Essential listening with East London Radio

East London Radio has been passionate about ‘Getting East London Talking’ since first going on air in 2013. Run entirely by volunteers, the online community station is a mix of talk and music, with shows that reflect our diverse community.

Characterised by promoting a positive image of East London as well as supporting local businesses, charities and community events, there is something for everyone, including interviews, a variety of music from reggae to rock, grassroots football, entertainment and more. It’s also been the starting place for many who’ve wanted to get involved in ‘making radio’.

Pre-lockdown, ELR’s studios provided open access to East London residents with a desire to learn about and be trained in radio skills. ELR uses a hands-on approach, sharing knowledge and expertise on anything from presenting to production. They’ve also run workshops in conjunction with schools and community groups, with many benefitting from the exposure a radio platform provides.

In spite of the studios being shut due to lockdown, ELR is as busy as ever, producing shows, providing entertainment and continuing to be a voice for East London. Founder Ian Chambers says, “We’re on air 24/7 and we’re adding new, live content during lockdown, which has been really exciting, especially since everything is being done remotely at the moment.”

ELR’s shows are also uploaded to MixCloud where people can listen at their leisure.

The station is funded by advertising as well as donations, and they’ve just launched a crowdfunding campaign with the Mayor of London’s Pay it Forward scheme, whereby people can pledge their support.


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