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Keeping The Quay - Update

About a fortnight ago a petition I made was posted on the Vital Forum and I was contacted by Rug to ask if he could help by putting it on the front page. I jumped at this opportunity and so far it has been overwhelmingly successful based in a large part to Vital Pompey's help. This is an update of what I've been doing since the petition started.

Most of you would have read the petition in question, but anyone wanting to read it and sign it, here it is:

The day after writing the petition, I posted a link from any major Portsmouth Football Forum and encouraged people to spread the news to any I may have missed. I got a unanimous response from the Pompey fans, which confirmed the cause was a worthy one, and I continued to promote where possible.

After a week or so of this, I moved on to try and appeal to other teams, mostly by the way of generic Premier League forums, drumming up a mixed reaction. A lot of the sites which I posted it on got little to no response, and it was also taken down from a couple of sites, most probably for unreliable links, which is what I thought would happen. However I did get a couple of dozen signatures, which makes it all worth while.

It has been only in the last few days that I've changed my focus into using these signatures to try and help Keep The Quay. My first step was to e-mail Quay Radio and inform them about it, to see if they had any creative control about advertising on air, on their website, or wherever possible. I was in conversation with both Chris 'Wisey' Wise and Carl Ralley who were both unable to share much information on the topic, but both fully supported the cause.

I have also tried to contact Sam Matterface, who is quite tricky to get hold of and so far has not replied, but I remain hopeful that he will reply, he may be able to have a word with those at Sky Sports to maybe do a piece on the website or something. A long-shot I'm aware, but worth a shot.

My final step (which I completed about an hour before I wrote this update) was to e-mail a piece to The News (, and inform them on this petition, also encouraging them to do a piece either on their website, or in their paper for this cause, for the fans and for the city. I eagerly await their response.

Thanks again to anyone who has read/signed/helped pass on to their friends and family information about the petition, even if it fails to make any impact, it's good for the fans, and the station to know that it has mutual respect for one another.

If you have any questions, or any suggestions for any other steps I could take to help further the chances of this petition succeeding in keeping The Quay, please leave a comment below.

Thanks for reading and Play Up Pompey.

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Writer: PompeyFrippy Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 10 2009

Time: 12:13PM

Your Comments

I must be a moron - I wasn't aware of this!!! Still, duly signed for you Fripp, keep up the good work!
Who is the Petition to be sent to? I undersatnd from people at the Club, they tried hard to give the Quay time to take up the offer to broadcast the games live. They set their price for the next three seasons, which is below the amount the Quay get just from Sponsorship for the games from advertisers. They then make money on all the calls they drum up, and the Evening New's, Chris Wise etc were all for it. However, the Quay wanted the club to pay the bills run up but the commentators, including the hotel bills etc, hence why Wisey etc wont say too much. I think you may find thay agree with the club, that its not the CLub, or the Broadcasting team, its Quays Hierachy... and they risk going out of business without the games so a bad move. As for commentry, dont be surprised if Wisey and Macca move to another broadcaster, as lock stock and barrel, and this may be run by the club???? I have no solid proof on any of this, but is something i have heard a lot....???? Who knows.
frippy, as much as we appreciate you (and others) trying to save the commentry on the Quay, this is something that the club must be pressed over more so than other media outlets or ex-exployies of the station. PFC asked for more money for exclusive commercial radio rights. An amount The Quay can not afford. They are playing the schoolground bully in all of this which is a crying shame. The last time i checked an annual fee to have exclusive rights is something in the region of 20,000 a year (premiership). and now i think PFC have increased the amount!. Also you have to bear in mind the ISDN costs which are not cheap, the quay have to pay for petrol and staff for every match day. Radio is going through a bad time like any other business at the moment. The cutting of staff, 'hubbing' various areas of the business. Even the likes of Ocean FM (now heart) only have 2 shows per day from its fareham studios, the rest is from london....all to save money PFC could EASILY cover an annunal expenditure for The Quay . After all, this cost would be cheaper per year than what we paid Sol Campbell per week. Personally I would be grilling Peter Storrie over this matter untl something is resolved. Rug made a good point a few weeks ago on sure they players could chip in and pay for it! a drop in the ocean for the likes of Jamo and Crouchy. Until then though, im affraid to say it dont look good. (knowing the radio industry the way it is currently)
Midge, the most important people I have sent this to is The News, they have got back to me and are eager to publish a piece on it. I'm expecting a phone call shortly to discuss the matter and hopefully get it into tomorrows paper. This leads me on to Andy's point. I'm hoping that if word gets around how much this radio station means to the fans, and one of 'The Good Doctors' personal advisers let him know, he will have the power to sort it within minutes, and with a lot of change going on within the club at the moment, it would probably be less hassle to keep it as it is. That's the dream anyway.
Frippy - good efforts mate keep it up. Any help we at VP can give will be given.
You could wait just a little bit longer and when the takeover is complete the ever attention seeking sheik will obviously want to meet the fans,BANG go see him and tell him our wonderfull fans rely on the excellent coverage from the quay and tell him to sort it or the camel gets it.
Jason, taking it up with the doctor is a great idea - until the takeover happens its difficult to imagine anything happening about anything. Great effort Frippy!
Thanks, nobody has SAF's address by any chance, I've tried but to no success.
fippy: re: Dr Safs email Apprently its with yahoo, he signed up 6 weeks ago but he is waiting for an email to confirm his account (serves him right). he thought it would only take 2 weeks.
I need to speak with the good "doctor" anyway,it turns out he is gonna offer 20 camels for English women to help him settle in England,he can have my other half for 20 Benson and Hedges.
I've signed Frippy. We need the Quay's coverage.
Be careful Jason.. he's a tough negotiator apparently... You might just end up with a packet of rizlas !!
I think we better keep the Doc away from the local women. We need his time & energy for those 11 men on the pitch!!!

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