1BrightonFM granted community licence

1BrightonFM have recently been granted a Community Radio Licence for the Sussex and Kent regions by Ofcom. These are issued to stations who provide their services on a not-for-profit basis and who focus on providing social benefits.

Broadcasting online since April 2015, 1BrightonFM work closely with several local organisations including Audio Active, University Radio Falmer, Kiss My Disco and The Clock Tower Sanctuary. The station also offers internships to students at Brighton & Hove City College and giving them airtime to practice their skills. “We are very pleased with the news,” said Michael Jukes, the Managing Director of 1BrightonFM.  We cherish the diversity and creativity of our community and the station reflects that. We have worked hard to get here and we look forward to reaching a new audience through our new FM bandwidth!”

“We currently host shows from over 100 local DJs, musicians and community groups,” 1Brighton Director, Christopher Galloway, added. “We are a commercial-free not-for-profit station. There are no playlists: DJs are free to play the music they want to play. This means that we believe we offer the people of Brighton the widest and most varied music available on local radio today.” Christopher was recently awarded with City College’s Achievers Award for his 1 Brighton work with City College.

As a new independent not-for-profit radio project, the station relies on the community’s support. To generate the cost of a transmitter the station is hosting a series of fundraisers. The first two are taking place on the Saturday and Sunday of the August Bank Holiday weekend at the Big Beach Café in Hove. Acid house and Balearic music legend Nancy Noise will be headlining the Saturday and Sunday sees local reggae stars Prince Fatty and Pressure Drop top the bill.

The station’s broadcast frequency and date of first FM broadcast will be announced shortly.

The 1BrightonFM fundraiser comes to Hove’s Big Beach Caf on Sat 27 – Sun 28 Aug 2016.


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