Update 11 April: Adeje Ayuntamiento says:
In its first six months on air English Time, which is broadcast twice weekly on Radio Sur Adeje, 107.9fm, from 1 to 1.30, has established itself as an informative and welcome part of the ex-pat day. The Adeje mayor said he was “very happy with the way the programme has developed and its success, particularly as we have noticed that it’s not just foreign residents who are listening, but a lot of Spanish residents are also tuning into English Time and using the programme to help improve their English”.
According to presenter Clio O’Flynn, an Irish woman resident in the Adeje village of Callao Salvaje, it has been a fascinating, challenging and rewarding first six months. “The programme has already established some excellent regular contributors, such as the highly respected local British blogger Janet Anscombe, Colin Kirby, as well as inputs from journalists based here, Spanish, British and Irish, freelance and staff from national and local publications such as Island Connections Canarian Weekly and Diario de Avisos, and I am always delighted to welcome the local talent onto the programme”. The British and Irish Consuls Steve Jones and Ward Woods, as well as Embassy staff have also appeared on the programme, as has the Irish Ambassador to Spain Mr Justin Harman, on the eve of Ireland’s accession to the presidency of the EU. Tenerife’s Cabildo president Ricardo Melchior was also one of the many welcome guests.
However the programme is very focused on news and views from Adeje and South Tenerife, and members of the Adeje council are regular contributors, in English, to the programme, as are members of other neighbouring councils and the Tenerife Cabildo.
The programme, in line with the policy of Radio Sur Adeje, sees itself very much as a public service provider, and in recent weeks devoted time to bringing listeners information on making tax returns, the new legislation covering the declaration of overseas assets, local and insular assistance during strikes or weather disruptions as well as clarifying issues such as driving licence renewal and most recently confusion over a by law regarding laundry and barbecues on balconies.
English Time is continuing to grow and develop and there is also now a blog, Adeje English Time (http://englishtimeadeje.com/) and a facebook page where people can interact with the programme in English. The programme is also beginning a series that will focus on new businesses in Adeje, particulary those that are linked to the development of tourism and involve ex-pats.
The programme also depends greatly upon the advice and help of the Adeje council team and the Radio Sur Adeje personnel. “I have been made feel extremely welcome and helped in every possible way during these first six months by the team”, said Clio O’Flynn.
If you would like to contact English Time please ‘like’ the Facebook page, visit the blog, or listen to the programme on Mondays and Thursdays, on Radio Sur Adeje, 107.9fm and get in touch.
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If you would like to listen in live, the link is HERE.
Update 31 January: There’s a recording to download HERE if anyone missed it and would like to hear it.
Update 30 January 2013: I’ll be back on English time, Radio Sur Adeje, tomorrow between 1 and 1.30pm talking about the illegal letting fine enforcement and the resident discount on travel within Spain.
Update 20 December 2pm: Please click HERE to download a recording of the news roundup.
Update 20 December: Intermittent fault on phoneline permitting, I will be doing a brief news of the year roundup with Clio O’Flynn on Adeje Sur Radio English Time between 1 and 1.30 today. You can listen online HERE.
Update 12 November 4pm: Here’s the interview for anyone who’d like to hear it but missed it at the time.
pdate 12 November: Radio Sur Adeje 1-1.30 today talking, among other things, about the Consulate, and the new Callao Salvaje beach and coastal walkway. See the radio station’s FB page HERE.
Original post 25 October: I was interviewed on Adeje Sur Radio earlier today on the illegal letting issue. Adeje Sur Radio is a Spanish station run by the Ayuntamiento, but it has a twice weekly English slot, hosted by Clio O’Flynn, former editor of Island Connections. If you want to check out the station, it has a FB page HERE, or you can listen online HERE, or read the blogspot HERE. If you would just like to hear the interview, however, please just click on the following link which will download it onto your computer to play.