Now we’re stunned.
A mere forty minutes after my tweet was posted, the founder of the Save6Music campaign posted a tweet with the hashtag ‘SaveAmazingRadio’. Then it all started; a tidal wave of support, comment, offers of support. As I write this, @saveamazingdab is trending nationally; the petition at http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/saveamazingdab has got 700 signatures, and a Facebook page someone created at http://www.facebook.com/SaveAmazingDab is not far behind. Lauren Laverne, fresh from 6Music winning a richly-deserved Sony award, tweeted about us, saying 6 needs ‘great competition’ like amazing. Someone created the Keep the Faith picture featured in this post. Someone else made a ‘SaveAmazingDAB’ Twibbon. Lots of people suggested crowd funding the cost of DAB transmission. Today the activity has accelerated with every hour.
The trouble with broadcasting is that, if you’re not careful, you’re only ever set to transmit. You don’t often get the chance to receive. As a result, it’s hard to know what people think of our efforts. Well we know now. I spent all last night reading and replying to emails from people who took the time to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It could be a full time job. It was incredibly emotional, a fantastically humbling experience to read what you had to say about Amazing Radio, how and where you listen, what you like, why you wanted to get in touch. Thank you, from all of us here in Amazing Towers, from our staff and presenters around the world, and the thousands of bands we have helped, and will continue to help. Because we are still broadcasting, of course. Not on DAB right now, but you can still find us online and on our mobile Apps. And as I said in my blog of yesterday, we’re expanding internationally.
If we had any doubt before yesterday that we should move heaven and earth to stay on the radio, it’s evaporated now. Please keep spreading the word. Every tweet and every signature give us more energy and more ammunition.