Welcome to Community Media News #16

In this edition we have 50 free tickets for the Community Media Conference 2018 to give away, so if you are under 25 and a volunteer at a community radio station or community media organisation, why not apply...? And for those of us over 25, Early Bird Tickets are now on sale for only £25! 

We also have news on the Community Radio Awards, the call for expressions of interest in SSDAB from Ofcom, two new community radio licences, and news from the Community Radio Fund.

We congratulate Ribble FM director Kath Lord-Green on scooping a prestigious business award and Radio Tyneside 96.3FM and Pride Radio 89.2FM who both launched on FM this summer.  We also highlight a number of fanstastically informative podcasts: the inRadio podcast, Fantastic Noise, and Champions of Time to Change. And we share tips on gaining confidence if you are new to podcasting and how to effectively gather news on Tweetdeck

Finally we feature a future-gazing view on what radio might look like in 20 years time, and finish with an article from successful South African community Radio Station Jozi FM.

Some recent highlights from the Chat Forum are a quick survey about applying to Awards For All; Ofcom's recent statement on local TV; news of £4.5 million for 'social prescribing'; and the role of local news in fostering discussion. Head over to the Chat Forum for news of funding and sector development.

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If you are a volunteer aged 25 or under then you can apply for one of 50 free tickets for this year's Community Media Conference taking place in Sheffield on Saturday 15th September, just by completing a short survey here!

And for those of us over the age of 25, Conference Early Bird tickets are now on sale for £25 (includes entry to the Conference, workshops and a buffet lunch).

This year's theme, We are the Future, is unique in that it is shaped and supported by a team of eight young people who are based in community media organisations around the UK. On the day we will be taking a look at how the next generation of media makers is building diverse, creative, and participatory media at a grassroots level. We will also be addressing the practicalities of involving young people in community broadcasting to build sustainable and thriving organisations for future generations.

We've got confirmed breakout sessions on social media and brand awareness; creating a sustainable business model delivering qualifications for young people; a zine-making workshop; a CiviCRM workshop; local networking from The Radio Hub; and tips on applying to the Community Radio Fund from the CMA.

The date for this year's Conference is Saturday 15th September at The Workstation, a leading business centre for creative talent and innovation in Sheffield just 5 minutes walk from the city's main train station. 

The Community Media Conference brings together broadcasters and publishers, media enthusiasts, media makers, academics and creatives for a day of learning, exchange and celebration of all things community media with inspiring speakers, learning and networking opportunities.

Don't miss out on the UK's largest conference specifically for and about the community media sector. Get your early bird tickets now - click here!

In association with Internews.

Community Radio Awards - Tickets Now on Sale

Immediately following the Community Media Conference are the 2018 Community Radio Awards celebrating and promoting the fantastic contribution that community radio makes to its communities of listeners and volunteers across the UK. The Awards are a night of celebration, networking and sharing best practice.

To find out more and purchase your ticket click here

The Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Act 2017 made provision for the licensing and regulation of small-scale radio multiplex services. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (“DCMS”) is now working on secondary legislation to bring about this new platform, and earlier this year carried out a consultation on the core elements of a new licensing approach.

In parallel with DCMS’s consultation, and without prejudice to its outcomes, Ofcom is carrying out preparatory work, to be in a position to proceed promptly if and when the Government introduces the necessary secondary legislation. This includes looking at frequency planning options. To inform this technical planning work and the subsequent licensing process, Ofcom is now seeking expressions of interest from parties who want to operate small-scale DAB multiplexes and/or are interested in providing services on these future multiplexes.

Responding to this call for expressions of interest:

Please complete the small-scale DAB expression of interest form.

Supporting document here.

Ofcom Awards Two New Community Radio Licences 

Congratulations to Heritage Radio and Radio2Funky on being awarded Community radio Licences from Ofcom.
Heritage Radio will predominantly serve the Muslim community in Whalley Range and surrounding areas in south Manchester. The station currently holds a licence to broadcast a community radio service on medium wave (AM), which it will surrender when the FM service commences. 

Radio2Funky will serve 16 to 35-year-olds who have an interest in urban music and the arts in the Leicester area. 

Both licences have been awarded for a five-year period. See Ofcom’s statement setting out the main determining factors for the award of the licences above here.

Community Radio Fund Award of grants 2018-19 Round 1

Ofcom's Community Radio Fund Panel met on Tuesday 19 June 2018 to consider applications in the first round of funding for 2018-19. The panel considered each application and awarded funding based on the information provided and with reference to the Community Radio Fund guidance notes. For each grant bid, the Panel decided whether to make a full award, a partial award or not to award any funding. At the meeting:
  • 23 applications for grants were considered
  • The total amount of funding requested in these applications was £390,504
  • 6 applicants were awarded grants which totalled £85,557; and
  • 17 applicants were not awarded a grant
  • The grants awarded ranged from £6,500 up to £24,000 for individual positions, with an average of £14,260.
To read about the award of grants, round 1 click here.
Congratulations to station manager and founder of Ribble FM, Kath Lord-Green on winning the 'Outstanding Woman in Business' award at the recent E3 Business Awards North West!

The sixth-annual E3 Business Awards took place on July 12th at Bolton’s Macron Stadium. Community radio station, Ribble FM was also nominated in the 'Social Enterprise of the Year' category.

During her acceptance speech, Kath thanked the team of presenters, technical staff and directors for their hard work, as well as the station’s listeners, supporters and advertisers who have helped to make Ribble FM the success story that it is today and said that she was “completely overwhelmed” to be recognised with the accolade in the town she was born.

Kath said, "Winning this award helps to get community radio on the radar of local businesses. To be in the company of 500 business people and to win this award is truly amazing. I’m extremely proud.. We at Ribble FM are just two years old and there is so much more to come. Thanks to the whole community of the Ribble Valley for their continued support”.

Supporting Kath on the night were Ribble FM breakfast show host, Andrew, duty manager Lee, presenters Lewis and Liz and non-executive director Jane.

Radio Tyneside began broadcasting in 1951 and this year after more than 65 years of 'promoting health and wellbeing in the communities of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead' it launched on FM as Radio Tyneside 96.3 FM. The popular community radio station provides music, information and entertainment to local hospitals on Hospedia Channel 1

Pride Radio 89.2FM, the North East’s only dedicated LGBT+ community radio station hit the FM airwaves this July. 

Aimed at - although not exclusive to - LGBT+ communities, Pride Radio aims to bring communities together by promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity.

Chair of the Pride Community Network, Jonathan Morrell, who has been involved since the project began several years ago, says: “We believe the station will help to unite LGBT people across the North East and help them get the most out of life in the region”. As part of its drive to nurture and encourage new talent, the station plans to help train new presenters from the LGBT+ communities and further afield.

“We have exciting programmes lined up with some of the region’s most respected presenters and we want to spread the word that we are here and keen to involve the community as much as possible. 

Station chiefs are now looking for volunteers to join the team of presenters, along with helping with marketing and social media. Anyone interested in getting involved can email

The inRadio Podcast: The impact of inclusion and training.

The latest from is titled 'Radio: The impact of inclusion and training'.

This months edition features of EAVA FM in Leicester, BBC Radio 4 presenter Edward Stourton, and ex-Blue Peter presenter .

Listen here for the latest episode.
Fantastic Noise is a brand new podcast exploring themes around 'making radio'. Aimed at undergraduate students, and a wider audience of anyone looking to improve their radio skills, the first episode covers radio presenting, with radio news, the role of a producer, diversity in radio, station imaging and making radio packages in the pipeline.

The Fantastic Noise podcast is recorded in the Radio LaB 97.1FM studios in the University of Bedfordshire and produced and presented by Radio LaB Coordinator Terry Lee. Joining Terry in episode one is co-host Chris Ros (@_chrisros), a recent graduate from the University who is looking to establish his own radio presenting career. They also hear from Thordis Fridriksson (@thunderfairy) from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Luke Gregory (@gregoryonair) - a University of Bedfordshire graduate and freelance radio presenter currently on KMFM, and radio presenter coach Kate Cocker ( There is also a segment from Dr Lawrie Hallett, Senior Lecturer in Radio and Journalism, in his radio surgery. To listen click here.

Time to Change is a growing social movement challenging how we all think and act about mental health. Earlier this year it launched the 'Champions of Time to Change' podcast and each month listeners hear directly from guest 'Champions' campaigners and friends, all of whom want to challenge stigma and encourage more openness around mental health. 

Episode 5 of the podcast features activity that took place during Mental Health Awareness Week at Queen Mary University in East London. Time for Change 'Champions' shared their experiences of talking to the public for the first time about their own mental health problems. Listen to the podcast here

Imagine you turn on your radio ten or twenty years from now. What would it sound like? What would you be listening to? How is radio going to change in terms of news, music, podcasting and the way we listen to it? Listen to the musings on the past and future of radio by German media student Martin Heer on Next Radio (Soundcloud) here .

Using TweetDeck to Gather News? 

If you too are 'struggling to see the forest for the tweets" on Tweetdeck, don’t despair. Here’s how you can organise your deck to make contacts and find the best stories and news leads on Twitter. Check out the article by George Sharpe on here.
Getting Used to the Sound of Your Own Voice - Tips for Podcast Beginners
New to audio storytelling? Don't let that strange-sounding voice hold you back. Read the four tips for podcasting beginners in this article by Sam Smargiassi on here.

Jozi FM was founded 23 years ago and began life as Soweto Community Radio, sharing a frequency with another station. The dynamic South African community radio station now employs 50 full-time staff and continues to empower the community and its members, as well as supporting te growth of local businesses.

Mpho Mhlongo, Jozi FM co-founder and CEO. commented: “For years in South Africa there was a connotation that community radio means you are less professional, you are just an organisation to keep people busy. That’s what we’re changing, community doesn’t mean you are less important … Community just means who it is owned by, the community. When a person listens to radio they don’t differentiate between commercial and community, they tune into one that talks to them,” 

Read more here about the way Jozi FM connects with its local community and how it has built the largest audience in South Africa!

Image: Presenter Lungile Masondo (left) with Jozi FM co-founder and CEO Mpho Mhlongo

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