ewport City Radio is a community interest company and a highly interactive independent community radio service that focuses on our city and the sound of Newport.
We're pure local radio, providing great listening and reading for thousands, brought to you by volunteers who are dedicated and passionate about our city, the population, and businesses of Newport.
Newport City Radio first began life as Urban Circle Radio, based in Pill in 2007 established by Ali Boshk (Shai) and his team. The very next year, Urban Circle received a 3-year funding grant from the Big Lottery and moved to Upper Dock Street. It was at this point that Ian Lamsdale became involved whilst Shai spent some time with his young family. Urban Circle Radio morphed into Newport City Radio to celebrate our status as Wales’ newest City.
During the next three years Newport City Radio appeared on FM on 87.9FM notably in July 2008, December 2009 and December 2010. In between we continued to stream online.
In 2011 as the funding grant ended the decision was made to take Newport City Radio in a different direction. We were supporting and empowering people of all ages, all abilities with training and development in radio broadcasting. In short, we were no longer a youth based project. It was agreed with Urban Circle that we would become a Community Interest Company (CIC) in our own right. We will always be grateful to the team at Urban Circle for their love and support.
With a move to St Davids House on Commercial Street/Hill Street. Ian Lamsdale became Managing Director of the CIC with support from Finance Director, David Philips and Programme Director, Philip Davies. We ramped up social media and training, through a grant from a European funding project and started working with Charter housing and then Newport City Homes to increase volunteer numbers. It was through this programme we met Adam Edwards who asked if he could redesign the website. This then brought a whole new aspect. Blogging. Writing would become an equal partner to radio.
We are dependent entirely on many volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and ethnicities, serving Newport online with a broad mix of programming, who have their various radio shows and blogs. We tend to have 50 active volunteers at any given time.
You can also find us at most major events across the year such as Record Store Day, Maindee Festival, 50 things to do at Tredegar House and may more. If you see us, please come and say hello.
Our team now have years of experience and always have immense enthusiasm. Local people; real people with real lives in Newport.
What is Newport Missing Compared to other cities in UK? Its Very Own Radio Station in Newport - Listeners will hear about areas of Newport not talked about on any other radio station.
This community radio station has allowed the people of the area to have their own voice and has provided an outlet for not just the talents across age and cultural concerns but has facilitated a platform for communication and dialogue across the 100,000 plus population.
Newport City Radio broadcasts 24 Hours a Day, Seven Days a week online from our website and on mobile via the TuneIn app.