Deptford’s the Albany broadcasts new socially distanced radio show on ResonanceFM

Katherine Johnston (27 May, 2020)

Prepare to sit back, listen and have all your preconceptions about ageing blown away

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A new weekly radio show from members of a Deptford arts centre is now broadcasting on Borough High Street radio station, Resonance 104.4FM.

Meet Me on the Radio is produced by members of The Albany, an arts centre in Deptford, in partnership with Entelechy Arts and Souncamp, an artists collective.

In normal times the Albany holds a weekly arts club for older people called ‘Meet me at…’ with support from Lewisham Council.

Regular events including a choir, gardening activities, films and 21st Century tea dances, trips and adventures all over London, a Dementia-friendly film and movement club and befriending projects.

With COVID-19 presenting serious risks for older people, their activities were put on hold in March, so they’ve decided to make a socially distanced radio show so people keep connected – especially those who don’t use the internet.

Meet Me on the Radio will include news and sounds from the Albany garden, sonic journeys through Lewisham, and conversations with artists and community members.

Chief Executive and artistic director of the Albany, Gavin Barlow, said: “We’re excited to launch this new venture for ‘Meet Me at…’ in partnership with such fantastic organisations.

“The programme has already evolved to include so many activities, interests and skills so a radio show seemed like a natural fit.

“One of the best things about the programme is people of all backgrounds and ages coming together, so we hope that as many people as possible tune in and enjoy Meet Me on the Radio each week.”

David Slater, artistic director of Entelechy Arts, said: “Meet Me on the Radio puts the passions and experience of the oldest in our communities at the heart of the creative fight-back against COVID-19- enforced isolation.

“Prepare to sit back, listen and have all your preconceptions about ageing blown away.”

Meet Me On The Radio broadcasts on 104.4FM every Tuesday at 11.30am.

For more information visit resonancefm.com

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