Local radio is alive and kicking with Riverside Radio, as the station for South West London launches on DAB Digital Radio on Saturday 1st August.
Riverside Radio will be available for over a million people across the London boroughs of Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth who own a DAB Digital Radio set or have DAB in their cars.
Riverside Radio has already built a loyal audience over the past five years as an online
community radio station, starting out as Wandsworth Radio in 2015 and rebranding to
include serving the neighbouring boroughs in 2019.
Riverside Radio Managing Director Jason Rosam said, “Everyone at Riverside Radio is thrilled to celebrate our unique part of London and the talent and creativity of the people who live here on a wider platform.”
Rosam who also presents the early breakfast show across the BBC Local Radio network from BBC Radio London said “We have always aimed to bring back the spirit of local radio to our corner of the capital. South West London has a shifting and transient population with around 160,000 people entering and leaving the four boroughs every year.
Riverside Radio works to instil a sense of civic pride in Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton and Lambeth by helping residents engage with local businesses, services and our huge local arts and culture offerings all of which are sometimes overlooked due to our close proximity to central London. When you switch on Riverside Radio you’ll be switching on South West London with shows designed to reflect all parts of the diverse community.”
“We’ll be sticking to what a local radio station does best, playing uplifting music in the
day, presented by friendly local people chatting about our special part of London. We’ll
also be playing specialist music, comedy, lifestyle, arts and culture and more speech
content in the evenings, interspersed with local news throughout the day”.
Like most other radio stations, Riverside Radio had a surge in people listening online
during lockdown. The station and its volunteers raised money and highlighted the work of various local charities and services.
They were also able to save some very special events during the pandemic such as a project run by youth centres in Battersea who were supposed to be putting on a
showcase of talented young people at the Clapham Grand which was inevitably
cancelled in April. Those taking part pre-recorded their acts at home and the show was
broadcast across the airwaves.
In May, the team running the Wandsworth Arts Fringe also came straight to Riverside
Radio to find a new way to broadcast their content to residents in their living rooms as
venues were shit for the festival this year.
The radio station is a feature at many local events with outside broadcasts and full on
stage performances from local musicians and bands. The team were planning to
broadcast from the start of the Oxford and Cambridge boat race in Putney when
Coronavirus hit in March. Events such as the Richmond May Fair, Old York Road
Unplugged and the Falcon Road Festival in Battersea were also pulled.
Riverside Radio has an impressive volunteer team of two hundred local people from all
backgrounds working together to create unique programming including a weekly hour
long news show ‘Riverside Reports’ every Friday evening. “Local news is vitally important to Riverside Radio as we are able to hold local politicians to account and focus on improving life in South West London for everyone” adds Rosam.
“We have also become a vital resource for young people who want to gain skills in a live broadcast environment as presenters, journalists or those behind the scenes with so many of our volunteers going on to achieve successful employment at the BBC and
Riverside Radio aims to be your best friend in South West London discussing where to go and what to do, sharing music and culture as well as letting you know the latest news and interesting stories.
You will be able to listen to Riverside Radio on DAB from Saturday 1st August at 7am. The station is always available online at RiversideRadio.com or by asking smart speakers to “Play Riverside Radio”.