Community Radio For Warrington
RADIO Warrington, the town’s online community radio station has taken a giant step forward with its project to broadcast over the airwaves.
We have been broadcasting online for almost nine years. In July 2014 we were approved for an AM broadcast licence.
AM broadcasting on medium wave is very complicated and involves the construction of a large aerial and transmitter station. We needed approval from the planning department who required specialist certification and detailed plans. However, in October we were granted planning permission to build on land owned by United Utilities in Great Sankey.
After Ofcom announced that there was no more room on the FM band, the station was approved to broadcast on AM in 2014 and have been struggling with the technical complexities and legal regulations associated with medium wave broadcasting.
Steve Lewis, one of the station managers said: “Broadcasting on the AM medium wave band is far more complicated and expensive than on FM, but we have been very fortunate to have enlisted the support of some very community-minded individuals, groups and businesses and all of our efforts are now coming together.
“We were struggling to find a suitable piece of land close to the centre of town for our transmitter site but United Utilities have given over an ideal spot and are helping with the considerable construction project. Now that we have overcome the technical and legal hurdles we expect to be able to announce
a launch date shortly.”
Community radio is very different to commercial radio giving broadcast opportunities to local people regardless of age, experience or abilities.
They intend to include much more speech in their output giving lots of community information, news and discussion so they are keen to hear from any Warrington people who might want to get involved, particularly those who have a good knowledge of the town.
They are on the lookout for sports fans to join their team, covering all local sports and local musicians are encouraged to send in their recordings to be played on air.
They are also keen to hear from groups or individuals who have any projects that they would like to promote on community radio. In most cases people can walk straight into the studios in Warrington Market and talk on or off the air.
Radio Warrington is run and staffed by unpaid volunteers and is a community interest company. If you would like to get involved, email email@example.com, phone 01925 555110 or pop into the studios in Warrington Market for more information.
Proud To Be At The Heart of Your Community
Broadcasting 24 hours a day, from Warrington, for Warrington since March 2007
- Local Community News On The Hour Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
- Covering local topics, sports and events, featuring local people
- Discussing local topics with callers
- Teaching Radio skills to any members of the community who require it.
- Supporting ALL local charities
- Broadcasting programmes from events all over Warrington using our Outside Broadcast van
- Playing Locally produced music and interviewing bands etc.
- Full match commentary on all Warrington Wolves home games and some away games
- Broadcasting from all Warrington Town FC games
- Massive selection of music, Radio Warrington plays all kinds of different music with something to suit everyone with our specialist music shows.
If you have difficulty connecting to the main stream, try the More Options button or you can try our secondary stream here. Or during high demand click here You will need to download WINAMP which is a free music player from www.winamp.com If you still experience connection problems, click here http://www.radiowarrington.co.uk/technical-helpWe are usually only available on the internet which keeps our running costs low and therefore we can operate without playing adverts. That means we can play about 25% more music in each hour.
Be part of Radio Warrington.
Since your computer is on, why not send us an email. We love to receive your messages. We can’t get enough of them. We can mention you or your work colleagues and play you as many songs as you like throughout your workday. Why not send us a list. We love it! Email using the Contact link above If you are a member of a local sports team, send us an email with news, fixtures and results. If you are a local band, let us know about gigs and send us your demos. If you would like to learn Radio skills such as presenting, news reading , sports reporting, interviewing, editing or engineering we would love to hear from you. If you are organising an event we can let Warrington know about it. Radio Warrington is all about Warrington and Warrington people.
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