Call to help get show on the airwaves

A well-loved radio presenter has started a funding appeal to run his own local radio show for older members of the community.

Philip Soloman is hoping to broadcast to people across the community through his internet station
Philip Soloman is hoping to broadcast to people across the community through his internet station

Philip Solomon has been a leading figure on the sound waves of Wolverhampton for more than 35 years as a radio presenter and medium, broadcasting for BBC Radio WM among other stations.

He has spent a lot of time and money setting up a studio at his home in Willenhall as part of his plan to set up an internet radio show after leaving Wolverhampton Community Radio.

Mr Solomon said he came up with the idea of a show for seniors, the disabled and other members of the community after receiving messages about his

He said: "For the last 13 years, I've presented my show Philip Solomon's Music and Memories,which was really popular and allowed me to play lots of records from the 1950s and 60s.

"After it ended, I got so many messages from people who said they missed it, so I had the idea of putting this show together for people living in Willenhall, Wolverhampton, Darlaston and Bilston."

Philip Soloman

The 69-year-old said he wanted to set up the show to play music from the 1950s, 60s and 70s and talk to people who can offer advice to people living in the community.

In order to progress, Mr Solomon said he needed to be hosted by a radio station, for which Pulse Talk Radio has stepped in to help him.

He also said he needed to purchase a Performing Right Society (PRS) for Music licence to allow him to play music on the show and has started a Go Fund Me page to help cover the costs.

He said: "We don't want to be just like any other internet station as we want to be there for the community, so I need to be able to play copyrighted music to make it worthwhile.

"This type of radio is a wonderful help to people who cannot get out, and reminiscence work has proved vital in helping older people with loneliness, depression and, in some cases, even mental health issues.

"By being hosted by Pulse, I've got a listenership of 40,000 people potentially, so any help people can give me through the funding page would be greatly appreciated."

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