October has been an amazingly busy month and in the middle of all of that we have been celebrating Black History Month here the multicultural city of Leicester, UK.
Open Mind Director, Sandra Pollock was host on her own radio programme ‘My Time With Sandra Pollock’ on Radio2Funky 95.1 FM during the month of October.
Online radio station Radio2Funky was launched in 2013 by 2Funky, Director Vijay Mistry and has been running ever since. However 2Funky received a grant from the Lottery Fund backing the idea to set up a community radio station dedicated to black music, arts and culture for Black History Month (a 28 day FM license) Radio2Funky has been bracing the air waves with what can only said the be the most informative black community focus broadcasting in Leicester.
The My Time With Sandra Pollock show ran from 11 am to 12 o’clock Monday to Friday for 4 weeks and saw Sandra spend the hour chatting with many local pioneers from the black community in Leicester, playing both favourite music as well as some of her own.
Over the four week period Sandra’s guests have included the likes of DJ SS drum and bass DJ and record producer; Bossman – the Orator, Poet, singer and actor; Vijay Mistry himself, Director of the 2Funky empire, Carol Leeming, chart topping sole diva, singer, songwriter, published author and poet; Fitzroy Wallace, aka Fishead – Leicester’s best-loved DJ, Victor Richards, Poet, writer, actor and former model.
There was also the wonderful Tanni Browne Reggae Singer and multi talented musician, sharing his new single ‘Can’t Get You Outta My Head Rendall Munroe former holder of the Commonwealth Super Bantamweight and the EBU titles in boxing; Norman Spencer aka Normski, dancer, actor and decorator; Stan’Ley Samuel, another prominent figure in the black muse scene in the Leicester for many years.
Along with the very well-known Herdle White, BBC Radio Leicester announcer; Earl Robinson, activist, DJ, Presenter and photographer; Dennis ‘Sugar’ Christopher, former European and International Bodybuilding Champion, Chair of the Leicester Carnival Committee, member of the UKBFF Committee and DJ; DJ Yess, MC, Radio DJ and record producer; Robert Lee record producer, lecturer and Artistic Director; with her final guest Kerry Young author to two highly acclaimed novels about her homeland Jamaica, ‘Pao’ and ‘Gloria’.
Speaking about her involvement in Radio2Funky Sandra said
“I love talking with people and finding out more about them. I guess I’m curious in this way. It was a pleasure to work with many talented DJ and presenters who came together to celebrate Black History Month in Leicester and to take the time recognise the impact that people in Leicester have made not only locally but nationally and internally as well. We need to get better at blowing our own trumpet.”
When ask how she found live radio, Sandra responded
“Well now that was certainly a treat. I’m used to public speaking with small and large audiences who are main right in front of me. It was both exciting and a little nerve racking sometimes as it was live radio. But I got to do something I’ve always wanted to do. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with many of my heroes and heroines. It was an awesome month.”
All in all it has been a very busy week and Open Mind are happy to be a partner in the month long radio station’s existence and are looking forward to identify other opportunity as we continue to support our local communities.
We’ll be hearing more from Sandra in the coming months about her experience and what she learnt from taking on this new challenge.
Here are few pictures with Sandra and some of her guests.