About Us

WCR FM is the only dedicated radio service for Wolverhampton, Bilston and Wednesfield

We are operated by Wolverhampton Community Radio Training (Registered in England and Wales 03171108) and licensed by the UK Radio regulator Ofcom.

Our mission

WCR FM is a non-profit community radio station committed to providing outstanding news, public service information and entertainment to the diverse communities of the city of Wolverhampton, its environs and the people who live and work there.

It provides high quality opportunities for the training and emergence of new broadcasting talent, and offers existing professionals and volunteers the chance to both maintain and develop their skills. WCR is committed to engaging with and reflecting the perspectives of individuals and communities that represent the fullest possible range of people in Wolverhampton.

Its activities are underpinned by a commitment to the highest values of trust, respect and collaboration, both internally and externally.

Our training

Past and present WCRT logosWe are a not-for-profit social enterprise that is sustained by over 10,000 voluntary hours per year and is regulated by OFCOM. Many of our volunteers go on to develop careers in various aspects of the media.

Read more about training and work experience opportunities at WCR.

Our history

Over the years we’ve provided specialised training in radio broadcast skills and run a number of radio services. We were established as the Wolverhampton Community Radio Association (WCRA) back in 1986, and WCR FM since 1996. We’ve broadcast as “Challenge FM”, “Forge FM”, “One City FM”, “Wolverhampton Campus Radio” and currently “101.8 WCR FM”.

Since 1986, WCR’s chief goal has been to bring quality and diversity to the radio medium: from providing training in basic radio skills, to giving local people access to radio. Every year dozens of local organisations of all types use WCR to spread information.

WCR FM has established extensive links with the community, representing a wide variety of social groups, all of which are frequently represented and highlighted on air. Differing from the majority of news-based programming on radio, 101.8 WCR FM always places a positive emphasis on events and activities: highlighting good news stories, and informing the listener of how a project, scheme or activity will benefit the community.