FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
*I'd like to email a DJ, how can I do that?
To contact your favourite presenter on Radio Christmas go to the CONTACT US page of the website and send your message from there.
*How can I advertise on the radio or online?
If you are interested in advertising our sales team will be happy to discuss your needs and offer you suggestions on how to get your message to the right people, at the right time, at the best price. Please use the CONTACT US page on our website and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
*Will you sponsor my charity event?
We have our own charity here at Radio Christmas, STREET KIDS DIRECT. This raises thousands of pounds for many projects in Latin America every year. We concentrate all our resources on supporting these projects but are happy for presenters to mention other charities or charitable events on ther station.
If you would like to volunteer with Radio Christmas please check out the GET INVOLVED page on our website.
*Press & media enquiries
For press and media enquiries about Radio Christmas, including interviews with our presenters, you can contact Duncan Dyason via the CONTACT US page. Thank you and we will get back to your ASAP.
If you have a comment or enquiry about our website, please send us a message by our CONTACT US page.
FAQs FOR PRESENTERS FOR 2020
*How many people can present a show?
There is enough room for about 6 people in the recording studio but you would need to be aware that the studio is shared and so the next presenters will also need room to prepare for their show.
*Can we do what we like in the show?
Taking into consideration the ethos of the station, the show is yours to do what you like. You can have music, quizzes, interviews, guests, jokes, plays, readings, etc.
*How long is a show?
Most presenters have been allocated a one-hour show but we have some shows that repeat each week or even last two hours. If you think that in the one-hour show you will have adverts, jingles and the news then you will have about 54 minutes in every hour free to do what you want.
*Can we use any music and say anything we want?
We will have a PRS license so we can use any music we like. You need to be aware that swearing will not be tolerated or any form of language that is negative towards any individual nor groups of people. Please try and keep the spirit of Christmas and remember that if someone turns off because of one silly comment they probably won’t turn back on again. We are trying to raise money for street kids so let’s keep them as the focus.
*Who does the news?
Volunteers are invited to come and read out the news every hour. They will also be able to report on traffic and weather. The national and international news will also be played exactly on the hour.
*What about jingles?
Some people are making their own jingles for their show. There are lots of Radio Christmas jingles you can use in your show, maybe thinking about playing one jingle after every three songs. They are already in the computer and last from about 8 seconds to 30 seconds.
*How do we raise money?
We are trying to raise money through advertising and sponsorship. We will also be asking you to mention the Street Kids Direct charity a lot so people go to the website and see how they can give. If people want to have a request then we can play them a song but ask them to give a donation. Money can be taken into any of the shops that have a Radio Christmas poster up outside as well as the HSBC bank in Amersham. Remember to keep mentioning that we are trying to raise money for street kids.
*Who reads out the adverts?
All the adverts are recorded and will be scheduled into your hour show. The technical operator will play these for you.
*Who chooses the music?
Since it is your show, you chose the music. You will be advised nearer the time about the most appropriate format (probably mp3) of your music.
*Can we have competitions?
We are organising a few Radio Christmas competitions that will run throughout the day. If you wish to have a competition then we would encourage you to use the text system. We don’t have a supply of prizes to give away so if you would like to run a competition then please consider donating a prize or finding a company or even a family member to sponsor that for you. Please do let us know by email that you will be doing a competition and we will try and put this on the website.
*How many microphones are there to use?
There should be three available to use but one might be used by the person doing the technical side of things. If there is a lot of people doing a show you will have to share microphones rather than have one each.
*Can people phone, email or text in to the studio?
We have email that will come into the studio and then it will be sent through to the studio for you to read on a computer screen. People need to contact us via the CONTACT US page on our website.
The phone system comes through the internet to save costs. The number is 01494 853797 and we can only take one call at a time. We do have a second phone line for calling out if we need to. If you wanted to get people to phone in then you need to explain that if it is engaged to keep trying. If a volunteer is available phone calls can be routed through to the studio so you can talk to them ‘on air’.
We also have a text number we can encourage people to use. It is 70099 (UK only) and people will need to be told to type the word KIDS in first and then whatever you are asking them to respond to. For example they type in KIDS followed by a space and then A, B or C should you decide to have a quiz with the answer being A, B or C. If you use the text system then you need to say ‘texts costs £1.00 plus your standard network rate’. 100% of the £1 donation comes directly to us for our work with street kids, so every text will help make a difference in the life a child this Christmas and throughout the coming year. You could then look at the replies and choose a winner and call them back to say they have won.
*Do we have to use the sound desk as well and play all the music?
A technical operator will be available to make sure your microphone levels are fine, play your music and fade in jingles and anyone on the phone you might like to have ‘on air’.
*How early do I need to come in for my show?
The best thing is to come in at least 15 minutes before your show starts. We have two studios and so you will come into the unoccupied studio and prepare yourself before going live. Once your show begins then those in the previous studio will vacate and then that studio will become available for those following your show.
*How far will we broadcast on FM?
We only have 15w of power but that should be enough for the whole of Amersham, Little Chalfont and down into some parts of Chesham. Coverage on FM depends on the height of the transmitter and given that it is going on the Challoner’s Grammar School tower block we should be transmitting from the highest point of the area.
We are also going to broadcast on the internet and via the Apple app for i-phones etc. Encourage your family and friends around the world to tune in and listen via the internet or download and listen via the Apple app.
*Who will be listening?
We have considered that from 6am until school starts we will have families listening and then mostly adults during the daytime until schools are out when children and young people will listen more. At weekends all age groups will be listening.
It is important that presenters consider the listener first and foremost. THE RADIO SHOW IS FOR THE LISTENER NOT THE PRESENTER. Please remember that if the person listening does not feel part of the show then they will turn off. Try not to make the show about you as the presenter, make about the listener!
Statistics show us that our audience is worldwide and we have a lot of people litening in the UK, Europe, USA and Cananda. Please beware of this and try not to make your programme sound too local.
*Will my show be recorded?
Yes! We have to keep a record of all the shows just in case we have complaints and then the government comes and asks to hear what is being broadcast. If you would like a copy of your show then you can go to our website and select the listen again feature or download your show and keep it for future enjoyment. The listen again and download functions will only last until we start Radio Christmas again the following year.
*What else can I help with?
I think it would be a great idea if you wanted to help with the phone, email or news either before or after your show. There are so many slots unfilled we are desperate for people to come along and fill them. If you can give some more time to helping out in the office side then please take the menu option HOW TO HELP and select Get Involved.
A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Every year Radio Christmas invites local ministers into the studio to give their thought on something topical, usually this is from a Christmas perspective. We hope you enjoy listening to the following broadcasts from 2018.
Thanks to all those who have decided to give us some feedback on the apps and the radio station, it is much appreciated.
"A simple and pleasant station to listen to for non-stop Christmas" Bill Acra
"Just listening whilst writing our Christmas Cards whilst in Scottsdale, Arizona. Happy Christmas to you and all of our friends in the UK. John & Tina Gilmartin
"Hi I just want to say that this is the second year that I have listened to Radio Christmas and I must say what an absolute amazing station it is by playing non-stop Christmas music from all eras and most of all for raising money for the very poor children. Well I haven't heard the station live but I can't wait for it to do so. What a credit to you all for such a fantastic cause that you give and dedicate your time too." Ian Smith
Love this station. Thank you. From Toronto Ontario Canada" Dan Ferguson
"App is the best one Ive found yet!" Mags
"Just saying this is an amazing app! Thank you! Provides me with hours of christmasy greatness:) Becky Davies
"I with there was a sleep button so I could fall asleep listening to radio Christmas without it playing all night. Loving it though 63 days!" Rebecca Anderson
"Thanks for great music all year round!" Jared Burbank
"Good job with this app, thumbs up." Tyler Struss
"I think this is a great radio station" Alison May
"Hi there, may i say I do like your radio station as I do love Christmas & I always listen to Christmas music as it makes me happy inside." Andrew Powers from South Wales.
"Hi. This an ace site." Lindsey Baird
"Hi there. I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful app. I think it is amazing what Radio Christmas does for children in Latin America. I love listening to it throughout the year, for Christmas songs just seem to pick up my spirits. Your organization may be located across the globe from my home in Canada, though it is an inspiration to so many people. I hope the organization is able to bring the best Christmas yet to children in Latin America, and a year of joy to all of the volunteers." Alex Baldwin
"Brilliant radio station. I love Christmas all year through." Rita Gray
"Thank you for your music. With you every day is a Christmas Day." Gabi Zamfirache
"Hey my name is Ashlynn and I live in Illinois in the US and I just wanted to know that I love your app and I want you to know that I think it is amazing why you're doing and I hope you guys keep up the great work. Thanks for all you."
"Love this radio station." Claire Weston
"Keep up the good work." Ken Pereira
"It is not even Christmas in Pennsylvania but, I just love the sound of joy... Can't even wait until December." Keith Hartman
"Love it guys. I start listening from now!!! Excited loads. Thanks." Dan Lee-Jones
"I love this." Nilo Tavares
"Hey I luv how there is a Xmas station all year long... I was just saying a few days ago that I wanted to here Christmas music and now I can!!!" Caitlyn Tolomei
"Hello very good station keep the Christmas tunes coming. Bradley Field
"Nice Christmas all year round haha." Dave Murray
"Thank you so much!!! From Italy with love! Happy 2012!" Antonia
"Perfect! Best regards from Germany." Uwe Laub