Welcome to Issue #22 Jan 2019
In this edition, we introduce the new Chair and Vice Chair of the Community Media Association and have news on the consultation for Ofcom's Proposed Annual Plan 2019/20, major changes to BBC Services across England and updates from Ujima Radio, Angel Radio, Buchan Radio, Unity101, Andover Radio and Gateway 97.8.

We also share news on the free 'Future of Radio' event at the University of Bedfordshire, UN World Radio Day and how to get involved, the EDTech and Talking Ink podcasts, planning techniques from the breakfast presenter at Drystone Radio, how to apply to the Women's Voices event organised by the Media Trust. Find out about the New York Radio Awards, the Rachael Bland New Podcast Award, the BBC Digital Journalism Apprenticeship scheme, Business Support for BAME organisations. Twelve words to banish from your press release, a producer's checklist and eight cool tips for having better conversations on air. And finally, there's why 2019 will be a crucial year for audio.

We couldn't cram in everything so head over to the Chat Forum for details about a half-day workshop on 'Microphones Types, Techniques & Applications',  an Essential Radio Skills workshop in Bristol, the Media Democracy Festival, the CMA's next meeting with Ofcom, and much much more.

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Strategy & Policy Updates
CMA Elects New Chair and Vice Chair
Following the December Annual General Meeting of the Community Media Association (CMA) and the first meeting of its newly elected Council, the CMA has elected Danny Lawrence of Gateway 97.8 as the new Chair and Janey Gordon of the University of Bedfordshire as Vice Chair.

Danny Lawrence said “I’m delighted to be elected Chair of the Community Media Association and I look forward to a very important year ahead. However, I’d first like to thank the outgoing Chair, Lucinda Guy of Soundart Radio, for the three years of hard work and dedication to community radio that she has put in. 2019 will be a crucial year for community radio with the legislation for small-scale DAB to be finalised, new community radio stations licensed, licence variations for coverage extensions and improvements granted, and hopefully, we expect to see a resolution for fourth-term community radio licences. I’d also like to thank Rob Watson who has been Acting Chair for the last month. I’m looking forward to working with my Vice Chair, Janey Gordon from the University of Bedfordshire, and with the rest of the CMA Council and CMA staff”.

Bill Best, Operations Manager of the CMA said “I'm looking forward to working with Danny, a long-standing member of the CMA, in what will be a pivotal year for smaller radio broadcasters as licensing for small-scale DAB is scheduled to begin by the end of the year. It has been a pleasure working closely with Lucinda, our outgoing Chair, and with Rob Watson our former Acting Chair”.

Outgoing Chair, Lucinda Guy, wrote an end-of-year report for the CMA which can be download here. And Acting Chair, Rob Watson, also summed up last year here.

Dom Chambers, of Somer Valley Radio, talks to the Danny Lawrence here in the Radio Today programme.

Read more on the Community Media Association's website here.

Consultation: Ofcom’s Proposed Annual Plan 2019-20

Ofcom’s Proposed Annual Plan 2019-20 sets out their proposed plans for the next financial year. The final plan, to be published in March 2019, will consider responses from stakeholders to their proposal document. The Community Media Association is collating sector responses to the proposed Annual Plan. The deadline for these responses is 1st February as Ofcom’s deadline for consultation responses is 8 February 2019. Click here to submit your response.

For more information on the proposed plan and consultation click here.

BBC Announces Major Changes to Services Across England
The BBC is “reinventing and refreshing” its offer in England - including BBC local radio and regional TV news - to ensure it provides the 'best possible services to all audiences across the country'. Recently announced plans include the launch of a digital platform aimed at young audiences and a simplified leadership structure as the BBC seeks to improve its offer to English audiences.

Changes include expanding to England the award-winning online platform for young people created by BBC Scotland called The Social and continuing the work already underway to reinvent Local Radio so it owns local conversations, fully reflects the diverse communities it serves and becomes the front-door for new talent into the BBC, uncovering and nurturing the broadcasting stars of tomorrow. Chris Burns, who was announced in 2018 as the Head of Audio and Digital, will continue to lead local radio. It means the number of senior managers will reduce from eleven to eight. To read the full article and proposed changes click here.
The Audio Content Fund is a new scheme supported by the UK Government to provide funding for original radio and audio production. Sam Bailey, a Commissioning Executive for BBC Radio 1, has been appointed as Managing Director of the Audio Content Fund.

The Community Media Association discussed the Audio Content Fund with DCMS last Autumn and is now engaged in dialogue with the AudioUK with regard to drawing up the guidelines for how the Fund will work. Richard Hilton on the CMA Council has extensive experience of the Community Radio Fund, administered by Ofcom, and will also be advising the Audio Content Fund as to how to encourage engagement with the community radio sector. The CMA is also currently in correspondence with an independent radio producer about working with community radio stations. 
Community Updates
ITV News Visits Ujima Radio for Brexit Update

On the eve of the Brexit vote in Parliament, ITV News paid a visit to Bristol community radio station Ujima Radio to get the community's opinion about the current political landscape. Read the article in the Bristol Post here.
Angel Radio Documentary Aired on European TV
A 30-minute documentary about multi-award winning community radio station Angel Radio based in Havant, Hampshire has just been aired on the pan-EuropeanTV station, ARTE. Click here to watch the documentary via the ARTE website.

Buchan Radio Prepares for FM Launch

A popular Peterhead radio station is preparing to broadcast on FM at the end of the month. Buchan Radio will make the move to 107.9FM towards the end of January but will still be available to stream online for listeners outside the Buchan area. The move to FM is the latest step for the Broad Street-based station, which started broadcasting online for the first time in April 2013. Station manager Ronnie Arthur said: “We were awarded the FM licence last May and since then we have been busy pulling everything together.

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A popular Peterhead radio station is preparing to broadcast on FM at the end of the month. Buchan Radio will make the move to 107.9FM towards the end of January but will still be available to stream online for listeners outside the Buchan area. The move to FM is the latest step for the Broad Street-based station, which started broadcasting online for the first time in April 2013. Station manager Ronnie Arthur said: “We were awarded the FM licence last May and since then we have been busy pulling everything together.

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A popular Peterhead radio station is preparing to broadcast on FM at the end of the month. Buchan Radio will make the move to 107.9FM towards the end of January but will still be available to stream online for listeners outside the Buchan area. The move to FM is the latest step for the Broad Street-based station, which started broadcasting online for the first time in April 2013. Station manager Ronnie Arthur said: “We were awarded the FM licence last May and since then we have been busy pulling everything together.

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A popular Peterhead radio station is preparing to broadcast on FM at the beginning of February. Buchan Radio will make the move to 107.9FM next month but will still be available to stream online for listeners outside the Buchan area. The move to FM is the latest step for the station which started broadcasting online in April 2013.

Station Manager Ronnie Arthur said: “We were awarded the FM licence last May and since then we have been busy pulling everything together. Our online broadcast will continue - we have listeners tuning in from all around the world".

Buchan Radio’s FM signal will initially reach the Buchan area but the station hopes that this will expand across Aberdeenshire in the future. Ronnie continued: “A lot of people doubted us and said that we would never get a licence but we’ve battled through and Ofcom have rewarded us with one. “We think Peterhead is ready for a new sound and a feel-good station."
Unity 101 Celebrates on Awards Night

Southampton community radio station Unity 101 had a 5 page spread in its local newspaper, the Daily Echo dedicated to its 13th Anniversary Awards and Achievement Dinner at the Grand Harbour Hotel, held on the 4th of January 2019. More than 300 guests, including volunteers from the radio station, as well as partners from the private, public and voluntary sectors attended the evening that saw a wide variety of awards given out in recognition of the work of the volunteers and partners over the years.Congratulations Unity 101!

Andover Radio Starts Work on a New Community Bus 

Community radio station Andover Radio  is renovating a single-decker bus as part of a £77,000 award to design and deliver community projects to reduce social isolation in the local area. The bus will showcase a fully-equipped multimedia studio and social area where people from in and around Andover can take part in engaging projects which include recording audio and video stories for broadcast.

Andover Radio is the owner of Love Andover, the community development arm of the radio station.
Community Development director Mo Sweeney says, “There are plenty of people around the town who suffer isolation for one reason or another, it might be sight problems, their age or health issues." Adding “We intend to create innovative and really engaging projects to encourage those who may be suffering from depression, dementia or social anxiety and get them involved in new, really fun, rewarding activities.” For more information on the project click here.

Gateway 97.8 #IWill

A series of compelling radio documentaries made by Basildon young people saw a spike in the online stats and social media interactions for community radio station Gateway 97.8. The documentaries were created in collaboration with health provider Motivated Minds over a six month period, as part of a social action project dubbed #iWill.

Since last summer, more than 50 young people participated in the shows, discussing their personal experiences with issues including mental health problems, crime and autism. Johnny Jenkins, from Southend, helmed the project and presented three of the special shows. He said: “The project has created many opportunities for young people to share their own life experiences. I was incredibly impressed by the courage and the professionalism of all the young people involved. I have been left feeling inspired".

Listeners can listen to the shows on the station’s catch-up service at

Podcasts & Other Media

The Future of Radio - Event at the Uni of Bedfordshire, 6th Feb 

For the longest time we have been consuming radio in the same way – via our FM/AM dials. Radio is still hugely popular, 89% of UK people tune in at least once a week ( But since the dawn of the digital era, radio has been going through changes with social media, DAB radio, and the rise of the podcasting movement. So what is the future of radio?

Join us for this very special recording of the Fantastic Noise podcast at the University of Bedfordshire discussing the outlook of our beloved audio medium.
Fantastic Noise launched in summer 2018 as an audio platform for themed discussions on what makes good radio and audio. 

This free event is taking place at the University of Bedfordshire on Wednesday 6th February, 17.30 to 20:00. To book your place via Eventbrite click here.
UN World Radio Day - 13th February 2019
The theme of this year's UN World Radio Day on the 13th February 2019 is Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace.

Radio is uniquely positioned to bring communities together and foster positive dialogue for change. By listening to its audiences and responding to their needs, radio provides the diversity of views and voices needed to address the challenges we all face. Broadcasts that provide a platform for dialogue and democratic debate over issues such as migration or violence against women, can help to raise awareness among listeners and inspire understanding for new perspectives in paving the way for positive action.

To get involved in World Radio Day 2019 click here and here are 10 ideas for celebrating the impact of radio in the pursuit of a more peaceful and tolerant world.

Global Innovators on the EdTech Podcast

Recorded at the HundrED Summit in Helsinki, episode #136 of the EdTech Podcast hears from global innovators with backgrounds in user design who apply their thinking to create bold learning experiences. Plus, find out how the under 18s with a passion for audio and podcasting can enter The Young Arias competition. To listen to the podcast click here.

Radio Cardiff Launch 'Talking Ink' Podcast
Community station Radio Cardiff has just launched a new podcast called Talking Ink. Created by Lucy Smith, the podcast is a collection of stories, poems and ways of thinking from Radio Cardiff.  Listen to Episode One: Outsiders here. Talking Ink is sponsored by Seren Books, Wales’ leading independent publisher.

Breakfast Presenter Shares His Planning Techniques

Drystone Radio took to the airwaves back in 2009. Steve Brown has been part of the team for the past 7 years and presenting the breakfast programme (Carven at Breakfast, which airs from 7am to 10am every weekday) for the past 3 years. In this short YouTube video Brown explains that it normally takes him about 2 hours to organise and arrange the show with all the traffic and travel news, sports and entertainment news, local features and guests. Brown says: “I’m thoroughly enjoying serving the people of Carvendale and the surrounding areas” and whilst most of his guests are local he occassionally gets to meet a few celebrities, such as singer Joan Armatrading when she performed at the Harrogate Theatre.To view the video click here.
Social media is changing community radio
Two Rivers Radio is an online community radio station in the centre of York. It broadcasts from The Corner Pin pub on Tanner Row in York every Monday and from the Lendal Cellars on the last Wednesday of every month. Also special events such as the Bishopthorpe Road Street Party and Dyls Party in the Park.

Jez Russell, Station Manager, 33 said for a radio station that is only broadcast online, social media is very important as it is a way to interact with the listeners while you are on air.
Events & Campaigns
Women's Voices 2019
The Media Trust is a charity that work in partnership with the creative and media industry to give marginalised groups a stronger voice. If your charity supports women and girls, or is looking to raise awareness, engage with or drive action among women, then The Media Trust invites you to apply for a place on its Women’s Voices event on International Women’s Day 2019.

Each successful charity will be matched to a team of media and creative volunteers from the likes of Google and Bloombergs and will receive bespoke advice on their communications challenge.You’ll also hear from the inspirational Kate Dale, Head of Campaign Strategy at Sport England and the brain behind the multi-award winning campaign, This Girl Can. For more information click here.

Funding Training & Awards

Entries now open for the 2019 New York Radio Awards

The New York Festivals 2019 Radio Awards are now open for entries. The Awards honour radio content in all lengths and formats and across all platforms from radio stations, networks and independent producers from around the globe. 

Following on from the success of Dave Woods from Community radio station Swindon 105.5 who received a finalists award in 2017, the 2018 New York Radio Awards recognised Emma Casson from student radio station Spark at the University of Sunderland and Stuart Russell at Resonance FM, as well as awarding two of the five top ‘Grand Awards’ to the UK. 

Rose Anderson, Vice President and Executive Director of New York Festivals Radio Awards said “Listeners everywhere are embracing the expanded audio universe and they are clamouring for authentic storytelling experiences from direct-to-digital podcasts and documentaries, to audiobooks and sports coverage".

The deadline to enter the 2019 Radio Awards competition is 15 March 2019. See the New York Festivals website for more information and all the categories this year.

The Rachael Bland New Podcast Award

The BBC is launching a UK-wide search to find the next new, passionate and distinctive voices in podcasting.

The inaugural award is being launched in honour of Rachael Bland, the BBC Radio 5 Live newsreader and presenter who died in September 2018 from breast cancer. Rachael was the creator of You, Me and The Big C, the award-winning podcast she presented with Lauren Mahon and Deborah James, and has won praise for tackling the subject of cancer in an original and unsentimental way.

Entries are open to anyone who is a UK resident and does not already make a living through broadcasting. They must be knowledgeable and passionate about a subject, with a fun and distinctive tone that will bring people together.

Entries close on Monday 11 February. For more information on the Award and how to enter click here.

BBC Digital Journalism Apprenticeship

Are you a social media enthusiast who is already making great digital content? Are you are interested in news and current affairs and love explaining complicated stories in a simple and refreshing way? Can you spot a good story and understand how to connect with your local community and share their stories and experiences? If so then the BBC Digital Journalism Apprenticeship could be for you.

Successful applicants will work alongside BBC News teams on work placements and assist them in delivering quality news output and content, whether that is online and digital, radio or television. You will also be working towards a Level 3 Diploma in Journalism. The Digital Journalism Apprenticeship runs in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. You only need to apply to one location for your application to be considered for all. Applications close on 20th February 2019. For more information on the scheme and how to apply click here.

Business Support for BAME Organisations and more...
Social Investment Business launch Diverse Ambitions - a support programme and fund referral scheme for BAME charities and social enterprises in London.

This new programme will help challenge the imbalance faced by BAME communities by offering practical support and guidance to charities and social enterprises that work to improve diversity, inclusion and equality.

As a pilot, the programme will focus on London – a city with a high wealth disparity and one of the highest concentrations of BAME organisations in the UK. Organisations can apply from all 32 London boroughs.

To apply click here. Deadline: 31st January 2019

12 Words to Banish From Your Press Releases

Communications pros know exactly what goes into turning a press release from words on paper or an email to an invaluable piece of publicity via an unpaid media placement. Improve the impact of your project's press releases by banishing these 12 words from your copy. REad the article on PR News here.
Check out this Producer's checklist on Earshot Creative as Steve Martin consider the way we work and if we can do things better.
Eight Spicy Tips for Having a Better Conversation
NPR radio host, Terry Gross, offers eight spicy tips for having better conversations in this New York Times article. “Tell me about yourself” is the only ice-breaker you’ll ever need." Image Credit: Daniel Dorsa for The New York Times

Here's Why 2019 Will Be A Crucial Year for Audio

“Some say 2019 will be the year of AR, VR, ML, AI, or Blockchain. They are wrong - 2019 will be ‘the year of audio’. So say the experts as they explain why 2019 will be a crucial year for audio, Check out the article on Exchange Wire, the global guide for the Ad Tech and Mar Tech industry here.

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