Legacy 90.1FM is a community radio station based in Manchester that plays the Music of Black origin, mainly from Africa and the Caribbean.
One of our most important functions is to give a platform for Black voices to be heard and for talented Black people, especially those young Black people who are starting their music career, an outlet to reach their audiences.
Community radio stations, like everyone else, have suffered during the pandemic, and we are no exception. We managed to keep the station going with our fantastic DJs working in isolation inside the station or broadcasting from home for the whole of the two-year crisis.
We hosted a series of programmes recently called Let's Talk to talk to people about the impact of Covid on their lives. They told us that the radio kept them company, especially people who had to spend a lot of time on their own over the past two years. They told us that their mental health had suffered, and some people said they had lost businesses and jobs. Some people we talked to worked in the NHS and told us the reality of what they had witnessed.
Over the pandemic, we held our Love Legacy - Recovery Campaign on Go Fund Me, raising £4127. We used this money to contribute to the Let's Talk project and keep the station going. The Let's Talk project showed us that we have to support our listeners even more than we have in the past.
We want to follow on from Let's Talk with more interactive shows that act as a platform for Black voices to be heard, and we want to resume the youth media training that has been a staple of our station for many years up to the pandemic.
Young people have been massively affected by Covid with considerable disruptions to their education and social life and the challenges of being young and isolated at home. We want to hear young people's voices and give them skills that employers will value - media, public speaking, voiceovers, and radio production, to name a few.
We know that the costs of living are rising and that other crises are going on that are more important, but we have a lot of skills, expertise and knowledge to pass on to young people, and we don't want to leave it until it's too late. It doesn't take long for a young person to lose hope!
This time we are not asking to donate directly; we are asking you to get together with a few friends to raise money in ways that bring people together - the word cloud in this image should give you a few ideas. Then donate the proceeds to this campaign.
After two years of being kept apart, we think this is the best way for anyone to raise money for us. It doesn't matter if it's the smallest of coffee mornings or the largest of auction events. We just want people to come together and socialise.
Thanks for reading our campaign.
Team Legacy x