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Bristol Community FM
BCFM - Community Radio for Bristol (logo).png
City Bristol
Slogan Your Choice, Your Voice
Frequency 93.2fm
First air date 26 March 2007
Owner Bristol Community Fm Ltd
Webcast BCFM player
Website http://www.bcfmradio.com

BCFM or Bristol Community FM is a community radio station broadcasting to the City of Bristol in the United Kingdom on 93.2 FM. BCfm started broadcasting on 26 March 2007. This followed many years of community development and radio projects in Bristol, such as radio19 (the New Deal for Communities),[1] Commonwealth fm and B200fm (Celebration of Brunel’s life).[2] [3] During the summer period of 2009, BCFM used funding provided by the Youth Opportunities Fund to build a brand new studio to cater for the growing number of presenters working at the station. Studio 2, also known as "Blue Studio" was built next to the current Studio 1 and allows live presenting from either studio with both having the ability to pre-record shows.[4][5]

BCfm broadcasts in nine different languages and aims to represent the whole of Bristol and Bristol life. A significant amount of local music is played. broadcasts are webcast and a number of podcasts are available on the website.[6] Broadcasts to the local Somali, Polish and Spanish speaking communities amongst others also feature.[7][8] In addition, BCfm programming is carried by BBC Radio Bristol overnight at weekends.[9]


Ujima Radio and BCFM joined forces in 2013 to launch the One Love Breakfast Show, a joint venture which broadcasts across both stations during weekdays, and in the same year was awarded ‘The Best Idea Into Action Award’ from VOSCUR.


Radio Station Awards

Year Award
2010 Best Small Station in the South West (Nations & Regions Awards)
2013 The Best Idea Into Action Award (VOSCUR)
2013 Improving People's Lives Award (BME Community Award)
2014 Best Small Station in the South West (Nations & Regions Awards)
2014 Best Small Station in the South West (Nations & Regions Awards)


  1. ^ "Radio 19, Final". Creating Excellence. Archived from the original (MS Word) on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Banham, Mark (16 February 2006). "Licences for 21 community radio stations". Media Week. London: Haymarket. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Ford, Sarah (2010). "Sarah Ford meets some of Somerset's local community radio stations". Somerset Life. Archant Life. Archived from the original on 6 June 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Making Waves" (PDF). BCFM. December 2009. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 February 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Young Bristol DJ’s celebrate community radio grant". chopsybaby.com. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "About BCfm". BCFM. Archived from the original on 15 August 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  7. ^ Staff (16 April 2010). "Polish president honoured by Bristol community". BBC News. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  8. ^ Hopper, Diccon (6 April 2010). "Will Bristol's Somali voice be heard in the election?". BBC News. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  9. ^ "BBC Radio Bristol goes 24 hours a day at weekends". BBC Radio Bristol. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 

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