BBC WM 95.6’s most ambitious tour kicks off in Wolverhampton

We’re really excited about this as it’s the most ambitious project the radio station has ever attempted. The whole team, including presenters and producers, is out on the road throughout June not only broadcasting live and meeting listeners but also getting stuck in and helping put something back into communities across Birmingham and The Black Country.”Gareth Roberts, Managing Editor, BBC WM 95.6
Date: 29.05.2013     Last updated: 19.03.2014 at 09.31
The BBC WM 95.6 Summer Tour hits the road in June, promising some seasonal fun for all the family, as well as supporting community projects. As the live broadcasts entertain the listeners, the BBC WM 95.6 team rolls up its sleeves and gets stuck in to a range of community projects throughout the region, from 3 to 30 June.

Listeners will see Pete Morgan, Adrian Goldberg, Caroline Martin, Danny Kelly and Paul Franks broadcasting live. The presenters are looking forward to meeting their listeners, and are asking people to join them as they get fully involved in the community projects the station is supporting.

Pete Morgan’s Breakfast Show kicks off the BBC WM 95.6 Summer Tour, live from Queen’s Square, Wolverhampton (6am-9am). In conjunction with partners Wolverhampton Homes Ltd, Wolverhampton Council, Our Own Future and Catch 22, the WM team is helping local people in Wednesfield transform a disused, overgrown allotment site into an organic community garden.

Residents are also being encouraged to build structures from reclaimed materials to support the Lich Avenue site’s green credentials. Maintained by local people, the site will have an open-door policy, allowing locals to visit and get involved in educational and learning initiatives on organic gardening.

While members of the community will themselves be able to use the produce, Wednesfield High School is making meals for homeless people from the organic fruit and vegetables.

The BBC WM 95.6 bus is also supporting the tour. It’s stopping off to allow listeners to jump on board and enjoy an interactive radio experience, including the chance to have a go at presenting a news bulletin that is broadcast live to the audience outside the bus.

The BBC WM 95.6 team is really looking forward to meeting people in each area and hopes that as many as possible will lend a hand to support the community projects.

BBC WM 95.6 Editor, Gareth Roberts, says: “We’re really excited about this as it’s the most ambitious project the radio station has ever attempted. The whole team, including presenters and producers, is out on the road throughout June not only broadcasting live and meeting listeners but also getting stuck in and helping put something back into communities across Birmingham and The Black Country.”

The BBC WM 95.6 Summer Tour runs from Monday 3 to Sunday 30 June. During its first week the tour visits:

  • Monday 3 June: Wolverhampton – Queen’s Square
  • Tuesday 4 June: Wednesfield - Rookery Street
  • Thursday 6 June: Bilston High Street
  • Friday 7 June: Wolverhampton - Queen’s Square
  • Saturday 8 June: Wolverhampton – Queen’s Square

BBC WM 95.6’s Summer Tour also supports community projects in Dudley (Monday 10-Sunday 16 June); Handsworth (Monday 17-Sunday 23 June); and Tamworth (Monday 24-Sunday 30 June).

Notes for editors

The BBC WM 95.6 Summer Tour also supports the following community projects, details of which will be announced soon:

  • Dudley (10-16 June): art project – a mural painted by local people on the wall of a disused shop. This project runs in partnership with Dudley Town Council.
  • Handsworth (17-23 June): Taste of Handsworth – creating a local food festival in partnership with South & City Community College, Handsworth Campus
  • Tamworth (24-30 June): A shelter for pregnant teens, in partnership with the Homestart Charity

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