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Celebrating Bristol's diversity on FM & online
BCFM is a community radio station with over 60 separate live and recorded programmes, researched, produced, presented and broadcast weekly by a vast team of dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers from all cultures and walks of life.
What do we do right?
- Not only do we serve the entire community in the city, but we are also a conduit and sign posting service for many other not for profit organisations, allowing them to reach thousands of people through the medium of one radio station. We are unique because we’re not just one cause – we’re the advertising board for so many worthwhile causes!
- We are also unusual in the sense that we’re a media organization that communicates on 3 platforms: in print, online and on FM so we’re actually really easily accessible. The structure is there for a real and practical community hub, and we already broadcast and communicate in a variety of core languages including Somali, Polish, Urdu, Hindi, Chinese and Arabic, not to mention Bristolian…
- We’re doing what we can to engage across the board – we host outside broadcasts, run competitions, distribute flyers and initiate partnerships, and it’s estimated that the One Love Breakfast Show (based at the BCFM studios and broadcast simultaneously on BCFM 93.2fm and Ujima 98fm) reaches15-18,000 listeners over FM and online.
So What’s Wrong?
- Our interactive capacity allows for 25000 streams a month, but we fail to develop this interactivity any further because the website is clunky and limited, and we miss out on the opportunity to communicate essential information about the city to our thousands of multi cultural visitors.
- The station is completely unfunded. Income comes from a variety of one off grants, sponsorship and advertising revenue, and training courses for both adults and young learners. We have a contra deal with City Academy whereby we supply some training for their pupils in return for use of the studios, rent free. The equipment is paid for by grants from a range of sources including the National Lottery, Children in Need, and the Local Authority but there is no core funding.
- All of us; the presenters, producers, contributors and Station Manager are unpaid volunteers.
- As far as our online presence is concerned, we are currently just paying for the hosting and streaming services on the main website. All of our technical support, website management, and management of our social media and marketing is run on a volunteer basis and we simply don’t, between us, have the technical expertise to create the template or framework necessary to make the website the force for good we want it to be.
How Would We Like To Do It Better?
- We want news, translations, Twitter feeds and videos.
- We want regularly updated, interactive main page features that celebrate Bristol’s diversity, and shout at the whole world about the extraordinary quality of music that’s pouring out of Bristol.
- We dream of adapting for mobile devices, and we desperately need a user friendly framework that allows us to regularly enter and update the information, keeping it dynamic, current, and driving listenership.
What Could Noisy Monkey Do For Us?
- We know that by having an attractive, interactive, and accessible website and media arm, we’d be so much closer to fulfilling our aim of bringing real cohesion to the diverse community of Bristol.
- With Noisy Monkey’s help, our dreams of linking up the people of Bristol with the station and each other using the most advanced and creative technology available could become a reality! Imagine that...
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