“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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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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News Roundup- 10th April

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Community Radio News

Eleven brand new full-time community radio licenses have been awarded by Ofcom.

The new services, each with a five year license, are in south west England and Wales. Congratulations to all, we look forward to hearing them live soon!

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News Roundup- 10th April

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Hospital Radio News

A Nantwich station has helped raise funds for a neonatal unit. 

RedShift Radio organised an Easter Family Fun Day at the Nantwich Jazz Festival this Easter Monday. The event was held to raise funds for a new intensive care unit for Mid Chesire Hospitals.

It is in aid of the One in Eleven Appeal, who are fundraising to build the facilities, a cause they say is close to many people’s hearts.

The event included an Easter Egg hunt, face painting, and live music in order to gather support.

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Sony Radio Academy Awards 2012- Announcement

With the IRN News Award winners announced today, Radio award season is in full swing.

Now, THIS FRIDAY, it’s time for one of the most esteemed events in the radio calendar- the Sony Radio Academy Awards. They’re open to any station with an OFCOM licence, including all Community, Hospital and Student radio stations. We’re excited to see some of the hard work of volunteers around the UK being rewarded.

We’re especially look forward to the Station of the Year (300,000 and under) category, which stations like KCC Live were nominated for in 2011.

We are going to be LIVE BLOGGING AND TWEETING as the nominations are revealed on Friday from 1:30pm.

You can sign up for a reminder and catch all the excitement on our new live blog here!

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Are you hoping for a nomination? What will it mean for you? If you’re a community, hospital or even student radio station excited about Friday’s announcements—get in touch with us we’d love to hear from you! Tweet us, comment on this post, or email us.

Local TV: Explained

By the end of this year, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt plans to give out the first Local
Television licenses in the UK. He hopes to have a number of initial services up and running by June 2015.

Jeremy Hunt – Creative Commons, Courtesy of HowardLake, Flikr

His plans have been widely criticised as a vanity project—unviable and complicated.So what does it all really mean?

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Why be a Volunteer Presenter on Community Radio?

What’s the point if nobody is listening?

It’s a concern many volunteers and potential volunteers have voiced to us.

It’s obvious community radio is never going to draw in numbers the likes of the BBC or national commercial stations, so we wanted to find out what it is volunteer presenters LOVE about their work. 

Mark Armitage of Phonic FM, with permission

Mark Armitage has presented a show entitled ‘Strangely Strange but Oddly Normal’ for the past four years. He told CommunityRaedio about his experiences… 

 “I’m not a musician but I’m an avid music fan”.

“When I was 12 I was subjected by my sister to the Beatles in the mid 60’s. I started listening to a wider range of stuff when my aunt gave me an LP of Blood Sweat and Tears when I was 15. “

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News Roundup- 8th March

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Hospital Radio News

Radio 590 Peterborough have taken a theatrical leap.

Patients of Peterbrough City Hospital have been treated to a live performance of Oscar Wilde’s comedy play The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Peterborough Mask Theatre group were on air for two hours to entertain, using household items to create realistic sound effects such as cat litter and sugar cubes. Radio 590 estimate that hundreds of patients tuned in to hear the broadcast. Carolyn English, one of the actors, said “I know if I was lying in bed in hospital that The Importance of Being Earnest is the sort of thing I would want to listen to”.

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News Roundup- 8th March

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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.

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