The smallVOICE podcast is a monthly mix of chat, music and features from the award-winning GRF radio team.In a packed, and timed-to-perfection podcast, we review Richard Holloway’s new book, A Little History of Religion…. Kelvin Holdsworth contributes a very special ‘Thousand Words’ interview in the context of the September 11th attacks in New York …. we feature our regular ‘small voice of the month’, this time involving soup and crowdsourcing …. AND we’ll discuss the ethical issues surrounding burkinis in our Moral Mixdown…. If that wasn’t enough, fresh from appearing at Glastonbury and the Cambridge Folk Festival, the wonderful indie-Americana band Wildwood Kin are here to give us an exclusive live studio session, as a preview of their new mini-album. YOU CAN HEAR Small Voice once a month (with more broadcasts to follow) on Saturday evening at 7-30pm and again on Sunday at 8pm



JENNIFER NEVILL – has produced over 100 hours of broadcasting on Flame CCR with her weekly 15 minute “Middle East News” on Flame since 2009. Her programmes are an interesting mix of interviews with people out in Israel and adjacent countries, focus on charity work in those places plus factual information on archaeolgy, ecology and travel – topped up of course with an insight on Israeli life and politics that you will not hear on the mainstream media. We encourage Jennifer in this ministry which she runs from her home in Stoke-on-Trent. Occasionally Jennifer comes up to Wirral and recently sat talking to Norman on air in Flame’s chat room.

Jennifer Nevill funds her ministry from her personal pension, with the help from a few friends. But as is true for Flame her equipment is ageing and needs improvement, it also suffers from the problems with Microsoft operating systems. So if you feel you want to continue to hear Jennifer on Flame then please seriously consider making a donation to Flame which will enable Flame to support some maintenance for Jennifer’s equipment.



Liverpool, historically, was blemished by low-key sectarianism, until Bishop Shepherd and Archbishop Worlock brought about reconciliation between the Catholic and Anglican churches. Across in Northern Ireland, the work of three Christian artists has been having a similar influence. The Bogside Artists, in Derry, have been replacing terrorist propaganda on the sides of buildings, by painting huge murals showing Christian peace images, as well as reflecting the truth of what happened during the Troubles. It’s provoked the displeasure of Sinn Fein/IRA.

Tom Kelly, a church minister, was unavailable for interview but his brother William Kelly and Kevin Hasson discussed with John Cheek how important human life is, to the Divine, and the role of the prophetic, in the work of The Bogside Artists.

Bogside Artists

TIM PETERS 1989-2015



Leader at Beechwood Chapel from 2012 Tim Peters was sent by God to live and work in Beechwood, a community he loved and cared for, along with his wife Amy. He was a dear friend, a great leader, a fun person to be with, humble and winsome in dealing with people more than twice his age.

His greatest passion was to share the good news of Jesus with anyone who would listen, and to explain it in everyday language to make it accessible to all, that all may come to know for themselves that ‘God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life’ (John 3:16). We miss him tremendously, but his memory lives on in the church family at Beechwood that he loved so much and invested his life in.

An article written by Steve Bedford, Church Elder



Flame Radio has previously entered radio programmes for national Awards’ Ceremonies, with some success:

  • Jerusalem Awards – ‘Snakes and Doves’ show, Best Newcomer 2004
  • Christian Broadcasting Council – ‘Haynesies Friends’, Highly Commended 2006
  • Christian Broadcasting Council – ‘Voices and Verses’, Silver Award 2012
  • Jerusalem Awards – ‘Good Friday Thought’ (based on Pilgrims’ Progress), short-listed 2014

Why does Flame enter programmes for such awards? Yes, there’s the prize-money (£2,000 was awarded to us in 2004), it also helps to maintain the Flame Radio profile, but significantly it enables the station to measure the standard of our own productions against those of other broadcasters. It also gives Flame publicity across the UK. In 2016, Flame has entries with three separate organisations:

  • Jerusalem Awards– this is under ‘The Jerusalem Trust’ (one of the Sainsbury Family Trusts) promoting Christian involvement in broadcasting. For each of the 11 categories, 5 are shortlisted, with the BBC being at least half of them! However, smaller broadcasters do stand a chance. Jerusalem publish their shortlists in mid-summer and their annual awards’ ceremony is held at BAFTA in October. In 2016, we entered the following programmes:  Series category – The Chat-Room;  Long Programme category – The Hashtag Forward Slash Show;  Good Friday category– Stations of the Cross;  Festivals category – The Donkey’s First Christmas and Advent Thoughts;  Short Programme category – Jingle Bingo;  Digital Video category – In Memoriam at St. Paul’s Mission.
  • Community Radio Awards a new initiative this year to celebrate community radio (some 245 stations). Judges are drawn from the community radio sector, academics and other radio areas – five finalists for each category with a ceremony in September, associated with the Community Media Association conference. For the 16 categories, Flame has entered the following:  Entertainment Show category – The Hashtag Forward Show;  Community Show category – The Chat-Room;  Arts and Creative Radio category – Pilgrims Progress;  Volunteer of the Year category – Laura Higham;  Male Presenter category – Drive Home presenters;  Technical Innovation of the Year – the Flame antenna.
  • Community Radio Awards communityradioawards.orgis another, different, initiative to the one above with the same name! This initiative boasts BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright among the judges and a gala awards’ evening at Preston Guildhall. Out of 20 categories, Flame has entered the following:  New Innovation – Drive Home show

Please pray that Flame’s submissions receive a fair-hearing from the respective panels and judges.

Another organisation that ran national awards, the Christian Broadcasting Council is not functioning at present (little national church interest in an organisation for independent radio practitioners; lack of support from Premier Radio and UCB). The Church & Media Network has an annual conference but does not run national awards – however it does provide a network for Christians who work in and with the media.






SOMETHING SPECIAL ON TUESDAY 19th JULY we are out on the road and into the community with our LIVE edition of In Touch from Gladstones Christian Bookshop and Cafe at 18 Slater Street
Liverpool L1 4BS from 12 noon until 2pm and we hope you can join us either for a coffee and bite to eat and say hello at Gladstones, or tune in and listen and text in and say hello? We will be playing requests and dedications, interviews with customers and staff and a few special guests

Gladstones Christian Bookshop is a peaceful oasis in the heart of Liverpool’s busy city. Avoid the Liverpool One crush: head up Bold Street and turn right into Slater Street and on the right after about 100 yards.

You can sit or browse the extensive Christian Bookstore; buy from their bargain Booksales (special offers all year round); request help from staff members to find the exact Christian title you require (new or secondhand); purchase your Christian Greeting Cards, Christian Music CDs and DVDs. They have a considerable secondhand section of Christian Books and Theology (2000+ books: phone us or call in for listing).

Gladstones Café
If you want to take a break from shopping and relax in a definite Christian ambience, then Gladstones is the place for you! Great Food! Great Place! Great Prices!

Delicious food. Including Soup of the Day, freshly baked Ciabattas, French Toast and salads, as well as lighter lunches and home made cakes. Fair Trade Espresso Coffees made to your taste. Ample seating, lounge facilities and a lovely summer courtyard.



Radio around the world 01
… an often asked question and one that is almost impossible to answer when it comes to our medium wave listeners. If you do listen on medium wave why not give us a call or send an email and tell us when you listen, and where you are? Always good to hear from our listeners, we need you and we value your support!


However we do have clever software that will tell us when people are accessing our “webcasting” (techie speak for our internet broadcasts). So our statistical “nerd” spends an evening each month massaging data into more accurate information than the dodgy dossier. The result is a set of graphs on our office wall showing that our listening hours have increased to 2,500 hours each month, a cumulative 52,000 hours in the six years since we started. Over the past 18 months we have majored on adding our internet broadcasts to as many internet radio portals as we could find, and hence our listening numbers have increased significantly to the point where people are listening 24/7 and an encouraging number of people listen for more than 4 hours at a go.


WHERE are our listeners ? It is helpful to know that nearly 1,000 people listened via the internet in the last year with half of them contributing to 95% of our listening time. And they are all over the world … realising the 1999 vision of “healing waves flowing out of Merseyside”. Our last year’s improvement of our radio playing software enabled us to schedule our broadcasts round the clock, choosing interesting programmes through the night for people in different time zones. Obviously the majority of our listening hours (57% actually) are from the UK (37% from our broadcasting area), but what about the other hours – USA (27%), Philippines (7%), Europe (9%) and other countries (1%).


AND OF COURSE these people benefit from full stereo super hi-fi quality listening, wherever they are … at home, out in the streets, on the move and even in the car / bus / train. We were recently delighted when two local “older generation” residents triumphantly told us they listen to us via the internet … hoorah for the 21st Century!




LISTEN AGAIN is what it really says it is … enabling our listeners to choose when they want to catch up on a programme they have missed … and they do … in fact 140 people took advantage of this opportunity last month. It is not only the BBC that gives its listeners this opportunity; Flame CCR also does.

DETAIL … since 2013 we have been adding six hours of programmes each month to our LISTEN AGAIN capability so there are now 320 programmes available totalling 200 hours. Recently we added Chat Room programmes featuring Dave Croft (tribute), Doreen Kelly (prayer ministry), Gina Larrisey (adoption and life in care), Neil Roddy (drugs and punk music) and our two work experience students. We also added some Tilly Tuppence poems and completed the availability of the omnibus editions of the whole of our Pilgrim’s Progress dramatization. Every month we also add a composite collection of Jennifer Nevill’s Middle East News.

POPULARITY … we are finding this method of availability is very popular with our listeners. It also frees us from the responsibility of “burning” CDs and posting them to people … modern technology now enables people to LISTEN AGAIN to programmes on their mobile phones, or even download them for passing on to friends (and can burn their own CDs if they wish). Members of our Facebook group receive an availability message when we upload a new programme to LISTEN AGAIN and some people even “pass this on” to their friends so the social network works well to Flame’s advantage (God knew what he was doing when he planted the Facebook idea in people’s minds).

HOW MANY LISTENERS DO WE HAVE … a question on the lips of many people as they struggle to understand why we are so persistent with keeping Flame CCR on air. Well one answer is that some of our programmes have had nearly 200 listeners.

VARIETY is our intention … hence proverbs, interviews, preaching, missionary stories, devotionals, Heritage programmes, current affairs, debate, news, variety, drama, poetry, worship … it’s all there for you to enjoy in our 320 and increasing number of programmes.


THE ARTIST Joanne McClellan has seen her paintings displayed at the Tate North, and has also played drums at the prestigious St. George’s Hall, in Liverpool. For several years’ now, her artistic expression has been influenced by, and looks to reflect, what she feels was a ‘near-death’ experience.

SUCH EXPERIENCES can elicit emotional responses, when discussed – here, Joanne gently relates how she medically ‘died’ for a number of minutes, in a hospital bed. She describes how she was still aware of what was happening to her, and what she saw, including an encounter with Jesus Christ, she believes.

This is a serious interview about a controversial subject. It’s not for the faint-hearted and you can hear this Chat Room on Monday 13th June  from 13:30 and again on Tuesday 14th June at 20:00 and on Friday 17th from 16:00

The Summer Schedules Rolling Out this coming week

We continue to roll out our summer schedule and two new additions for Monday are Soul Cure from Cross Rhythms Radio, a programme that seeks to share the Gospel via Reggae, R&B and Urban music. You can get your first taste of this new show on Monday afternoon from 16:00 and Monday evening from 20:00 another opportunity to listen again to the music and conversation as you join Anthony Jones