Newport City Radio

Newport City Radio
The logo for the Newport City Radio station, in all capital letters. The word Newport is large at the top in red, with city radio in a smaller white section below.
City Newport, Wales
Slogan Right Here, Right Now
Language(s) English, Welsh
Format Community radio
Affiliations Community Media Association
Owner Newport City Radio Community Interest Company
First air date
2007 (2007)[1]
Technical information
Class Community[2]
Transmitter coordinates
51°35′29″N 2°59′26″W  /  51.591474°N 2.990636°W  / 51.591474; -2.990636
Webcast Live feed
Newport City Radio is located in Newport
Newport City Radio
Newport City Radio
Location within Newport
General information
Address Newport City Radio

The Neon

Clarence Place


NP19 7AB
Country Wales
Coordinates 51°35′29″N 2°59′26″W  /  51.591474°N 2.990636°W  / 51.591474; -2.990636

Newport City Radio is a community radio station serving the city of Newport, in south east Wales. It broadcasts online via its website and the TuneIn service. It was previously named Urban Circle Radio.

History [ edit ]

The station was launched in 2007 by Ali Boshk. It remains the only community radio station in the city, and was established when the station benefitted from a 3-year funding grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.[3] The station began as part of the Urban Circle projects, a social enterprise led by young people focussed on offering broadcast media training to young people in Newport.[4] Current Managing Director Ian Lamsdale joined the organisation in 2008.[5]

Between 2008 and 2010 the station was broadcast on 87.9FM under an Ofcom community radio licence.[6]

In 2011, the station refocussed following the end of its grant funding. The organisation already engaged with a diverse range of people across the city, and stated on its website that it would change direction to aim to "(empower) people of all ages, all abilities with training and development in radio broadcasting".[7] It was also in 2011 that the organisation registered on the Mutuals Register as a Community Interest Company.

Current activities [ edit ]

The station now has 50 active volunteers broadcasting to a 100,000 plus population in the region. The station can often be seen at events in the city, such as Newport County[8] and Dragons sporting events,[9] major entertainment and cultural occasions, and the 2019 Record Store Day in the city.[10]

Each year the station organises the Love Live Music Song Contest,[11] aimed at exposing local songwriters and composers to a wider audience, with an awards night held at The NEON each year.[12]

In 2017, the station took part in #WeStandTogether, an event held in tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, alongside Newport City Council, SEWREC, and the Islamic Society of Wales, with the occasion led particularly by young people and families of the same age as those who were victims of the attack. Young people from the station provided a live music set and words of reflection.[13]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^
  2. ^ "CR094 – Radio Licensees – Community". Ofcom. Archived from the original on 21 January 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2008.
  3. ^ "Going live - Newport City Radio". 30 January 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Newport station needs help to stay on-air". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  5. ^ "FIVE MINUTES WITH: Ian Lamsdale, manager of Newport City Radio". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Newport station needs help to stay on-air". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  7. ^ "About Newport City Radio". Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  8. ^ "SRtRC on Newport City Radio". Show Racism the Red Card. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Newport City Radio will be broadcasting LIVE from the Marquee in the all new Saturday Warm Up pre-match show!". Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  10. ^ "UPDATED WITH PICTURES: Hundreds celebrate Record Store Day in Newport". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Awards launched in search for Newport's top musicians". South Wales Argus. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Love Live Music Song Competition 2018". Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  13. ^ "#WeStandTogether". Retrieved 1 August 2019.

External links [ edit ]

Coordinates: 51°35′29″N2°59′26″W / 51.591474°N 2.990636°W / 51.591474; -2.990636

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