Since 1999, Manchester-based charity Radio Regen has enabled more than 10,000 residents of disadvantaged areas of Manchester, Salford and the North West to get on air. Our ground-breaking experiment in how community radio tackles disadvantage and aids regeneration has included three full-time stations and more than 30 temporary Restricted Service Licence (RSL) broadcasts. These have been backed up by accredited training in radio production for local volunteers as well as art, youth and community development projects. We are also the proud creators and host of www.communityradiotoolkit.net
At Radio Regen we have been pioneers in this exciting new sector of the UK media. We gained two of the 16 Access Radio Pilot full-time licences with ALL FM 96.9 for Central, South and East Manchester and Wythenshawe FM 97.2 (WFM). These are staffed by volunteers from the broadcast areas who receive accredited training and are supported by a staff team. We also developed and launched North Manchester FM in 2010.
At Radio Regen we believe that community radio delivers skills, builds community spirit and connects communities to the agencies tasked to serve them in a way that no other tool can. Over our eleven years we have formed partnerships with local housing associations, health organisations, councils, refugee groups and schools amongst others.
Training is a central part of our activities and we offer several radio production courses in conjunction with The Manchester College.
We have also been pivotal in securing political support for the introduction of community radio across the UK. Our Community FM conferences in Manchester in 2004, 2005 and 2007 helped would-be licensees develop their station concepts and apply for licences for forthcoming start-ups.
There are now nearly 200 full time stations live across the UK and as well as continuing to build our wealth of knowledge we are delivering the first UK qualitative community radio research pilot and launching our consultancy services.