News Roundup- 8th March

Community Radio News

Bradford Community Broadcasting celebrates ten years of full-time broadcast.

BCB 106.6FM has seen over 230 volunteers contribute to the station, which has been running for twenty years in total.

It was originally chosen as one of fifteen pilot stations by the Radio Authority in 2002, and has kept its licence ever since.

The anniversary will be celebrated with a series of programmes, including a world record attempt for the highest number of people presenting a single radio programme.

Koast Radio returns to the airwaves.

Thanks to a £5000 grant from Coal UK, the station, broadcasting to south Northumberland, will be back on air for another four week stint on FM.

Station Manager Vicky Oakley said, “I believe there is definitely a real need for a community radio station in this area… We have 20,000 people a month regularly listening to us online.”

Koast are hoping to hoping to apply for a full-time licence in the future.

Click to listen for yourself.

Oxford gets its first permanent community radio station.

OX105 FM broadcast live for the first time last week, after receiving a five-year licence for from Ofcom, and a £13,000 from the City Council.

With a younger target audience than many community stations, they kicked off with a dance music slot by DJ Spex.

The station had originally run several pilots under the name OX4 FM, but have now rebranded to reflect the wider community.

Its’ chairman, Geno Humphrey, said “This has been a real community effort. People have been in and helping to plaster and paint the building, and all our DJs have put in their own time to train”

For more information, see OX105’s website here.

Alan Shearer sends good luck message to local station.

The former Newcastle United legend has pledged his support to Synergy radio, who began a 28 day broadcast this weekend.

He said, “I’d like to wish all volunteers involved in the launch of Synergy the very best of luck for their broadcast”.

Synergy, based in Bedlington, are aiming to provide a community radio service for people in south east Northumberland, and bring attention to local volunteer groups, societies and projects.

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