Community Radio- A Space For Experimentation

Community Radio- A Space For Experimentation

An hour on the station each day that was completely zany and in essence out of tune with the listenership”

Radio J com in Leeds is home to ‘The Surreal Hour’, hosted by Ed Moss who has over 30 years of radio experience.

Over the years, Ed has presented many a rock show on various stations and has a self proclaimed

Ed Moss
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music taste that consists of “the unusual and incomprehensible”.

Unlike professional radio hospital, community, and student radio stations can often be a place for experimentation- where you can take the time to test ideas out and take a risk on programming that is outlandish.  Ed Moss’ ‘Surreal Hour’ is a fantastic example of this.

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Getting the Green Light- A Look at Getting a Community Radio Licence

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Ofcom has just announced that it is going to grant 4 new licences to stations in Devon and Cornwall. CHBN will cater for the Truro audience, Penwith Radio for the Penzance community, Redruth Radio for Redruth and the surrounding villages, and Totnes FM will service Totnes.  (For more information about these stations see the Ofcom news realease).

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Radio Maelor: The Changing Face of Hospital Radio

Radio Maelor in Wrexham has been broadcasting to the patients of Maelor Hospital since 1979 when it was started by the Hospital’s League of Friends. Yet, despite thirty-three years of broadcasting, the station has had a bit of an image change in the last twelve months. Radio Maelor is the latest station to be featured in The Changing Face of Hospital Radio section of Community RA+Edio.

Catherine Ollier, Wednesday night presenter, 8pm, Join Our Club
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Catherine Ollier has been working at Radio Maelor since she was 19 years old and presents the Join Our Club programme. In 2010 she was awarded a certificate from the Hospital Broadcasting Association for fifteen years of service to the station. She told Community RA+Edio about how the station has been changing its image.

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“I’m not sure that anybody has the right to broadcast” – Interview with Janey Gordon, Community Radio Academic

Janey Gordon is a leading academic in community radio. She is the author of several books about community media used in Universities across the country, and a Principle Lecturer in Media at the University of Bedfordshire.

Image with permission of Janey Gordon, Radio LaB

On top of that, Janey is project co-ordinator for Radio LaB, a relatively new community radio station based within the University. We asked her how the station got started, and what they were doing differently…

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An Interview with Award-Winning Producer, Ian Pinnell

“There is a lot more to hospital radio other than just pressing play on music and talking through the microphone”

Ian Pinnell is a regular face to be found at Radio Cherwell in Churchill Hospital in Oxford. Programmes Controller, presenter, and most importantly a producer- Ian put together the stations entry for HBA station of the year 2012 and it won the bronze award! And on top of all this, Ian runs his own production and radio imaging company!

With all Ian’s wealth of experience as a producer, we at Community RA+Edio thought we might ask him a few questions about what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ at Hospital Radio and about all the work that goes on whilst the mic faders are down. Continue reading

News Roundup- 28th April

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Hospital Radio News

Birmingham Hospital Radio has its own diamond jubilee

It has been broadcasting across major hospitals in the city for 60 years now.

They are celebrating with an anniversary ball on May the 19th where past and present members and presenters will be gathering.

The station are also in the difficult process of moving studios- they are about to sign a lease to take over an old Operating Theatre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

To find out more about their 60th celebrations go to their website

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News Roundup- 28th April

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Community Radio News

Radio station in breach of its license

Rossendale Radio stopped broadcasting last month and now Ofcom has ruled that it failed to meet the requirements of its license.

The Ofcom bulletin said “Community radio licences are granted for a five-year period, and broadcasting a service, as well as providing other outputs such as opportunities for volunteers, is required throughout the period.” It was these requirements that the station was in breach of.

The station was also not financially viable- the statement on their website highlighted 18 months of financial difficulty.

At the moment there are plans to try and revive the station but they will have to wait until Spring 2013 to place a bid with Ofcom for a new license. Continue reading

Community Radio Fund: The North West comes out on top since 2005

The biggest struggle for any community radio station is finding and sustaining funding needed to operate.

One go-to source of funding is The Community Radio Fund. With the deadline for the first round of 2012/13 growing near, we thought we would have a detailed look at how it works, and where exactly that money has been going.

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“We welcome it, but we are wary”- Swindon Viewpoint on Community TV

Last month we looked in detail at government plans to introduce local community television in the UK. Regardless of the obstacles in making this a reality, it undoubtedly has the potential to transform community media, and establish a powerful new platform for our local areas.

Martin Parry, with permission from Swindon Viewpoint

Surprisingly, Community TV is not a new idea. Swindon Viewpoint describe themselves as a “focal point for the visual life and times” of the Swindon area. Beginning in 1958, they have transformed into an online living, breathing and growing documentary about all aspects of their local history (and present!). It is an endlessly explorable vault of diverse, well-created programmes. Despite all this, Swindon is not on any list of potential locations in plans for rolling out new local stations. Dubbed “the original YouTube”, we spoke to Chairman Martin Parry about what community media like this can really achieve.

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Radio Allerton: The Changing Face of Hospital Radio

Radio Allerton in Leeds is this week’s hospital radio station to be profiled in The Changing Face of Hospital Radio section on Community RA+Edio.

The station began broadcasting at 10am on Saturday 11th March 1978 and has been serving the patients of Chapel Allerton Hospital ever since.However, it has not always been smooth over the past thirty-four years.

Radio Allerton’s Chairman, Francis Klonowski told Community RA+Edio about the station’s broadcasting journey. 

Francis Klonowski, Radio Allerton Chairman.
All images in this article used with the permission of Francis Klonowski

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