Ian Mac founder of Vectis Radio — Chats with Rebecca Gregory & Pete Moore -Seamless Entertainment…

Promoting — “An evening with Francis Benali MBE” at Medina Theatre, Isle of Wight on 25th June!

Vectis Radio

This week we had the opportunity to chat with the founder of Vectis RadioIan Mac about our forthcoming event — “An Evening with Francis Benali MBE” 25th June at Medina Theatre…

Community radio is such a great way to send a message to the wider community whether it's an event, local news, or story…

Vectis Radio Story:

Vectis Radio was launched by Ian Mac as an Internet-only radio station on January 23rd 2010 starting life at the Quay Arts Centre. The surroundings back then can only be described as small, in fact, it was pretty much a broom cupboard.

After many years of sleepless nights, hard slog, moving studio six times, very rarely going off the air and sheer bloody-mindedness, Vectis Radio has arrived!!

Unfortunately, after six months, Quay Arts wanted its broom cupboard back, so Vectis Radio was on the move, in fact, we move twice more that year, first to Newport Football Club, then to Crocker Street, but never quite finding a permanent base.

We thought we’d found our home in the Spring of 2011 when we moved to a derelict building on West Street, opposite Jewson. This proved to be a more sustainable base for us and we made it our own for two years.

Seemingly all was going well, until June 2013, when we were given seven days to vacate the premises as it was deemed unsafe. With everything up in the air and nowhere to lay our hats, the station was introduced to the team at The Riverside Centre.

Thankfully they agreed to let us broadcast from there in the shed. Which they did!!

Photo by Csongor Schmutc on Unsplash

The event:

Rebecca & I were invited into the station to speak with Ian Mac, about the event we are producing “An Evening with Francis Benali MBEon 25th June at Medina Theatre “— Isle of Wight…

This exclusive show will feature a VIP MEET & GREET, LIVE & UNSCRIPTED interview with the Southampton Legend, followed by a SPECIAL AUDIENCE Q&A.

The event is raising funds for Wessex Cancer Trust on the Isle of Wight with signed football memrobilia from Francis Benali…

Francis Benali will take to the stage to give you real-life insight into behind the scenes of his career, and his contribution to charity, including the Saints Foundation and Cancer Research UK.

Provides great insight into how players may be thinking and give great in-depth analysis in a way that makes it easy to understand and learn from them.

Quote’s from Francis Benali’s autobiography;

“Anyone wanting an example of never being beaten should look at the incredible Francis Benali” — Alan Shearer

To listen to the chat Pete & Rebeca had with Ian, just click on the link below and learn more about Seamless and the forthcoming event with Francis Benali…

* VIP Meet & Greet Ticket to An Evening with Francis Benali MBE — deal price £49.99…normally £56.00 — Buy your TICKETS

Be a celebrity for the evening with a VIP experience to meet Francis Benali in person, enjoy your own special photo & signing opportunity & enjoy exclusive seating to experience the show up close & personal

This package includes:

  • 6.15 pm-7.15 pm — VIP early access to enjoy a personal Meet & Greet session
  • Francis will sign an item that you can bring from home such as a shirt, ball or book (no paintings)
  • Photo opportunity with Francis — bring your camera phone
  • Allocated premium seating for the live interview which starts from 7.30 pm followed by the audience Q&A where you can pose a question
  • VIP Priority Access to view & purchase memorabilia from iconic sports personalities past & present

* Standard Ticket to An Evening with Francis Benali MBE — deal price £28.00…normally £30.00 — Buy your TICKETS

  • Standard seating for the live interview with the event host which starts at 7.30 pm followed by the audience Q&A where you can pose a question
  • Access to view & purchase memorabilia from iconic sports personalities past & present
  • The live interview starts at 7.30 pm with the event host. There will be a 15-minute break before an audience question and answer session

Vectis's Radio story continued:

In early 2020 the station celebrated 10 years of broadcasting with an outside broadcast on a Red Funnel ship travelling from East Cowes to Southampton who else can say that they celebrated their 10th birthday whilst broadcasting from a ship!

Just a couple of months later a documentary covering what Vectis Radio is all about was screened nationally on the BBC.

It doesn’t stop there in 2021 Vectis Radio had six nominations for the community radio awards. For the fourth year in a row, the station has been nominated for one of the two top accolades Community development and this year for the first time a nomination for the station of the year

Great effort by the Vectis team a real pleasure to speak with Ian — Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for this exclusive event with Francis Benali on June 25th at Medina Theatre…

By Pete Moore & Rebecca Gregory— Seamless Entertainment

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