Sarah Gabriel

Jo Merriman

Pigmented ink on Pianola music scroll

Jo (nickname ‘Buzzy’) has been volunteering for her South West arts community by hosting a regular radio show on 3Way FM (with her partner Bill) for the past 6 years, promoting ‘the arts’ in all its forms. By interviewing artists, Jo broadens awareness of what’s going on creatively in the broader community. Through her music playlist and conversations, she connects people in regional areas, providing her listeners with a sense of belonging where social isolation is often present. Community radio gives artists another platform to talk about their work, exhibitions and play music – beyond their personal social media reach. It’s important, as not every artist gets a gig or exhibition.