Forge FM

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Not to be confused with Forge Radio.
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Forge FM was a youth-led community radio station and educational charity in Sheffield in the 1990s. Run by volunteers, the station brought together a wide range of specialist music shows and speech-based programming with the aim of involving all members of the community, the first of its kind in the city.

History[edit]

Originally the Radio and TV Society (RTVS) formed in 1991 at the Sheffield University Students Union (SUSU), the name Forge was chosen through a competition prior to the first 28-day RSL broadcast in October 1992. A second broadcast was made from the Union in October 1993.[1]

In 1994 the Student Union withdrew their support following reports that Forge’s activities were no longer student orientated. The organisation moved to a new home in Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter.[2] Forge was now an independent entity comprising a registered educational charity (Forge FM, charity number 1039396)[3] and a registered company (02825116 Forge FM Trading Ltd).[4] Funding from grants was used to run a series of courses in radio production. The long-term goal of the organisation was to become a full-time community radio station for Sheffield.[5]

Forge continued to produce annual 28-day broadcasts and also collaborated with the Northern Media School at Sheffield Hallam University to produce broadcasts for the Sheffield Children’s Festival as Festival FM.

The long-term goal was never realised - in 2000 The charity was removed from the Charities Register[3] and the trading company was dissolved.[4]

Successors[edit]

  • Forge Radio – The current student radio station at The University of Sheffield
  • Sheffield Live – a full-time community radio station broadcasting to Sheffield

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Darts, Sheffield University Students’ Newspaper 1991 to 1994 Bib Id 949986
  2. ^ Darts Issue 665 2 Nov 1994 Bib Id 949986
  3. ^ a b http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/ShowCharity/RegisterOfCharities/RemovedCharityMain.aspx?RegisteredCharityNumber=1039396&SubsidiaryNumber=0
  4. ^ a b https://web.archive.org/web/20120214051510/http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/ba39a205fe41bc9037bc5aeeb7752e18/compdetails. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2008.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Sheffield City Press Vol XIII Issue 1 6 Oct- 19 Oct 1994

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