28th October 2013

Jean And Michelle Take Part In Teesdale Radiothon

Mrs Jean Cusworth, a resident at The Manor House care home in Barnard Castle, and lifestyle coordinator Michelle Buck have been on air for the Radio Teesdale Radiothon.

The Radiothon is the flagship event for the community radio station, raising money to keep it going throughout the year.  The Radiothon is sponsored by local businesses and provides 30 hours of live radio over two days with as many community guests as possible.

Mrs Cusworth, who was born in Australia and came to the UK in 1946, and Michelle who lives in Barnard Castle, talked about life at The Manor House and being involved with the community through special interest groups and local volunteers.

Mrs Cusworth said: “I enjoyed the experience, it’s the first time I’ve been on the radio. 

“I’d prepared Stanley Holloway’s ‘Albert and the Lion’ to read and it went well, at the end there was a round of applause from everyone in the studio.” 

Michelle had already taken part in media training earlier this year with Radio Teesdale. 

She said: “We were both feeling a bit nervous before we went on air, but we were greeted by the presenters and generous amounts of coffee and cake which helped us to feel more relaxed.”

Radio Teesdale promotion manager Katey Wallace said: “The Radiothon is a mammoth task each year but always enjoyable and worth every minute spent on it. 

“Our guests performed some great readings and songs and we’ve all found out a lot more about local organisations.”

The Manor House has also been involved with Radio Teesdale on a project on local dialect.  One of the presenters recorded some of the residents speaking who are knowledgeable about different words used across the rural community.

Radio Teesdale, broadcasting full time since 2007, is a not for profit organisation run by volunteers.


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