Community support

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


Radio Warrington

Radio Warrington was launched in 2007 by two ex commercial radio presenters with the intention of having a bespoke community radio station in Warrington by providing local news, sport, traffic news, outside broadcasts and music catering for everyone in Warrington. Over the years the Radio Warrington has expanded to 30 volunteer members giving up their spare time producing a 24 hour service.

The award of a long term AM licence (Medium Wave) last year was great news for the volunteers who have produced programmes over the years by broadcasting on the internet and on temporary FM licences. Radio Warrington has programmes to cater for all tastes in music as well as covering many local issues with topical programmes and regular news and traffic bulletins. We are pleased that we have a local and worldwide audience. We help to keep emigrants in touch with relatives after moving to places such as America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Our coverage of Warrington Wolves and Warrington Town FC keeps people in touch with local sports.

Like all community radio services Radio Warrington works on a not - for - profit basis focusing on delivering a service to the local community and in view of this we need to arrange various types of funding to cover overheads. All programme presenters offer their services for free but there will be large overheads to keep the station going. To raise funds to keep the station going we rely on businesses or individuals who feel they are able to support us in any anyway whether it be donations or helping us to purchase specific equipment. We are also able to offer a limited amount of advertising at very reasonable costs.

The cost of running an AM station is increasing each year and we currently looking for help to raise money for a new transmitter, a special cabinet to house the transmitter and as our aerial masts are on private land we need to incorporate lightning shields to the aerials. This will have an overall cost of around £8500.

Radio Warrington has built up a good relationship with local community groups and projects by promoting them on air, outside broadcasts at various organization fun days and covering local events. Local organizations are invited to the studio to share what they are doing. Overall Radio Warrington is becoming a major player in supporting and helping the local community.

The volunteer presenters are very experienced and are happy to train members of the community in radio work and we also welcome media students from local colleges to gain ‘on air’ experience.

We welcome all the help we can get.

Radio Warrington – Proud to be at the heart of your community.

Project Video

Radio Warrington CIC

Moment of Pride

I am proud of this project because it is a group of people of various ages giving their time freely to support all members of the community by promoting community events and groups

Location: Warrington, Cheshire, United Kingdom