About Us

We are a Community Interest Company which means everything we do is for the the benefit of the local communities across North and South Tyneside with a view to launching on DAB digital radio next year!

We rely on Grants, advertising revenue and donations to provide a 24/7 community service. If you want to support us or Advertise YOUR business, event and more visit Advertise With Us for details.

Local Radio in Tyne and Wear

Radio Shields NE carries a wide variety of content, catering for both mainstream and niche musical genres, and also broadcasts interviews, hourly news updates, and sports, talk and comedy-based shows. Our project has enabled more than 20 different shows to broadcast in its time since September 2019, with a small number of long-running shows also. The stations are frequently broadcast live from a variety of locations across the area and operates training for people who want to explore the radio airwaves, these can be both by local volunteers or community groups.

Prior to the formation of the project leading to the launch of Radio Shields NE, many individuals have been involved in a number of Restricted Service License (RSL’s) broadcasts that had taken place in Newcastle upon Tyne granted by Ofcom. Many of these were operated by or involved founding members of Radio Shields NE. These included NE1fm (Newcastle & Gateshead’s first full-time FM community radio station). ACE Radio, Youth Voice FM, YVFM, West End Broadcast, and City FM.

We provide experience and training in broadcast and media skills, promoting education, pathways to employment opportunities and inter-personal skills such as confidence, team building, and motivational skills.

We work with people from the community including the unemployed, lone parents, disabled, faith groups, vulnerable adults, schools, local businesses, and start-up companies, charities, and social interest groups.

We have a comprehensive training package that teaches all aspects of radio such as producing, editing, presenting and technical.

As a community business, we rely solely on the support of volunteers to keep the station live and active and are constantly looking for people to join us in all aspects of radio. As well as “on-air” there are also many other areas to get involved with including marketing, live events, technical and general administration.

If you have any community news, events and interesting stories and would like to be covered by our network then call the team on 0191 435 6310 or email admin@radioshields.co.uk