About us

We are a community interest company. This means that everything we do is for the benefit of the local communities across North and South Tyneside, with hope of 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. We broadcast interviews, hourly news updates, sports, talk and comedy-based shows. Since September 2019, our project has enabled over 20 different shows to broadcast, with a small number of long-running shows also. The stations are frequently broadcasted live from a variety of locations across the area, operating training for people who want to explore the radio airwaves. This can be by both 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. This took 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. Because of this, we 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