We celebrate our greatness, diversity and vibrant culture by exposing the talents and creativity of the people who live here and hold those in power to account with a focus on improving life in South West London for everyone.
Riverside Radio has a volunteer force of 180 local people from every walk of life, age and background who come together to create something special for local people.
There is much to celebrate with the most amount of green open spaces in the capital, more people participating in sport than anywhere else in London, a huge variety of arts and performance venues, numerous local festivals and events, a thriving business community and stimulating and active political life.
Riverside Radio is at the heart of South West London connecting our diverse communities, celebrating our strengths and encouraging debate.
Radio presenter and journalist Jason Rosam 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.
Work then started on building on these ideas, finding a suitable studio space and raising funds to be able to pay for equipment.
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.
As 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.
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.
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.
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.
In July we were finally awarded a licence by Ofcom to broadcast on the London Trial SSDAB service.
We have worked really hard to get everyone ready for the transition onto DAB and are all very excited to broadcast our shows to a wider audience across South West London.