TIME LINE by Noah Price, chairman of Daventry Radio.

This timeline documents the steps which have been taken so far in the development of Daventry Radio, including some of the slight hitches which have been overcome in the process.

July 2014

July 1, 2014

I worked as a volunteer for six months at a community-based radio station in Northampton. After I left the station, I thought to myself: ‘Could I… Read more

9th September

September 9, 2014

I wrote a letter proposing the idea to the Daventry Express, the town’s long-established newspaper. The letter was published on the ‘Your Views’ page on 25th… Read more

24th September

September 24, 2014

At the time, it just so happened that Ofcom were willing to accept applications for any groups that wanted to start a community radio station in… Read more

30th September

September 30, 2014

I sent an email to Councillor Alan Hills, the Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council, about the idea. He promptly replied: “Noah thank… Read more

6th November

November 6, 2014

Maureen Luke, a local DDC Councillor, responded to an email I sent to her about the idea and encouraged me to write a mission statement and… Read more

11th November

November 11, 2014

I came to the conclusion that the application process is not trivial and neither is running a full-time radio station for the first time, so I… Read more

13th November

November 13, 2014

I finished the mission statement. See the document here

January 2015

January 1, 2015

Chris Myers, the editor of Long Buckby’s village newsletter ‘The Bugle’, wrote a piece about the proposal.

21st January

January 21, 2015

The Daventry correspondent for BBC Radio Northampton, Martin Heath, interviewed me about the proposal. The report, featuring segments from the interview, was aired on the following… Read more

26th January

January 26, 2015

I set up the Daventry Radio Facebook group.

8th March

March 8, 2015

Councillor Abigail Campbell contacted me via email, after reading the piece about the proposal in The Bugle, and expressed her enthusiasm for the idea and asked… Read more

15th April

April 15, 2015

ITV attempted to bring back the ground-breaking Spitting Image for a new generation, but under the guise of the not-so-memorable name, Newzoids. The only resemblance it… Read more

21st April

April 21, 2015

I emailed Lindsey Hawkey, manager of the Daventry Phoenix Centre, for support.

23rd April

April 23, 2015

Lindsey Hawkey replied back with an enthusiastic response to the project.

6th June

June 6, 2015

Finally, after seven months of sending out emails to various organisations, councillors and people who I thought would potentially support the project — a step was… Read more

7th June

June 7, 2015

I received an email from Rick O’Neil, a member of The Royal Society for the encouragement of Art, Manufactures and Commerce, and founder of a digital… Read more

8th June

June 8, 2015

I phoned Councillor Alan Hills but did not get through to him so I had to leave him an answer phone message, asking him whether he… Read more

11th June

June 11, 2015

I put together a poster to promote a public meeting, leaving blank spaces to be filled in with the date, time and venue. These details would… Read more

12th June

June 12, 2015

Alan Hills sent me an email saying: “I have gone out to all local councillors in Daventry Town and informed them of the meeting.” He also… Read more

25th June

June 25, 2015

I received an email from Wendy Randall saying that she had booked the Welfare Room for the meeting. I phoned Kate Hills and she said I… Read more

30th June

June 30, 2015

I went round Daventry, Norton and Whilton Locks and managed to get some posters to promote the public meeting  put up around the following places: Daventry… Read more

2nd July

July 2, 2015

I visited HillzFM. Click here to see the “My visit to HillzFM” document I received a letter from the MP for Daventry, Chris Heaton-Harris. In the… Read more

11th July

July 11, 2015

Wendy Randall asked me if I was free on Monday evening so we could talk about the public meeting.

13th July

July 13, 2015

I met up with Abigail and Wendy to discuss the public meeting.

15th July

July 15, 2015

The public meeting. Click here to see the “Minutes for Dav Radio” document  

24th July

July 24, 2015

I sent a letter to the Daventry Express about the latest developments in the project. It was published on the 30th.  

19th August

August 19, 2015

The first Steering Committee meeting of Daventry Radio. Click here to see the document

4th September

September 4, 2015

The second steering committee meeting. Click here to see the document

11th September

September 11, 2015

I went to the Abbey Centre to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Daventry Museum because I read in the Daventry Express that… Read more

30th September

September 30, 2015

The members of the Daventry Radio Facebook page voted for their favourite logo design from a selection ranging from A-F, created by freelance graphic designer Michael… Read more

31st September

October 1, 2015

Third steering committee meeting. Click here to see the document 

9th October

October 9, 2015

I visited the Phoenix Youth Centre with Liam Howley (our treasurer), Amy Bishop (a sound engineer) and John Harrison (a graduate from Salford University who majored… Read more

14th October

October 14, 2015

Had an informal meeting with three of the members of the Steering Committee. Click here to see the document 

28th October

October 28, 2015

Fourth Steering Committee meeting. Click here to see the document   

29th October

October 29, 2015

I bought the web domain for www.daventryradio.com.

11th November

November 11, 2015

I booked an appointment with the Coventry Building Society to open up an account. Had an informal meeting with David Fleming, one of the members of… Read more

13th November

November 13, 2015

Liam Howley and I went to the Coventry Building Society and applied to open up an account for the project. We were both told that we… Read more

20th November

November 20, 2015

Liam was contacted by the Coventry Building Society and was told that they required the Vice Chairman and Secretary to attend the Daventry branch and present… Read more

24th November

November 24, 2015

I put up a post on the Daventry Radio Facebook page, calling out for a Secretary. It got three likes, which wasn’t particularly helpful.

29th November

November 29, 2015

I met Darren Dale, the director of a TV, Film and Video Production Company based in Daventry called 13 Media Arts Ltd. When I walked into… Read more

30th November

November 30, 2015

I had another informal meeting with Katie Jones, this time accompanied by Colin James Salt.   With all the trouble over the application for the bank… Read more

13th December

December 13, 2015

Liam received a message from the Coventry Building Society saying that the account we had applied for could be withdrawn as a product on the 24th… Read more

14th December

December 14, 2015

I phoned the Coventry Building Society to ask whether just two signatories would be enough to open the account, they said “yes” as long as Liam… Read more

22nd December

December 22, 2015

I went to the bank with the set of minutes and the edited Constitution. I was told we would get a response back from the bank… Read more

1st January

January 1, 2016

I tried to set up an email account under the username: daventryradio, but it had apparently already been taken. Unwilling to settle for any lesser-than alternatives… Read more

7th January

January 7, 2016

I bumped into Benson Fox, a Daventry-based musician, at the local pub The Plume of Feathers. He regularly organises an open mic night at the public… Read more

12th January

January 12, 2016

Liam told me at 6:13pm that the bank account was officially open. Wonderful news!

13th January

January 13, 2016

I visited the Icon to look at some of the offices and to judge the possibility of operating Daventry Radio from the building. See the document… Read more

14th January

January 14, 2016

I went to the Daventry Business Centre with Amanda Hart to check out the offices which are available to let at the centre. Amanda was added… Read more

18th January

January 18, 2016

After not hearing anything back from daventryradio@googlemail.com, I successfully created an email account under the username: daventryradio@hotmail.com.

27th January

January 27, 2016

Seventh Steering Committee meeting, at the Daventry Business Centre. Click here to read the minutes of the seventh Daventry Radio Steering Committe meeting

3rd February

February 3, 2016

Benson Fox, Peter Downes, Amanda Hart, Ben Hood, Jay Bush, Meg Price and I went to the Daventry Business Centre to conduct a sound-check in the… Read more

6th February

February 6, 2016

I set up a Crowdfunding page. £135 was donated within three hours.

9th February

February 9, 2016

Amanda told me that she had negotiated a deal with Davinda where we could rent both the prospective broadcasting studio and reception for half the original… Read more

12th February

February 12, 2016

I paid Davinda my half of the weeks rent for the offices. I visited 13 Media Arts Ltd to talk to Darren Dale and Kevin Robinson,… Read more

14th February

February 14, 2016

I moved into the Daventry Business Centre with Amanda.

18th February

February 18, 2016

Darren Dale visited the offices to look at the prospective broadcasting room, to see what soundproofing and acoustic treatment it would need.

19th March

March 19, 2016

The preview of the Daventry Radio jingle. A couple of weeks before, I had asked Ben Hood, a local musician, to put a jingle together for… Read more

28th March

March 28, 2016

Jay and I stayed up all night making the final touches to the first podcast. In the world of newspaper journalism this is called ‘putting the… Read more

29th March

March 29, 2016

I got out of bed, very briefly, around eleven o’clock, and got on the Facebook page at around half past to announce the release of the… Read more

31st March

March 31, 2016
Daventry Express 2

The Daventry Express covered the news of the podcast release through three different articles: a ‘flag’ on the front page, an article on page three and… Read more

April 14th

April 14, 2016

We released the second podcast.

5th May

May 5, 2016
Media Area

Liam Howley and I covered the Daventry and district election count. This was our first time out as official journalists and media personnel. We were asked… Read more

7th May

May 7, 2016
Daventry Radio stall

We took the opportunity to have a stall at the first Arts and Crafts Fayre, organised by Deana Towersey, in Daventry. We offered business cards and… Read more

10th May

May 10, 2016

Megan Price and I went to the South Northants & Daventry Funding Fair at the Towcester Racecourse. We gained interest and advice from many potential grantees.

11th May

May 11, 2016

Former radio engineer and broadcaster, Tony Wilding, very kindly gave us a heap of books relating to radio production.

15th July

July 15, 2016

Daventry Radio was invited to attend and report on the Summer Fair of the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village (DSLV). The aim of the  fair was… Read more