This page describes the main activities of the VRTN.
The work of the TN is carried out by 4 separate teams who record the local news every Thursday evening (sometimes there are 5 Thursdays in the month and then we have to pull together an extra team).
When The Guardian is published on a Wednesday, the first members of that week's team start work.
Copies of the paper are collected and the editor for that week reads it and selects items for inclusion in the recording that will go out that week.
Meanwhile, the previous week's memory sticks have been returned from the Listeners via Royal Mail, and these are checked ready to be re-recorded with the new version.
The readers, the editor and the recordist arrive at our venue (the Northwich Library in Witton Street, Northwich) and record the items taking it in turns to read so that each week's recording has a variety of voices.
The recording is done onto a computer via a sound deck which the recordist adjusts to get the best balance. Meanwhile, a separate team of 2 readers make a recording of the sports news.
About two hours later, all the reading and recording is done and handed over to the copiers who, having cleared the memory sticks from the week before, are ready to copy the new recordings .
The recorded memory sticks are checked and placed into yellow plastic postal wallets which are individually labelled with our listener's address. These are then carried down to the post office ready for dispatch.
After the listener has finished with the memory stick, they simply reverse the label on the wallet and pop it into the post ready for collection on the next Thursday - and the process begins all over again.
One of the teams making a recording
(the sweets and the coffee make it all go smoothly)
The Recordist at work
Sorting the wallets before doing the copying