Performance duo, Hunt & Darton, will be celebrating the joys and necessity of local radio and community with their hyper local live broadcast next month.
Hunt & Darton will be delivering their upbeat show, Radio Local, digitally over the 17 days the Norwich & Norfolk Festival would have run, and in various London neighbourhoods over the summer. Show guests will include Victoria Melody, Bourgeois and Maurice, and Scottee.
The daily hour-long show will celebrate everything about what it means to be local and will be built with, by and for residents of Norfolk and London respectively.
Whereas previously they would have approached people on the street for local stories – from the charmingly mundane to the quite extraordinary – to reflect the current situation they have moved the hunt for stories and content online, using online notice boards and chatrooms.
Stringent budgets and an ever-increasing centralisation of the media have led to a devastating demise in support for local radio, with tens of local shows closing their networks earlier this year.
Hunt & Darton will gather stories from Norfolk to create their shows, partnering with local radio stations. They may not be able to strap aerials to their heads and venture into local communities, but that will not stop them assembling tales from far and wide, highlighting activity local to their guests and what their area means to them.
In partnership with Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Hunt & Darton will present Radio Local, merging content and participation whilst hearing from acts that would have taken place at the festival. There will be live performance, guest presenters (including Victoria Melody who will be investigating the world of amateur stand-up comedy in Norfolk), interviews, digital content from programmed artists, and artists making specially commissioned content for broadcast. These will include Lucia Scazzocchio who will be creating Audio Postcards from Great Yarmouth.
Following the Norwich & Norfolk Festival, Radio Local will get hyper-local in London, broadcasting from the Barbican and Golden Lane estates in partnership with Culture Mile, the City of London’s culture district.
When: Broadcast on 8th – 24th May 2020, 3pm – 4pm; followed by broadcasts in London from June – August (TBC)
Where: May’s broadcasts will be on Future Radio, with highlights repeated on BBC Radio Norfolk. London broadcasts TBC
More info: The full schedule can be found on www.radiolocal.co.uk