A new community radio show is about to launch on BBC Radio Wiltshire.
Running every Sunday from 6pm to 10pm, the programme will champion undiscovered talent and provide four hours of dedicated content for the area’s black and Asian communities, according to station editor Mary Sanders
The first show this Sunday looks into the dizzying world of Korean cooking and features an interview with Tanya Maniktala, the star of hit new BBC drama A Suitable Boy.
Presenter Manny Masih will also speak to Pradeep Bhardwaj, who has been helping Indian nationals unable to return home from the UK due to coronavirus, and will find out how the Caribbean island of Grenada is preparing to welcome its first British tourists in months – right in the middle of hurricane season.
The show will broadcast across Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, and the Swindon-based radio station promises there will be an exciting new playlist of world music.
“Our black and Asian communities are a huge part of the area’s culture,” said Manny, who grew up in Swindon and has been broadcasting for more than 20 years.
“In Gloucester alone more than 75 languages are spoken. I’d love to get someone who speaks each of those languages on air.
“The show is for the black and Asian communities but also for anyone who wants to learn more about other cultures.
“There will be music, interviews and great chat, so there’s something for everyone.”
Listeners can tune into the Manny Masih Show on BBC Radio Wiltshire online, on the BBC Sounds app, DAB or at 103.5 FM.
The show will be available afterwards on BBC Sounds.