Apple FM CIC

Cause Name: Apple FM CIC
Cause Type: Environment
Cause Location: Taunton, Somerset
Cause Contact: Phil Hodgson
Cause Contact Position: Managing Director

Cause Mission:

Apple FM was born as a community radio station and launched in May 2013 out of what had been Taunton Hospital Radio, back in 1969. We upgraded to a fully fledged FM broadcasting radio station to serve the wider care and genral community of Taunton Deane and provide local information and community based radio programming for those  people in the community that felt they did not have a link to the local information and to allow local community organisations to have a voice through our radio station, telling the borough exactly what they do and how people can get in touch with them.

We also provide the in hospital radio service to our local General Hospital, Musgrove Park Hospital, and with the links that we make to other local community organisations that may be of use to patients once they have left the hospital, we try to bridge the gap between services available against what people in the community need to help benefit their lives. 

We also see ourselves as a medium to prevent isolation and loneliness for those in our local community that don't get to hear from people when they are sat at home through ill health, rural isolation or old age.

We provide a lot of local news and information through our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts and are very well followed, further broadcasting to the local community in the online format about what is happening out in our local community.

 Local news and information through our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts and are very well followed, further broadcasting to the local community in the online format about what is happening out in our local community. 

We feel we provide a very important service and as all our live programming is made by volunteers from within the local community we believe that we are reflective of the different needs from within the community that we serve.  We give complete autonomy to our volunteer presenters – they can decide what the show will be about and they choose everything from the music that is played to any topics of discussion  within their shows.  This, we dearly believe, gives us a very unique edge over the BBC in our local area which is regional to the whole county and definitely puts us far ahead of the regional independent radio station, which is Heart FM who are based currently part of the time in Bristol and the rest coming from and national feed in London. 

Additional Information:

Apple FM is a entirely volunteer run, Not-for-Profit Community Radio Station run as a Community Interest Company and is umbrella'd by a UK registered charity.

We provide a community based, entirely independent local radio service for the care and general community of Taunton Deane in Somerset, broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Every single person that is involved with the Apple FM is a volunteer, even including the Managing Director. We give her time to this fabulous course because we believe we can make a difference to the community in which we all live by providing truly local radio been on all our radio stations in the area regional, rather than for our specific thorough.

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