The new radio station for Greenwich borough is almost ready to go on the
Maritime Radio began as a pop-up radio station, running a month-long trial
service to test the viability of running a full-time radio station in the
Royal Borough of Greenwich.
In 2016 the government invited groups to apply to run community radio
stations for areas within London. In the Royal Borough of Greenwich,
Maritime Radio was awarded a community radio licence to broadcast to the
The new local radio station goes live this Easter weekend, on Saturday 20th
April at 11am, when Mayor of Greenwich, Christine May, will be the first
voice on the new channel to welcome listeners.
Leading the project are Duncan Martin and David Phillips, overseeing a team
of over 50 volunteers, with a wealth of experience from leading broadcasting
institutions including the BBC, Channel 4, ITN and Global Radio.
"We believe local radio is important and when it is done properly, with the
right funding, the right people and the right motives it can help change the
lives of listeners and make a real and lasting impact to the area that it
It can help local businesses prosper and thrive, making a real impact on the
economy of the areas where it still exists and it can provide skills and
training to local people", says programme manager, Duncan.
The radio station is broadcasting from Shrewsbury House Community Centre on
Shooters Hill. Shrewsbury House is run for the benefit of the local people
of Shooters Hill and Plumstead Common. It is a place where people of all
ages can come together to enjoy fun, recreation and education.
Maritime Radio has benefited from funding from the National Lottery’s Big
Lottery Fund and the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Community Arts Fund.
Listeners will hear a mix of music, local news, events and will also be able
to get involved with programme making and news production. You can tune in
to Maritime Radio on 96.5FM throughout Greenwich and the surrounding areas,
on the Radio Player and Tune In apps and on a smart-speaker.
Picture - Front: Director of Programmes, Duncan Martin. Back L-R:
Presenters, Jason Jandu, Nicola Jones, Orchid Bea, Tim Courtnell, Shane
Bright, Tamara Dalzel and Head of Engineering, David Phillips