The idea for this form of radio broadcasting was piloted by the regulator at the time called the Radio Authority in 2002 with the licensing of 15 Access Radio stations for a trial period of one year to test the feasibility of such stations.
The licences were extended in 2003 for a year. In 2004 a consultation was issued by the Authority's successor, Ofcom, on the creation of Community Radio. Next - an invitation to groups to apply for community radio licenses nationwide was issued. 106 stations were awarded licences, the first community radio station to be licensed was Forest of Dean community Radio, followed by youth-based Afan FM in Neath-Port Talbot and the first to go on-air was 103 In The Eye in Melton Mowbay. Forrest Of Dean closed its doors in 2009 through funding issues. As at August 2014: 225 Community Stations broadcastacross the UK with 40 further licences having been awarded.
SWINDON 105.5 is one of only 18 Station in the UK NOT permitted to support itself in any way commercially on air. The Station Manager successfully invited Minister Ed Vaizey to visit the Station in December 2012 and in July 2014, with support from MP Robert Buckland. She was invited to the House of Commons to put the case for a relaxing of the regulations for this Station and the other 17 to ensure more fairness.
SWINDON 105.5 - Some of our Achievements
WOW! JUNE 2014 - The QUEENS AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE was
made to SWINDON 105.5. An MBE for Community Organisations.
This was a great accolade for volunteers and supporters - and for the town we
(from OFCOM) "It looks like a wonderful occasion and such a fantastic way to reflect
on all your hard work and achievements at the station. It’s such a pleasure to see
pictures of the event and hear about your successes and those of the station."
Kind regards, Elaine
WOW! MARCH 2014: Shirley Ludford received the High Sheriff's Award for her
long service to the local community.
In 2012 she received a Pride Of Swindon Award.
WOW! In March 2014 Shirley was featured by ITV in a special Mother's Day "Surprise Surprise" programme after nomination by her son James. Filming took place at the radio station with Shirley believeing it was all about SWINDON 105.5. Boyzone were flown in to surprise her then she was taken to the ITV Studios for the recording the programme infront of a large TV audience. She was invited by Whoopi Goldberg by video link to meet her New York, as she was a person Shirley was keen to meet.
WOW! November 2014 His Royal Highness The Duke Of Kent visited SWINDON 105.5 to deliver the Queens Award, and a signed large special Award Certificate signed by Her Majesty, The Queen.
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. We carried out a 4-week trial in 2006, applied for the licence in 2007 and launched in March 2008 with an initial five-year extendable licence and about 120 regular team members regularly involved.
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.
We are a totally accessible, inclusive service for the town and provide training and volunteering opportunities.
We are members of Local Giving, this means that donations and Friends contributions made by clickin on the link on our home page are gift-aided - and occasionally are added to by a Local Giving initiative. The 2013-14 offer produced a positive resut for the Station.
Annual running costs: £35-£40,000
Chairman: Nick Stevenson
Technical Director: Martin Kerr
Director: Ian Rowe
Business Development: currently sought
Marketing Director or Advisor: currently sought
Martin Upfold : Volunteers' representative
John Flannigan: video/film production
Stehpanie Warren: Director, Green Labrynth (Training)
Tony Martin : Zurich Community Trust
Station Manager and Trainer : Shirley Ludford (also fundraiser)Pride of Swindon Award. High Sheriff of wiltshire's Award. Patron of Commonweal School, Vice-President Pegasus Brass (experiences include: PR. Media Trainer. ex Community Cable TV, Commercial Radio, BBC Radio. National Dance Agency Marketing)
Minutes Secretry: currently sought
Members have 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.
Minutes Secretary currently sought. To attend monthly meetings
Our Three PATRONS
Lord Joel Joffe
Ex Barrister who worked with the team representing Nelson Maldella
Helped launch Allied Dunbar/now Zurich
Shown support for many community initiatives
Prolific music and song writer
Composer of Novello-Award winning Eastenders theme tune
Teaches and engages with young people through music
Grammy Award-winning comedian, actress and human rights advocate, and long-time television host of the daytime talk show The View
First woman to host the Oscars
(met by our Station Manager on a special surprise trip through ITV to New York)
To find out more abut joining our listening panel and feeding back on programming and Station activities, e-mail: email@example.com.
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.