News Roundup- 15th March

Community Radio News

The first round for Ofcom’s Community Radio Funding applications in 2012/3 will open on 9 April.

Grants can only be made to community radio licensees who are broadcasting under a community radio license. The latest application form and guidance notes are available from their website.

The deadline is 11 May 2012.

A COMMUNITY radio DJ from Northampton has hit the national airwaves after Radio 1Xtra producers heard his local show.

South African DJ Mkhukhwini – real name Ndumiso Jonna Dlamini – worked his first slot as a regular guest DJ on Radio 1 Extra’s Destination Africa show last week.

The 35-year-old said he was offered the slot after producers listened to The African Show, the show he has been hosting for about a year at Inspiration FM, based in Sheep Street, Northampton.

His Inspiration FM show will continue to be broadcast every Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm.


Anglesey has a new community radio station as Môn FM launched this week.

The station broadcast live for one day and will continue as an online station as they pursue an Ofcom License.

Chairman Vaughan Evans is already looking ahead to the licence which will give the station a permanent home on FM. He said “We’ve ticked all the right boxes and now just have to keep our fingers crossed.”

For more information, visit


People living in Bridport and Lyme Regis will have a chance to get behind a microphone and train as radio presenters with the Bridport FM ‘Have a go Day’.

The community radio station is offering a free radio training day for the over-50s at Bridport Arts Centre on Monday 19th March from 10am to 1pm. It will be led by Debra Hearne and Georgie Green from Windrose Rural Media Trust, Bridport FM’s project partners.

Participants will learn about interview technique, presentation skills and how to use the digital recording equipment to make radio programmes of their own.

For further information about the free training or the Bridport FM project, contact Kate Wilson on 01308 427 183 or


LOCHABER’S local radio station could be forced off air permanently unless thousands of pounds can be raised to meet the cost of vital transmitter repairs.

The volunteers who run Fort William based Nevis Radio have now issued an SOS appeal to the Lochaber public to help them meet the repairs bill, or face losing the service completely.

Donations can be made to the ‘Nevis Radio Transmitter Appeal’ at the station’s studios on the Ben Nevis Estate, Fort William, or shortly through the website.


Yate FM is a new community, semi-automated internet radio station for Yate and Chipping Sodbury boroughs. 

It is online 24 hours a day and the station plays a mixture of music with live and pre recorded shows. They are looking from volunteers to continue their station.

If you want to get involved with Yate.FM, get in contact by phoning 07827869212.

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