Reprezent

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Reprezent
City London
Broadcast area UK
Slogan The Sound of Young London
Frequency 107.3FM
Owner Reprezent Ltd
Website www.reprezent.org.uk

Reprezent 107.3 FM is a 'youth-led' radio station that reaches young people aged between 13 and 25 across London. [1]

The station has its origin in a one-month Restricted Service Licence focusing on youth issues including gun and knife crime, which was a successful broadcast that enabled them to apply for a community radio licence. [2] Reprezent won a full-time five year FM licence from OFCOM and from April 2011 Reprezent 107.3FM has been broadcasting live across London. Playing grime, UK rap and Hip Hop, electronic and bass, House and alternative music, it champions youth culture. Reprezent provides a platform for young people to showcase their talents but also to discuss social issues that affect them. It aims to challenge youth stereotypes and help young people better represent themselves in society. Their licence agreement says thus:

The station will give young people in south London access to their own platform for discussing issues that matter to them, representing their views, and dispelling negative stereotypes; and feature music they like, and which is rarely played on mainstream services.[3]

Programming[edit]

As part of the station's community broadcasting remit, it is expected to provide social gain initiatives. Reprezent provides unique services to London's young population ranging from radio training and media training to providing a gateway for young musicians to have their music sync'd with television and film through their partnership with Sony ATV. Reprezent also work with Tate Britain, ICA and a range of music labels, PR agencies and management companies to provide a range of opportunities for young people.

In March 2017, Reprezent collaborated with The xx, Young Turks and XL Recordings to programme a week of radio that saw shows produced with artists ranging from Warpaint, Goldie and Novelist, to Kurupt FM, Jehnny Beth from Savages and J Hus. [4]

In 2016, Reprezent started broadcasting on DAB across Greater London alongside their traditional FM platform. Reprezent broadcasts from three converted shipping containers in Pop Brixton and has over 100 young presenters, 80 radio shows and broadcast all original content from 8am through until 3am, with the rest of the night being their automated playlist.

Music[edit]

Uniquely amongst other stations, Reprezent's playlist is managed entirely by its young presenters and all music is playlisted solely on the strength of its quality. All presenters submit music that is then decided on by a panel of presenters and volunteers.

Over the last few years, Reprezent's 'hothouse' approach to finding new talent has been instrumental in launching many successful careers. Past presenters include Novelist, Stormzy, Lady Leshurr, Lady Lykez, Section Boys, Jamz Supernova, Mim Shaikh, Kenny Allstar and many more. The recent 'Grime n Reason' album released through Sony ATV saw Reprezent bring 14 emerging artists together and produce a collection of music specifically for licensing to TV and Film - the first time a project like this has been undertaken for sync.

With a remit to provide a platform for young people in south London, Reprezent playlists UK artists only and regularly uncovers new music that then goes on to become critically acclaimed by other platforms. From the BBC Sound of 2017, 7 of the acts were uncovered by Reprezent, including Ray BLK, Nadia Rose and Jorja Smith. This focus on south London's vibrant music scene has undoubtedly helped raise the profile of a wide range of artists.

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