It’s Auf Wiedersehen Cirencester for a long-standing member of the Corinium Radio team.
Producer and presenter Fred Hart is off to Germany to work on a very special anniversary outside broadcast.
Fred, who has been with the local community radio station since its launch, is heading to the Cirencester twin town of Itzehoe for the programme.
The event is part of a series of special events being planned by Corinium Radio during its tenth birthday celebration year.
Fred will be covering Itzehoe’s annual wine festival, which takes place on May 28th.
On that evening he is planning a live broadcast from the festival back to the studio in Cirencester.
And he reckons he’s the best man for the job – because he doesn’t drink!
The broadcast has been organised with the help of Cirencester Twinning Association, who have worked with their German counterparts to pull the whole event together.
The German twinning association have fixed up some accommodation for Fred and linked him up with some people from the Press and radio out there.
Fred also wants to investigate the refugee crisis and how it’s affecting our twin town.
Apparently the town has housed something like a thousand refugees in an old print works there and Fred wants to find out how they are integrating them into their new life.
I’ve wanted to do this sort of thing for years.
The live broadcast will also have a real local touch. The plan is to set up a conversation between the Mayor of Itzehoe and the Mayor of Cirencester.
And if all goes to plan, there will also be an “on air” exchange between business groups from Cirencester and our German twin.
I’m really looking forward to this trip, it’ll be really exciting.
Fred began life with Corinium Radio back in February 2006.
That was when we had our first meeting, before we even had a name. The 5th May 2006 was the date of the first broadcast and I think I was the second voice on the station.
Fred was just 13 at the time.
Meanwhile, Corinium Radio is also on the lookout for people to take part in an adaptation of a new book by local graphic designer Simon May.
Simon is the author of “The Siege of the Hares,” an illustrated novel inspired by Cirencester’s Hare Festival.
It features talking hares but also includes factual events from Cirencester’s past.
The book is being adapted for broadcast by Corinum Radio and we’re looking for members of the public to help with the voices.
We need people of different ages, both male and female, to take part.
Anyone interested in helping should contact Carole Boydell on 07776 144033.