Friday, June 14, 2024

About Us

We are Kennet Community Radio, broadcasting 24/7/365 on 106.7 FM to Newbury and Thatcham.  We are currently looking to extend our coverage to include Hungerford.

Formed in October 2012 as a not-for-profit, volunteer-led organisation, we were awarded a full-time FM Community Radio broadcasting licence by Ofcom in 2016 and we have been broadcasting on FM since March 2018.

Our main studios are in central Newbury, courtesy of Greenham Trust.

We also have an occasional pop-up studio in Newbury’s Kennet Centre and we attend public and private events and do outside broadcasts from events around West Berkshire.

Donations – how we are funded

As a non-profit volunteer-led community (not commercial) radio station, we are subject to the strict financial limits imposed by Ofcom on community radio stations.  Ofcom rules require that a minimum of 25% of our annual income comes from grants, donations and other “off-air” sources.  

We are allowed to generate a maximum of 50% of our annual income from on-air advertising and sponsorship (subject to a £15,000 threshold).

As an example, for every £1 donated we are allowed to raise a further £2 by selling on-air advertising.  However, without the £1 donation, we are not permitted to sell the £2 advertising even if there is a queue of potential advertisers.

We are also required to provide Social Gain – that is, our audience has to be better off for the fact that we are broadcasting.  The main way we do this is by providing a platform for local charities and voluntary organisations to share with our listeners the amazing work they do, helping them to recruit volunteers, and signposting listeners to organisations.

These are some of the licence conditions put in place by Ofcom to prevent a community radio station like us from turning into a commercial radio station.

Debit Card, Credit Card, PayPal

You can donate with a Debit Card, a Credit Card or a PayPal payment by clicking on this button:

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Bank Transfer or Standing Order

You can donate by Bank Transfer or Standing Order directly to our bank:

Account Name:  Kennet Community Radio
Sort Code:  09-01-28
Account Number:  36369518

Please will you separately email donation [at] kennetradio.com with the details so that we can identify your donation when it arrives in our bank account?  Thank you.

We are very grateful to the local businesses and organisations that support us – please support them, to help them carry on supporting us.

Get involved

We are very much a part of the West Berkshire community and through our 70-strong team of local volunteers we involve our community in the operation and management of Kennet Radio.  If you’d like to join our team and  get involved with Kennet Radio, we’d love to hear from you – there’s always lots to do!

Presenters

If you’re looking for info about Kennet Radio’s presenters, you can find it here.

The legal stuff

For full details, go here: www.kennetradio.com/the-legal-stuff/