About Us

South West London is the best part of our capital city. We LOVE living in Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth and we want to celebrate our greatness. Over a million people call south west London home and they deserve a community radio service providing local news and other content showcasing the people who live here.

Riverside Radio provides an unrivalled local news service with bulletins every 30 minutes from 7am to 10pm. Every weekday at 6pm ‘Riverside Reports’ is broadcast with an hour of local news on Friday nights from 6-7pm.

Riverside Radio was set up with only the community in mind. We are a Community Interest Company which is designed to only make profit for the benefit of the local community. We train and support volunteers to develop skills so they’re able to create a variety of radio shows.

Riverside Radio isn’t just about the team working at our studios in Battersea, its designed to benefit the whole community.

The support we’ve had from local people has been immense with £6,000 being raised through crowd-funding for our studio and outside broadcast equipment and another £2000 for our new studio. 

HISTORY OF RIVERSIDE RADIO

Radio presenter and journalist Jason Rosam started his career in community radio in his home town of Poole in Dorset in the mid 1990’s. He went on to work at many commercial radio stations and has been at BBC Radio London as a news reader, reporter and presenter for the last 10 years. Jason noticed a number of community online radio services being set up in other parts of London and wanted to set up a station for Wandsworth as he’s lived in the borough for the past 15 years.

A meeting was held at the Battersea Arts Centre in May 2013 after Jason published an advert for people who wanted to get involved. Over 60 people turned up to the first meeting brimming with programme ideas. Work then started on building on these ideas, finding a suitable studio space and raising funds to be able to pay for equipment.

The local community was fantastic with over £4,000 being raised using Crowdfunding for our studio equipment and software. We were accepted for a Big Society Award from Wandsworth Council of £5,000. Amazing local HIV Charity Wandsworth Oasis offered us a space above their shop in Battersea Park Road for our studio. Volunteers then began fine tuning their programme ideas and were trained on the software and studio equipment.

During this process the news team started producing a weekly podcast of local news and information which was released online each week.

10906357_338562289676283_3891111212014139507_nAs the end of 2014 approached a decision was made to launch the station in January 2015. A week of rehearsals took place at the start of the year and on 12th January at 7.30pm the Mayor of Wandsworth Cllr Stuart Thom opened the station while a packed launch party was going on across the road from the studios.

Since launching Wandsworth Radio hundreds of local people have volunteered, thousands of listeners are tuning in every month to our programmes and we’ve become an important feature in our community by broadcasting live at many local events, providing a stage, performances and presenters. In 2016 Along with 20 other radio groups across London, Wandsworth Radio applied to Ofcom for an FM community radio licence and received a huge amount of support from local people, politicians and businesses in the community however Ofcom decided to give the licence to urban music station Flex FM instead.

In the Summer of 2017 Wandsworth Radio moved into new, purpose built studios at the Doddington and Rollo Business Centre in Battersea once again with help from the local community and our volunteers who raised over £3,000. We now have two studios in our unit: one for presenting, and one for our newsreaders.

In 2018, we were awarded ‘Digital and RSL Station of the Year’ at the Community Media Awards 2018 in Sheffield. Read more about that here.

As opportunities for small, local radio stations to broadcast on DAB Digital Radio improves, a decision was made to expand the radio station to boroughs surrounding Wandsworth in preparation for broadcasting on the new small scale DAB which is currently going through parliament.

We decided on the name Riverside Radio as the river Thames and river Wandle connect our four London boroughs of Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth together.

At the University Boat Race in Putney on April 7th 2019 Riverside Radio was launched with much fanfare, an outside broadcast and concert right by the riverside at Putney bridge.

If you’d like to become involved with Riverside Radio, we would love to have you on board. Just email volunteer@riversideradio.com and you’ll be invited to one of our new volunteer open days. For more information about volunteers, visit our volunteers page. Enjoy listening!