A new radio station is joining Leicester's thriving community radio sector.
Radio2Funky, which launched Friday, July 17, is being broadcast on 95.0 FM.
The Leicester-based black arts and music station is volunteer-led, and provides an ideal platform for artist development, as well as training for media-focused careers.
The station started out as an internet radio station, run by 2Funky Arts, with local DJs streaming shows from their ‘bedroom’ studios.
Radio2Funky’s Director Vijay Mistry said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded a full-time FM Community Radio license from Ofcom, and are very excited about the opportunities this will bring for Leicester’s diverse communities.”
The station is aimed at people between 16-35 years, and is a dynamic platform rooted in arts, culture and city life. Based on Granby Street in Leicester city centre, Radio2Funky will cover a 5km radius on FM, and can also be listened to from anywhere online. Radio2Funky’s programming reflects its local audience and provides opportunities for people living in Leicester, to be included in the running of the station and its content. Training opportunities are also available, such as their new Making Waves project for jobseekers, which helps you to acquire skills and career experience through volunteering. As a vibrant, multi-genre music station, Radio2Funky will promote and highlight many different forms of black music, such as Hip-Hop, RnB, Drum & Bass, Grime, Soul, Afrobeats, and Reggae. The new programme schedule contains an exciting line-up of shows including What's the 411 and The Arts & Business Show. What’s the 411? All the latest and hottest hits from the diverse genres of black music, interviews with Leicester’s finest creatives, local discussions, and live performances from local artists. Arts & Business Get your round up of news from local creatives with a blend of refreshing, diverse music and listen to fresh, youthful perspectives about Leicester’s Arts Scene.
Radio2Funky already has a core team of 40 DJs and receives new music regularly, through local record labels and artists. The station champions home-grown talent and strives to highlight emerging talent. For more information on the programmes and volunteering opportunities, visit the website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.