Petition to protect country music in Norfolk set up
A West Norfolk country singer and his daughter have started a petition to save country music on the county's airwaves.
Mervyn Futter of Tilney St Lawrence said the intention is to reverse the BBC's decision to remove Rodeo Norfolk as part of a cost-cutting reduction of specialist shows on the radio.
The petition has already been signed 300 times and has been entitled 'Keep Country Music on BBC Radio Norfolk'.
Mr Futter, who set up the petition with his daughter and fellow musician Maria, said: "Coming back from Covid-19, local clubs and venues need help more than ever to get back on their feet.
"Rodeo Norfolk is still hugely popular but BBC bosses are axing all specialist shows in an attempt to save money by keeping the massive scaled down program format that was introduced on Covid lockdown."
The show was started on Radio Norfolk nearly 40-years-ago by Roy Waller who was succeeded by Keith Greentree 10-years-ago.
The petition states: "The decision has nothing to do with audience figures, they are good and always have been. Indeed it is one of the most popular shows on the station. Rodeo Norfolk has been axed and the Big Country Show must also be another candidate for the BBC axe."
Mr Futter has suggested a compromise can be made by reverting to specialist country music shows at weekends as part of the "proper local radio content" while maintaining the new post-lockdown schedule on weekdays.
If those wishing to sign are unable to access the petition via social media platforms, Mr Futter has encouraged people to also write to:
FAO Peter Cook (Rodeo Norfolk)
The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1BH
The petition can be found at www.petitiononline.uk/keep-country-music-on-bbc-radio-norfolk.
For more information on Mr Futter's music, visit https://mervandmaria.com/
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