Labour Councillors establish winning team that will get Maghull

Maghull Labour Councillors Lynn Gatherer and Patrick McKinley, with members of the Maghull Radio team, Dave Hughes, Stephen Jarve, Rosie Button, Nick Cropper, Anthony Gibbons, Ste Brannigan, Matt Judge and Lee Cinnamond.


A group of budding DJs are busy preparing to take to the airwaves on the new Maghull radio station.

Labour-run Maghull Town Council and Maghull Town Team are working on getting the radio station idea off the ground.
Maghull Labour Councillors Lynn Gatherer and Patrick McKinley, who are also part of the Maghull Town Team, are working together with the town team's Steve Maxwell and radio enthusiast Dave Hughes on the project.

They have now drafted in a group of aspiring DJs, radio producers and journalists on the scheme.

Stephen Jarve, Rosie Button, Nick Cropper, Anthony Gibbons, Ste Brannigan, Matt Judge and Lee Cinnamond have all joined the team.

Stephen Jarve studied music and music technology at Deyes High School before graduating from Edge Hill University with a degree in media music and sound. He presented at the university radio. Stephen said: "I think a local radio station for Maghull would be a great way to promote the town, bring communities together and create a media buzz. It's something fresh and exciting and allows me to use my skills as a graduate."

Rosie Button studied Media at Deyes High School and then graduated from Edge Hill University with a degree in media, film and television production. Rosie said: "I am very interested in helping to create a community radio station for Maghull, it will be an interesting way to highlight events going on around the town. I think this radio is a great idea and everyone involved is very passionate about making it a success."

Nick Cropper studied Music Technology at Hugh Baird College then gained a degree in Media, Music and Sound at Edge Hill University. Nick said: "I have gained experience in Liverpool’s live music scene through running events and managing live shows. My database of popular unsigned bands, spanning many genres will bring a lot of varied, new talent to residents of Maghull. The radio station will be a great way to bring the community together and help promote local talent and local businesses."

Anthony Gibbons studied Media Music and Sound at Edge Hill. Anthony said: "I have a dedicated interest in rock and metal music. Maghull radio will be a great way to bring the community together and I’m looking forward to getting involved within the community and using the technology skills we have to make this scheme a success."

Ste Brannigan has a degree in Media, Music and Sound. Ste said: "I have a background in recording artists in Liverpool. I bring my musical knowledge and connections to help create an interesting and knowledgeable station. I think that Maghull community radio fills a void that will help the community come together."

Matt Judge is studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores University. Matt said: "I want to bring sports to Maghull because the town has a great local football team, with lots of youth levels that many people will be interested in. As part of the journalism course at LJMU, any kind of experience will be beneficial for me, mainly because I want to go into sports journalism in the future. I am currently writing for a few football websites and I have recently joined the Everton Jury with the Liverpool Echo. Radio is something I want to explore further."

Lee Cinnamond has a background in music technology, and media, music and sound. Lee said: "An online radio station will benefit and bring together the community, reaching people that other forms of media would not be able to reach."

Maghull Town Council's Labour leader, Cllr Patrick McKinley, said Maghull Radio had an excellent team behind it.

Cllr McKinley said: "When we first came up with the idea of setting up a radio station for Maghull, we thought it was an opportunity to promote the town to a wider audience. We wanted to promote Maghull as a great place to live, work and play, with a wealth of great businesses. The aim was to attract people in to Maghull to use our local companies, which in turn will benefit the town's local economy.

"But one of the key driving factors for me, was to set the radio station up to give our young people the chance to get into the media, which is a fiercely competitive industry to break into.

"Using the skills that the team has, we want to build on them through the training and experience that setting up this station will provide so they can pass on some of their skills to others and in turn go on to bigger and better things.

"This really is a great opportunity for people who want to break in to the media."

Fellow Labour Councillor and Maghull Town Team members, Cllr Lynn Gatherer, said the radio station was already generating lots of interest.

Cllr Gatherer said: "There has been a lot of interest in Maghull Radio which will be aimed at the whole community and will feature a range of content including current affairs, local history and a weekly round up of what's on in Maghull.

"There have been a good number of people who want to be involved in setting up the station with us, and that is why we have such a strong team behind it, and there has been a lot of interest in what the station can do for the town of Maghull and the local businesses.

"We have had discussions with local businesses and some other organisations who want to broadcast the station directly into their premises, so you will hopefully soon be hearing Maghull Radio while you're doing your shopping.

"We also want to engage with older members of the community who may feel isolated and one of the initiatives we are working on is working with some of Maghull's retirement homes to broadcast directly into them.

"This is a project by the community and for the community, and we hope that Maghull Radio will bring the whole community together."



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