Article: Jonathan White
Despite the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, local community radio station The Cat 107.9 FM continues to broadcast to Crewe, Nantwich, and the surrounding villages and rural areas.
Numerous presenters are broadcasting their programmes from home by using a microphone and headphones in a computer connected to the station’s playout system to put out their programming via the internet.
The Gary Johnson Breakfast Show (7-9am) and The Purfect Afternoon with Chris Cadman (2-4pm) are still broadcast live, but alone, from The Cat’s studios at Cheshire College – South & West, to connect directly with the community and continue to cover live interviews by phone.
The Cat have recently interviewed Councillor Benn Minshall (Mayor of Crewe), Carole Salmon (Community Fundraiser at Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity) and Councillor Arthur Moran (Mayor of Nantwich), along with several community groups like Hopes and Beams, with lots more being scheduled.
The Cat broadcasts on 107.9 FM, online at https://thisisthecat.com/, on your mobile with the TuneIn app, or on your smart speaker by just asking for ‘Cat one hundred and seven point nine’. This year The Cat celebrates five years on 107.9 FM.
The Cat has local coronavirus COVID-19 updates at half-past the hour and via their website: https://thisisthecat.com/covid-19/
Chris Cadman, Managing Director, The Cat community radio said: “In extremely challenging times, like the one we are facing now, having a truly local Community radio station really makes a difference. I am so proud of the all the volunteers at The Cat 107.9FM who are getting creative, reaching out to the community and keep us on-air. Thanks to their efforts we remain broadcasting 24 hours a day on both FM and on-Line in addition to leveraging our social media platforms to share critical information and enable people to get in touch. Our mission is to ensure people in the local community are kept informed, linking with councils, the emergency services and local organisations, to get important information and updates out there. It’s fantastic and it lifts our hearts that people in the community are getting in touch, sharing what they are doing, sending pictures their children have drawn and saying how much they are enjoying the station during this difficult times. Finally, I want to thank Dhesi and the team at Cheshire College – South & West, where our studios are based, for their help and taking extra special steps to ensure we have access to our studios.”
The Cat is the only licensed community radio station in Crewe and Nantwich and is a not for profit organisation run entirely by volunteers. To get involved please visit: https://thisisthecat.com/on-air/get-involved/