Project information

Radio Cardiff

With 25,000 estimated weekly listeners, Radio Cardiff showcases the cultural diversity of Europe’s youngest capital city, on FM, online and via a dedicated app.

March 2017 - February 2018

Charity information: VCS Cymru

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  • Need

    Need

    Radio Cardiff is the sole community radio station broadcasting to the Capital of Wales. With over 25,000 weekly listeners an army of volunteers showcase the cultural diversity of Europe’s youngest capital city, on FM, online and via a dedicated app.

    Broadcasting across the city, the station supports the local community providing a mix of community news, music and chat.

    We're working to change the face of community broadcasting.

    Solution

    The station is run by volunteers who support new talent through peer mentoring and hands on experience. Training programmes are devised to support individuals, working on shows that fit their taste and interests integrating learning into the creative process of making radio.

    We're supporting new talent by developing the creative, practical and technical skills needed for community broadcasting.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We're working to support people to develop new skills in broadcasting - from creative to technical.

    Activities

    » Recruit members of the targeted communities (Adamsdown, Butetown, Grangetown and Splott) and provide tailor made peer mentoring and training.

    We hope to recruit new trainees, developing year long training plans that will support them into becoming community broadcasters.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Develop new talent for the broadcast sector, providing opportunities to learn on local radio. We will demonstrate this through our peer training, putting new talent on the airwaves, in the studio and providing new opportunities for those wanting to get involved in community broadcasting. We will demonstrate this by celebrating the people (young and older) who join the wider team here at Radio Cardiff.

    Risk

    The station is wholly reliant on its volunteers and donations. Without the support of the community the station would close. In 2017 the station refreshed the schedule giving listeners more of what they love. We'll keep listening to our audience to make sure we're providing the best service to the community.

    The main risks to the station would be loosing the valuable volunteers who present programmes, unearth stories and keep the station on the airwaves.

    Reporting

    We'll keep donors updated with regular updates via e-mail and on the airwaves. We're always listening.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £22,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,500 Rent Studio rent and service charges.
      £10,000 Training Expenses Expenses for our trainee volunteers. Including travel and food allowances.
      £2,500 Phone + IT Staying connected. Contribution towards our communications.
      £2,500 Utilities Keeping the lights on and the toes warm.
  • Background

    Location

    We're based in the iconic Butetown area of the city - affectionately called Tiger Bay. We love the place we call home and all of its diversity.

    You can find us on 98.7FM, Online or via our own ap. Listeners can take a slice of the city they love with them wherever they go!

    Beneficiaries

    We're for the benefit of the local community. Put as simply as that, we present the sound of the capital to listeners across the city and beyond.

    The diversity of our schedule means we reach people interesting in all sorts of music from MOBO to rock and jazz; local history and culture; news and wellbeing. We really do have something for everybody.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    VCS Cymru is the operator of Radio Cardiff. We uphold and maintain the key commitments set out by Ofcom.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Jeremy Rees

    Director

    Rhys Phillips

    Programme Controller

    Donna Zammit

    Head of Radio