The work of Mid Devon Messenger relies on volunteers.
There are a range of different roles - currently conducted by a team of around 55. Each week 8 volunteers gather at the recording studio to edit, read, record, copy and dispatch the weekly recording of talking news to our listeners.
If you think you might be interested in joining our team, please contact us to arrange to come along to a recording before committing yourself.
The editor of the week takes copies of the Tiverton and Culm Valley Gazettes and selects local news, letters, announcements, sport, what’s on, community news, and other local material of interest. The clippings are mounted on card to be shared between the four readers.
There are eight teams comprising an editor and three additional readers. Therefore, each team reads once every 8 weeks. They take their allocated articles and read aloud into individual microphones. The recording session starts at 7pm every Tuesday and lasts for just over an hour.
There are five recorders/technicians who therefore record on average once a month. They are responsible for the quality of the sound, continuity and the overall recording. They use recording equipment and a laptop to produce a master file on a memory stick which is then ready for copying. They arrive at the Studio by 6:45pm and are there for about two hours.
Working alone, firstly erase the previous recording from the returned memory sticks, and then copy the new recording from the master file onto the cleansed memory sticks. This is a very simple process requiring memory sticks to be slotted into a copying machine. Each newly recorded memory stick is checked before it is inserted into an addressed wallet and placed into a large mailbag ready for dispatch. Overall this takes about an hour on a Wednesday morning, once a month. Each copier works regularly with a dispatcher.
Working alone or as a pair, collect the mailbag of returned wallets, reverse the address label and remove the returned memory stick. The number of each returned recording is checked off in a register of listeners, and the wallet number of the current week’s recording is noted. A simple In:Out system. This process takes about an hour and a half early on a Wednesday morning, once a month.