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Salford City Radio Granted Five-Year Licence Extension

Posted on Tuesday 27th June 2017

Salford City Radio Granted Five-Year Licence Extension

Salford City Radio is delighted to announce that the community radio station has been granted a five-year extension to its current licence from broadcast regulator OFCOM.

The station will now continue to broadcast on 94.4FM across Salford and surrounding areas, as well as worldwide on the internet until the 29th September 2022, with the option to re-apply for a further extension that year.

Celebrating its tenth year since its first broadcast in September 2007, the station based in Swinton recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to help raise £10,000 that the station required to support our Ofcom application to renew the broadcast licence and assist with running costs.

Thanks to the support of the local community and Salford City Radio’s volunteers and partners, the station was able to raise in excess of this amount from a variety of fundraising initiatives. Together with  some very generous private donations this has helped secure the immediate future of the station. This has now been complemented with the brilliant news that the station will be able to be a voice to the community for a further 5 years.

Councillor Jim King, Chair of the Salford City Radio Board said: “Five more Years on air for the Voice of Salford is great news!”

“Friends and supporters of Salford City Radio are celebrating as Ofcom grants a further 5 year licence to the award winning radio station.”

“I’m now calling on all our supporters to rally round and keep this excellent station serving the people of Salford.

“As other media channels close down and move out of our city, Salford City Radio continues give a voice and enjoyment to local communities.”

The station has recently been recognised at a national level for providing volunteering opportunities to the local community, receiving the Queen’s Award, the equivalent of an MBE for a radio station, in 2016.

Run by a voluntary board, management staff and over 80+ volunteers, the station provides around 126 hours a week of original programming, from magazine-based shows to specialist music shows and also represents the multi-cultural city of Salford, through programmes such as The Jewish Hour and Irish Connection programmes. The station also welcomes a wide age range of volunteers, the youngest being 17 and the oldest 83.

Delighted with the licence extension, Studio manager Chris Bell said “This superb news for the station, it’s volunteers and the wider community. We’ve been proud to be a voice of the community for nearly a decade and can now look forward to continuing to serve Salford and the local area for another five years.”

“Thank you to everyone who has supported us for the last 10 years or the last 10 months. Every bit of your support has helped keep the station on air.”

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