New studio launched at Swindon 105.5

3rd April 2016


A couple of weeks back listeners I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Swindon 105.5’s new training studio.

Someone mentioned the ‘B’ word – buffet – and I was there!

Some of you may know that I’m a regular participant on the Wednesday morning ‘Girls about Town’ show. Brigitte Jones is the presenter and I’m something of a 2IC. Well – I do the ‘about town’ bit at least.

I have talked about this cracking community radio station on Born again Swindonian before:

But to return to the buffet table and the launch of this new studio:

As well as opening the new studio the station was celebrating its 9th birthday. Based in Liden library, the station’s new studio was named in honour of the founding father of Swindon’s famous/infamous railway works, Daniel Gooch.

The station had a wonderful bust of Daniel Gooch on display that had been created on a 3D printer. I know! I’m still struggling to get my head around 3D printing I won’t lie.

It’s an amazing thing with a tactile quality to it. Studied close up it looks like velvet. All kudos to the New College students who created it. Great work!

A commemorative plaque was unveiled by Mayor Eric Shaw to the assembled company.

The plaque was made by one Colin Hatch  – he who masterminded the replica hooter that formed part of Swindon 175’s activities.  Indeed the plaque, taking its inspiration from Daniel Gooch’s Lord of the Isles locomotive was made in conjunction with Swindon 175.

Said Shirly Ludford (station manager) to the Swindon Advertiser: ‘We truly represent Swindon and our volunteers are the heart of what we do here. We are very proud of the nine years we have been on air and hopefully we will continue for another nine years. Having this training studio will help us train more volunteers and launch more community initiatives … Finalising our training studio and naming it the Daniel Gooch Studio is a very fitting way of celebrating this anniversary, linking with Swindon 175 and the town we serve.’

Amen to that!

Here’s some photos of the wonderful 3D bust of DG. I hope they give you sense of how fab it is:

And the plaque itself:

The Daniel Gooch studio plaque


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