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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 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
|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|
|Tony Martin||Board Adviser|
|Steph Warren||Board 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, 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|
|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|
|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 station’s first officially played song was the 1964 Martha & The Vandellas single – Dancing in the Street
- 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.
- Ofcom awards new community radio licences
- Perrin, Ben (March 16, 2008). "New radio station switches on". Swindon Advertiser.