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.

We asked him to tell us a little bit about his history, about his programme, and to show us exactly what makes it ‘surreal’. Continue reading


“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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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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Exeter’s Phonic FM – Alternative Community Radio

Phonic FM describe themselves as “Exeter’s Sound Alternative”. They’re about getting as far away from a commercial radio sound as possible.

They’re fairly new at it too, starting full-time broadcasting in 2008, after originally supporting Exeter’s Vibraphonic Festival with short term licenses.

Phonic FM Chairman

David Traherne, Phonic FM Chairman, with permission.

With over 160 volunteers, Phonic Chairman David Treharne told CommunityRaedio what made them tick… 

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Community Radio: A soundboard for new music

Lindsay Smith
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Lindsay Smith is an unsigned solo artist from Derbyshire, and an English student from the University of Exeter. She told Community RA+Edio why community radio was such an important resource for music acts such as herself.

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Interview with Ashuk Ahmed, Community Radio

The Diverse FM Studios- Original Community RA+Edio Image

Last month we spoke to Ashuk Ahmed of Diverse FM, a community station in Luton.

Over the years it has transformed into a fully-fledged community project, going far beyond its duties as a broadcaster.

Listen to Ashuk talking about the station’s ethos below.

Click here to for the original interview.