A radio programme highlighting and reporting on the community radio sector is launching next week.
The Third Sector with Dom Chambers will air each week on the radio station all about radio – inRadio.
The new programme will join the likes of the Student Radio Association on inRadio, which creates a one hour show each week reporting on news and activities from students themselves. inRadio also carries news from across the industry on the hour every hour, as well as joining in on industry initiatives such as the recent Local Radio Day.
Third Sector is a one-hour weekly show for anyone who is engaged with and passionate about community radio. Each week the show will highlight what is happening in the sector, profiling initiatives and upcoming events. It will generate all manner of features, from fundraising frolics to how to run a social enterprise. Features to include:
- Demonstrate how community radio makes a positive difference.
- Showcase quality entertaining and informative features.
- Sector news, eg.: conference and networking dates, awards, etc.
- Sharing best practice between community broadcasters
- Profile a station a week
The show will be produced by people on work experience at Somer Valley FM. Simona Botviciute is a journalism graduate from Cardiff, Georgia Butler combines feature-making for Somer Valley FM with being a Heart Angel. Technical production will be overseen by Luke Barnes. Host Dom Chambers has 25 years of broadcasting experience and a wide knowledge of community radio.
Contributions will be welcomed from community stations throughout the UK. The programme intends to work closely with representative organisations such as the Community Media Association, the Radio Hub and The Radio Academy to publicise the latest news and events. It will also provide a platform of interaction for the sector’s key stake holders such as Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Ofcom and the BBC. For more information and how you and your organisation can get involved email Simona on inRadioShow@SomerValleyFM.co.uk
Dom Chambers says: “I have often thought it would be great to have a radio programme that showcases all the brilliant things that come out of community broadcasting. With perfect timing, it is exciting that inRadio have come along with the ideal platform for this to launch and grow.”
inRadio’s founder Roy Martin adds: “inRadio is for the whole radio industry and it is fantastic the community sector will now be in the schedule.”
There are currently 238 community radio licenses on air right now in the UK. There are a further 27 licenses preparing to launch. Community radio is the only licensed radio sector that is expanding, with Ofcom expected to announce new licenses for several years to come.
You can hear Third Sector with Dom Chambers at 11am Tuesday, repeated Thursday at 1pm, Saturday at 9am and Sunday night/Monday morning at midnight.