Launched in 2016, Chiltern Voice Radio is a non-profit volunteer run media platform made by the community , for the community. It was originally launched as local pop-up community radio station which was set up to cover the South Chiltern towns and villages of Chesham, Amersham, Great Missenden and the Chalfonts. We had a temporary home and broadcast online for 1 week and then during the February half term we broadcast live from the studio on FM frequency.
It was a successful live week with over 60 volunteers, 1000 listeners listening online and many more on FM, and over 60 local community groups (young and old) involved, promoting their organisations and news about them. The online stream continued to broadcast following the 2016 FM broadcast whilst a new permanent home was sought.
In 2017, Chiltern Voice moved into a permanent home at The White Hill Centre, where we have built a professional permanent studio and rack space. We have raised thousands of pounds to purchase the equipment and pay rent for the space and broadcasting licences and performing rights. We also sell advertising to local businesses, which you can find out more on our Advertising page.
Chiltern Voice also did a 2 week FM broadcast in August 2018, with over 50 Volunteers, 1500 online listeners and many charities and groups visiting the new studio at The White Hill Centre. With Jane MacBean who is Chesham’s Current Mayor presenting the Breakfast Show. It was hugely successful and helped to raise more funds for the fledgeling project.
Our project benefits a wide variety of social groups including youngsters from local schools & colleges, retired volunteers looking for hobbies & interests out of the ordinary groups, but also the socially deprived with a number of our volunteers coming through from deprived areas, and some with learning difficulties who have benefitted from a different learning experience.
All of our Volunteers are welcome to learn new skills and are given the opportunity to broadcast on the radio. This experience benefits them with communication, planning and fundamental computer skills. In the case of the younger volunteers, we already have a track record of several of our volunteers who have gained further experience and paid work. We were able to place a young man into Capital FM for some work experience and paid tech-opping in a live studio. But also another youngster learned the skills to use sound equipment and went on to work in a couple of local venues. (we can provide case studies of individuals who have benefitted from the project)
The project is still growing, giving more and more people the opportunity to broadcast as live programmes have continued since the FM broadcast, Chiltern Voice is now an online community radio station. Our team are constantly updating the station, frequently with programming, adverts, news, whats on guides and our Volunteer Presenter team are creating some interesting and local programmes designed and tailored to the Chilterns.