Bedford community radio station launches crowd-funding campaign

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Bedford Radio
Anita Powell and Martin Steers, co-founders of Bedford Radio

Bedford Radio, a new local community-focused radio station for Bedford Borough, has begun a crowd-funding campaign ahead of its online launch.

The station was founded by broadcaster and community radio manager, Martin Steers, and Anita Powell, a community development worker and broadcaster.

Working with a group of volunteers, Martin and Anita have already created web and social media content and are aiming to launch a full schedule of live and pre-recorded shows soon.

They’re seeking start-up funding for equipment and resources including a permanent studio in town and the initial licenses required to legally broadcast online, with plans for the station to launch on other platforms when available.

The bulk of the funding has already been pledged by charitable trusts, but the crowd-funder has been launched to raise a little more to hit their target.

“The response we’ve had over the last few months has been fantastic, and now we’re asking the great community of Bedford to support us with our launch,” said Martin.

“We really want the station to talk about the issues that matter to the people and community groups of Bedford,” said Anita. “We want them to be involved in all aspects of what we are doing.”

The emphasis is on local life and local issues and the station is also offering training for anyone interested in getting involved as a presenter, producer or community journalist.

The station also aims to be a hub of community learning and development of media, marketing and communication skills.

Earlier this year, Bedford Radio successfully ran a funded project in partnership with Bedford College which saw 40 learners take part in various workshops including on social media marketing, podcasting and promotional video production.

Details of the crowd-funder and rewards can be found here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/launchingbedfordradio