Now Drive Home
6pm Jay Young
Mi Gente (ft. Beyonce)
Look What You Made Me Do
Sugar (ft. Francesco Yates)
Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher has revealed that Tamworth has the fastest average broadband speed in the country, making Tamworth's broadband perfect for listening to your local radio station online. Supposedly Tamworth’s average speed is 30.4 megabites per second which is almost five times faster than in Orkney Islands which has the UK’s slowest connection. Mr Pincher himself has stated that although for the most part broadband in Tamworth is very fast, there are households in the local area that still struggle with getting an adequate connection. Pincher is encouraging the public to use their speed checker and make a complaint if their speed is too slow.
To listen to TCR fm online you can use the 'Listen now' section on our website or use internet based apps such as Tunein or Radio Player on your smart devices.
Our members love music which means they also enjoy programmes like The X Factor. Lucy Sowden reviews the beginning of this year's series.
It’s only a few months until Christmas and that only means one thing! The start of X factor, Strictly Come Dancing and I’m A Celeb. First one back is X Factor with its first episode airing Saturday night. This is the shows fourteenth series, with the show starting all the way back in 2004. Simon Cowell has opted to keep the same judges as last year, which means Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh will be back on our screens.
The episode starts off with each of the judges talking about what they do in the industry and what they are hoping to get from the season. This makes a nice surprise as it reminds viewers was this show actually is – a singing competition. The episode saw a range of talented or not so talented hopefuls audition for a chance to appear on the live finals and after a successful career in the music business.
First up was cheeky boy band Rak-Su who opted to sing Justin Timberlake’s Senorita. However the audition was stopped by Simon himself who asked them to sing something else. They proceeded to sing their own song which featured an insanely catchy chorus and sounded already like it could be a hit tune.
Another highlight of the show included rough and ready underdog Anthony Russel who shocked the judges with his memorable voice and likeable personality. If there’s ever someone you want to root for, I’m sure this guy is the one!
Last up is Grace Davies who breaks the judges hearts with her original track Roots talking about her struggle with trying to make it as a star. The song’s lyrics include Grace’s struggle with playing gigs in pubs and clubs to 0-5 people every weekend. Grace has also been a hit with the public due to her down to earth personality and emotional song writing.
So how has the show done with the audience? Ratings were especially low for the first episode; in fact they were the lowest they’ve ever been at just 6.2 million viewers. Of course this is still high for just your average show but for the X factor, who’s highest ever was 14.1 million, this is a massive drop. Viewers also noticed there was a lack of joke acts being shown this year which received positive and negative feedback from the viewers. Some have said they love watching genuinely talented performers but some are really missing the comedy aspect of the show. In 2016 the show was contracted another 3 series, so love it or hate it, we are stuck with it for at least another 2 years!
Our members absolutely love music so when Taylor Swift released her new single 'Look What You Made Me Do' Lucy Sowden decided to give it a listen and review it for us.
So Taylor Swift has just released her new single, Look What You Made Me Do, and people just aren’t sure what to think about it. Taylor came on the scene in 2006 with her major hit Love Story, as an innocent country singer, who it seemed wouldn’t harm a fly. 11 years later, things are about to change. Taylor has adopted a new look – one that her teenage fans aren’t sure they support – claiming that the ‘old Taylor is dead’.
Supposedly the new future hit is a ‘diss track’ featuring Taylor aggressively giving her side on the Kim Kardashian and Kayne West drama. This comes from Kayne West featuring Taylor in his track Famous after she reportedly did not allow it. Kim then went on the record showing videos of Taylor giving permission which of course dampened Taylor’s reputation. The song oozes with petty lyrics repeating ‘I don’t like you’ throughout its entirety. Although somewhat catchy, critics are stating the song borrows material from other better songs such as Right Said Fred’s I’m Too Sexy and Britney Spears’ Piece of Me which seems to lessen the edgy vibes.
The official video however is a spectacle. Featuring Taylor’s new sassy look, she screams anger and revenge. The video is probably the most impressive part of the song, and that is saying something. Taylor has opted to show all of her previous characters from her music videos again making that point that she is no longer like any of these people. The concept is very interesting and somewhat satisfying to watch; everybody loves to be reminded of the past!
So what does everyone else think about Taylor’s new track? On YouTube the comments are mostly negative, with the most common comment stating that they want the ‘old Taylor back’. Fans are disappointed, critics are disappointed, however that does not stop the amount of views the track is racking up now and in the future.
Festivals In Review
Here at TCR fm our members head out to lots of different events. Lucy Sowden reviews 2,000 trees festival which took place in Cheltenham earlier this summer.
2000 Trees is an annual music festival held at Upcote Farm near Gloucester and Cheltenham. It is one of the most exciting independent festivals in the country that hosts a range of acts from the underground music scene. Today I’m going to be bringing you my top 5 highlights from the 2017 festival!
1.Nothing but thieves first headline set
Indie Rock band have really been making waves in the music industry lately, having recently played Glastonbury Festival, Nothing But Thieves are at an all-time high. The band performed their first ever headline festival slot on the Friday night and were greeted with a massive crowd chanting their name. The band treated the crowd to an hour and 20 minute set bursting with singalong anthems featuring new belter Amsterdam and old classic Last Order which is rarely featured in the bands set list. The enthusiasm radiating off the band was a joy to watch and Conor’s (lead vocalist) vocal abilities were also a hit with the rowdy audience. Overall a great set and a band that everyone should look out for!
2.Wild Front at the Forest Sessions
There’s nothing better than going to watch a random band in the middle of the night and discovering how great they are is there? Wild Front performed at the very end of the festival, 12pm on the Saturday night. The band was exactly what you needed to calm down and chill after a very long and tiring weekend. Smack bang in the middle of a forest, the band’s calming acoustic tunes and lovely unique vocals were really a great end to the festival.
3.Lower than Atlantis end of set
Lower than Atlantis’ set features a lot of movement from the audience which makes everything feel much more exciting. However my highlight came at the very end of this set where the band decided to go wild and let loose on the 2000 trees stage. It started with the destroying of instruments and ended with the fake amps passed into the crowd. Unfortunately, those amps were never seen again…
4.Frank Carter Crowd
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes is a rock band from Herfordshire who brought definitely the best crowd of the weekend. The bands up-tempo and angsty songs definitely resonated with the audience and they were just as energetic as Frank Carter himself. Half way through the set, the crowd were given strict instruction to make a massive circle pit. Carter wanted the crowd to run around the massive sound tower in the middle of the field and of course, the crowd were happy to help!
Who doesn’t love a good old silent disco? At Trees, it’s a bit different. You are able to go anywhere on site with your headphones and listen to all of your favourite tunes. You could have a party in your tent, around the campfire, wherever you like! However the real party happens at the Main Stage while you are dancing in the moonlight and rock/heavy metal stage The Cave. Two DJ’s are competing for the crowd to choose their channel which means you are never stuck with a song you aren’t too keen on!
Next year’s 2000 Trees I’m sure is not one you want to miss!
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Tamworth’s third Question Time style event took place as part of the Tamworth Listens initiative, on the 18th November
The questions were split into three themes; healthier communities, safer communities and regeneration & growth. The panel included the Leader of Tamworth Borough Council and the Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire.
You can listen on demand here.
Tamworth town centre has been shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious Great British High Street competition and now has a month in which to win votes and prove it is deserving of the top title.
The town is one of 21 finalists selected from a record 230 entrants this year and is competing in the ‘town centre’ category against Rotherham and Altrincham.
But to be crowned champion, Tamworth needs your votes. While 50 per cent of the final decision is based on a written application, the other 50 per cent is made up of public votes, alongside a visit to the town by expert judges.
Votes for Tamworth can be cast online at www.thegreatbritishhighstreet.
Another important element of the competition is creating a buzz on social media, so we need the support of everyone who visits, lives or works in Tamworth. Please share your positive experiences of the town on Twitter using #GBHighSt #Tamworth. Businesses can also use this opportunity to promote themselves on a national platform.
This competition is all about recognising the work that is being done to revitalise town centres as a whole – it’s not just about the number of vacant units. We have a lot to be proud of in Tamworth, including a growing number of independent and creative businesses, a thriving market, the £5.5million Creative Quarter plans, a rich heritage, beautiful town centre park, Heart of England in Bloom Gold status and one of the region’s busiest retail parks.
Winning the competition would give us access to more money and training for businesses which would further boost our efforts to improve the town – not to mention the resulting boost to trade and tourism. Let’s come together as a community and go all out to win.
Voting closes on November 13. Experts from the Future High Streets Forum judging panel will be inspecting the town on a date to be announced.
This summer, Jimmy Eff will be covering the festivals again, starting with Y Not Festival in Derbyshire, which takes place from 31st July to 2nd August.
This year is the festival’s tenth year and seeing headliners Snoop Dogg, Bassment Jaxx and Primal Scream grace the main stage. But headliners aside, there are a great selection of acts across an array of stages.
For more info and tickets, visit www.ynotfestivals.co.uk
Tune in to Jimmy’s show at 11pm every Monday night for all the best new and classic alternative and indie music.
After a successful first series of ‘Saturday Live’ last summer, bosses at TCR fm have announced that the show will return again to the airwaves in 2015. Saturday 9th May sees Mike return to The Polesworth School for their Summer Festival 1-4pm on TCR fm.
Last year, TCR fm attended school fetes and community fundraisers including The Polesworth Carnival, We Love Tamworth in the Castle Grounds and The Tamworth Rugby Charity Fun Day.
Any event organisers wanting to book Mike to be at their event should email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Monday 3rd November TCR fm broadcasted the ‘Tamworth Listens’ Question Time-style event.
The 'Tamworth Listens' initiative aims to improve communication between councilors and the public. This was the second such event which took place in front of an audience at Tamworth Assembly Rooms. The event began at 7.30pm and was hosted on air by Mike Thomas with the whole event broadcast live by TCR fm.
The panel consisted of: the leader of Tamworth Borough Council, Cllr Daniel Cook; Tamworth Borough Council’s Chief Executive, Tony Goodwin; the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Matthew Ellis and Staffordshire County Council’s Director of Public Health, Aliko Ahmed.
You can read more about the Tamworth Listens initiative on the Tamworth Borough Council website here.
This Saturday evening from 6pm join the TCR fm roadshow with Mike Thomas for the Piccadilly Community Association's annual bonfire and fireworks display at the Piccadilly Community Centre, Perryman Drive, Trinity Road.
There will be Bonfire, fireworks, Prizes for best Halloween fancy dress, BBQ, hot and cold refreshments, raffle and a tombola.
There will be ample parking and free entry.
Have you read our Summer newsletter yet?
Read about the last 2 Saturday Live outside events and meet some of the new voices now broadcasting on TCR fm.
Read the newsletter here.
Throughout this summer, Tamworth’s community radio station TCR fm has been helping to showcase the very best in local events, with an array of exciting outside broadcasts.
The ‘Saturday Live’ show, hosted by Mike Thomas has been committed to supporting community initiatives from across the area by broadcasting live from a number of different events - from carnivals to bake off competitions, TCR fm have so far amassed over sixty hours worth of unique radio that brings the heart of the community straight to the listener.
On May 24th, TCR fm were live from The Terrace Bar to support their live music event, bringing the sound of some of Midlands finest unsigned bands and musicians, helping to support the acts as they began their intrepid adventures into the music world.
On June 14th, Mike travelled to the Summer Festival at Clifton Campville – speaking to visitors as they enjoyed the sunshine, even capturing the incredible moment a Spitfire roared overhead as it performed a fly-by, to the delight of the gathered crowds.
July 5th saw TCR fm visit the ever-popular Polesworth Carnival, which saw live performances from ‘The Pinch’ and The Voice star Mitchell Emms. Visitors to the festival had the chance to speak on air as they enjoyed dancing dragons and live gymnastics displays, all hosted by TCR fm.
The following weekend, TCR’s very own Hannah Smart was live from Middleton Hall’s delicious ‘Bake Off’ event, enjoying the tasty-treats that were on offer, as well as speaking to competitors about their love of baking.
However, perhaps the icing on the cake of TCR fm's outside broadcasts this summer was speaking to Team England athletics star and local girl Meghan Beesley, at the Piccadilly Summer Fete. The 400m hurdle specialist, who won a medal silver in Delhi 2011, spoke about the unfortunate injury that had ruled her out of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, but remained optimistic about her chances for the 2018 games in Australia's Golden Coast.
Looking forward, TCR fm still have two 'Saturday Live' shows in store, that promise to deliver more great local events right to your radio. The 'We Love Tamworth' event, set for August 23rd, will be a lively celebration of Tamworth and it's people - hosted on the castle grounds. August 30th will see Tamworth's community radio visit the Neil Cleaver charity festival at Tamworth Rugby Club. The day, in aid of St. Giles Hospice, Help for Heroes and Scotty's Little Soldiers, is set to entertain with live rugby matches, competitions and musical performances from Rebekah Ryan and more.
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This Thursday TCR fm will broadcast a special live show from the official opening of the new home of Uk defence medical training
The former Whittington Army Barracks has undergone a £138 million transformation and been re-named Defence Medical Services (DMS) Whittington. Around 1,400 military and civilian personnel will be based there while the base will see a throughput of 7,000 students every year.
Thursday's official opening, which has also been marked as Families & Community Day, will also have a Royal visit as The Duchess of Cornwall has been invited to help celebrate.
Join TCR FM's Mike Thomas, live from DMS Whittington, from 2-4pm on Thursday afternoon.
Tamworth community radio station TCR fm is hitting the road this summer with a new-look weekend daytime show.
Every Saturday afternoon, between 1-4pm, presenter Mike Thomas will be out and about, broadcasting live from some of the town’s big events as well as from school summer fetes and community fundraisers. Mike, who currently presents The Sports Zone every Saturday, will also keep an eye on all the big sports stories throughout the summer including the Fifa World Cup and Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
He said: “I’m really excited to launch this new show on TCR fm during the summer when I’ll be able to get out of the studio and meet lots of new and interesting people from around Tamworth. The great thing about it is that as I will be at different locations every weekend I won’t know too much about what’s going on until I arrive to prepare for the broadcast.
“I would also encourage the people of Tamworth to invite me to their eventl. If you’re organising something this summer, whether it’s big or small, and you’d like TCR fm there, just get in touch by emailing email@example.com “
On Sunday 23rd March some of the TCR fm team took part in the Sainsbury's Sport Relief mile.
The run took place around Tamworth Castle Grounds, with a choice of 1, 3 or 6 miles to be run to raise money.
Mike Thomas hosted the event and spoke to Meghan Beesley, one of the UK's top hurdlers who started the races and took part in the 1 mile run.
Taking part in the 6 mile run were TCR's Arran Sheppard and Aimee Jordan (pictured) who jointly raised over £200 for Sport Relief. Thanks to everyone who sponsored and cheered on all the runners.
Visit their Sport Relief Giving Page here.
On Monday 3rd February Alex Farrell announced that he is stepping down from the Breakfast Show to make way for a new station sound.
Alex will step down this Friday 7th February after nearly two years on the show, and will soon announce the brand new schedule for the Sound of Tamworth.
We have plenty to offer on air over the new year period.
On New Year's Eve join Hannah Smart for the year in review as she looks back at all the top selling songs and some of those that you would rather forget.
Then Sam Smette from 6pm and Dan Haycocks from 8pm, get you ready to bring in the new year.
The New Year's Eve Show is live from 10pm with Aaron, Dan and Craig who will look back over the whole year and give you 3 hours of party tunes to bring in 2014.
On New Year's Day we have the Take Control Chart from 12 midday counting down the top 30 songs as played on TCR fm. From 3 until 6pm its a Sports Zone Special with Mike Thomas to give you all of the day's local and national sporting action.
Here's a little bit of Tamworth Castle at night.
Decorate your computer for Christmas with our new wallpaper. Download it here.
And browse all the Tamworth wallpapers here.
TCR fm is supporting the Tamworth Support our Soldiers Campaign, launched by Tamworth MP Christopher Pincher.
Along with our MP, the Staffordshire Regiment Museum, Tamworth Herald, and the Mercian Regiment Headquarters in Whittington, we are working together to organise a box for every soldier on deployment from 3 Mercian (the Staffords) and 4 Mercian (Reservists) for their tour from October 2013.
Read more and see how you can get involved on the Tamworth SOS Campaign Website.
We are asking you 7 quick questions about your music and radio listening habits so we can look at ways to improve, in return for your time you will be entered in a draw for a chance to win £100.
Keep your eyes peeled for the TCR fm flyers being delivered around Tamworth over the next few weeks or click HERE to enter online and for full terms and conditions.
We've been busy not just behind the microphone, but behind the camera too.
So here are a few local snaps you can download for your computer background, showing some of Tamworth's best highlights.
Pick from 5 pictures here. (New pictures added 9th August)
TCR fm were pleased to be awarded the Community Group Award at Mayor Tina Clements' ceremony held at Tamworth Town Hall at the end of April.
Here are TCR fm's presenters Alex Farrell, Daniel Hoult and Aaron Beadle with the accolade.
Our April newsletter is on its way to inboxes and you can read a copy online here.
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This month we feature the young radio training course that was held over Easter and there's Mike Thomas from The Sports Zone as the show has been out and about to deliver you local sport. And the regular Tweet of the Month
You can read our March newsletter here.
Read about our new Android app (available now), the new Herald Arts columninst Mr Alex 'Breakfast' Farrell and our Easter Workshops for 6-16 year olds.
Send us a tweet @TCRfmTamworth, you may make 'Tweet of the Month'.
We have released our new Android app You can take TCR fm with you wherever you go, on your mobile or tablet.
Bringing the features of our Apple iOS app you can listen live (high quality or mobile version), view the webcam and contact the station. Plus access the last week's shows on TCR Replay and set a sleep timer. Download from the Google Play store.
Our iOS app offers the same features for your iPhone or iPod Touch as well as our community diary in the iPad version.
A huge thanks to our friends at Tier One Design who have developed both our Android and iOS apps.
And don't worry, there are plenty of other ways to listen online and on mobile here.
TCR fm are teaming up with Enact Academy to offer an exciting three-day Radio Skills Workshop.
Children aged 6-16 years old are invited along on 2nd, 3rd and 4th April to see how a radio station works, make their own jingles and even present a show.
The course is £40 and places are limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Click to read the top 5 songs played in 2012 and listen to the whole top 30.
Catch up with our new first regular newsletter.
Released for Christmas we keep you informed with the latest news at TCR HQ.
Featuring information on our current listener survey, highlights of 2012, and our Christmas feature with Alex and Tamworth's Christmas lights.
Read the December newsletter here.
Throughout December, Alex Farrell made it his mission to Turn Tamworth On.
He is hitting the streets with his 'Portable Plunger' and turning on the lights on houses and local businesses who wouldn't noramlly get special treatment. To view the new photos and videos every day, like our Facebook page.
Take a peek below, and visit this festive page to view all the videos in full.
This December we are opening our own advent calendar every day. It's not full of chocolate, it's full of challenges!
Each day a different presenter will open the door to find out what surprise is in store for them. Keep listening to hear how all the challenges go.
Catch up with some the previous challenges here.
We want to know what you think about TCR fm. Please take a few minutes to fill in our Listener Survey and answer a few simple questions.
Your feedback will help us keep working hard to improve TCR fm and deliver local radio for Tamworth and the surrounding area.
If you are looking to get involved please see our web page here for more details.
A brand new lineup for Friday evenings starts the weekend here at TCR fm.
Start off with the Friday special of The Total Drive Home as Dave Thomas helps get you home with traffic and travel.
Then at their new time of 8pm it's Craig and Kelly with The Friday Night Show with lots of chat and your favourite tunes to get ready for a weekend. Jules Little brings you Global Dancefloor to its new home on a Friday 10pm until 12.
Then at midnight it's a brand new show to TCR fm, Sean Bell presents Club Classics with classic soul, funk and disco anthems. For more information see the schedule.
A new Saturday afternoon sports show has kicked off on TCR fm.
The Sports Zone, broadcast between 3-6pm, will provide a comprehensive round up of local and national sport with particular emphasis on Tamworth FC – including regular updates on all the club’s matches in the Blue Square Premier.
The show will also focus on local teams like Tamworth Hockey Club and Tamworth Rugby Club and sports that don’t always get much coverage such as volleyball and American football.
Listeners can get involved in the show as well. Each week TCR fm is giving one lucky person the chance to be in the studio on a Saturday afternoon to read out the day’s football results.
The Sports Zone is hosted by experienced broadcaster Mike Thomas, who is back behind a microphone after retiring from full-time radio five years ago. Mike will be a familiar voice to many in Tamworth as he worked at Centre FM between1998 and 2001 presenting the news and sport, before returning to the town in 2005 when the station re-launched as Touch FM.
Mike said: “After 12 years working in radio I became disillusioned with the industry and gave it all up. However, after contacting TCR fm I was tempted to make a return and I can’t think of a better radio station to make my return to the airwaves.
“I am very excited about presenting The Sports Zone and being able to show our full support for Tamworth football club and their fans by covering the Lambs home and away. The show is fast-paced and features all the local and national sport with score updates, results and post match interviews.
“And we’re also giving any budding sports reporters out there a chance to be in the TCR fm studio with me on a Saturday to see the show broadcast and read out the
football results live on air.”
On Sunday August 12th TCR fm broadcast live from Wilnecote Community Fun Day.
The main events started at Wilnecote High School from 12pm after the day had been officially opened by Tamworth Mayor Cllr Tina Clements.
Events included a fancy dress competition, children's races and parent's races as well as displays from Kuk Sol Wan martial arts and Tamworth KickBoxing Association.