We want you!
‘I got a continuing 
contract at BBC Radio 1.
Thank you for kickstarting
my radio career -
I’m so grateful, it’s a dream come true!’
Sophie Ellis
BBC Radio 1
‘I owe the station 
everything in terms of getting my radio career started. The sense of togetherness is beautiful to be around and the opportunities to progress are huge’
Harry Fell

‘My time at Riverside Radio
gave me the chance to add real work to my portfolio as a sports journalist and more importantly, have hours of fun on a Saturday afternoon!’
Chris Reidy
Sky Sports 

‘I’ve just been elected
Station manager for Queens Radio and it totally wouldn’t have been possible without Riverside and the support and enthusiasm by the team who inspired me for radio life in general.’
Hebe Lawson 
Queens Radio Belfast 
Riverside Radio is about the community. It’s about celebrating South West London as the best and brightest place to live in London and getting local people involved.

All of the people at the station are volunteers. Since launching on air in 2015 hundreds of local people of all ages and from many diverse backgrounds have volunteered as presenters, newsreaders, producers and technical crew.
We want to develop everyone of our 200 volunteers so they can reach their full potential and for many the experience at Riverside has led to employment at the BBC and commercial broadcasters. 

Our volunteers are given free training so they gain skills to be able to produce and present their own radio shows, write, read and report local news stories and establish technical capabilities
for various areas of our work. 

We hold further training days for specific skills such as editing, writing for radio, interview technique or media law and invite professional broadcasters and journalists to offer advice, training and guidance. 
What can I get out of volunteering at Riverside Radio?
Meet interesting local people from diverse backgrounds.
Train in presenting, desk driving and production of a radio show.
Training in Broadcast Journalism, reading, writing and reporting news.
Experience in the media with people at all levels in the industry.
Take part in high profile local events.
Regular volunteer social events.
How do I get involved with Riverside Radio as a volunteer?
You must be aged 18 or over.
Contact us via email
You’ll then be invited to our volunteer open day.
Fill in an application form at the open day.
Volunteers contribute £8 a month to keep the station running. This payment is taken via Direct Debit.
Riverside Radio values the people who choose to spend their time with us making great radio programmes for local people.

The volunteers ARE the radio station and we want to develop everyone so they can reach their full potential as a volunteer broadcaster.

Each Riverside Radio volunteer receives basic training before going on air. Depending on what area of the radio station you want to work in these are just some of the skills you will learn -
Presentation Team
On-air basics, including voice and structure.
How to use the studio equipment.
What you can and can’t say on air.
How to develop your personality on-air.
Interview skills.
News Team
How to identify potential radio news stories and research.
How to plan, carry out, record and edit interviews for radio.
Write radio news scripts, edit audio and voice news stories.
How to prepare, write and present a news bulletin.
Production Team
Working with our playout software.
Creating audio projects such as commercials.
Learning to direct talent and get the best out of them.