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|Slogan||Daring to be Different|
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|First air date||15 March 2008|
|Owner||Community Radio Swindon|
SWINDON 105.5 is a community radio station for Swindon, Wiltshire fully licensed by media and communications regulator Ofcom. The station is run by volunteers and the Station Manager is paid part-time and is also a part-time volunteer. It obtains its funding through seeking grants, donations, fundraising events, training courses and support-in-kind, but is not permitted any form of on-air sponsorship or advertising under the Communications Act 2003 by virtue of its location entirely within the coverage of an existing commercial broadcaster, Brunel FM with that licence later being taken by Jack FM, part of the 13-station Celador Group.
The original project was founded by Ian Rowe, Johnny Robinson, Richard Grace & Greg Stevens in 2004, who were all presenters at Swindon FM at the time, along with Shirley Ludford a former employee of both BBC Radio Wiltshire and GWR FM and who was subsequently appointed Station Manager.
Swindon Community Broadcasting was an RSL (Restricted Service Licence) set up in order to discover whether a community radio station could feasibly work in the area. After positive feedback about the station's success throughout the 28 day broadcast it was decided the project would proceed to the next step and apply for a full-time Community Radio Licence from Ofcom.
Community Radio Swindon
In 2006 a group applied for a community radio licence for the Swindon area. In total, two groups applied for the licence, Swindon FM Community Radio, which had run a local DAB only service in Swindon since 2002, and Community Radio Swindon, broadcasting as SWINDON 105.5
SWINDON 105.5 was launched on March 15, 2008 with the Town Crier of Swindon, Fred Ferris. The inaugural show was presented by Shirley Ludford with former broadcasing colleague BBC Radio Swindon Peter Heaton-Jones.
The Station was launched at The County Ground, Home of Swindon Town F.C. and moved to its current location at The Bentley Centre, Stratton Road, Swindon in the summer of 2010. The move to much larger premises allowed the station to expand to three Recording/On Air studios and a large administration/training area.
Its transmitter was moved to the top of the 90m-high David Murray John Building (Brunel Tower) in the centre of Swindon on 15 March 2013 - coincidentally on the station's fifth birthday.
Community Radio Swindon, broadcasting as SWINDON 105.5, is managed by Shirley Ludford together with a number of Board members. It is run by volunteer presenters, admin and tech-ops. The original database was purchased and developed and in June 2009 DJ Ron Travolta took on management of the music database and successfully restored the system after it was hacked and Police failed to follow through on vital evidence. Ron managed the system until he died in August 2012.
Most of the programmes between 6 am and 11 pm are live, with some repeats of certain shows in the daytime. Other programmes are repeated during the 'Nightshift' time - usually from 12 pm until 6 am.
Pre-recorded programmes are also produced by local schools and colleges and community groups. SWINDON 105.5 was the first legal radio station to have a regular Drum & Bass show in the UK outside of the BBC and has pro-actively promoted live and local music and musical talent, including both it regular programmes as well as across the week's general broadcasting. The Station Manager has ensures this remains a key part of the Station's programming.
People at Swindon 105.5
|Shirley Ludford||Station Manager. Trainer. Fundraiser.||Shirley Meets|
|Ian Rowe||co-founder of SWINDON 105.5|
|Martin Kerr||Technical Director|
|John Flannigan||Board Advisor|
|Martin Upfold||Volunteer rep on Board|
|Steph warren||A young people's Training Adviser|
|Lew Lawton||Presenter & Technician||It Came From Memphis|
|Len Morphew||Presenter||Blue Notes|
|Ray Bewes||Presenter||The Ray Bewes Collection|
|Keith Vowles||Presenter||The Music Box|
|Mike Ganley||Presenter||The Crooked Road|
|Martin Upfold||Presenter||Touch Of Brass|
|Grant Barnes||Presenter||Where The Heart Is|
|Nick Stevenson||Presenter||Swindon Breakfast & Livin' the 80s|
|MC Ranks||Presenter||Caribbean Vibes|
|Marilyn LaMude||Presenter||The Good News Show|
|Al Burston||Presenter||Rolling Records Session|
|Nick Taylor||Presenter||Saturday Leisure Show + Monday's Drive Time|
|John Ratcliffe||Presenter||The Home Run|
|Ian Pugh||Presenter||Thursday and Friday mornings|
|Dave Woods||Presenter||Local News & FridayAtSix|
|Craig Anning||Presenter||The Video Games Show|
|Tim Saunders||Presenter||The Video Games Show|
|Marion Jeffels||Presenter||Wonderful World|
|Alan Britton||Presenter||The Home Run|
|Lisa Kennet||Presenter||Feeling Good Show & Rhythm and Rhyme|
|Sam Loveless||Presenter||Rhythm and Rhyme|
|Mike Barrett||Presenter||Under The Covers|
|Natalie and Brydgette||Presenters||Girls About Town|
|Jamie and Ian||Presenters||The Late Shift Rock Show|
|DeBo||Presenter||Ring The Alarm|
|Brian Keene. Jon Ponting||Presenters||The Late Gig|
|12 10-14 year-olds||Presenters||Saturday Splash|
|Danny D||Co-Presenter||Good News Show|
|Vic Benson||Presenters||Voice Of The Villages|
|Andy Vater||Presenter||Friday Night Reggae