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

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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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“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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Community Radio reaches more adults than ever before

1.3 million more people than last year can now enjoy the services of their local community radio station.

The latest Ofcom report on community radio shows that the stations are reaching more adults across the UK than ever before. It is estimated that 10.5 million adults are now able to receive the community radio station aimed at them. This is a 1.3 million increase on last year.


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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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Community Radio in the Red

Community Radios are getting poorer as Ofcom report a 19% drop in their average incomes.

The latest statistics come from the broadcasting regulator’s latest annual report on the community radio sector.

Ofcom’s report for the previous year (2009/10) showed a 6% drop in average incomes, so these recent statistics show a significant drop in the financial health the of community radio sector. Continue reading

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.