It's probably not historical compared to world wars, space travel or a new Harry Potter film coming out. But for little me, in little - well quite big as counties go actually - old Gloucestershire, it's a big moment.
After three and a half years of broadcasting my show every Friday I have decided to take a break. The station have therefore decided to chop the show, because they feel that it has my mark stamped on it and wouldn't work with someone else. Better to have a new show with a new format and new presenter.
It's a bit sad, but it is entirely my decision.
Forest of Dean Radio is a voluntary organisation, and we all give our time for free. We don't expect to be paid, because if we were, the money that we get from various funding sources would not be sufficient to pay what are unndoubtedly exorbitant broadcasting costs. Also they are a great organisation in that they train broadcasters from scratch. Anyone can have a go and every idea is listened to. You can't get that on any commercial station....
During my time with FODR it has been quite a monumental period for community broadcasting and we were in fact the first community station in the country to receive a full time licence.
It's all very exciting........but I need a break, as ideally I would like to widen my CV and get some paid writing or broadcasting work. As you all know, I have ED, ESOS, Sensible, Gymnast and Tinkerbell Mushroom to consider and as such for every bit of work I do, paid or voluntary I need to work around the family commitments first.
Despite my working to help pay for huge house for huge family, we do try to make sure that one or other parent is always in charge, and as hubby does a 9-5ish Mon to Fri job, I have to be more creative with my time! And I can't do it all! At this point in my life I just don't have time to do the unpaid stuff.
So.......if anyone out there is looking for someone like me, I'm on the market. But please note that this time I'm for sale, not for free. Oh yes and some more voiceovers would be nice too! They pay nicely thanks! I do have full Equity membership, can be heard on Voicefinder, and, if you are listening today*, can be heard broadcasting on Forest of Dean Radio today at 12 0'clock......... Do tune in!
Sally's writing is about being a mother of five, now all too grown up, children, (four girls, one boy) a husband, a dog, and a serious ambition to be a mortgage free and famous actress, voice over artist, broadcaster, writer and teacher.
The "Cast" List for the blog includes:
Hubby - Her husband,
ED - Eldest Daughter,
ESOS - Eldest son only son,
Sensible - Second daughter,
Gymnast - Third daughter,
Tinkerbell Mushroom - Youngest daughter and youngest child,
Mad Dog - AKA Lucy - the border collie.
Guest appearances by MIL (mother in law), parents, two brothers, inlaws, nephews, nieces and great nephew.