WCR FM is the Community Radio service for the City of Wolverhampton.
It is operated by Wolverhampton Community Radio Training (WCRT), and licensed by the UK Radio regulator Ofcom.
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 the training company began in 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.
Over the years WCR 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.
Volunteer roles at WCR provide our members with a chance to learn professional-level skills in all areas of audio-media production. They can learn to make documentaries and features, mix live music, produce and present programmes and much more. Learning these things as a volunteer helps to develop the best skill of all – a sense of inner motivation and discipline and confidence in a working environment.
Volunteer roles at WCR provide students and trainees with a chance to learn professional-level skills in all areas of media production. They can learn to make documentaries or mix live music. They can find out how the record industry works with radio stations and can develop interview skills. Learning these things as a volunteer also allows volunteers to develop the best skill of all: their own sense of inner motivation and discipline and confidence in a working environment
As well as constantly striving to both improve our output and increase our involvement in the local community, we are interested in extending our local news service. These are just as vital as presenting radio shows. If you’re interested, please do get in touch.