OUTREACH RADIO broadcasts across South Hampshire, the South Coast and the Isle of Wight on DAB Digital Radio, giving us a population coverage of over 1.4 million. We also stream online via our website and via apps such as Radioplayer and Online Radio Box.
We begun life as Lockdown 100.7 FM, a zero revenue voluntary service broadcasting under a temporary licence for radio stations supporting local communities during the Coronavirus pandemic & lockdown in March 2020. Our licence was twice extended by OfCom, allowing us broadcast continuously for nearly six months, until the 5th September 2020, at which point our licence expired with no further allowance for extension. Our coverage during this time reached Romsey, Eastleigh, Chandlers Ford, North Baddesley, Hedge End and other surrounding areas.
An interesting aspect of Lockdown FM, and now OUTREACH RADIO, is that, by design, we are able to fully operate remotely, including live programming from presenters homes, with no impact to quality. This has given us a level of robustness that has allowed us to serve our communities even in the most difficult of times.
During our time on FM and online, we developed an amazing and overwhelming level of interest and support from listeners of all ages, local businesses, charities, voluntary groups, churches and local authorities, which led us to seek a way to continue this work and establish ourselves as a permanent radio service.
We rebranded following the lockdown, and continued broadcasting via the Internet whilst establishing OUTREACH COMMUNITY RADIO C.I.C. as a not-for-profit, commercial community organisation, represented and led by local people.
We then applied for a permanent licence which was awarded to us by OfCom on the 1st October 2020, and broadcasts recommenced via DAB Digital Radio to South Hampshire, the South Coast and the Isle of Wight in mid-November.
This ability to serve our communities and go from a small-scale service to a commercially capable entity with immense coverage in approximately eight months, in the middle of a pandemic, gives an insight into our values and ethos, and the lengths we will go to in supporting our communities and listeners. This same ethos extends to prospective advertisers or local businesses looking to work with OUTREACH RADIO.
As a new not-for-profit organisation with no shareholders, (thus no profit/dividend payouts), lower overheads than our corporate commercial radio station counterparts, (all our profits go back into the radio business or into community projects), but with the same coverage and an incredibly close affinity with our listeners since we are owned and operated by these very people, we are able to offer airtime advertising and sponsorship on OUTREACH RADIO at very attractive and competitive rates.
We would therefore like to invite you to have a chat with us about how we can help to promote your business, product or service to listeners across the various communities in our coverage area.