Wandsworth is the best part of London. We love living in Battersea, Putney, Balham, Southfields, Earlsfield, Wandsworth Town, Roehampton and Tooting and we want to celebrate the borough’s greatness. Over 300,000 people call Wandsworth home and they deserve a community radio service providing local news and other content showcasing the people who live here.
Wandsworth Radio was set up with only the community in mind. We are a Community Interest Company which is designed to only make profit for the benefit of the local community. It is a company limited by guarantee and has governing documents that dictates what it can or can’t do, much like a charity. We train and support volunteers to develop skills so they’re able to create a variety of radio shows.
Wandsworth Radio isn’t just about the team working at our studios above the Wandsworth Oasis shop in Battersea Park Road, its designed to benefit the whole community.
The support we’ve had from local people has been immense with £6,000 being raised through crowd-funding for our studio and outside broadcast equipment.
HISTORY OF WANDSWORTH RADIO
Radio presenter and journalist Jason Rosam started his career in community radio in his home town of Poole in Dorset in the mid 1990’s. He went on to work at many commercial radio stations and has been at BBC Radio London as a news reader, reporter and presenter for the last 10 years. Jason noticed a number of community online radio services being set up in other parts of London and wanted to set up a station for Wandsworth as he’s lived in the borough for the past 15 years.
A meeting was held at the Battersea Arts Centre in May 2013 after Jason published an advert for people who wanted to get involved. Over 60 people turned up to the first meeting brimming with programme ideas. Work then started on building on these ideas, finding a suitable studio space and raising funds to be able to pay for equipment.
The local community was fantastic with over £4,000 being raised using Crowdfunding for our studio equipment and software. We were accepted for a Big Society Award from Wandsworth Council of £5,000. Amazing local HIV Charity Wandsworth Oasis offered us a space above their shop in Battersea Park Road for our studio. Volunteers then began fine tuning their programme ideas and were trained on the software and studio equipment.
During this process the Wandsworth Radio news team started producing a weekly podcast of local news and information which was released online each week. This was good practice for our now nightly news programme Wandsworth Tonight.
As the end of 2014 approached a decision was made to launch the station in January 2015. A week of rehearsals took place at the start of the year and on 12th January at 7.30pm the Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Stuart Thom opened the station while a packed launch party was going on across the road from the studios.
Since lunching Wandsworth Radio over 250 people have volunteered as presenters or part of our news team, 3,000 people are tuning in every month to our programmes and we’ve become an important feature in our local community. We have presented the main stage at the Get Active Wandsworth Festival in King George’s Park and the Live at the Bandstand event in Battersea Park and we will continue providing presenters and live broadcasts from significant events in our community.