1 Brighton FM launched in April 2015 with the ambition to create a not-for-profit radio station that not only provides a mix of varied and eclectic musical genres to reflect the city’s creative culture, but also directly involves the community with the station itself.
The initial idea was born of frustration at not being able to listen to a local radio station in Brighton & Hove that plays good quality, underground and specialist music on a daily basis.
Through a programme of exciting and entertaining music and chat, we aim to demonstrate the diversity of Brighton & Hove with a talented roster of DJs along with a host of up and coming local talent. The station will engage, encourage and engender collaborative working within the local community by working with local events and festivals, the substantial fine and performing arts community, and the public themselves directly.
We currently have a roster of approximately 80 presenters broadcasting 90 live shows per month. They are made up of a mixture of Dj’s, musicians, artists, promoters, local business representatives, members of the community and local community groups and charitable organisations. Most, if not all of our presenters have a strong local presence with many having national and international recognition. Steve Mason (Beta Band/King biscuit me), Martin Duffy (Primal Scream), Alice Russell (Tru-Thoughts), Balearic Mike, Nick the record, Republic of Music and Soft Rocks are just a few of the names we have on our roster. If you are not familiar with any of those names, Google will assist in giving you an idea of their backgrounds. We are also involved with a number of local charities and community groups and most of them host their own shows on 1 Brighton FM. The University of Brighton, City College, Audio Active, The Clock Tower Sanctuary and Fresh Track are just some of the community and charity organisations that we currently work with. We are always actively engaging other local concerns to join our project.
1 Brighton FM currently broadcasts online around the world. We are taking part in the small scale DAB trial, which enables us to broadcast a DAB service locally. To top that, we have just been awarded an FM community licence from, Ofcom. The sky is the limit!
1 Brighton FM will be focusing on a cutting edge and eclectic music policy that mirrors the everyday diverse style that Brighton and its population exude. The discerning ear of Brighton deserves a genuinely decent choice of radio stations for its listening pleasure.
Although specialist, our music programme covers many genres from World music (Latin/Afro/Brazilian and beyond) to Urban, Grime and Dubstep. Ambient, Balearic and Downtempo to Club and Dance music. Indie, Rock and Alternative through Jazz, Soul and other forms of Black Music, including Reggae. We have a number of shows dedicated to local and unsigned artists, to give them as much exposure as possible. The music policy will hopefully appeal to a varied age group and provide a daily dose of the best of all genres.
Our aim is to provide a daily schedule of live shows, starting at 9am and through until Midnight. We are just a few shows a week short of this goal. However, whether in the form of a playlist, classic mix tapes or the chance to listen to the best of the previous weeks shows, the music on 1 Brighton FM will play through the night until the live shows start again the next morning. We aim for all of the live shows to be recorded and stored on our own Mixcloud page. Quality music, all day, all week, all year round!
With a talented and diverse line up of presenters, we provide a programme of exciting and innovative music and chat. Coupled with our ongoing and increasing involvement within the community and a true understanding of our wonderful city, we genuinely believe we have the momentum, expertise and presence to add value and positivity to the lives of the people of Brighton and Hove, for years to come.