LBC’s Iain Dale lined up to speak at community radio conference

LBC presenter and author Iain Dale will be appearing at the UK Community Radio Network’s National Connecting Communities Radio Conference next month.

The full schedule has been announced and includes a keynote from Patrick Hart, Executive Editor of BBC Radio West Midlands and former Chief Executive Officer at Bcfm Radio in Bristol.

Iain Dale recently spoke at The Centre for Social Justice fringe event, about the importance of radio, including the role community radio plays, to people who feel isolated – something which the event will explore during the day.

He will also talk about his time at LBC and sign copies of his books.

Elsewhere on the line-up, Radio Academy Trustee Will Jackson will talk about the role of the charity and how it’s working to continue to celebrate the Community Radio industry.

Other guests include Talk TV Producer Gabriella Incalaza, who will offer advice on avenues into the wider industry, whilst a number of Community Radio producers and presenters will share stories from their stations through a number of sessions.

The event will also focus on the roll-out of Small Scale DAB, how it’s going so far and whether it could be the future of Community Broadcasting. A panel will include representatives from River Radio, Northern Ireland’s First licensed CDSP.

These include, Spark FM’s Megan Hayward, The Voice North Devon’s Jim Trevelyan, Leona Fensom, K107’s Alex Airnes, Erewash Sound’s Jeff Martin and others.

The day will also focus on the role of Community Radio in providing opportunities for those looking to make their mark in the wider industry, whilst also focusing on what the future of Community Radio could look like.

UK Community Radio Network co-founder Nathan Spackman said, “We are delighted with our Conference line-up, with so many people giving up their time to share their love of the Community Radio sector and its future.”

“We are grateful to our sponsors who have helped us to keep the conference affordable for everyone and hope those who will attend will come away with ideas and relationships, which will continue to grow their stations back home.”

Tickets for the UKCRN Connecting Communities Conference and Community Radio Awards are available via

The event is taking place at Kings House Conference Centre in Bedford, on Saturday 19th November.

Following the day event in the same conference venue will be the Community Radio Awards, single tickets and joint awards & conference tickets are available. There is planned networking between the events, and the awards will also be streamed live online as well.

The conference has been supported by Hippynet, Playoutone, Autopod, In:Quality, Feature Story News, CopMedia, Devaweb and RadioToday.

The sponsors have allowed for additional bursary places to be made available, which open for applications on Friday 21st October via

UKCRN Conference Full line-up:

Key Note: Patrick Hart, Executive Editor of BBC Radio West Midlands and former Chief Executive Officer at Bcfm Radio in Bristol.

In Conversation: Iain Dale, LBC Evening Presenter and Author

In Conversation: Rob Watson, host of the Decentered Media podcast, discussing the deregulation of Community Radio.

SSDAB Panel: How its going, where we are at and Is SSDAB the future of Community Radio? Including representatives from River Radio, Northern Ireland’s First CDSP Ofcom License Radio station.

Local Radio creating social gain: The Voice North Devon’s Jim Trevelyan talks about how the stations is delivering social gain, whilst creating truly local radio

Community Radio, the future of the sector: A panel featuring current and former community radio people, who have made the move into the wider industry.

Creating great Christmas content: Stephen Higgs (Switch Radio), Michelle Durrant and Jared Bates (CCR) and Martin Steers (NLive Radio)

Pride Radio: Becoming station of the year and how we can all create inclusive radio for our communities

The Radio Academy: Trustee Will Jackson talks about the charity, its work and how its celebrating the community radio sector

Helping Communities to tell their stories: Leona Fensom (Erewash Sound), Megan Hayward (Spark FM), Alex Airnes (K107fm)

The future of the sector: The UKCRN discussed the future of the industry, DCMS white paper and more

Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2022 at 9:36 am by RadioToday UK

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