.

I notice that this TOPIC (Community Keyboards Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM):

http://www.tierce-de-picardie.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=348&t=6721

.. has had nearly 4 thousand views since I started it (it can by viewed by 'Guests' .. people visiting our Forum .. as well as by Members).

I have also put a 'plug' in the Topic that is at the top of every Board in the Forum, Hints for when browsing the TDP Forum (which again is available for anyone finding our Forum to view):

http://www.tierce-de-picardie.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=348&t=5934&p=48756#p48756

.. and this Topic has had nearly 242 thousand 'views' to date since I started it.

I do like the mix of organs/keyboards you have in your programmes (and the interviews, of course) and think they sit well together. Pity the BBC didn't take this view. The Organist Entertains might still be on air if they had done.

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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby Hugh-AR » 02 Oct 2019 11:38

I have had this from Ian ...



Hi Hugh

Now you are making me blush! I really am pleased that you enjoy the programmes as much as I enjoy compiling them. I made a deal years ago that, wherever possible, I would not just be a “this is…that was…” kind of production. The opportunities to get out and about to record instruments are great - I’m only too sorry that I’m restricted with (a) time and (b) licence coverage obligations by Ofcom insofar as being only able to cover reasonably “local” installations. As luck has it, my colleagues who produce the “Organist Encores” do give exposure to many southern-based theatre organs, so not too many complaints!

In terms of actually recording them, I’m afraid it’s nothing fancy! I generally use my ever-faithful Zoom H4N Pro recorder with either one external stereo mic or (depending on the auditorium) two external mono mics and mix to stereo later. The built-in stereo microphones on the H4N are themselves really good as they can be manually adjusted to give a fairly wide sound. I also use an iPad mini with a plug in lightning Shure Motiv MV88 mic which is a very portable piece of kit and has always delivered really good recordings, either voice or music. You may occasionally hear me mention in the introductions that it’s “from the seat in the audience perspective” - and that’s exactly how I like to record theatre organ. Most venues use concert seating so I usually try to find an end seat somewhere central and hit “record”. Invariably there are coughs and splutters but I argue that it adds to the ambience - most can be quite easily edited out!

At Oldham Community Radio we use Adobe Audition for editing but at home I tend to use (the very similar) Audacity. I went to the annual Community Media Association Conference last Saturday and was very impressed with a software package called Hindenburg - but a bit pricey! It’s actually quite odd, because I still have my Sony Minidisk recorder/Beyer Dynamic mic set-up at home from the ’80’s and it still knocks spots off all the above. You just get some odd looks if you use it in the public domain these days! Hand on heart? I’m old enough to remember using the Revox B77 reel-to-reel recorder which weighed a ton and still believe that there is/was nothing to touch this kind of analogue recording. Sadly my own B77 went to heaven many years ago but the station has one in its archive in case anyone needs (or has) tapes to play. Back in 1981, I carted the darn thing to North Yorkshire to record Franz Lambert, transferred the master reel to a metal cassette (remember those?) which has stood the test of time.

I am absolutely STAGGERED Hugh at the number of views you’ve indicated and so pleased that the Challenge works for you. Here again, especially these days, I feel it’s extremely important to include “proper” home organ and keyboard music and not just the seasoned professionals. In the November programme I chat with Tom Horton who places much value on the “hobby” or “lifestyle” (his words) aspect of amateur home playing.

Thanks for all your good work with TDP.

Very best wishes

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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby Hugh-AR » 13 Oct 2019 22:18

Update on Oldham Community Radio

Oldham Community Radio - OCTOBER

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The Winners of the TDP July Challenge are featured in their OCTOBER broadcast.

OCTOBER 2019
EDITION 1

Tony Kettridge (Ajay) is featured at 09:45 with Stormy Weather.

OCTOBER 2019
EDITION 2

David Hamory (tucsondave) is featured at 30:41 with The Rainbow Connection.
John Taylor (JohnT) is featured at 44:18 with April Showers.

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Re: “Community Keyboards” Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM

Postby Hugh-AR » 09 Nov 2019 15:57

Update on Oldham Community Radio

Oldham Community Radio - NOVEMBER

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The Winners of the TDP August Challenge are featured in their NOVEMBER broadcast.

NOVEMBER 2019
EDITION 1

Charles Hughes (ChuckH) is featured just after the 'break' at 33:45 with Waltz of the Flowers.

NOVEMBER 2019
EDITION 2

These two follow on from each other, so check them out at 42:50.
John Taylor (JohnT) with Moonlight and Roses.
David Hamory (tucsondave) with The Rose.


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