Post by John Anderson on Aug 15, 2019 11:45:08 GMT
Radio Poole Town
Frankly we need funds to keep the service going. I will post a longer explanation in the next post but in a nutshell, I am paying £200+ per year for a service I don't use. I am not going to pull the plug and Mike Christopher has agreed to part fund the project with me.
So if you use the service and can contribute, all donations will be welcome. If we cover the costs, any excess will go to the Supporter's Club to fund improvements to the service and other projects within the club. Any one that does contribute will , if they want, have their names included on the Radio Poole Town webpage.
Post by John Anderson on Aug 15, 2019 11:46:01 GMT
Radio Poole Town
In previous years several people supported radio Poole Town, Nick Spetch supplied the equipment and helped with the running costs. Hannah Devlin and Scorpio also contributed significantly. Last year the service lapsed as some of the equipment was missing and the students that commentated on games moved on to different things.
The old system was easy to use but was very expensive and I decided to try to find a cheaper way to run the service. It should be said at the outset that there is no financial benefit to the club in running the matchday radio service, it takes organising and brings no revenue to the club. I am quoting from memory now but the old system was costing about £500 per season to run. Again thanks to Hannah, Nick and Scorpio for their support.
I have a little IT knowledge and as an Electronic Engineer, I started to investigate what could be done to reduce the costs. Luckily part way through the season, Jordan Clark helped us enlist the help of some students* and with our old friend Jack Tanner we put on a service for the second half of last season.
This service was entirely funded by me, even though I went to almost every away game. TH sefrvice will contunue and we hope to cover every first team game. However we cannot guarantee service from every away and home match (some clubs do not allow it) I hope we can do the majority of games availability of commentators may mean a reduced service at times.
Back to the cost. It costs just over £200 per season to run the current service. There are two costs, one is the mobile broadband at £12 per month (no close season breaks sadly) the other cost is the Radio Server that costs £5 per month for the current service (up to 300 listeners). We did reached 300 listeners on occasion last season. It costs £8 per month to go unlimited.
Of course there are also equipment costs.
Mobile Broadband Router £40 Microphone 1 Donated by me £100 Microphone 2 donated by Sontronics £100 Mixer £20 donated by me. Mobile Phone (it is old so say £40) donated by me. Cables and connectors £ 30 Total well over £300
I will continue to support the service both technically and financially and I am pleased to say that Mike Christopher is also making a considerable contribution. However it would be nice to have some support for the running costs. So if you use the service please let us know if you can help out financially. Even £5 would be a great help. We will arrange several ways to pay, full details soon. However at the moment your pledge either on here, or privately, would be appreciated.
Hi John, sorry to see this post and from me personally having benefitted from being able to commentate on Poole Town Radio for the past year I really appreciate all you have done.
We had almost 50 listeners for the last game against Tiverton (admittedly probably a few from Tiverton) but if everyone contributed a few pounds it would be great. From doing Poole Town radio I can say I’ve started audio description commentary at my local club Leicester City in the premier league which I could have only dream of before starting uni last September and joining Poole Town in December.
John, I am happy to make an initial £10 donation with more to follow if you continue the service. I would chip in more but getting to games financially can be hard at times. If anyone could assist John with this it would be great. As John said, we broadcast to upto 300 listeners at Taunton last season and 250 at Met Police so the service benefits many Poole Town fans who can’t get to games.
A really big thank you to Alley, Cheeso and Scorpio. Your generosity has ensured the future of the Radio Poole Town service.
It is often said that many know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. Scorpio’s post about the partially sighted fan put things into perspective, showing the value of the service both for away and hone games. I know the commentators were moved, like I was.
Next up is the game at Weston on Saturday, quickly followed by Wimborne on Monday COYD.
Incidentally, this is John Anderson, for some reason I cannot post via my normal account from my phone.