Thamesmead has a long cultural history of radio. In 1978 Radio Thamesmead (RTM) was launched, broadcasting on a localised cable radio system from a studio on Tavy Bridge. The content of the station was distinctly made for, and by, Thamesmead. This was one of the first examples of the then new technology of cable radio being used. The stations' position as a positive cultural force was uniquely represented by the redistribution of its financial profits back into the regeneration and well being of the local community. By 1990 RTM was broadcasting on FM radio as (103.8FM) and in 1997 the station changed its name to Millennium 106.8 - a result of the station being taken into private ownership. In 1999 the station became Time 106.8 but by April 2009 the station was forced to close and now no longer exists.
TACO! has commissioned local artist and producer Sam Skinner to develop a new radio station for Thamesmead. Sam’s project will culminate in October 2018 by turning TACO! into a live radio station, broadcasting a programme of local talent, music, live performance, artists, interviews and local history. For 28 days the station will broadcast online through a dedicated website.
This project will aim to test and refine the radio platform. The long-term success of the project will depend on support from the community to help establish a way to sustain it and find a community-led model to run it as an online broadcasting platform for Thamesmead.
In preparation for launching the station looking for people to get involved, either as a volunteer helping manage the station, a contributor to the broadcast programme or as a member of our steering group. Full details about the radio station, its training offer and how to get involved can be found at www.RTM.FM , or get in touch by emailing TACO! outlining your interest or ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re looking for someone to help run the station. More details can be found here
TACO! will be working with Ravensbourne College, Reduced Listening and community radio specialist Andy Sayers to provide free training for people wanting to get involved in the station. Training will be open to a range of ages, skill sets and levels of experience, covering everything from producing and making your own content for broadcasting and podcasts, to orientating yourself around the broadcast studio and using the equipment.
All training is free to attend but you must sign up by emailing email@example.com
Priority will be given to those presenting shows and volunteering.
Week Long Intensive & Evening Sessions – August & September, 2018
Ravensbourne College is a leading college specialising in broadcasting, film and design. Ravensbourne will be providing over 40 hrs of free training in their state of the art broadcast studio. Training will include a week long introduction to broadcasting, presenting and production with an ongoing option to then receive training in either studio engineering or audio content production.
27th August - 31st August at Ravensbourne College (5 days)
10am -2pm. The training is open to person aged 16 and over.
Introduction to radio broadcasting, presenting and studio use. Hands on practical use of studio equipment with opportunity for live broadcasting experience.
Thereafter:- Every Monday throughout September
10am – 2pm. The training is open to person aged 16 and over.
Specific follow up training for individuals specialising in either content production OR studio broadcast engineering. Participants for these training sessions must attend the introduction course at Ravensbourne in the last week of August.
Weekly Sessions - September and October, 2018
Reduced Listening are professional radio producers who make a wide range of radio content for the BBC, NTS, Serpentine and Tate, amongst many others. They will be providing specialist and expert support for people wanting to produce and make their own content for the station. Their support will cover everything from the technical aspects of recording sound to feedback on ideas, formats and approaches to radio. This is a rare and unique opportunity to get feedback on your ideas from experienced radio producers with expertise in music, arts and
documentary radio. The rolling programme is intended to be flexible depending on needs and experience, but we recommend that people with limited skills and experience of radio and broadcasting attending sessions from the start and throughout.
Saturday 8th September at TACO!
10am – 4pm,
The training is open to persons aged 16 and over.
1 x full day, introduction and workshop on podcasting and audio content creation -
Thereafter: every Thursday evening, 6pm-9pm until November 15th
10 x 3 hour evening sessions, giving critical and creative 1:1 feedback on content and idea development.
Andy Sayers is a community radio professional who has worked in Radio for over 40 years, including working at the original Thamesmead Radio Station in the 80’s and 90’s. Andy will be providing training in the broadcast studio at TACO! Supporting people to orientate themselves with studio equipment, presenting
and also giving an essential introduction the Broadcasting Code and Legal Requirements.
Saturday - date and times TBC, at TACO!
Time 12pm – 4pm
The training is open to persons aged 16 and over.
This is a compulsory introduction to legal requirements and studio use, with technical support and some discussion of presenting. The session will include introduction to the studio.
Please note anyone who wishes to take part in broadcasting their content will need to attend this session
Thereafter: -dates and times TBC, at TACO!
6 x 2hr session at TACO! - hands on studio use, technical skills and practice sessions