BY night Emma Lowe is a delivery driver.
But by day her voice can be heard around the world by the listeners of Sherwoodradio.com
Emma, 48, is one of around 13 volunteer presenters who broadcast across the globe from a small studio in north Notts.
At the moment she is the most prolific, with four shows a week.
Emma, or Miss Em as her listeners know her, used to DJ in Nottingham clubs.
She said: “I started here last summer and I love it. It’s different from the clubs because you haven’t got your audience in front of you. Sometimes it can feel like you’re talking to yourself.”
“But we have a chat box and the feedback we get from people is great, they really like to get talk to us when we’re on air.”
Emma is on air Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4pm until 7pm, and is also doing the Sunday breakfast show, 10am to noon, and back again on Sunday nights from 7pm to 10pm.
Sherwood Radio was set up 18 months ago by a group of friends who all had a background in radio or other types of media.
Operating from a unit at Grices Yard, in Ollerton, it had about 350 listeners in its first two to three months.
But word soon got out and it now has 3,000 listeners a month and growing.
One of those setting it up was John Pearson, 65, of Ollerton, who is now chairman, and who has a background in videography.
He said: “We used our own money to buy the equipment and set it up.”
“Most of our listeners, around 70 per cent of them, live within a 12-mile radius. We get a lot of feedback from listeners in Worksop.”
“Because we’re an internet station, we also get people listening in other countries. We’ve had people getting in touch from Australia, America, Germany, Spain, Norway and Sweden.”
John said that since starting they had received funding from Ollerton Town Council, the Co-op Community Fund and from Ollerton-based charity Pet Shop Girls who raise money for community groups.
Seventeen-year-old Charlotte Wilson, of Warsop, has suffered from ME, the chronic fatigue syndrome, since she was eight.
She is studying for her A levels at All Saints School in Mansfield, but has found a new lease of life as a presenter on Sherwood Radio.
She said: “One of the few things I’m able to do with ME is to listen to the radio and I’m a big fan of it.”
“I decided to come and have a go and I did my first show in November.”
“I’m really surprised by how naturally I seem to have taken to it, and my family have been really supportive.”
“I had someone sitting in with me showing me the ropes for the first few times, you’re never left on your own until you feel confident.”
“I was a bit worried about the technical side but it’s really quite easy to operate. I get to choose what I am going to play so it tends to be stuff that’s fairly recent but I also get a lot of requests and I always play whatever anyone requests.”
Charlotte can be heard on the Saturday morning breakfast slot from 10am to noon.
Monday night’s show Notts Live with Bainy is one of the most popular because he plays music by unsigned bands and also gets them to play live sets in the studio.
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