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< Community MEDIA Medway Pride Radio Shea Coffey 1 Mar 2021 Start a Radio station they said…it’ll be fun they said… And it is. It’s hard work, but the most amazing fun. Just before Christmas 2020, Hilary Cooke CEO of Medway Gender and Sexual Diversity Centre, approached me about helping set up a radio station for the community. Having recently left a station I had been asked by a few people about setting up a station, but Hilary’s passion and commitment to the community, not just the LGBT community but across the board is infectious. I thought about it over the Christmas break, and with one tweet saying we would open in time for LGBT History month we were in business. January 2021 was a flood of activity, and we made it, we opened on February 1st. Medway is full of the most amazing talent, and we have been so very lucky in attracting DJs (both professional and some who never had done it before) from Medway and across the country. When you tune in, you quickly discover we are different, for example we don’t have a top of the hour news, we donate the time to charities and community organisations. In fact, for them it is free to advertise. We want our listeners to know just what amazing things are being done by people all across Medway and Kent. We partnered with