About Nickey Radio
Nickey Radio will be licensed by OFCOM. This is how they define community Radio: Community radio stations typically cover a small geographical area with a coverage radius of up to 5km and are run on a not-for-profit basis. They can cater for whole communities or for different areas of interest such as a particular ethnic group, age group or interest group. Community radio stations reflect a diverse mix of cultures and interests. For example, you can listen to stations which cater for urban or experimental music, while others are aimed at younger people, religious communities or the Armed Forces and their families.
What services must a community radio station provide?
A community radio stations programmes will reflect the needs and interests of its audience. But rather than talk at its community, the station should become a central part of it. This means creating direct links with its listeners, offering training opportunities and making sure that members of the community can take part in how the station is run. Community stations typically provide 81 hours of original and distinctive output a week, mostly locally produced. On average, stations operate with 74 volunteers who together give around 214 hours of their time a week.
Who can hold a community radio licence?
Individuals are not entitled to hold a licence. OFCOM only offer licences to registered companies (or equivalent bodies such as those created by statute). No company or organisation can hold more than one community radio licence. There are also restrictions on ownership between commercial radio and community radio.
What does not for profit mean?
It means any profits generated by the community radio station cannot be given to shareholders for example, or to benefit the people running the service. However, this requirement does not prevent stations from paying staff. Any profit or surplus must be used for securing or improving the future provision of the radio service or for delivering social gain/community benefits to the stations target community.
Our Daytime music policy is 'Classic Hits'
The term "classic hits" is believed to have its birth at WZLX Boston when the station converted from "adult contemporary" to a format composed of the hipper tracks from the oldies format and album tracks from popular classic rock albums. Classic hits stations typically do not play pre-1964 music, except for a few especially popular or enduring songs such as early Beach Boys hits.