WFM is a community radio station based in the heart of Wythenshawe town centre. It belongs to the community who live and work in the area and acts as a platform for them to have a voice which might otherwise go unheard.
Our mission is to:
• To promote local services and community groups.
• To raise awareness of issues which affect the community we live in.
• To give people in the area the chance to learn social skills and gain qualifications in radio production leading to higher levels of employability, regardless of experience.
• To promote equality and bring people – regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religious beliefs – together.
History of Wythenshawe FM
25th May 2000, the day that began a new era in community radio, WHY??? That’s the first day Wythenshawe FM started broadcasting. In case you haven’t heard the tale let me remind you how it all started.
In 1999/2000 Radio Regen, our parent charity started running a course where all the students had the chance to get themselves a BTEC qualification in Radio Production. So Jason Kenyon, Dave Leneghan, Billy Barkley and Richard Jamison final task on the course was to put together a community radio station that would run for four days and it did, on the 25th May Wythenshawe FM was born without complications (well almost).
So then Radio Regen had a bright idea, “LETS DO IT AGAIN”, and on the 25th February 2001 it happened again, this time it lasted 7 days with a new set of trainees running the station. Once again all went well with the minimum number of, lets call them hiccups, possible.
Then on the 6th October 2001 Radio Regen had yet another bright idea “LETS DO IT AGAIN” (will they never learn?) This time it lasted 14 days which gave us the experience and the skills to run a full time, long term, all singing, all dancing year long community station or as the government liked to call it “Access Radio”.
So in April 2002, Wythenshawe FM returned but this time it was for a whole year. Managed by three staff, they worked like superheroes, by day Jason Kenyon, Darren Jenkinson and John Phillips were mild mannered radio support staff, by night they were gibbering emotional wrecks, however they survived and with the help of a fantastic volunteer base they got the station ready to go. Then it came to LAUNCH DAY.
Wythenshawe FM hit Wythenshawe Town Centre with force, rocking the very foundations of the multi story car park. With live bands, line dancing, karaoke, not to mention the world renowned Doughnut Challenge, how many doughnuts can you eat in a minute, we didn’t record any records but we did manage to eat about a thousand doughnuts in total. We also had our then Breakfast Show presenters coming out as their alter ego’s DJ Otzi, giving “Hey baby” a whole new meaning.
Then the work started, 125 hours of broadcasting a week, supporting over 80 volunteers and making the best community radio station the world has ever experienced.
Wythenshawe FM has seen many changes, the schedule has evolved, the presenters have improved and WFM has gone from strength to strength. We are still broadcasting (obviously) and intend to do so for a long long time.
In 2005, Wythenshawe FM applied and was succesful in getting a 5 year community radio license, not surprising seeing as they were part of the radio pilot project fro community radio licenses. The station has seen many volunteers come and go, some going on to get paid work on commercial radio stations and TV.
In 2010, Wythenshawe FM became independen after 10 years of support and management from Radio Regen. What does the future hold for Wythenshawe FM and the newley formed WFM Community Media the new company running Wythenshawe FM.
Grant award recipients and Community Radio Licence holders are required to publish a completed copy of reports on their website for public review.
You can view copies of the documents by following the links below:
Ofcom Annual Licence Report
Wythenshawe FM Ofcom Annual Report 2012 (PDF Format)