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Late in 2012, we heard a rumour that the BBC were planning to axe Mike Harding’s Radio 2 Folk Show. We were concerned, as we knew that many in the visually impaired community, who were unable to visit an actual folk club, relied on Mike’s show as their ‘virtual’ folk club.
We contacted Mike, and with his blessing we began a social media campaign to save the show. At the height of the campaign, we had around 5,000 followers - many of whom lent their voice to the effort in additional ways such as writing to and emailing the BBC, etc. We gave interviews to the press and broadcast media, appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Feedback programme among others.
We made campaign videos and recorded a special campaign song with the help of a number of other folk musicians, photographers and film-makers, music technicians and others.
























Although the BBC refused to relent on their decision to remove Mike, our campaign was of such strength that it helped persuade Mike to begin his own show as a podcast.
We have continued to help with running the show, taking care of the Social Media presence and managing the website content with regular updates and information.
Our efforts were rewarded during the summer of 2013 when we were told that the Show was the number one folk podcast globally, and had been nominated for several awards.
The Show has a lively Facebook page (click here to visit) - this includes a weekly picture quiz written by Bill and Dave and guaranteed to get you laughing and groaning in equal measure.
The podcast, and an archive of all shows to date, is available at the Show’s website www.mikehardingfolkshow.com - which also contains a wealth of information about the artists featured on the show, folk clubs and sessions around the UK and beyond, and links to folk festivals throughout the year.http://www.facebook.com/TheMikeHardingFolkShowhttp://www.mikehardingfolkshow.comshapeimage_3_link_0shapeimage_3_link_1
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