With over 200 stations in the UK, community radio is booming. Thousands of people with no previous experience are being given the opportunity to produce and present their own radio shows to a focused, captive audience, on a regular basis.
The BBC now actively works with community stations to share content and recognises it as a good source for bringing through talent. If you’re looking for on-the-job radio training and you haven’t got involved with your community station, why not? Here’s your chance to find out more.
Joining Simon Smith in the studio are Terry Lee, Andrew David and Elonka Soros.
"Almost everybody can do it, with little or no technical experience." – Andrew David
Terry Lee is station manager and one of the founders of Norwich’s community station, Future Radio. Broadcasting full time since 2007, Future Radio has over 25,000 listeners a week, more than 150 volunteers on its books and has had a helping hand in the careers of a number of radio professionals including Radio 1’s very own Greg James.
Andrew David is the Chair of the Community Media Association, which supports and enables people to establish community based media across the UK. He worked in BBC radio for many years and now runs Siren FM, Lincoln University’s community station.
Elonka Soros is the BBC’s diversity editor for the English regions. Elonka’s remit includes finding ways to support the community sector through working closely with the Community Media Association and BBC local radio.