In 2015 Andy Tattersall and Mark Clowes from The School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) approached Inspiration for Life’s Catherine Annabel with a novel idea to help support the event. This was to run a fringe event that focused on music, utilising both Andy and Mark’s passion for DJing and collecting records. After a discussion between Catherine and Andy the idea for a pop up radio station was born. After much research Mark and Andy were able to pool resources, ask favours and gather together a group of like-minded colleagues and friends to run the first Radio Inspire in 2016.
With the help of Forge Radio students they were able to run for 24 hours with a mixture of music and chat, with most of the sounds played from vinyl records. The station runs its own homage to that famous Radio 4 institution Desert Island Discs – called Desert Island Disco. Guests have included Professor Tony Ryan OBE, Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Professor Wyn Morgan and many more. As the station has developed it has branched into more spoken word, theatre and debate on topics around immigration and mental health. In 2017 the crew was joined by PhD student Jamie Blakeman from Forge Radio who is totally invaluable as a DJ and producer who ensures the station actually gets up and running. We like to see it as a cross between BBC Radio 4 and 6 Music with a splash of Radio 1, 2 and 3.
Radio Inspire will be broadcasting at the 24 Hour Inspire 2018 event from 13.00 on Thursday 19th to 16.00 on Friday 20th, on forgeradio.com/radioinspire. Meantime you can listen back to previous Radio Inspire shows on our Mixcloud page where you can also hear our new podcast.