Tune in at eight bells to Greenwich’s new radio station. Maritime Radio went live over Easter, following month-long trial broadcasts back in 2015 and 2016, writes Laura Burgoine…
The station was awarded a community radio licence to broadcast to Greenwich after the government invited groups to apply to run community radio stations in London, in 2016.
Mayor of Greenwich, Christine May, was the first voice on the new channel, welcoming listeners, on April 20. Duncan Martin and David Phillips are leading a team of over 50 volunteers, with a wealth of experience from leading broadcasting institutions including the BBC, Channel 4, ITN and Global Radio.
“We believe local radio is important and when it is done properly, with the right funding, the right people and the right motives it can help change the lives of listeners and make a real and lasting impact to the area that it serves,” programme manager Duncan Martin said.
“It can help local businesses prosper and thrive, making a real impact on the economy of the areas where it still exists and it can provide skills and training to local people,” he continued.
The radio station is broadcasting from Shrewsbury House Community Centre on Shooters Hill. Shrewsbury House is run for the benefit of the local people of Shooters Hill and Plumstead Common.
Listeners can hear a mix of music, local news and events and can also get involved with programme making and news production.
Maritime Radio is owned and operated by Greenwich Media, a Community Interest Company; all profits are reinvested in running the radio service. The station also received funding from National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund and the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Community Arts Fund.
Tune in to Maritime Radio on 96.5FM throughout Greenwich and the surrounding areas, on the Radio Player and Tune In apps and on a smart-speaker.
For more information, contact Maritime Radio at: 020 8316 5246.