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Welcome to the SCR blog page. This is where you can find out the inside track about everything (well almost!) that's going on at Stratford Community Radio. Presenters, producers and all the back room staff will keep you up to speed on all the latest developments at YOUR radio station, so remember to check back on a regular basis. Don't forget, if you've got something to say about the town in which you live, then contact us.


Kiki Dee - MYSCR Live Interview

After the technical difficulties that got into the works last Saturday morning we're hoping for a clear run this week.

Furthermore, the proposed interview with Kiki Dee that was going to take place has been rearranged and will be happening this Saturday - 27th February.

To hear Andy Garside's interview with Kiki along with the best of the 60's and 70's tune in from 10am on Saturday morning.

See for the latest news on Kiki's 2010 tour.

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Live In Conversation With Kiki Dee

Live In Conversation With Kiki Dee

As well as playing the normal selection of music from the 1960s and 1970s Andy Garside will be in conversation with singing star Kiki Dee from 10am on Saturday 20th February.

Kiki will be speaking to us from her own studio and joins us in advance of her forthcoming appearance at Leamington Assembly (Leamington Spa) on Saturday 6th March. Stay tuned as at midday we welcome the ledgendry Steve Gibbons into the studio.

For further information on Kiki's collaboration with Carmelo Luggeri visit

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By Anonymous Anonymous | February 19, 2010 at 4:18 AM  

I am listening from Summerville in SC USA how did that happen? word of mouth and was listening for Bramble.

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Valentine Love Poem Competition

Last Friday we were delighted to welcome into the studio the winner of our Valentine Love Poem Competition, Tanya Lloyd. She read her winning poem and told listeners about her latest writing project. She has promised to come back again soon to read one or two of her short stories.

Here is Tanya's winning entry, called The Weather Man:

I don’t mind getting soaked right though,
I can dry off, with thoughts of you

Under stormy skies, I’ll get wetter
‘cause I want to know you better

Each drop of rain is a beat of my heart
but like this shower, it’s just the start

My lust for you runs long, like a river
without your broadcast, I surely wither

I don’t mind if it’s stormy weather, as
Mr Meteorologist, it gets us together.

Well done, Tanya and we look forward to you returning for another visit soon.

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Portia Conn sings ‘I Don’t Care'

Portia Conn

Last week, Portia Conn, a 17 year old music student at Stratford-upon-Avon College released her debut single, ‘I Don’t Care’.

Portia, a singer/songwriter, is studying on the BTEC National Diploma in Music. The single was released following a successful launch party at Stratford-upon-Avon’s Cox’s Yard venue. LAB Records signed Portia last summer despite her only ever playing three shows. She has also signed with the US label, Tragic Hero.

Portia said, “I am really excited about what the future holds for me, and yet at the same time, I want to keep my options open as I know the music business can be a pretty risky business. I have met a lot of cool people over the last six months and I consider myself very lucky to be where I am now.”

James Maiden, Programme Co-ordinator for Music, commented, “I downloaded ‘I Don’t Care’ by Portia from ITunes last week. It is a fantastic piece of pure, melodic, pop music. Music at Stratford-upon-Avon College has always primarily been about success in the industry and I’m immensely pleased to see one of our first year students working so hard to realise her ambitions and dreams,

“I am also incredibly excited to see how studying at Stratford-upon-Avon College can help Portia’s artistry develop during the next year or so. All we need now is for everyone to go online and download this excellent single and perhaps we can create a bit of noise about a very talented and committed young artist.”

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Monthly Songwriters’ Night – Everyone Welcome!

Stratford Community Radio is delighted to invite all budding songwriters and entertainers to a monthly gathering which we will be sponsoring. Held on the first Thursday evening of every month, in the back function room of the White Swan Hotel in Stratford, we will be giving new talent the chance to take the spotlight!

Maybe you are part of a band or a solo performer, perhaps you sing acapella or write poetry - this is your chance to shine and showcase your talent in front of your peers.

We will be waiting with a warm welcome from 8pm to 11.15pm – don’t miss this chance to meet like-minded people and make new contacts. Who knows where it might lead?

£2 Entry

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Award-Winning Children’s Author Tells His Story

Last Friday local award-winning children’s author Matthew Finch dropped into the studio for a guest appearance on Happily Ever After. Matthew recently won recognition for his story called ‘Shark with the Mind of a Rabbit’ through the writer’s website, Writing under the name of M E Lehmann, he entered a competition and was delighted to be one of the ten entries winning the chance to have their story broadcast on a children’s digital radio station.

During his appearance, he read a wonderful tale he had written, called ‘Polly and the Frog’, and he has promised to come back and read more of his work soon.

Matthew explained how he had developed his craft of storytelling as a volunteer for the charity Volunteer Reading Help (VRH). This organisation trains volunteers and send them into schools to help children with their reading – children who have perhaps not had the best start in life and have no appreciation or love for reading. He told us how rewarding it was to see the children he was helping change their perception of books and stories.

Matthew’s writing career is going from strength to strength. He will shortly be heading off to New York for discussions with literary agents, but we hope he will be back in the studio again before too long to update us on his success and share some more stories with us.

Matthew is currently developing a website which will showcase his work, once it is up and running, we will let you have full details.

If you are interested in finding out how to become a volunteer for Volunteer Reading Help, please visit their website

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