New Style Radio (Access Radio) is an element of the Department of Culture Media and Sport and Radio Authority’s pilot for a third tier of radio in the UK, along with the BBC and Independent Radio. The station was formally launched on 14 August 2002 by cricketing legend Sir Vivian Richards.
Of 200 applicants, throughout the UK for Access Radio pilot licenses, Community Radio Training (CRT) is one of 15 to be successful, and the only Caribbean/African type group.
New Style Radio will be manned by a core staff of six and up to 60 volunteers per week.
This new concept in radio broadcasting should act as a catalyst for community regeneration and cultural awakening.
New Style Radio is the culmination of a series of twenty-eight days Restricted Service license radio broadcasts dating back to 1992:
1992 – City AM
1993 – City FM
1993 – TIB FM (Together In Birmingham FM in association with the City Council and Commission for Racial Equality)
1994 – Fusion FM
1995 – Fusion FM
1996 – Fusion FM
1997 – Fusion FM
1998 – Fusion FM
1999 – Fusion FM Millennium
2000 – Fusion FM
2001 – Black History Month FM (in association with the City Council Leisure and Cultural Services Department)
In 1994 CRT led an application to the Radio Authority for the expired BUZZ FM license. The license was awarded to Choice FM. CRT was established in 1987 under the auspices of the Afro-Caribbean Resource Centre (ACRC). CRT has the distinction of being one of the most successful community radio training organisations in the country.
Corporal Billy Spice
Michael Bingham Davis
Sammy Goulbourne – UK Vibe page here
Silvester The Socamaster