Who we arethe history and those behind Radio Christmas

WHAT IS RADIO CHRISTMAS?

studio2008Radio Christmas began in 2008 based on a previous radio project we helped with called Christmas Cracker.

Radio Christmas is a project of STREET KIDS DIRECT a Registered Charity in England and Wales (No. 1102894).  The charity guarantees that 100% of all its donations go DIRECTLY to the projects they are supporting in Latin America.  Both the charity and Radio Christmas was founded by Duncan Dyason, a youth worker, who has a passion for reaching children and young people on the margins of society.

Our first studio (photo right) was built in the outdoor music room of the Curson's house in Amersham and when we went 'ON AIR' at 6am on the 1st December 2008.  We had very few people involved in the project and only a limited number of radio presenters and technical operators.  By the end of the first week we had a tremendous response from local people who embraced the concept and signed up to help.  The radio station became a very special part of our community's celebration of Christmas and has now turned into a very professional setup without losing the amateur nature and feel of the station.

The radio station is run entirely by a large team of volunteers, many of them children and young people.  We are grateful to all those who work tirelessly to help us produce some great festive cheer around the world.  

Thanks to those who work in the programmes we support in Latin America, these are our real heroes.

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Today the radio studios are much larger and include a green-room and office space for news presenters, call operators and other administrative volunteers.

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The Radio Christmas Team

 

duncDuncan Dyason

Founder and Station Manager

Duncan lives in Guatemala City, Central America, and works with street-living and high-risk children and youth.  He returns to the UK every other year for 3 months to setup and run Radio Christmas.

  

 

martinhughesMartin Hughes

Head of Programming

Martin has been involved with Radio Christmas since it started in 2008, and Head of Programming since 2009. He has been involved in radio presenting and producing for nearly 20 years and during this time, has worked for the BBC as well as many local and charitable radio stations. Martin has also worked as a volunteer with the Street Kids Direct projects in both Guatemala and Honduras.

  

jackJack Gocher

Head of PR and Advertising

Jack runs his own PR agency and offers a huge amount of his free time to Radio Christmas, Street Kids Direct and a local youth organisation called Chiltern Youth Projects.  He is passionate about the work in Latin America and has worked there as a volunteer with Street Kids Direct.

  

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Steve Poulson

Head of Technical & Station Manager (he says he needs two titles)

Steve Pouslon takes over the reigns and anything else he can get his hands on this year.  Steve lives in Honduras and volunteers with Street Kids Direct and helps run the mentoring programme there.  Steve hates cheese and so has banned all cheese from Radio Christmas this year, but has the best cheese jokes!

 

janetJanet Wickham

Website Technician

Janet lives in Amersham and is a website expert and sorts out all our web problems and most other things to be honest!  Janet and her family have worked with the Street Kids Direct projects in Guatemala and Honduras.

 

 

MrXMr X

Head of Streaming and live broadcasts

Mr X is our mystery man who works in a undisclosed location doing undisclosed things for an undisclosed company.  We appreciate you Mr X and understand your need for anonymity.

 

 

WillieJanetWillie & Janet Reid

Bacon Buttie Providers, Newsreader, Phone Operator, Advertising and much more

Willie and Janet visit the projects Street Kids Direct supports in Guatemala and Honduras this year and were able to see for themselves how the money we raise on Radio Christmas impacts lives.  They are members of Amersham Free Church and involved in almost every aspect of community life in Amersham.

 

Ron SpicerRon Spicer

Radio Presenter from Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Ron runs the Radio Christmas US programming.  To find out more and see his playlists and other information.

check out his page here.