Radio2Funky 95.1FM

Radio2Funky 95.1FM

2Funky Arts worked with a group of 20 young volunteers (aged 14-25) and local DJ’s, to help them run BHM Radio 2Funky. The project involved researching, documenting and broadcasting the history of Black music, arts, culture and society in Leicester from the last 67 years.  Our team took over ‘Radio2Funky’ (online radio station) completely with this heritage subject matter, throughout Black History Month (October) 2015. As well as keeping its internet presence, Radio2Funky temporarily became an FM radio station. It was a platform for young people and the wider community to experience new heritage interviews, historical speakers and music of Black origin (new and old). It also included audio from our successful documentary ‘Spectrum’, which explored the history of Black music in Leicester. 

Training of volunteers took place between July and October 2015 at Incubate (Granby St) and included interview, research, presenting, media and broadcasting skills, as well as working towards an Arts Award accreditation. 2Funky Arts brought in staff, producers and DJ’s from BBC Radio 1 and BBC 1Xtra, as well as Colin Hyde from East Midlands Oral History Archive.  
In addition to the involvement of a large team of volunteers, 2Funky Arts worked with a Steering Group of young people who were involved in managing the project throughout. We had excellent feedback on the benefits of the project, from both volunteers and listeners. This included an increase in knowledge of the subject matter, a boost to employability and improvement in confidence and communication skills.

The project was made possible by a Heritage Lottery Fund (Young Roots) grant. It encouraged young people to engage with this heritage and increase their knowledge in an enjoyable and accessible way. It was managed in partnership with East Midlands Oral History Archive.

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