RTM.FM is a radio station developed and managed by TACO! as a platform for community produced culture, debate, art and music. The station provides opportunities for local people to produce and distribute their own content and learn new skills in broadcasting, production, and presenting.
TACO! manages the broadcast studio, coordinates the RTM community, supports the delivery of the station and ensures access for anyone to make and broadcast their own content. In addition to managing the studio set up, also programmes arts content on the station’s broadcast schedule.
The station’s broadcast content and public facing activities are developed in collaboration with the wider community. Decisions on station policy, broadcast scheduling, submitted content, public events, training and budgets are made by a voluntary RTM management committee made up by individuals from the community. This group is supported to undertake this role by TACO! as part of the and through funding from Arts Council England and the Creative People and Places fund.
Membership of the committee is for a set time period with members stepping out of the group to make space for new members after their turn is complete. To represent the interests of the RTM community an RTM committee member attends the decision making meetings of the board of directors of TACO!
The station is currently seeking proposals for shows and regular broadcast content. If you would like to get involved then send us your proposals here.
The station takes its name in homage to the original RTM, which was started in 1978, one of the first community radio stations in the country. The project was initated by TACO! through the commissioing of an artist project by Sam Skinner in 2018.
You can listen to documentry made by the artist about the histroy of radio in Thamesmead here