Talking newspaper showcases its state of the art recording equipment with an open night

Wisbech & District Talking Newspaper.

Wisbech & District Talking Newspaper. - Credit: Archant

The Wisbech & District Talking Newspaper held one of the biggest events in its 36 year history when it introduced its new digital recording and playback equipment.

Wisbech & District Talking Newspaper.

Wisbech & District Talking Newspaper. - Credit: Archant

The kit, known as NT4TN (New Technology for Talking Newspaper), was officially unveiled at St Peter’s & St Paul’s Church Hall in Wisbech.

It was attended by many of the charity’s listeners and supporters and was joined by the town’s Mayor & Mayoress, Michael and Jane Hill, along with a representative from the national Talking Newspaper Federation.

Members set up an archive of equipment used for the last 36 years to produce the charity’s bi-monthly audio newspapers and magazines, together with a history of the charity.

A mobile studio was set up for visitors to record their own talking newspaper and take a CD copy home with them.

Wisbech & District Talking Newspaper.

Wisbech & District Talking Newspaper. - Credit: Archant


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Users of the service were able to pick up their new playback machines and have a demonstration of how they work.

There was also a short film showing behind the scenes views of the Talking Newspaper.

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Isobel Shippey, Secretary for WDTN said: “The day was a huge success for us. Not only did it raise our profile with other Wisbech groups and individuals, but it gave us the rare opportunity to meet our listeners, as the nature of our business does not bring us in direct contact with them often.

“We also signed up some new volunteers, but we are still looking for more people to help with the technical side of things – in particular engineers to record our newspapers each month.”

Wisbech & District Talking Newspaper.

Wisbech & District Talking Newspaper. - Credit: Archant

A raffle proved a big hit with everyone with the Mayoress winning a star prize of a DAB radio.

Ms Shippey said: “I would like to thank the committee and our volunteers, but in particular our Technical Officer Andrew Neve, whose idea it was, for all their hard work in making the day such a success.”

The next event on the charity’s calendar is its annual meeting at St Peter & St Paul’s Church Hall on Wednesday October 22 at 7.30pm.

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