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Local Radio - Local Issues - Local Presenters - Proud to be at the Heart of your Community.
Click the station banner, above, select 'Listen Live' and choose your media player.
Or install the TuneIn app on your smartphone or tablet and search for Radio Warrington
The mywarrington Radio Show every Friday lunchtime between 12 and 3 on Radio Warrington.

Why do they have adverts for hearing aids on the radio?

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This page last updated Saturday, 2 January 2016
All we hear is...Radio Warrington

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Proud to be at the heart of your community...

- Local Radio - Local Issues - Local Presenters - Radio Warrington - Proud to be at the Heart of Your Community.

Radio Warrington began broadcasting online in March 2007 when Mike Mason and Steve Lewis wanted to offer something they felt the other radio stations didn't offer - a community station where the community is right at the heart of the experience. The station began in Mike's bedroom with a microphone hanging from the ceiling over his bed while he presented a show after working all night in the clubs (honest!). radio_warrington_promo_aug_2014.jpg (85246 bytes)

Still © GI Gandy/mywarrington.

The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from a former butchers stall in Warrington Market, and all the presenters are volunteers, including yours truly. My show, the mywarrington Radio Show combines the resources of the mywarrington website with the music in the station's library to present a unique mix of news and history - past and present - about Warrington. Other presenters have themed shows, such as 1970s, A Kick Up The 80s (guess which decade that covers!), Blues, Soul, Country and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Soul, Rock, Easy Listening and ones with a mix of everything.

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The station offers people in Warrington the chance to get involved with a 24 hour radio station and learn radio skills, particularly disadvantaged or disabled people.

News is provided by Warrington Worldwide and the Warrington Guardian.

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Stills © Dream Catcher Films

On 2 July 2014 OFCOM award us a five year licence to broadcast on the AM band (medium wave) as well as on the internet and via smartphones using the Tune In app. We will be on AM as soon as possible.

To get involved, or even to just listen to our output, visit the Radio Warrington website.

And if you are a businessman or woman with some spare cash, we would love you to help us out with running costs. All contributions welcome! Plus you get a mention on air.

Here is some more information about our progress:

RADIO Warrington, the town’s online community radio station has taken a giant step forward with its project to broadcast over the airwaves.

We have been broadcasting online for more than eight years. In July 2015 we were approved for an AM broadcast licence.

AM broadcasting on medium wave is very complicated and involves the construction of a large aerial and transmitter station. We needed approval from the planning department who required specialist certification and detailed plans. However, in October we were granted planning permission to build on land owned by United Utilities in Great Sankey.

Radio Warrington has recently moved its studios to Warrington Market and has been broadcasting on the internet 24 hours a day since March 2007.

After Ofcom announced that there was no more room on the FM band, the station was approved to broadcast on AM in 2014 and have been struggling with the technical complexities and legal regulations associated with medium wave broadcasting.

Steve Lewis, one of the station managers said: “Broadcasting on the AM medium wave band is far more complicated and expensive than on FM, but we have been very fortunate to have enlisted the support of some very community-minded individuals, groups and businesses and all of our efforts are now coming together.

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a launch date shortly.”

Community radio is very different to commercial radio giving broadcast opportunities to local people regardless of age, experience or abilities.

They intend to include much more speech in their output giving lots of community information, news and discussion so they are keen to hear from any Warrington people who might want to get involved, particularly those who have a good knowledge of the town.

They are on the lookout for sports fans to join their team, covering all local sports and local musicians are encouraged to send in their recordings to be played on air.

We are also keen to hear from groups or individuals who have any projects that they would like to promote on community radio. In most cases people can walk straight into the studios in Warrington Market and talk on or off the air.

Radio Warrington is run and staffed by unpaid volunteers and is a community interest company. If you would like to get involved, email manager@radiowarrington.co.uk phone 01925 555110 or pop into the studios in Warrington Market for more information.

www.radiowarrington.co.uk

It was early in 2015 we moved into our new studios in Warrington Market. Here is the story of the studio build in photos...

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6 December 2014 - we were waiting for the old fridge to be removed from the unit in the market so we could begin construction. A long wait... 13 February 2015 - we can now get on with it. Our first task was to measure out the space available.
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13 February 2015 - Framework begins to take shape. 27 February 2015 - Ian and James line the windows with putty for the double-glazed glass in Studio Two.
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27 February 2015 - Handy work on show. 2 March 2015 - Studio Two. Well, we have two walls but no ceiling at the moment. At least they put the glass in.
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2 March 2015 - view of Studio One. Or at least what will become Studio One - a scrapyard at the moment. 2 March 2015 - the corridor separating the two studios, Studio One on the left as we look, and Studio Two.
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2 March 2015 - another view of Studio One. 4 March 2015 - floor tiles go down in Studio Two.
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4 March 2015 - and then the false ceiling in Studio Two. 7 March 2015 - Gandy's Choice Cuts. I started taking requests. One guy asked for a dozen eggs and four slices of bacon. I said lean? And he fell over.
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25 March 2015 - Leonardo Da Gandio adding the final touches to the painting. Who said I look like Fred Dibnah? 7 April 2015 - Studio Two's equipment is set up. This is our editing and recording suite, which was eventually linked to Studio One by a long cable so we can go live from both studios if required. It also means that guests and visitors can listen to the live output from Studio One while relaxing in Studio Two.
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23 April 2015 - Studio One now has it's equipment in place. We are almost ready to go live. 23 April 2015 - That Gordon Gandy fella tests out the equipment in a photo taken by Steve Lewis. This was one the fourth test transmission, but also a real show! 
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And these are the remains of the Cinnamon Brow Farm Studios in Woolston crusher on 13 May 2015.

Out and About

Comic Com Event, Saturday 16 May 2015, Warrington Market

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Steve Lewis interviews Mark Olly. Market manager Steve Pickering and the dinosaur.
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Steve Lewis and DJKenny go Back to the Future. Dr Who and time travel. It'll never catch on!
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Stall holders interviewed by Steve Lewis. The event was a major success. Watch this space for a follow-up sometime in the future...or is that the past? This is roving Reporter Gordon Gandy on location. This was a live interview with Anthony Mason from the demolition site of the former Mr Smiths nightclub the day after the fire. It is 15 April 2015 at 1.15pm

A little bit more...

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The completed Studio One. This is me broadcasting one of the test transmissions on 23 April 2015. One of the main differences for presenters is the fact that we are broadcasting live in Warrington Market and we can be seen from the trading area. Of course, we are on our best behaviour and totally professional at all times, even when people make silly faces at us through the window - and that's just the grown-ups! If you are passing, come and say hello, but please wait outside until invited into the studio! Remember, it is a working environment so show us a bit of respect! Apart from that, enjoy YOUR community radio station - Radio Warrington! Online and on your smartphones and tablets, 24 hours a day. AND we hope to begin our AM (medium wave) broadcast in 2016.

 

Warrington - A Town of Many Industries

mywarrington - created by Gordon I Gandy
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Local Radio - Local Issues - Local Presenters - Proud to be at the Heart of your Community.
Click the station banner, above, select 'Listen Live' and choose your media player.
Or install the TuneIn app on your smartphone or tablet and search for Radio Warrington
The mywarrington Radio Show every Friday lunchtime between 12 and 3 on Radio Warrington.

Home History Timeline Memory Lane Tour 1 Tour 2 Radio Warrington At The Flicks Mr Smith's Shop! Nineteen Nineties 19 Museum Street Legh Street Baths My Warrington RAF Burtonwood On The Waterfront 1 On The Waterfront 2 Warrington Green 1 Warrington Green 2 Sankey Valley On The Buses Peter's Gallery Walk Through Time Making Tracks 1 Making Tracks 2 Making Tracks 3 Warrington People Entertaining People Sporting People Warrington Wolves Warrington Market Classic Motor Shows Events On Top of the World The Bewsian Hamilton Street Golden Square Community Feedback