Swindon 105.5

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Swindon 105.5
Swindon 105.5 station Logo
Broadcast area Swindon
Slogan Daring to be Different

105.5 MHz,

and Online [1]
First air date 15 March 2008
Format Community Radio
Owner Community Radio Swindon
Website www.swindon1055.com

SWINDON 105.5 is a community radio station for Swindon, Wiltshire fully licensed by media and communications regulator Ofcom.[1] 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.

SCB Radio[edit]

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[edit]

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

Ofcom decided in favour of Community Radio Swindon and was awarded a licence in February 2007.[1]


SWINDON 105.5 was launched on March 15, 2008[2] 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 developed in 2008 by the station's Head of Music and co-founder, Johnny Robinson. DJ Ron Travolta took on management of the music database and successfully restored the system after it was hacked. 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[edit]


Name Title Programme
Shirley Ludford Station Manager. Trainer. Fundraiser. Shirley Meets
Ian Rowe co-founder of SWINDON 105.5
Martin Kerr Technical Director
Nick Stevenson Chairman
John Flannigan Board Advisor
Martin Upfold Volunteer rep on Board
Tony Martin Board Adviser
Steph Warren Board Adviser
Ros Tymlin Secretary


Name Role Programme
Lew Lawton Presenter & Technician It Came From Memphis
Deivi Presenter Latin Hot
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
Kim Wright Presenter Art2Art
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, Alan Britton, Alistair Greener Presenters The Home Run
Ian Pugh Presenter Thursday and Friday mornings
Dave Woods Presenter Local News & FridayAtSix
Craig Anning, Tim Saunders Presenters The Video Games Show
Lee Williams Presenter Country Show
Marion Jeffels Presenter Wonderful World
Vic and S Banson Presenters Voice of the Villages
Lisa Kennet and Sam Loveless Presenters Rhythm and Rhyme
Andy Vater Presenter Random Reggae Show
Mike Barrett Presenter Under The Covers
Natalie and Brigitte Presenters Girls About Town
Jamie and Ian Presenters The Late Shift Rock Show
Kim Wright Presenter Art2Art
Brian Keene. Jon Ponting Presenters The Late Gig
12 x 10-14 year-olds Presenters Saturday Splash
Danny D Presenter Friday 90's!
Various kids + students on placement Presenters Schools Out
JoJo Presenter 6am weekdays
Steve DJ Cooney Presenter Juice


  • 2014 was a rather special year...
*HRH The Duke Of Kent visited the Station to present The Queens Award (MBE) in November 2014.
*Shirley Ludford, Station Manager received the High Sheriffs Award for long service to the community
*Shirley Ludford was featured in an amazing ITV "Surprise Surprise" programme.  Boyzone, and visiting Whoopi Goldberg were included!
  • The first regular show to air was The Johnny Robinson Show at 7-9 pm on Saturday 15 March. Robinson was apparently "tired and shattered" after helping out the rest of the Technical Team, and had gone without sleep for 36 hours before presenting the show.
  • The station's appointed broadcast facilitation company, transplan UK, together with the station's own Technical Team, had worked continuously for two days to ensure that the station’s equipment was functioning correctly in time for the Official Launch at 10 am on Saturday 15 March 2008.
  • The studios were situated at Swindon's County Ground, the football stadium for Swindon Town Football Club. The station formerly shared the studio with ITV Thames Valley until it vacated the building following the 'ITV Local' restructuring programme.
  • Martin Upfold, who is a volunteer at the station appeared on a Sky News feature, focusing on the recession in Swindon. Martin created a video diary, and was also interviewed live by leading Sky News anchor Jeremy Thompson.
  • Christina Strang, (co-presenter with Ann-Marie Stanford) of Health Matters attended an international scientific conference in Australia and presented a research paper on handwriting in disease.
  • Station Manager ran first accredited radio course for 9 year olds at Drove multicultural school, 2011. Youngest in country to gain this certificate.


  1. ^ a b Ofcom awards new community radio licences
  2. ^ Perrin, Ben (March 16, 2008). "New radio station switches on". Swindon Advertiser. 

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