New contributor joins talking newspaper

The West Shropshire Talking Newspaper (WSTN) has just recruited Tom Farrell of Wem who has offered to provide news and information from his home town. Tom is currently engaged in media studies at Cheshire College, Crewe but he visited the talking newspaper studios in Shrewsbury to record an introductory interview with the WSTN’s  Alan Wilding (pictured above) for this week’s newspaper.

Having looked around the WSTN studio and inspected the recording equipment, Tom rated it: “state of the art” and “pretty cool”. He explained to Alan that he had done a work experience placement at BBC Shropshire and said: “I went out talking to people, asking questions and I made some recordings. It was really interesting and made me feel I wanted to get into more radio.”

Within its wider geographical area, the WSTN covers the Wem district in two ways - by reading stories from the Shropshire Star and also by including regular recorded reports from the town.

Alan asked Tom how he proposed to tackle the production of recorded reports. Tom said: “I think I’m pretty knowledgeable about the area and I’m hoping to talk to people and speed it back to you to keep people informed.”

Alan Wilding commented: “All of us at the WSTN are delighted to have recruited someone with Tom’s considerable ability and enthusiasm to fill this important role within our charity. We are also hoping to find someone to fill a similar vacancy with us for a correspondent in Church Stretton.

Tom’s first contribution from Wem is scheduled for the talking newspaper to be published during the first week ofJuly and he said he plans to focus on the town’s High Street.

The introductory interview can be heard in full on this week’s recording by visiting: and there is a video clip on