- On Air
- Social Media
- Introduction to social media
- Setting up successful social media profiles
- Increasing engagement through social media
- Developing a social media policy
- Developing a social media strategy
- Evaluating your social media presence
- Using social media to raise revenue
- Social media and the law
- Social media case studies
- About us
Community radio is an extraordinary thing. It happens all over the world, has many common threads and yet every station is as unique as the community it serves.
The Community Radio Toolkit is an attempt to make life easier for people setting up and running community radio stations by publishing and discussing the things that we have in common – making life easier to allow you to spend more time on the things that make you unique.
This website has a mixture of the Community Radio Toolkit book – published in 2005 – along with other resources we’ve produced more recently such as the Social Media section.
We are UK-based but a lot of what you’ll find here travels way beyond our borders – over 20% of our users are non UK-based. We hope that you find the resources useful and we’d love to hear your opinions and stories. We’re looking forward to the conversations and we’ll publish the best of them.
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When you are new to community radio, the idea of running a full-time, licensed station with its own premises, paid staff, hundreds of volunteers and a financial turnover of up to six figures will seem like an impossible dream. The success of pilot stations across the community radio sector prove that it can be done. Indeed the […]
Here at the Community Radio Toolkit we’re firm believers in Zane Ibrahim’s adage that we should be “90% community, 10% radio,” but that doesn’t meant that you don’t have to get the radio bit 100% right. This section gives you pointers to programming and UK law and regulation – but does not go into detail […]
No volunteers : no community radio – it’s really that straightforward. There’s a big spectrum of volunteer experience with some stations entirely volunteer-run, others with volunteers on air out of peak hours only. Wherever your volunteers work they need supporting and this section tells you how.
Being part of the not-for-profit sector is no excuse for not managing your station well – in fact we’d say the opposite. Your relative lack of resources make it all the more important that your people, building and funds are brilliantly managed as it’s likely that they’re all having to work twice as hard as […]
Welcome to the section on social media! These resources have been produced as a result of a 1-year project by Radio Regen, funded by Ofcom. They distill what we’ve learned from talking to social media experts and a number of community radio stations around the country, in order to pull together good practice for how […]
If there is no such thing as a typical community radio station then there cant be such a thing as typical community radio business model. Some stations major on advertising, others on training – whatever your station pioritises there is something in this section for you.
All community radio stations train people – whether an informal run through of desk driving with volunteers or accredited and funded courses for members of the community. The resources on these pages form a Training Toolkit, devised by Radio Regen with funding from Ofcom. The toolkit aims to support both beginners and veterans in training […]
According to our friend and mentor Zane Ibrahim, our sector should be 90% community. In this section we deal with how to bring all parts of your community to your station, how to be accountable to those communities and how to ensure that people with disabilities have proper access to your project.
About Radio Regen
Since 1999, Manchester-based charity Radio Regen has set up three full time community radio stations, trained hundreds in accredited courses and enabled more than 10,000 residents of disadvantaged areas of Manchester, Salford and the North West to get on air. We now focus on innovative projects that help community stations in the UK and beyond to […]