Simon West (Chairman / Presenter)
Hi, my name is Simon West, and I have been with Apple AM for a little over 6 years. I previously presented a show on a Saturday night called Good Company. I now co-host a show with Tracey West on Wednesday mornings called Eco Matters.
Since March 2011 I have been Chair of the committee and responsible for the IT systems, including making sure our darling Mavis has everything she needs to keep playing the music when none of the regular presenters are there (she won't go on air, but is happy to play music all day, every day!). Over that time, like all IT systems we have seen quite a lot of change, including the bit-by-bit replacement of all the systems we run and the introduction of Internet Radio. Right now we are planning to fit out Studio Two with equipment suitable for use by people with visual impairment - quite a challenge as most of our systems are very visual, despite the fact that radio is exactly the opposite of that!
I have also been chief presenter on each year's carnival coverage, which continues to be great fun, trying to bring the carnival atmosphere into the wards for those people who would love to go but are not currently able to. My target for next year is to see if we can streamline the systems we use on outside broadcasts such as this, so we can take less kit with us - it's currently filling our engineers car until it is riding on the shock absorbers.
I now hope we can achieve the ultimate aim of our drive towards getting a full Community Radio license, so we can reach out to more people across Taunton Deane who I think would really value a genuinely local service, by and for the people of or community. We have been hoping for this for a number of years, but now I really think this will be the year it happens.
So, if you want to get involved at all, just call us - we are always glad to have extra helping hands, whether you want to present, collect requests or help out with all the other things which go towards the running of a radio station.