Occupy the Airwaves

Occupy the Airwaves

Phonic FM and Dreadnought South West present Occupy the Airwaves, our annual day-long takeover of the station on International Women’s Day, Sunday 8 March 2020.

2020 is our fifth year. We’re really proud of this annual event, and the richness of women’s voices and stories that we have programmed over the years has been abundant.

Here are some of the programmes lined-up for the day so far:

The Sunday Breakfast Show will kick the day off with Kerrie Seymour, Natalie McGrath and Josie Sutcliffe. Kerrie will be back later on in the day with a programme Women on Wheels about young female skateboarders and rollerbladers, with guests. Natalie will be back on air later on in the day hosting a programme about women and electronic music.

The Arab Woman in Exeter will be a programme about dispelling myths about women from Arabic Countries, with Dalal Al Mousalli and Sharifa Hashem. It will be broadcast in English and Arabic, which is a first for Phonic FM.

Off-Grid Women is a programme about the resilience of women living on the land hosted by performer and activist Michelle Ridings. Resilient Women of Exeter is a programme about the work of CoLab and the Resilient Women Project with Nicki Glassbrook and Kate Pattar.

Sandhya Dave will be presenting two programmes across the day, and Mothers Who Make with Lizzy Humber will return for their second year of broadcasting. DRCSAS will host a program about women who support women in Exeter, while Eleanor Spencer will be hosting a programme with guests from Exeter Communities Together. Other Phonic FM regulars including Cathy Towers will also be joining the schedule.

Dr Katie Newstead will be co-hosting a programme with Gillian Taylor with artist Sue Austin in the studio for the first time.

Punk musician Lande Hekt (Muncie Girls and solo artist) will be presenting the final two hours of the broadcasting with a sensational line-up of tunes to end the day.

A shout-out too for our brilliant tech stalwarts in the background doing fabulous things: Chee, Helen, John and David.

Here is the schedule: Please note that there are some potential changes that always take place as we amigo accommodate everyone over the course of the day:

  • 08:00–09:00: Waking up to IWD! Breakfast show with Natalie McGrath, Josie Sutcliffe & Kerrie Seymour
  • 09:00–10:00: Exeter Communities Together with Eleanor Spencer and guests
  • 10:00–11:00: The Invisible Woman Mandy and Nicola from Devon Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services discuss an innovative new project looking at supporting women over the age of 55 and explore how women in Devon are celebrating being an older women this International Women’s Day
  • 11:00–12:00: The Arab Woman in Exeter with Sharifa Hashem and Dalal Al Mousalli
  • 12:00–13:00: Female Paramedics & the NHS in Devon with Sharifa Hashem and local guests: Sarah James, deputy director of quality at south western ambulance service and Meredith Rawlins, newly qualified paramedic
  • 13:00–14:30: Speaking Out Cathy Towers and Jenni Watters, with live music from singer songwriter Sabrina Fletcher
  • 14:30–15:00:  Josie Sutcliffe occupies the airwaves
  • 15:00–16:00: Mothers Who Make with Lizzy Humber, Estelle Buckridge and Sophie Lovett
  • 16:00–17:00: Resilient Women Nicki Glassbrook talking with the Resilient Women Group from CoLab
  • 17:00–18:00: Possible Lives with Dr Katie Newstead, Gillian Taylor and guests, artist Sue Austin and Amanda Lynch
  • 18:00–19:00: Windrush Women of Devon with Sandhya Dave and guests Faye Doris, Nadia Gorton and Candace Pavy. Stories of women connected to the Windrush generations and islands and their amazing contributions to our Devon community and their views on the recent scandal
  • 19:00–20:00: Living With Nature– women and trees: what can we learn? with Michelle Ridings & Guests including Miriam Jangles
  • 20:00–21:00: Women on Wheels with Kerrie Seymour and guests
  • 21:00–22:00: Electronica with Natalie McGrath and Helen Connole
  • 22:00–00:00: The Late Late Show with Lande Hekt

Meanwhile, in the Workshop space at Exeter Phoenix:

11:00–17:00: Create and Celebrate! Come along and help us celebrate International Women’s Day by joining in with our workshop activities, led by Dreadnought South West chair of trustees Anne Barnes and Kerrie Seymour, including:

  • Designing and making your own unique ‘rebellious’ pocket and then up-cycling it into your favourite jacket or coat.
  • Creating a badge that celebrates what you like best/think is most important about International Women’s Day.
  • Joining in discussions, listening to stories and sharing your own.
  • Tuning in to the Rebellious Sounds Archive activists’ stories in our Listening Booth.

19:00–22:00: live music, poetry and singing. So come along and join us!

And at Ashburton Arts Centre, Ashburton:

10:00–17:00: The Outreach Listening Room drop in – celebrate women’s voices. With tea, coffee and soup.

Occupy the Airwaves is produced by Dreadnought South West in partnership with Phonic FM and Exeter Phoenix.

Funding from Exeter City Council and Devon County Councillors has supported this event.

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