SWINDON 105.5 is a non-commercial radio service in Swindon, by Swindon, for Swindon. Licensed by OFCOM as a Not For Profit community broadcasting organisation, with a specific Brief and funded by grants, donations, corporate support, fund-raising events and support in-kind.
We are the only locally-based station that's broadcasting 24 hours a day. We take no sustaining external service, unlike all other radio services in the region. The station launched in March 2008 with an initial five-year extendable licence and about 130 regular team members are regularly involved.
Our Aim: is to run an effective, inclusive radio station that dares to be different to other stations serving the region. By providing a diverse and open access to the citizens of Swindon. Contributing to the promotion of cultural, spiritual, social and economic life of Swindon.
We have a totally different concept to others in the area. Presenters, admin and technical teams are volunteers learning new skills and sharing their knowledge and experience with others, at the same time as helping provide a radio service for Swindon, engaging with the local community.
OPPORTUNITIES: We are a totally accessible, inclusive service for the town and provide training and volunteering opportunities.
Ian Rowe (Chairman) and one of the stations Founders
Shirley Ludford (Station Manager) Freelance Broadcaster and PR. Ex Community Cable TV, Commercial and BBC Radio. Marketing. Media Trainer.
Martin Kerr Technical Project Manager.
Ian Hickling Professional Transmission Engineer.
Peter Clark Director, Swindon Music Service.
Helen George ex Clerk to a High Court Judge. Vice Chair of Governors of a local primary school. Works in Accounts.
Bruce Clarke ex Community and Adult Learning, Swindon Borough Council. Original member of Swindon-Ocotal Link. Community Radio experience abroad.
John Flannigan Retired businessman in the world of film and video.
Seniz IsmetVolutary Action Swindon.
Members have long track records of working with and showing support for community projects and organisations and share a desire to provide a unique service, openly encouraging participation from people of all ages, cultures and abilities.
An Advisory/Support Group is being established to cover a wide range of cultural, community and education interests. More information is available on request, if you would like to get involved, please contact us.
Our Contact Address:
The Bentley Centre
Swindon, SN1 2SH
We work with a wide range of community groups - helping develop good communication within the community.
To provide information and publicity for community groups and on local issues, or national issues with local implications or interest
To maintain impartiality of radio coverage in line with national broadcasting Code of Conduct
To build and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships with organisations in the Public, Voluntary and Business sectors i.e. education, media, employers, community groups
Development of strong links with educational establishments
A policy of open access and training for volunteers, in programme-making, working with individuals and community groups to ensure they best promote themselves, encouraging good communication and confidence in dealing with the media.